Volunteering on your gap year in Argentina offers the opportunity to experience the Latin way of life. You will be working with passionate and enthusiastic Argentinians across some very different placements.
Whether tutoring English to students in private schools or language institutes, or caring for children and young adults in children’s homes and residential centres, volunteers will be exposed to an incredible and diverse country.
Language Coach placements may be in fee-paying schools for both primary and secondary levels, or at private language institutes for children aged from ten through to adults. English is considered to be a very valuable language to learn. Volunteers use their conversational English skills to assist and support both teachers and students in the classroom. Classes at the institutes are run during the day and evening.
School Assistant placements are based in top private schools. You will provide support to kindergarten or primary teachers and assist the children with their English. These placements are ideal for those interested in working with children or thinking of pursuing a career in teaching.
Community Volunteer placements are available in residential homes with children and adults with learning disabilities or special needs. In the home, volunteers assist with the day-to-day running of the centre. Activities with the residents, such as arts, drama and sport, are also greatly appreciated and enjoyed. No English is spoken in these centres, so volunteers need to be fluent in Spanish before their placements begin.
What to expect?
What to expect?
The specific nature of your role in your placement will largely depend on which institution you are based in. On arrival at your placement, you will be advised on the details of your role and responsibilities and you will have the opportunity to establish exactly what your host expects from you. Our volunteers in northern Buenos Aires, for example, work in one of Argentina’s top bilingual schools with children ranging from primary school age through to years 11 and 12.
In Latin America, many parents send their children to bilingual schools in order to give them a full exposure to a foreign language from a young age, and so as native English speakers you will be highly valued within the school. A typical gap year in Argentina sees volunteers work from 8am-4.15pm.
Duties can include assisting teachers in class with written and oral activities, helping to prepare educational materials, replacing the teacher in the event of absence, helping in the organisation of extracurricular activities such as concerts, supervising lunch and break-times and accompanying children on school trips.
On their gap year in Argentina, volunteers usually stay with a host family or on site of their community placement. Host families may expect the volunteer to integrate and contribute to family life – but we feel like this is the best way to enjoy the experience and really adapt to living in the local community!
Despite the fact that Argentina is a big meat producing country, vegetarians have always managed without any problems. Both accommodation and food are provided by the host.
Is it for me?
If you are looking for a new cultural experience and can adapt to the slower pace of life, then a rewarding time awaits. You will need to show flexibility and initiative and in turn, you will have the chance to develop your Spanish and build strong ties with your hosts.
Need to know
- Pre departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
- Language – some placements require a good standard of spoken Spanish – this is essential for community placements
- On arrival – volunteers attend a two-day orientation in Buenos Aires and undertake a teaching skills course if required.
Free Time & Travel
The working week for placements in Argentina ranges between 15 and 36 hours. Weekends are usually free. In your free time, explore Argentina’s rich and intoxicating cultural diversity. Part Latin American, part European, discover the country’s melting pot of cultural roots not only in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, but also in other fascinating cities such as Córdoba, Mendoza and Bariloche.
Must-see Argentinian natural wonders include the unforgettable Iguazú falls, Patagonia’s Perito Moreno Glacier and awe-inspiring Andean peaks near Mendoza and San Juan that rise 6000m above sea level. Argentina’s cultural diversity is matched by the feast of geographical variety it offers curious travellers: from rich wetlands, glacial lakes and mountains to forests, salt flats and deserts. Animal lovers are also drawn to the country’s nearly 3,000,000km², home to the likes of penguins, flamingos, caimans and capybaras. Many volunteers also make the most of their free time to brush up their language skills by taking Spanish lessons. Given that Argentineans are famously fanatic about football, soaking up the atmosphere at nearby matches can also be a very memorable experience.
Volunteers meet at weekends and in holidays and generally make the most of their free time to explore Argentina and neighbouring countries. Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil are spectacular and not to be missed, and neither is the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Parque Nacional de los Glaciares down in Patagonia. In-between are gorgeous colonial cities, buzzing artistic and cultural centres, vast sandy beaches, vineyards, the Lake District, the breath-taking Andes Mountains, gauchos and of course Buenos Aires and the tango.
Lattitude Application Fee – $150
The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
Whenever possible, we like to travel to your area to interview you in person, but if not possible, video conferencing using Skype is an alternative.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.
Lattitude Placement Fee – $3945
The Lattitude placement fee covers your preparation & support prior to departure as well as in-country support whilst on placement. This is payable in two installments:
Upon acceptance to the Lattitude programme, a non-refundable $1000 deposit is payable within 7-10 days.
The balance of your Lattitude fee is payable 60 days prior to departure.
Orientation – $650
Volunteers receive an informative group orientation upon arrival in their placement country.
This includes accommodation, safety & security briefings, an overview of the local culture & customs, language skills (where relevant), and other handy tips. Teaching skills courses may also take place where relevant.
• In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
• Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure advice and guidance
• Links with returned volunteers
• Advice on obtaining police checks
• Advice on obtaining a Visa
• Pre-departure briefing seminar
• Airport pickup on arrival
• Accommodation for the duration of stay (either with a host family or on placement site)
• Food provided by host (may not include every meal, but you will know what to expect before your arrival)
• Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
• 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from local reps and the Lattitude Country Manager
• Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
• Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
• Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni Association
• Certificate of completion and references (on request)
What’s not included:
In addition to the Lattitude fees above, volunteers will be required to pay for their own international flights, travel insurance and any visa costs. Lattitude staff will assist you in making these arrangements.
• International flights
• Travel insurance
• Visa costs
• GP medical clearance
• Travel doctor consultation (mandatory)
• Vaccinations (if applicable)
• Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
• Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
• Accommodation and food during holiday periods
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers to fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here.
Placement Availability – 2020
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|Language Coach OR School Assistant||August 2020||4.5 Months||Spaces Available|
|Community Volunteer||August 2020||4.5 Months||Spaces Available|
Placement Availability – 2021
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|Language Coach OR School Assistant||March 2021||4.5 Months||Spaces Available|
|Community Volunteer||March 2021||4.5 Months||Spaces Available|
|Language Coach OR School Assistant||August 2021||4.5 Months||Spaces Available|
|Community Volunteer||August 2021||4.5 Months||Spaces Available|
“ My host family is seriously my family and I feel like I’ve known them for years. My Nan gives me hugs and loves to thumb through the dictionary with me so we can put sketchy Spanglish phrases together.”Rui