Affordable Volunteer Programs in Argentina from $325

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Volunteer abroad in Argentina with IVHQ! Every year, hundreds of volunteers join IVHQ's highly affordable volunteer projects in Argentina. Based in the geographical heart of Cordoba Province, volunteers are welcomed to the town of Villa Allende to assist on a range of community-driven projects. Volunteers can choose to participate on projects for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks and are accommodated in a volunteer house alongside other international volunteers.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects Available in Argentina:

  • Teaching/Education
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare
  • Special Needs
  • Community
  • Elderly care
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Sports

Highlights:

  • Programs available year-round, starting every Monday
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Highly affordable program fees from $325 for 1 week
  • Community-driven projects focused on supporting local needs and delivering sustainable positive impacts
  • Superior support services both pre-departure and while volunteering
  • Free online volunteer training for all IVHQ volunteers
  • Affordable Spanish language lessons available in Argentina
  • Between 5 and 15 IVHQ volunteers start in Argentina each month
  • Weekends are free to explore Argentina with fellow volunteers - see Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and more!

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Reviews

92%
based on 35 reviews
  • Impact 8.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
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Laura
9/10

Taking Care of the Special Needs

I have recently retired after 40 years work in a hospital laboratory. After talking with one of my co-workers I decided I would like to do something totally different and rewarding. I did a search on the internet and found IVHQ. In April, I started my procedure to ably and start my preparations. But, my summer was on of difficuly. I had to put things on hold for a while after a forest fire was burning 2 miles from my home. After the fire was contained I decided I had to make my decision to either come or not. My decision to come was the best one. This left me only 3 weeks to get my plans in place. After I arrived I found a wonderful group of volunteers from all over the world and a very special staff who took care of us as family. My placement was just as unique as I found Argentina to be. At first I was a little skeptical working with the special needs patients, but it did not take long for them to win my heart. I found the staff to be very receptive and helpful even though I did not speak Spanish. Thanks to my friends and the hospital, where I worked for almost 40 years, I was able to purchase some much needed supplies for the Special Needs Center. When I brought them into the center for the patients to see and get to use I was overwhelmed with joy from the expressions on their faces. It was very hard to say good buy to them today. And I do hope I can come back again.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would suggest is that we could get a little training on the patients we would be helping as to what is expected from us and how we could help better with their special needs.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Laura, It has been our pleasure to have you as an IVHQ volunteer. We are so glad that you decided to volunteer in Argentina, despite a difficult summer. Thanks for purchasing supplies and connecting with the patients at your placement. We would love to welcome you back again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Jessica
8/10

Childcare volunteering

I had a great time volunteering with IVHQ in Argentina and have met some amazing people both at the volunteer house, the child care centre and the local store! The food at the volunteer house was amazing and they easily catered for my dietary needs. I took Spanish lessons with 2 of my 3 weeks and they helped increase my spanish a lot. Lichi, Ariel, Jose and Julio were very kind, informative and helpful.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jessica, Thanks for your recommendation! We are happy to hear that you felt well cared for by our local team and had a great time volunteering in Argentina and Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Shalomy
7/10

CHALLENGING BUT REWARDING

I absolutely loved my time here in Argentina! I came in wanting to do the community development project and ended up falling in love with the special needs programme. I was so grateful to lichi that we had the flexibility to try a range of placements. I have gained a new perspective on how people with special needs can thrive under various activities, I think my favourite part of this was meeting new lifelong friends. I got lost in the streets of Salta, saw tango in Buenos Aires, lived like a gaucho etc. with so many likeminded friends. I will even go on to see some of these friends in my future travel. i loved the feel of the volunteer house. Everyone is like family. I am so grateful for Jose and Ariel, the love and support they offer is indescribable. I'm tearing up as I write this because I feel like I am leaving my home. Villa Allende became my familiarity, where I would do my laundry, exercise and grocery shopping. It will be so hard to say goodbye. I am also very thankful for the fact I got to do so much travelling, Lichi was so helpful with organising trips, my trip to Iguazu was the highlight of my time here.

