Affordable Volunteer Programs in Argentina from $325

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Just the beginning...
Just the beginning...
Creating the rebar!
Creating the rebar!
Our hand built column!
Our hand built column!
Concrete renovation!
Concrete renovation!
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!
Little cuties all together...

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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Christina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Nani
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Maria
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Irina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Argentina volunteer review

Volunteering in Argentina was the best thing I have ever done in my life!!! All the staff were absolutely incredible and very helpful! I met a lot of wonderful ppl and I can't wait to go back. Even if I go for a visit, I will def go back! I highly reccomend it to everyone! Argentinian people are very friendly, caring and just amazing!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey there Irina! Thank you for the great review - IVHQ are over the moon that you had such a wonderful time on your volunteer program! We hope that you can join us on another IVHQ program in the future :-)

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Tom
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

3 Months in Villa Allende

Well that was an experience.

I came to Argentina to learn about the culture, improve my spanish and help out the community, I have achieved all 3 over the last 3 months.

I completed the construction project for nearly the entire time, it was great doing something with my hands. Being at a local school helped my spanish coupled with the fact the project boss couldn't speak english. Over my time we built an outdoor stage at a local school and moved on to a primary school afterwards to construct a mural.

The house itself was great, the local staff were fantastic to interact with and made the stay a great experience. The house is fairly old and the bathrooms not particularly luxurious but they did the job. There's is a great big property to explore and throw a ball around in.

We were an hour away from the city and a good 20 minute walk to the main town centre which after 3 months became a little tiring everyday to walk to and from. The town had a pretty great vibe and pretty much had everything you would need, lots of shops to explore just be prepared for the whole place to close from 1.30pm-5pm for siesta. This definitely took some getting used to.

Food was mostly decent and spanish classes were super useful in getting the lingo down pat. I did classes for about half the time which helped me drastically as it can be hard to get around with a good base of the language.

It's a great opportunity to meet people from around the world and to experience something new. While there were plenty of ups and downs I really enjoyed my time there and the experience it brought me.

What would you improve about this program?
Like anything there is always an opportunity for improvement, a couple of things that were quite frustrating were;

1 - I had to catch a taxi to my placement everyday, between 4 people it wasn't so bad but between 2 it became very expensive. After 3 months I spent hundreds of dollars just in getting there and back. I would recommend either a closer project or providing alternative transport
2 - The wifi was a constant cause of stress, this needs to be improved
3 - Bikes would hve been great to be able to get to town much easier and faster. I tried to buy one myself but that got no where.
4 - 35 people in the house at one time is too many, facilities were not appropriate for that many people. Most of the time the groups were smaller and things functioned much better.
5 - The website should be updated to better reflect the cost, I spent much more money then anticipated, again this was primarily due to having to catch a taxi to the placement.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Tom, thanks for your honest feedback - we really appreciate it. We have worked through these points with the Program Manager as well as the staff in-country so that we can improve these for future Volunteers! We are glad you enjoyed your experience as a whole and hope that you join us again - thanks for becoming an IVHQer! :-)

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Carol
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Vamos Argentina!

I had a great time at my volunteer placement in Argentina. The house was full of amazing, kind, intelligent and open-minded people. The accommodations were very good. I was lucky to have a private room, however the bunk rooms were comfortable as well. The food was great; dinner was a time for sharing our daily experiences and getting to know each other better.

My placement was at a soup kitchen where I felt genuinely loved and needed by the family who ran it. It was a great experience to see the differences in how people live here in Villa Allende and Saldan. I also had many opportunities to practice my Spanish.

Weekends were a blast. Groups of volunteers would travel to Cordoba, about a 30 minute bus ride away, to eat, shop, etc. We also took longer excursions to Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls.

Spanish lessons are a must, in my opinion, in order to better communicate with the volunteer house staff as well as the people at your placement. The classes are held right at the house and the instructor is flexible in scheduling group or individual classes.

The experience will be what you make of it. Open your heart and your mind and you will be glad you came. I enjoyed every minute and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Oh, by the way, don't let your age stop you from volunteering. Although most are young and still in college, some are older and just as fun and interesting to hang out with (like me)

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Carol, It's nice to hear from you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on our Argentina program. It sounds like you had a very memorable and positive volunteer experience, which is great to hear. You have given some sound advice to future volunteers, we couldn't agree with you more on many of your points, but specifically 'don't let your age stop you from volunteering' - well said. We look forward to welcoming you on another IVHQ program again at some point in the future.

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Staci
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Argentina Review

Overall, I had a great time in Argentina. I took a group of ten students from our school, but the IVHQ staff made organizing the trip very easy. We did have a last minute program change due to flooding, but I think we were easily able to adjust.

What would you improve about this program?
With only being there one week, our schedule was very jam-packed. A little more free time to see the sites would have been nice.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Staci, travelling abroad is never easy (especially if you are coordinating a group of 10 people!!) but it’s great to hear that with the support of IVHQ we were able to help make it as smooth as possible. We hope to see you all on another of our programs again in the future. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ!

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Chris
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with IVHQ in Childcare, Argentina

I spent 2 months with IVHQ in Argentina working in the childcare programme. On a regular day we would arrive at 9 in the morning and work until midday, playing the role of camp-leaders at a summer camp. We would each assign ourselves to a certain age-group (ranging from 4-11) where we were joint by other young (18-26) locals who worked at the camp. Together, we would organise activities for the kids to do during the morning. Examples include daily swimming (provided the weather was nice, as it usually was), football, some form of dodgeball, treasure hunts, mock olympics, making christmas cards using leaves/stones and so on. There is even the opportunity for you to set up your own activities, so I found some willing 10 & 11 year old boys to teach rugby. The kids are amazing, all so happy and friendly, along with the very welcoming local workers, so you will have no problems fitting in. However, I must warn you that if you speak little Spanish you may struggle, as only one of the locals I met would speak any English to us. You must also realise what you are there to do... you are helping out as a camp-leader, not eliminating all poverty in the neighbourhood in two weeks. Though it may seem you are not giving a lot of constructive help, you must realise that you are opening the kids eyes to different cultures and languages while also providing them with holiday activities and having a great time while doing it! If you have the financial means it would also be worth asking the coordinator of whatever project you undertake whether you can help out, as I'm sure your help could provide more for the kids. Regarding the hostel life, you will meet some amazing people from all over the world and have some great parties in Cordoba!

What would you improve about this program?
It seems like an odd concept to me that instead of asking for volunteers help when it is needed they are finding work when it suits the volunteers, this should not be the point of volunteering as I know this was the case with the healthcare in Argentina, where the volunteers were sent to a doctor's office where they were not needed at all. If they are not needed then IVHQ should let them know there won't be any work for them.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Chris, Awesome feedback and good photos! It sounds like you had the right attitude to get the most out of your volunteer project and you have provided some really sound advice for future volunteers. Thanks for sharing.