I had a WONDERFUL experience with Projects Abroad Argentina! I previously volunteered with Projects Abroad in Morocco and had a fantastic experience as well, so I had high expectations for my trip to Argentina. All expectations were far exceeded!
I worked at two different orphanages. My "main" orphanage was working with children with disabilities. I specifically asked Projects Abroad to not place me with children with disabilities, but I am so glad they did! It was the hardest work I have ever done, but it turned out to be a great experience. I now want to teach special education! The other orphanage had children, infants to ten years old. I worked there twice a week, mainly during my second month. The children were a lot of fun, but it is hard working with children from such disadvantaged families. My Spanish level was extremely low, so although communication was difficult at times, with children it is easy to use gestures and play.
Host families can make or break a trip and my family was amazing. I truly felt like a part of the family and was included in every thing. I still talk to my family regularly and my trip was just over 2 years ago!
The other volunteers were great to hang out with when I needed a break from attempting to speak Spanish. There are lots of great places to travel in Argentina, and my one regret is that I did not travel more. However, I now see that as an excuse to return to Cordoba and visit my host family while exploring some other cities along the way!
I would absolutely recommend Projects Abroad to my friends. I have had the privilege of speaking with volunteers before they sign up and/or leave for a trip and I hope that I have helped them see what a life-changing trip they will have. Projects Abroad supported me throughout my two month stay, and I could call any staff member at any hour of the day and would be met with a friendly voice on the other line. I felt that the staff genuinely cared about me while I was there.