Affordable Volunteer Programs in Argentina from $325

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Sapo Pepe renovation!
Sapo Pepe renovation!
My mom and I painting the main building.
My mom and I painting the main building.
Finished product!
Finished product!
Just the beginning...
Just the beginning...
Creating the rebar!
Creating the rebar!
Our hand built column!
Our hand built column!
Concrete renovation!
Concrete renovation!
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About

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.

Highlights
  • Programs are available year-round in Argentina at an affordable price of US$295 for 1 week
  • The IVHQ Argentina volunteer program starts every Monday. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.
  • The IVHQ Argentina volunteer program has volunteer placements located in the neighborhoods in and around the cultural center of Cordoba.
  • The IVHQ Argentina program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Cordoba is one of the major tourist destinations in Argentina, hosting millions of tourists every year.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

92%
based on 39 reviews
  • Impact 8.2
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 9.1
  • Safety 9.5
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Katrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Argentina

My experience volunteering through IVHQ Argentina was incredible! At first I was really nervous about going all alone, however, as soon as I got there the staff made me feel right at home. As well, I met a ton of other volunteers from all over the world. During my journey I never felt homesick because I had so many wonderful people around me. I am very happy that I chose to come here during my gap year. This was the best experience of my life and I wish I could go back!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Katrina, We are stoked to hear that your volunteer program in Argentina was incredible! It is lovely that our local team made you feel right at home as soon as you arrived. We are so happy to have had you as a volunteer and we would love to have you back. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
Lachlan – IVHQ Argentina Program Manager

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Daniela
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

robbed of my things but not my experience

My first day in Argentina started with me being robbed of my backpack, passport, money and countless other itmes. While I regret to admit this I called my mom after and told her I wanted to come home. I was in a new country, thousands of miles from home and felt unsafe. Both of my parents encouraged me to stay and I couldnt be happier that I did. Though it has been difficult at times, the people I have met and the experiences I have made are ones that I won´t forget. I know that I will be back to Argentina, and hopefully see more of the country that I have come to love so much.

What would you improve about this program?
more availbility for meals
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Daniela, We are so sorry to hear that you were robbed when you arrived in Argentina! Thanks for bouncing back from this and still managing to have an unforgettable experience. We would love to have you join IVHQ again!

Claire-Marie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

a piece of family on the other side of the world

I really had a great time here!! The people with who I shared this experience will be friends for a long time. The staff of the house is just perfect: they are always there when you need them, have a (stupid) question or when you need someone to talk to. I did the childcare program for 1 month and than the special need care. Both really different but the people there were great and really welcoming. After two weeks I really felt like a part of the structure of the placement even if you can't always do a lot on the placement. But it is a great opportunity especially if you see the misery those people are into. They are really happy with some help. A tip: Take some spanish lessons, cause it is really handy if you can comunicate with your placement or even with the people of the town.
Argentina is a wanderful country. People are really open and you have sooooo many things to visit and to do. I didn't felt bored in 2 month's time.
Thanks for everything, I'll keep those memories forever in me... CHAU

What would you improve about this program?
- more explanition about the specific programs: how does this specific placement work, what does the people domç, how are they, what do they like, what do they not like, what do they espect from us... it too me 2 weeks to answer those question but if people culd know the answers on those questions before starting, they will lose less time before integration totally in the different programs
- a little bit cheaper.
- more publicity in europe so that more european know about IVHQ and not only americans ( and Australians/N-Z)
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Claire-Marie, We are so glad to hear that you had a great time in Argentina! It is awesome that you made close friends and were well supported by the local team. Thanks for all the work you have done and we would love to have you join us again in the future.

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Laura
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lovely people :)

All the people in Argentina are so friendly, from the people at the volunteer house to the street vendors and passerby. We were invited to celebrate one person´s birthday and so we had meaningful conversations with several local Argentineans. I even grew to know a student in Cordoba well whom I´d just met in the airport. If you show any interest, they´ll let you into their life. All the other international volunteers here were so kind as well. I have plenty of friends abroad now who I am excited to visit in the coming years.

What would you improve about this program?
Orientations specific to each project to understand the rules and needs of the institution or individuals.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Laura, It is lovely to hear that you were surrounded by kindness and had meaningful interactions while in Argentina. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Laura
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Jessica
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Shalomy
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Max
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Nilaja
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Joe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Sean
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Samuel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Armando
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.


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Luke
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Adam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.