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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Argentina

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Particularly in countries where getting a work visa might otherwise be difficult, Teaching English is one of the easiest ways to work abroad for native speakers. We feature several teaching organisations to help fill their vacancies and land you a job overseas. Though a degree and a TEFL certificate will improve your chances of working abroad we also have some positions available for fluent non native speakers of English and those without a degree. For a piece of the action visit our TEFL Job Centre


Look at Argentina through one eye and the country looks nothing but a well developed piece of Europe transplanted to South America, but squint at it again and Argentina's social issues start to peek through.


Grassroots Volunteering in Argentina

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

Cloudhead Art

All Cloudhead projects relate in some way to art, education and technology. They run a variety of workshops and classes: photography, video editing, writing, website design, marketing, teaching, English language skills, soccer, wood working and leatherworking workshops and art classes. They also work with partner organisations to create art and media projects for students ranging from five to 25 years old. After submitting your application, Cloudhead will work with you to create a personalised volunteer programme that can include joining one of their current projects or developing a project of your own.

Where: Salta.
Accommodation & Costs: They ask that you look at the work they do in the local community, the support provided to volunteers and balance that with what you can afford, choosing what you want to pay.

Volunteering in Argentina


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LIFE Argentina

With no paid staff, Life Argentina have relied on over 4000 volunteers from 70 countries since 2001 to carry out all its activities and projects with disadvantaged children. Volunteers work with children from marginalised communities, helping them to develop in a healthy and happy environment. Volunteers decide how long and how often they are able to volunteer.

Where: Buenos Aires.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers arrange and pay for their own accommodation. Volunteers should be self funding and are required to make a one time financial contribution ranging from US$40 to US$100 to help assist with LIFE's projects and activities.

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Estancia La Margarita

An Estancia is a large rural estate with similarities to the English term ranch. Estanicia La Margarita offers horse riding holidays and a place to experience the gaucho life. Volunteers are frequently needed to help out with the horse riding side of the ranch with tasks including riding with guests as guides, horse care, tack cleaning, handling young horses, and being a go between for non Spanish speaking guests. You need to speak Spanish at least up to a good intermediate level and stay for two months, preferably longer.

They sometimes also look for a volunteer who would be willing to look after their park lands and allotment, cut logs and clean the pool and do general simple maintenance. For this position you don’t need to have experience with horses or have excellent Spanish but you must be available to stay for at least two months.

Where: 280 km from Buenos Aires.
Accommodation & Costs: No fee. Room and meals are provided.

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South American Explorers

US based SAE offer trip planning advice and independent information to their members. SAE can also help with finding volunteer opportunities with other organisations across South America. Volunteers and interns are often required to help staff their clubhouses, providing information to travellers in South America. Other tasks include answering phones, social media marketing, guide research, cleaning rivers, parks and treks, event planning and organising projects. Spanish lessons or lunch are offered as recompense.

Where: SAE's Argentine clubhouse is in Buenos Aires.
Accommodation & Costs: No fee required. No accommodation.


Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Argentina

Fundación Banco de Alimentos is a non profit NGO Food Bank that helps provide food to over 85,000 people in need in Greater Buenos Aires.  Volunteers help with a variety of programmes from the part-time classification of food to full time work in their administrative office.  They are also working on many short term, one to three month, projects that are in need of volunteers. Volunteers, who should be self funding, decide how long and how often they are available to volunteer.


Help Exchange Networks in Argentina

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Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Argentina

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


Volunteer Experiences*

Working With the Wichi People in Salta - After visiting an exhibition of photos by Wichi children, Victoria and Steve went to Salta to meet the couple that provided the cameras and visit the garden building project funded by sales of the photographs.
The Selfishness of Teens: Volunteering in Salta - After volunteering with Cloudhead Art in Salta, Victoria and Steve feel teenagers unfairly get a bad press.


* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

Image copyright Cloudhead Art