Volunteer work with local staff to help improving everyday life in undeprivileged areas of Buenos Aires
A bakery and a textile center are based in this community center. It's also a training center for adults and for children (after-school support and English classes).
Volunteers are helping in the kitchen to prepare and service breakfast, lunch and snacks to the members of this community center on a daily basis. This is a great opportunity to mix with the locals and speak Spanish with colleagues and customers. This project is available all year long for minimum 2 weeks, except the first 2 weeks of January.
Lots of people work in the kitchen but there is never enough help and the volunteer’s collaboration is crucial.
The volunteer’s “hands” are always welcome in the kitchen, helping to prepare lunch and learning the secrets of traditional Argentinean food.
Also helping serve the food and drink and collect the plates.
The people who work in the different areas of the community centre have lunch in the centre every day and so volunteers have the opportunity to mix with the locals and practice speaking Spanish not only with the people who work in the kitchen but with everyone who comes to eat.
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2pm, three or four days per week.
Not available during December and January.
Spanish level required: Basic (A1- A2).
Minimum stay: 2 weeks
The kitchen is the best place to learn Spanish. You learn whilst cooking and in a relaxed and fun way. The most important thing is to show an interest in helping and learning. The cooks spend many hours in the kitchen and at times feel that they are only useful in this particular area. The presence of volunteers and the power to teach them Spanish makes the cooks feel very happy that they can help and be part of a cultural exchange.
The community center is the neighborhood of La Boca, about 30 minutes from our Volunteers House in downtown Buenos Aires. The center provides educational activities and workshops, but it also has small cooperatives, micro enterprises, and the kitchen that receives more than 100 people every day to eat.
On your first day you will be shown round the whole community center. You will get to know each area, the workers and students.
I left England with the hope that this experience would broaden my mind and teach me new things. As my time here draws to an end, I can honestly say that Argentina has defiantly met all my expectations and exceeded them. Buenos Aires now means a lot to me, and for this reason I intend to return some day. I would like to thank all the people I worked with and met during my stay, for making it such a wonderful experience. I finish with a quote of one of Argentina’s best writers, Jorge Luis Borges. “Siempre estaba (y estaré) en Buenos Aires”
Non-profit association based in Argentina and dedicated to developing volunteer programs in Latin America. We aim to educate young people on how to be socially conscious and create a collaborative network among different social organizations. We create links between different social organizations. We promote decent employment for youth and the development of social consciousness. We see political activism as a necessary tool for citizen participation and the only way to generate profound changes that allow the establishment of a more just and egalitarian society. Volunteers enable the training and education of children, youth and adults in community centers and institutions.
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