How can this program be improved?
Basic spanish should be requirement
more detailed information about placements
longer placements as mine were only 3 hours
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Shalomy, We are so glad to hear that you were so warmly welcomed by our local team in Argentina. We often receive feedback on how awesome the Argentina team is and we are glad that this was your experience also. Thanks for your feedback regarding recommended level of Spanish - It is really useful to be able to speak Spanish at the placements in Argentina. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Max
10/10

Max´s Experience while in Argentina

This has been the perfect trip for my first fully independent travel experience. I am 20 years old and have traveled quite a bit, but usually it has been with family, or a structured program. This was perfect because not only did the people I met become family, but so did the staff who run the house. The staff are incredibly kind, welcoming, and patient. If you want an easy way to meet amazing people, and still have someone to turn to and answer whatever questions you need, while at the same time being able to travel independantly, this is without a doubt the perfect program.

How can this program be improved?
It can´t be... maybe some more towels, if that is a deal breaker, then you have other things to sort out before coming to a new country
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Max, Thanks for your great review! It is great to hear that, for you, the program in Argentina was “without a doubt the perfect program”. We are so glad that the program allowed you to travel independently while being well supported by a local team. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to have you volunteer with us again soon.

Yes, I recommend
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Nilaja
10/10

Great blend of giving back and traveling

The volunteer experience in Argentina will definitely go down as a memorable experience that will stay with me forever. The support services provided to the teachers and students were very gratifying. Seeing the daily commitment of the teachers and the love and respect from their students were very inspiring. Additionally, the time allotted to traveling was well appreciated. I had the opportunity to enjoy the many landscape Argentina has to show off. From the ice glaciers of the South to the cascading waterfalls of the North. A definite MUST SEE!

How can this program be improved?
n/a
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nilaja, Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds like you had a pretty ideal volunteer experience and made the most of the many landscapes Argentina has to offer. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Joe
10/10

Argentina - Community Project

Volunteering with IVHQ and AFOS in Argentina was a great way to travel outside the US for the first time. My limited spanish language skills were a concern but I quickly found a welcoming Argentine community. Working with the elderly at El Arbor and assisting with Children´s Day preparation provided a wonderful opportunity to build lasting relationships wtih the community. Staying and volunteering in Villa Allende allowed for the opportunity to interact with a smaller community while having access to the larger city of Cordoba a 45 minute bus ride away.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hola Joe, Thanks for sharing. We are so glad that you felt welcomed while volunteering on the program in Argentina. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Sean
10/10

2 weeks of fun

It was a wonderful time, our two weeks in Villa Allende, Argentina. Lichi, Jose, Ariel and all the others were very helpful; they got us and the other volunteers well adapted to the program and made us feel at home. Generally, the people of Argentina are very nice too, and they try their best to help us out, even if we do not speak Spanish. We chose the community project, and thus we were tasked with interacting with the community elders during the mornings. Although our Spanish skills are non existant, we broke the language barrier by doing things like teaching and giving them origami creations, and they were even interested in teaching us Spanish. In general, it was a great time.

How can this program be improved?
Better internet
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sean, We are so pleased that you had a great experience on the program in Argentina! It is great that you were supported by the local team and we are so glad that you found ways to break down the language barrier at your placement. We would love to have you volunteer with us again in the future. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Samuel
9/10

First trip alone

I came to Argentina to volunteer with my girlfriend and this was my first trip without any family members. It was a good experience: it made me feel more comfortable with traveling alone and the staff was very welcoming and helpful. It made me feel very at ease in this new place. They helped us along the whole time when we needed help, from arriving at the airport to taking us on a tour of the city to helping us get to our programs. It was great!

