Youth Development volunteer General La Madrid
On this gap year venture in Argenina you will be lending a hand to the Barracas Club, a sports venture set up by the local community for local teenagers and students. The club leaders are dedicated to improving the youngsters’ personal growth in various ways, mainly by offering them the opportunity to spend their free time off the streets and in valuable and structured sports and community classes.
The club is run by members from the villages and gets by with donations and fundraising activities.
You can help coach and train youth here in a variety of sports such as football, volleyball, hockey and basketball. These lessons take place in the club’s field and/or gymnasium in the late afternoons after school. The classes start from around 5 pm – 8 pm. You can expect approximately 15 students per class.
Please note that if you would like to teach a more unique sport not listed, you may need to bring sport equipment from your home country as we may not be able to find it here in Argentina.
In the mornings you will be helping teach basic English to local kids whose normal school classes take place in the afternoon. We recommend a conversational approach and using games, presentations and ice breakers to improve their speaking abilities.
We will also find time in your schedule to offer professional or practical lessons in various subjects such as art, cooking, photography, computer literacy, handicrafts etc.
The club may also need you help with some light renovation and construction or painting, depending on what is needed nearby. This is a great way for you to leave a physical mark on a growing community.
Monday to Friday
You will be working for around six hours a day and an example of a typical schedule would consist of breakfast then conducting an English lesson or a helping out with a construction project. After lunch there would be lesson preparations, then sports coaching, then a late dinner.
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances***
Trip Country Info
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
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance