I will be going to South America in 3 months and want to make this trip different. Normally when I travel I just travel, but I would love to do some volunteering this time around while in South America. I will be doing most of my trip in Argentina and Peru, but I am open to suggestions. I am just wondering what program I should go through, if anyone has any really good experiences etc. Please let me know if you have any that you would definitely suggest for me, I am really willing to do any kind of volunteer work, I am not picky :) Reply to this
Have you looked into anything yet, or are you looking for suggestions first. If you haven't looked into anything yet, I would suggest that you look around at different peoples posts about past work, for example http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g312741-i979-k5656513-Volunteering_in_Buenos_Aires-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal_District.html#42921686
Or also... http://volunteerworklatinamerica.org/
Just some blogs/forums that you may want to look around on.
Taimoor Reply to this
Volunteer South America
has a list of organisations that offer free volunteer projects. Think about not only what sort of work you would like to do, but also what you can offer a project. What skills/experience do you have that you could offer? Reply to this
Hi Tiamoor and Kris and Kate!
Thank you all for your Volunteering suggestions and forums, I am now thinking of going to Buenos Aires do do some volunteering there. I also saw in the tripadvisor forum post that the Spanish School, Amauta, has spanish lessons and volunteering packages.
Do you think that it is really necessary to have the Spanish Classes before I start volunteering? I did take a class at high school and would probably manage alright in BsAs but on the other hand it could be very beneficial I am a bit rusty after college :)
Thanks for your time!
Ben Reply to this
It does depend on which project you would like to take part in. From memory some projects require more spanish knowledge than others. But yes! I would definately recommend taking some lessons if it was been a while since you were speaking a writting Spanish. As you already know the language a bit from your previous studies it should come flooding back in no time and then you will be perfectly ready for which ever volunteering project you decide to join!
Let us know what you decide to do and what you finally book! :)
[Edited: 2012 Sep 11 23:30 - tai4:246729 - spelling typo] Reply to this
Thanks for your message, after hearing what you said about the Spanish classes before heading to the volunteering I think I will take your advice.
I would love to work with young kids, I have always had a great reationship with my younger cousins. I am currently contact with Amauta Spanish School in Buenos Aires and they seem to have a good program up and running there.
I am just looking through their list of available volunteering projects that they have and there is so many projects to choose from, I hope that I will be able to get into one of them.
Some of them have a limit to the number of volunteers at a time. Well I suppose anywhere that my help can be used will be a great way to experience the culture and learn the language quicker. Reply to this