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Introduction

This project was set up as a safe haven for young children who are threatened by poverty and faced with problems like malnutrition, environmental pollution, violence and lack of education. This incredible centre only exists because of the donations and kindness of volunteers. As a volunteer, you will help to create an environment that is secure for the children as well as being somewhere they can develop intellectually. You will be involved with cooking, building handicrafts with the children, playing games and singing as well as having 10 hours of Spanish lessons which enable greater interaction with the project's kids.

Day 1 - Arrival Buenos Aires

Today is an arrival day and no activities have been planned. If you are already in Buenos Aires you need to be at the Volunteers House at 10.30am for registration on Day 1. If you are arriving on Day 1, please note that you need to arrive on a flight that arrives before 7pm. Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas,' Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories. The capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is the ultimate cosmopolitan city. Travellers find that it has more in common with the cities of Europe than the rest of South America. Nearly 40 per cent of Argentina's 33 million citizens live in Greater Buenos Aires, and the Porteños are justifiably proud of their home. The city is comprised of a number of distinct neighbourhoods, some of which have become top tourist draws. For many, the highlight of their time in the capital is a visit to San Telmo for the weekend antiques market and street artists' displays. La Boca was originally settled by the successive waves of immigrants that contribute to the capital's unique character. Its brightly coloured walls and buildings draw Porteños and tourists alike. Posh Recoleta, with its cafés, museums and cemetery, is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. During colonial days, Buenos Aires was the seat of the Viceroy of La Plata. Almost completely rebuilt since the turn of the century, the heart of the city is the Plaza de Mayo, with the historic Cabildo (Town Hall), where the Independence movement was first planned, the Casa Rosada (Government Palace) and the Cathedral, where San Martín, the father of Argentine independence, is buried. When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants, and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Buenos Aires will be your last chance, while in Argentina, to try the succulent bifé and parrilladas, so dig in and enjoy!

Day 2 to 14 - On the project

On day 2 you will be briefed at the Volunteer House. The voluntour includes Spanish classes and volunteering in a local Kindergarten (half-days) in a shanty-town outside Buenos Aires. Both the Spanish Classes and the volunteering will be done Monday to Friday which gives you the chance to explore Buenos Aires on the weekend or you may just need time to relax! A total of 10 hrs one to one Spanish classes are included. In the kindergarten you will interact with the children through games, songs, drawings and workshops. It will be your responsibility to help take care of the children. This may mean playing with the children in the kindergarten's playground; to teach the children numbers, the alphabet in Spanish, their first English words amongst other things. You will help to plan the activities in the kindergarten, maintain personal contact and be a role model for the kids. You will need to offer advice if necessary. You will help the two teachers cook and serve the food (The children get breakfast and a warm lunch), do the dishes, the cleaning or any other tasks that there are to be done. The kindergarten is located next to an old landfill site and has an active landfill right next to it. The garden and its teachers offer the children of the neighbourhood a safe place to play, share, eat and start their school education. About 40 children in the age 3-5 attend everyday while their parents are working. The kindergarten is an educational centre where the kids can develop both intellectually and emotionally. The children come from socially disadvantaged families and are used to being left alone during the day while their parents go out to work in the capital. Therefore be part of this incredible project which will allow you to support these children to develop some invaluable skills.

Day 15 - Departure Buenos Aires

Depart at any time or you have hopefully booked a much longer stay to be able to take in the local life.

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