What will I do on the Childcare Project in Argentina?
Your main role will be to provide additional support to the local teachers and caregivers as they teach children at kindergartens and care centres. Here are a few things you can expect to do during your time there:
- Teach children to read, write, and count during your lessons
- Plan fun activities that educate and teach the children basic development skills
- Raise awareness about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
Your volunteer childcare work in Argentina will focus on the following areas:
Increase literacy and numeracy
Reading, writing, and counting are essential skills. You’ll help children learn these skills, so they’re better equipped to cope with the demands of the first year when they start school. You’ll focus on those who are struggling, by teaching literacy and numeracy to small groups. You’ll do basic reading exercises and assist with addition and subtraction.
Contribute to early childhood development
Fun activities that serve to educate and teach children basic skills is a fundamental aspect of a child’s development. By making your lessons entertaining, you’ll keep the children engaged in what they are learning.
You’ll help the teachers and caregivers organise:
- Sporting activities that encourage teamwork and the development of fundamental movement skills like catching, throwing, and balance
- Music lessons that enhance logical thinking and creativity
- Arts and crafts that teach the children about colours and shapes, and how to use their imaginations
Raising awareness about healthy living
Being healthy, staying active, and living in a clean environment are important for growing children. You will help us raise awareness about these issues through fun educational workshops. You’ll cover topics like:
- Good personal hygiene and the importance of washing hands regularly
- Oral hygiene and how to brush teeth correctly
- Why it is important to keep a clean living space
- Healthy eating and being active
Improving the quality of life for those living with disabilities
You can choose to be placed at a facility where you help take care of children with disabilities. You can also help care for adults. At this placement, you’ll assist with day-to-day activities such as meal times, exercise, and educational activities that help with development. You’ll also monitor the patients and keep up-to-date records on our Global Impact Database that will assist future volunteers.
If you’d like to be placed at a special needs school or facility, let us know and we’ll try our best to arrange your placement accordingly.
Where in Argentina will I be working?
You’ll be based in Cordoba, a city with a vibrant culture and colourful street art. The communities you will be working in face many challenges. These include poverty, limited access to education, and drug use.
You’ll be placed at care centres and kindergartens. If you’re interested in working with special-needs children or adults, there are also various suitable placements. Many of these placements are basic and understaffed. This means that the children often don’t receive the individual attention they need.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Argentina is a vibrant South American country bursting with colour and rich heritage. Along with contributing to worthwhile projects, a trip with us to Argentina means you can explore this fascinating country.
Enjoying a coffee at the Plaza de San Martin, with its street performers and iconic statue of General Jose de San Martin, is the perfect way to spend an evening. It’s located in Cordoba, where our projects are based, so you don’t have to travel far for this experience.
For thrill seekers, you can take a weekend trip to La Cumbre where you can go paragliding off lofty cliffs. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and a horse ride around nature trails here is well worth it.
There are also enriching cultural experiences, like the Evita Fine Arts Museum or the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin. You can also learn more about the country’s history at local museums.
There will likely be other volunteers in Argentina with you. So you can choose to explore solo, or with a group of volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Argentina
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