Reviews from Past Volunteers

Reviews from Past Volunteers (222)

Playing was never so rewarding

Meet Eva Brockmann, a volunteer from Germany who spent her time in Buenos Aires helping at a kindergarten. Like many volunteers from around the world, she wanted to improve her Spanish whilst doing something meaningful for the local community. Therefore, her day was full of games, tidying the toy's room, and sticky hugs. Playing time was during the morning, and she was surrounded by books and little "Hola, como estas " during the afternoon.

As many Voluntario Global volunteers, Eva stayed at the Volunteer´s House, a space dedicated to strengthening the volunteer work. Besides having a place for communication and exchange of the everyday work with other travelers, the Volunteer´s House is a place where activities for all members of the Voluntario Global community can be organized! 

This kindergarten is located in the south of the city, in an area called Zabaleta, inside the Barracas neighbourhood. Zabaleta is one of the areas with the least resources, its main problems include the lack of a proper sewage system which leads to disastrous floods on rainy days.

At this childcare placement the kids are all different ages, ranging from 2 years to 6. Interaction is a big part of their day - they share between them all of the toys as well as the love of the volunteers who visit them. Being able to play with the volunteers is very fun for them and helps in their early learning and development.

As well as having toys such as dolls and blocks and little cars to play with, the children get to spend their time racing down the slide and kicking a football around. If everything goes as expected, in a near future this institution will belong an outdoor playground to spend the warm springs playing non stop.     Kindergartens are a main priority in Zabaleta due to the amount of working parents who are unable to take their kids to work with them. Most of these childcare institutions are organised by people from the community for people in the community. Sometimes, they are just other mums with an extra room who can help their neighbours by taking care of their most precious treasures - those little smiles.

Lunch is served at noon by the local coordinators who ensure every kid finishes their meal while trying to avoid any kind of food fight among them. Volunteers like Eva are always a tremendous help for local coordinators, they collaborate by watching the kids, picking up the plates, and preparing them for nap time. An extra pair of hands is invaluable!

The argentinian expresion "Panza llena, corazón contento" (full stomach, happy heart) couldn´t be more appropriate.

Some of what you can expect to hear in Buenos Aires

When you think of Argentinian music, normally you think of tango. Of course this is still extremely popular, but there is also a thriving new music scene in Argentina.
Right now is festival season and this year Buenos Aires is playing host to the international electronic festivals Ultra and Creamfields, as well as alternative rock fest Lollapalooza.

This means names like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Arcade Fire and The Red Hot Chili Peppers – all playing in the space of a couple of months in Buenos Aires.
Aside from festivals, DJs like Nicolas Jaar, Marco Carola and David August have all played in clubs around Buenos Aires in the last couple of weeks.

This really is one of the perks of the city for tourists and volunteers alike. It should be no surprise that the Argentine capital attracts such big international names.
Buenos Aires is the 15th largest city in the world and one renowned for its passionate people; here you shouldn’t find any shortage of enthusiastic fans.

It is said that the Rolling Stones like to end their tours in Buenos Aires as it is one of their favourite cities worldwide to play. Alongside this is also a healthy and growing local scene; something which is a must-see for visitors wanting to see a different side of the city.

Buenos Aires is home to a variety of new and exciting music and, if you are willing to put in a bit of research, it can be seen for a fraction of the price in the US or Europe.

Festipulenta, a small-scale festival showcasing underground and rising bands, just celebrated its 5th anniversary. The two-day event (entry ~€5/day) featured great music as well as poetry, comics and books and was well worth a visit. La Ola Que Quería Ser Chau, who you can listen to below, were one of the highlights.

 

Another band worth catching if you are in Buenos Aires is Las Kellies. The post-punk all-female 3-piece are a staple in bars and venues around the city, while they have also managed three albums and two European tours. "Perro Rompebolas", which roughly translates to "Pain in the ass dog", can be heard below:

 

If drum and bass is more your thing, Bad Boy Orange is one of Argentina's best-known producers. Listen below:

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And of course, there is still the Buenos Aires Tango Festival to come in August! Interested in coming to Argentina as a volunteer?

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