How can this program be improved?
More advice on how to help in individual programs.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Samuel, It’s great to hear from you. We are so glad that you found the local team in Argentina welcoming and helpful! We hope that this is the first of many trips abroad for you and your girlfriend. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Armando
10/10

MATE...mate....ma....te

Argentina is know for their asado, good wine, and their mate! It might have been a cold summer, might have had to walk 3+ miles daily to my volunteer place, and the water in the shower might have been either freezing or steaming hot but I wouldn't have had if any other way, I love my time in Córdoba. I fell in love with the country not because I got engaged there but because of the stress free culture people live. Volunteering from the u.s more specifically Houston the third largest city in the u.s where everything is go go go it was nice to take a breather and let the world slow down. Anything can happen and the Argentina locals just go with it. If you don't have the right tool during the construction program you work with what you got, if the lights go out during dinner you have a candle lit "romantic dinner", and if all restaurants are closed during lunch because of the fiesta you raid the pantry to see what you can munch on until dinner. I had the pleasure of staying with 22 other volunteers from all corners of the world who I already miss dearly. I had an unforgettable time impacting a community other than my own and I will continue to slow down from a hectic American schedule and continue to give back. Nos vemos pronto!

How can this program be improved?
The program overall was great. Great staff great resources online, great blogs, great local team. One way I think it could be improve is by being more efficient with the time the volunteer have while in their placement.


Yes, I recommend
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Luke
9/10

Great Experience, highly recommended

Overall, my experience with IVHQ Argentina was an excellent one. I spent one month helping to clean out and renovate an old library that got flooded. The work included: moving a lot of books to a storage area, rearranging the bookcases and attaching them to the walls, constructing new shelves and bookcases from old ones so they would fit and utilise as much space as possible and painting the walls, shelves and bookcases.
It was great to work with the local people, especially Debbie, the woman in charge of the whole operation. She was a kind, lovely woman who loves a good asado (BBQ). It was also great to meet other volunteers from all corners of the globe, go out with them on the weekends etc.
One memory that I will never forget is when myself and another volunteer went to play some basketball in the afternoon and we got swamped by at least thirty primary school aged children who were so interested in these two gringos who were using their court. Despite our lack of Spanish-speaking skills, we managed to make good conversation with them and play a good game of b-ball.
I would highly recommend this volunteer program to anybody. We had a 70-year-old join us for a week and he fit in just fine. A program for any age and from anywhere in the world.

How can this program be improved?
Only issue I faced was that all the work we did took a long time to complete because of Argentina's laid-back (kinda lazy) culture. A four-hour siesta seems a little excessive to me. But there's nothing we can do about that, that's just the way it is there.
Yes, I recommend
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Adam
9/10

Horses

One weekend while in Argentina my family and I decided to go horse riding. The lovely staff at IVHQ Argentina recommended a person who would take us on a day trip and lunch was provided. for only about $100 NZ dollars this was great value and it was amazing fun! We did a couple hour loop in the morning then came back to his ranch for a traditional asado (BBQ) This was an YUM lunch and dessert was included. I had OREO CHEESECAKE!!! In the afternoon we went riding, AGAIN! We rode to a river to go swimming then rode back to the ranch and it was an amazing way to end a day. This day was all provided for us! We were picked up from the hostel at 9:30 am and dropped off at about 8 pm. We got to see beautiful scenery of the Argentinian mountains and ride well trained horses. I would recommend this to anyone going to Argentina even if they have never ridden horses before. It was my first time and I felt like a pro at the end! The man who took us riding was very friendly and has very good english. I was very happy having done this and then did a similar thing 2 days later! this was very fun and has made me love horses!

How can this program be improved?
The facilities were just a bit frustrating. Not bad but just annoying when You have just had a big sweaty day working and the showers are only HOT.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Adam, Welcome home to NZ! It’s great to hear from you! The horse riding sounds like such a great weekend option for volunteers in Argentina. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, we loved having you and your family volunteer with IVHQ and hope to see you all on another IVHQ program again soon.

Yes, I recommend
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Christina
9/10

Great travel abroad experience

The staff in Villa Allende were extremely helpful. They provided wonderful information regarding activities and sites to visit in Argentina. The town was safe and I always felt like I could easy contact someone in my program if I needed help. It was the trip of a lifetime and an experience I will never forget.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Christina, Thanks for your review and it's great to hear that you had such an unforgettable experience volunteering in Argentina. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Nani
10/10

Unique experience

I have volunteered with IVHQ several times and without doubt, my experience volunteering in the Cordoba program has been the most impactful and rewarding so far. I selected a placement assisting elders and being in this project coupled with the overall experience of the program thanks to the outstanding service and assistance of the program managers made this a truly unique and memorable experience.

I felt useful every day in my volunteer placement. They received me with open arms and I connected immediately with the placement staff and the beautiful individuals who live in this amazing residence for elders - most of whom have no other place to live or someone to care for them full-time. The staff treats them with such love, compassion and care for all their health and physical needs and well-being while also bringing fun activities to engage in such as reading, music and games. This residence is truly special and the family who built and created this home is simply extraordinary and filled with kindness and a calling to serve those in need. I was treated like family and felt at home every day.

The program in Cordoba is relatively new and I would like to emphasize that because since the first day, absolutely everything ran smoothly, something I have not seen in other programs that have been around for a while. We received the full attention and service of the local program staff at all times. Lichi - who runs the program was absolutely exceptional. She cared for everyone and cheched in with volunteers to ensure they were enjoying their placements and would solve any challenge that would come across for volunteers. Also, when volunteers were interested in doing sightseeing and joining local tours, she would find a way to help everyone during their planning and would go out of her way to make sure volunteers were not only enjoying their placements but also their time in Argentina. I will never forget the kindness with which I was treated by her. Jose and all the staff at the house were also extremely attentive and at the full service of volunteers.
They also cooked every day and made sure our housing arrangements were comfortable and clean. I highly recommend contacting Mabel who has a taxi service and is a wonderful person and professional. We met her through the local program staff. She cared for volunteers and would drive them and pick them up even during her off duty hours. She was always on time and felt like part of the program.

This summary can't do justice to the extraordinary experience I had during my volunteer experience in the Cordoba program. I highly recommend it as definitely the best overall volunteer experience I have ever had. Thanks for such great memories and meaningful experience of service to others.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nani, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on our program in Carboda, Argentina. It's great to hear that you had such a positive experience. We hope to see you back on another IVHQ program soon.

Yes, I recommend
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Maria
8/10

Childcare Program

I loved the childcare program. I got to work with amazing kids ages 0-4 and work with caring and loving staff. My jobs included playing, singing, doing arts and crafts with the kids and sometimes I would work in the kitchen or in the library. This was an experience I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
Make knowing Spanish as a requisite. It was hard for the kids to bond with he volunteers who did not know Spanish as well as the staff at Placement.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Maria, we are so happy that you have had an unforgettable experience in Argentina. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
10/10

Everything I wanted and more

I was hoping to improve my Spanish, get to know a new culture, help others, and see a new part of the world. I was able to do all of this while making new friends, learning about a new culture and way of life, helping others while there and finding ways to continue to help them, and feeling emerged in another part of the world.

I loved being in the Villa Allende we were close to a big city, but in a town that allowed us to get to know the people and still have a nice familiar area to go to with restaurants and parks. Our location was gorgeous with a beautiful yard, orange trees, a bonfire pit, and a sitting garden.

How can this program be improved?
I wish I would have brought some ideas, or things with me to give to the site when I came to volunteer.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sarah. It sounds like you had such a positive experience volunteering in Argentina! IVHQ thanks you for your review and your time on the program - we hope that you can join us on another program in the future!

Yes, I recommend

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