Learn Spanish & Volunteer with Kids (STA exclusive)
Day 1 Buenos Aires
Today is an arrival day and no activities have been planned. If you are already in Buenos Aires and are not using your arrival transfer, 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 2-14 Learn Spanish and Volunteer with children in Argentina
On day 2 you will be briefed at the Volunteer House. The voluntour is comprised 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. The majority of the neighbourhood's inhabitants are immigrants from other Latin-American countries; mainly Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru. They live on occupied land in small houses or shacks made from wood, bricks or any other material that can be found and must tap power lines for electricity. The streets are usually unpaved and covered with rubbish. The neighborhood faces problems such as environmental pollution, malnutrition, drug abuse, violence, and lack of education. Life here is determined by the megacity’s trash: one of Argentina’s biggest landfill is in J.L. Suárez and many locals work as cartoneros – “cardboard collectors“. That is, they search through garbage bags in the city center or at the landfill looking for food and recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, metal or plastic which they can sell to scrap dealers. The trash causes several illnesses such as allergies, respiratory disorders and skin diseases.
Day 15 Buenos Aires
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