Evane and Marina: Their experience volunteering in Argentina

Written by Evane and Marina
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Volunteer experience in Argentina Volunteer experience in Argentina Marina and Evane

Hi, we are Evane and Marina, 21 years old, two French students in business living in Paris (France), and we decided to realize our exchange year in Buenos Aires (Argentina) during our second semester.

We chose to do volunteering in the ONG “Voluntario Global” which is a nonprofit organization in Buenos Aires offering international volunteer projects such as English classes, environment projects, childcare, soup kitchens and primary classes in schools and so one with other organizations and communities and we are involved in the community center project and the English classes.

The COVID-19 virus started few months before we arrive in Buenos Aires, and after a few days visiting the city and enjoying our exchange experience in Buenos Aires, the Covid 19 virus started to expand worldwide and gained space in our lives. The first measure told by Alberto Fernández, the President of Argentina, was to keep foreign people, who comes from the main affected countries in quarantine during 14 days. So, we were concerned by this measure, so we started our containment.

We were quite frustrated to be in this huge and symbolic city and stay home during all this time. We could go back in France like many others French students in Argentina, but we chose to stay because we couldn’t leave without discovering the culture, the monuments, the gastronomy, the landscapes and meet “Los porteños” of Argentina.

During this containment, as foreigners, we have been through different difficulties such as buying food to eat during all this time, because we couldn’t go out to buy it but hopefully some neighbors helped us to get food as soon as possible. Otherwise, others neighbors were afraid to get the virus from us, thus they started to call the police every day to check if the containment rules were well respected which we completely understood even though it was sometimes annoying and frightening for us. Besides, we were always in contact with the coordinators, directors of Voluntario Global through Skype and WhatsApp, they offered their help and made sure to keep us safe.

Unfortunately, we had to reduce our volunteering time from 4 to 2 months because of this coronavirus crises, but we hope to learn and discovers many things anyway professionally and personally anyway. During these days closed at home, we took advantage of this time to do sports, yoga, lessons of Spanish, note things to do in Buenos Aires, cooking, watching movies in Spanish subtitles to prepare our exchange. After a week, the full containment started for everyone in Argentina, and it will be finished in the 31th of March, after all of that, we hoped to finally meet the coordinators, volunteers and all the persons involved in the projects of the ONG, visiting Buenos Aires and begin fully our incredible exchange semester.

Read 14504 times

Related items

10 years remembering Armin: A local hero in a world of international heroes

 In 2008, almost 10 years after my first visit to Latin America having just qualified as a Spanish teacher, I arrived in a cold, grey Buenos Aires. The plan was to spend 2 months volunteering with a relatively new volunteering charity called Voluntario Global. Back in 2008, Valeria Gracia and Armin Díaz, the original founders of the organisation, had set up a grass roots organisation that worked, principally, out of two community centres in impoverished barrios of the Argentine capital. What was unique about Voluntario Global, and remains true today, is that it looked to bring together the energy and enthusiasm of international volunteers with the local members of the poor communities of Buenos Aires who believed that change in their lives, and those of their neighbourhoods at large, was possible through international co-operation and partnership.

Crèche Argentine (English version)


            The crèche is not just a place where your children are welcomed and cared for, it is an institution with a deep history and wonderful human values. Indeed, founded by women many years ago, it was a way for them to combine the useful with the pleasant, but above all it was a matter of necessity. Unable to look after children and earn money, they had to find a solution to both problems. So, by building their own crèche, they were able to keep an eye on the children but also develop a business. The beginnings were not easy, sometimes having to bring food from home to feed the children they were looking after because of the little money they had. But with ambition and courage they succeeded and now allow other women like them to do the same thing by getting a job as a teacher, cook or cleaner in the crèche and also to be able to drop off their children. Most of the women working in this institution are, in fact, accompanied by their respective children, sometimes even in the same class.

Voluntario Global Ambassador Arthur Vandeputte

Volunteering Project: I worked at an English school. Outside of the city center in Buenos Aires (Pablo Nogues)

June 2022

Volunteering at the early childhood development center: Jack's experience

On our way to El Alfarero, a small preschool on the southern border between Buenos Aires Ciudad and Buenos Aires Province, the two sides of industrial development exist in close proximity and stark contrast.

Neil's Tips: Argentina and the dollar

Coming to Argentina the first time, I had no idea how complicated the exchange rates and access to cash would be, if you don’t want to lose money!

Argentina: A Dream Fulfilled

Argentina. A land of many ecosystems and one of the largest countries in South America. As a young adult, I dreamt of visiting Argentina, especially after reading Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s, “The Motorcycle Diaries,” and seeing the movie thereafter. Although the story and book focused on Che Guevara’s life, images of the Argentine landscape could not escape my mind. So, I decided to learn more about Argentina’s ecosystems and communities in various parts of the country via my studies.

BA GUIDE: How to feel more at home in the city

Getting to a new city can often be overwhelming, especially one as big as Buenos Aires! There were lots of things I did when I first got to the city to settle in, and some things that my friends did that I didn’t. From my own experience, and having spoken to them, I’ve compiled a guide of how to feel comfortable in the wonderful cosmopolitan metropolis that is the city of Buenos Aires.

How to Help When Things Seem a Bit Hopeless

In a time full of uncertainty, it can be hard not to feel despair as the news cycle makes the state of the world seem ever more desperate and beyond repair. This can be made worse by social media, which exposes us to (often unverified news) on a constant loop, making it very difficult to feel anything but anxious and powerless. Unfortunately these feelings, understandable as they are, stop us from taking action. The more dread we feel, the more paralysed we become and the less likely we are to mobilise. And whilst any one individual is unlikely to effect great change, there’s a whole lot that we can do together! That’s why volunteering can be a great way to get involved with a community, and break this cycle of feeling powerless. But sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, so I’ll share a few tips with you that have helped me:
Login to post comments