Trip Details

Work in light renovation and construction activities that will improve the living standards of the villagers nearby!

This project asks you to get your hands dirty doing light construction work, repairs and renovations for the local community. We continuously scout the village surroundings for homes, schools, churches and clinics that need work to be done, all while interacting with the local people and learning new things about their culture every day!

Many of the villagers here need help with renovation and light construction. The little they earn goes towards their daily expenses, so it is common for their living quarters to be left in bad condition for long periods of time. This is especially the case with some of the homes belonging to refugees in the area.

This situation extends to communal areas such as schools, churches, and clinics too. They are usually in need of more funding and their maintenance budget tends to be very small or not considered a priority.

This is where we saw a way to help!

By providing materials for repair, renovation and light construction, and using labour from our participants, we are able to assist the community. At the same time, we provide an opportunity for you to engage with the community and learn more about them firsthand, as you complete these construction tasks. It is a mutually beneficial exchange!

Our project coordinator will find the most suitable and more urgent work needed for you. Usually this will mean housing renovation and light construction like painting. Other typical tasks could be repairing chairs, tables, building walls, toilets, tiling, roof repair etc.

Tasks will depend on local conditions and what is needed at the time, but you can expect to be working 4-5 hours a day.

Aims & Objectives

  • Assist the area with construction and renovation efforts in an organized team
  • Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals
  • Develop your teamwork and skills through hands on activity

Trip Itinerary

A typical week during this program may look like this:

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Argentina 🙂

Trip Accommodation

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. As a top tourist destination, known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life, Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of theatres in the world.

On top of this, Buenos Aires has great places for everyone to practice any kind of sport. It also acts as host to a number of high level sporting events in football and hockey each year, because of its world class stadium facilities.

Accommodation & Food

This bustling guesthouse accommodation in Buenos Aires is known as “Casa Pichincha”, which in Spanish means “home”. The accommodation comprises of mostly dorm rooms, and each room is equipped with lockers, drawers and shelves as well as lockable doors. All bathrooms are shared but split by gender.

The accommodation is very secure with security cameras 24/7, lockable buildings and rooms and a night security guard.

For your relaxation there is also a dining room and lounge, equipped with TV and Wi-Fi. There is also table tennis and a patio for BBQ’s.

No alcohol is permitted in any of our accommodations, but we are located within walking distance of a local shop and there is even a makeshift bar provided by the friendly locals in front of the accommodation.

Food Arrangements
Only a western-style breakfast is provided as part of our service from Mondays to Fridays. You do have access to a communal kitchen here for you to store and prepare your own food for any further meals. There are various local eateries you can enjoy too!

Facilities
It is close to all amenities with the closest shops and mini market less than a 5 minute walk away.

Supermarket: Located 5 minute walking distance from the accommodation

ATM: 10 minute walk from the accommodation.

Laundry: There’s a laundry shop within walking distance from of the accomodation site.

Restaurants / Bars: There are plenty of small restaurants and bars within walking distance but for the best ones, you will need to take the subway, bus or taxi (15 minutes away).

It is a 30 minute walk or 1 subway ride to other amenities such as banks, and larger supermarkets and shopping centres.

An internet cafe and laundry service is nearby for your convenience.

Sights & Surroundings
On some weekends you may choose to visit out of town attractions such as:

  • Colonia, Uruguay
  • Iguazú Falls
  • Mendoza Province
  • Buenos Aires city

You may also like to join these extra activities at your own costs:

  • Watching an Argentine Football Match
  • City Tour in the Yellow Bus
  • Having an Argentinean Barbeque at a Restaurant
  • La Bomba del Tiempo Drums Show
  • Tango Class & Milonga
  • Visit Boca Juniors and River Plate Museums
  • Visit to El Tigre

Trip Country Info

Argentina

Argentina is located in the southern part of South America.  It is the second largest country in South America after Brazil, and is the eighth largest country in the world.  Altogether the country is divided into four regions – the Andes, the Pampas, the north and Patagonia, which covers the southern part of the country.  To the West, the towering Andes mountains create a natural 5,142km high border with Chile, and the eastern border of the country is the Atlantic Ocean.  To the east of the Andes, you will find the Pampas which is flat, fertile grassland.  This is the agricultural heartland of Argentina.  In the Northern region, the country shares borders with Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.  Not forgetting the spectacular rainforests and Iguazu falls located in the North East region.  Located on the border with Brazil, this spectacular waterfall descends along a 2.7km front in a horse shoe shape.  There are so many sights to see.

You will find an abundance of wildlife; the North of Argentina is home to flamingos, toucans, turtles, tortoises an, and crocodiles and caimans too!  There are also many large cat species such as the cougar, jaguar and the ocelot.  If you visit the coast of Patagonia you will see elephant seals, fur seal, penguins and sea lions.  Swimming in the waters off the Atlantic coast there are sharks, orcas, dolphins and salmon.

Argentina offers a great variety of cultural activities, reflected in different artistic expressions such as theatre, painting, sculpture, music and literature. It also maintains the tradition of its typical dance and song, such as the Tango in Buenos Aires and folk traditions inland.  There really is something for everyone here.  Visit our experiences page to find out more about visiting this fantastic country, which you can enjoy whilst giving the locals something back, by taking on some voluntary work.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • Breakfast
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa