How to make your time as a volunteer in Argentina unforgettable

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If you are considering going to Argentina as a volunteer, we hope the following article will dispel your doubts and help you to have an unforgettable time.

People & Language

The Argentinean people are known for their charm and their wit, however most of all for their national pride. Politics is a staple topic in local cafés and bars and Argentineans don’t shy away from public expression. For them, protest and demonstration are tools to achieve democracy and change that have had to be gained through struggle. Because of this demonstrations and strikes seem almost to be part of the Argentine daily routine. 

If you have a sweet tooth, you are sure to love Argentina. Dulce de leche is the most famous sweet – the sweet caramel sauce is the Argentinean answer to Nutella. It can be found in many sweet dishes and ice creams and it is almost impossible to avoid at some point during your stay. Argentinean summers can get very hot. For this reason, it is essential to drink a lot. The perfect refreshment here is Yerba Mate (or just Mate). It is a tea made from the leaves of the mate bush and people love it for its stimulating effects. It has a strong, slightly bitter taste which was originally appreciated by Argentina's indigenous population.

Tips for Volunteers

  • Try to be open-minded when it comes to food. Remember, you are not at home and it is not your mum cooking here!
  • Be ready to work with your hands when you volunteer in a soup kitchen. If no one cuts the onions the soup would not taste good.
  • Don’t stick to food you can eat at home. Being interested in a culture also means being interested in a country's cuisine.
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