Childcare

Buenos Aires - Argentina

Only 480€ per week!

Be part of a rewarding childcare program that provides children from shanty areas and low-income, vulnerable communities with safe environments.

This is done in the form of juegotecas (playrooms) where you can create and engage in different activities to keep the children off the streets and develop their interpersonal and communication skills that will help them in their future career . This is a mass participation project open to the community.

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Program Description

This program is a partnership with a local organization that strives to build a closer relationship with local community leaders and collaborate as part of an ‘open-door policy’ with the local community as a whole.

The project as such takes place in Juegotecas – safe educational spaces for children – and are led by people with a strong interest in helping the youth stay off the streets, develop their skill set and get involved in activities to support their development.

Participants in the childcare project play an important role in supporting the execution and development of these projects. Children come with endless energy and it is their responsibility to guide that energy in a positive way and provide children with friendship, camaraderie and valuable exposure to the English language. Each participant is encouraged to bring their own unique quality and background to the playground. The affection these children will show participants will be a unique experience.

The projects operate in local soup kitchens and NGOs and are aimed at children and teenagers aged from 5 to 14 years-old. They will provide support to local staff in facilitating games, activities and meals for up to 45 children and teenagers at each location. Activities can vary depending on location, but typically include arts and crafts, songs and games, as well as outreach campaigns where the soup kitchen delivers free meals to homeless people.

During the month of January, participants move their activity to state-led summer camps.

Aims & Objectives

The objective of Juegotecas in themselves are not specific; in broad strokes, keeping children happy, entertained and acquiring skills could be named as such.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Schedules will vary depending on location. In general, participants are expected to work between 4-5 days, always within Monday through Friday. Typically beginning mid-morning (roughly 10:00) and ending between 16:00 and 18:00.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Arrival

Resume copy required: On Arrival

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • This project is best suited to proactive participants with plenty of energy and an enthusiasm for working with children.
  • Previous experience or qualifications in early childhood education are advantageous but not required to join this project, as you will be working under the guidance of the local staff.
  • A Spanish level of B1 is recommended but not required.

Additional Equipment

  • Participants should bring or purchase locally all materials they deem necessary for the activities they would like to carry out with local children, as well as materials to teach or show about their country of origin.
  • General supplies for activities will be provided by the host organization.

Location

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. As a top tourist destination, known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life, Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of theatres in the world.

On top of this, Buenos Aires has great places for everyone to practice any kind of sport. It also acts as host to a number of high level sporting events in football and hockey each year, because of its world class stadium facilities.

About the Accommodation

This bustling guesthouse accommodation in Buenos Aires comprises of mostly dorm rooms, and each room is equipped with lockers, drawers and shelves as well as lockable doors. All bathrooms are shared but split by gender.

The accommodation is very secure with security cameras 24/7, lockable buildings and rooms and a night security guard.

For your relaxation there is also a dining room and lounge, equipped with TV and Wi-Fi. There is also table tennis and a patio for barbeques.

Food Arrangements

Only a western-style breakfast is provided as part of our service from Mondays to Fridays. You do have access to a communal kitchen here for you to store and prepare your own food for any further meals. There are various local eateries you can enjoy too!

Facilities

It is close to all amenities with the closest shops and mini market less than a 5 minute walk away.

Supermarket: Located 5 minute walking distance from the accommodation

ATM: 10 minute walk from the accommodation.

Laundry: There’s a laundry shop within walking distance from of the accomodation site.

Restaurants / Bars: There are plenty of small restaurants and bars within walking distance but for the best ones, you will need to take the subway, bus or taxi (15 minutes away).

It is a 30 minute walk or 1 subway ride to other amenities such as banks, and larger supermarkets and shopping centres.

An internet cafe and laundry service is nearby for your convenience.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

On some weekends you may choose to visit out of town attractions such as:

  • Colonia, Uruguay
  • Iguazú Falls
  • Mendoza Province
  • Buenos Aires city

You may also like to join these extra activities at your own costs:

  • Watching an Argentine Football Match
  • City Tour in the Yellow Bus
  • Having an Argentinean Barbeque at a Restaurant
  • La Bomba del Tiempo Drums Show
  • Tango Class & Milonga
  • Visit Boca Juniors and River Plate Museums
  • Visit to El Tigre

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Argentine Republic

Population: 43 million

Capital: Buenos Aires

Language: Spanish

Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)

Time zone: UTC -3

Country Information

Argentina is a huge country (the 8th largest in the world) that possesses a great variety of natural wonders, interesting culture, a bustling nightlife, an opportunity for winter sports, wonderful festivals, scrumptious food, endless chances for wine tasting, tango dancing, and much, much more.

The country boasts the highest and the lowest points of South America, with Cerro Aconcagua being the tallest at an altitude of 6,960 meters above sea level and Laguna del Cabrín being the lowest, with an altitude of 105 meters below sea level.

The name Argentina comes from Latin language. Argentum means “silver” and it is what the Spanish conquerors were after when they first reached the region.

A stroll through Buenos Aires’ or Cordoba’s bustling city life, a night of dancing tango, skiing down the Andes, admiring the world renowned and jaw-dropping Iguazú Falls, an excursion to the southernmost tip of the Americas, Tierra de Fuego (“Land of Fire”) are just some of the many things you can do while in this country that will heighten your senses like no other.

Climate

Argentina’s climate varies from region to region due to the country’s size (it is the eighth largest country in the world!). The northern region can sometimes be the host to extreme heat, while the capital, Buenos Aires and the Pampas in the center remain quite temperate and Patagonia displays sub Antarctic cold in its glacial regions.

Buenos Aires and the Pampas have quite a temperate climate which is cold in the winter, then hot and humid during the summer.

The Andes region is cool in the summer but very cold in the winter. The same goes for Patagonia.

The desert region can reach temperatures as high as 50°C in the summer and become quite cold in the winter.

Culture

In many ways, Argentina is the “Europe of Latin America” as it has been greatly influenced by Italian, Spanish and German immigration. Many big cities and even small villages are characterized by their European nature.

Tango is one of Argentina’s biggest contributions to the world and you must give it a go while here! It is a steamy dance like no other and free lessons take place in various public places around big cities. Football/Soccer is another emblem of the country’s lifestyle and Argentines are passionate about it!

Gastronomy

Argentina is known for its beef-oriented cuisine. Grilled meat, beef ribs and steaks are eaten on an almost daily basis. A common condiment is Chimichurri (a sauce of herbs, vinegar, and garlic).In Patagonia, lamb and goat are consumed more commonly than beef.

Lunch is the biggest meal in Argentina because dinner takes place quite late (around 21:00 or 22:00). This is common in many Latin American countries.

Because of the huge population in Argentina that are of Italian descent, pizza is another common meal and is taken quite seriously! Argentinians often regard their pizza as being better than Italy’s. Gelato is also easy to find around the cities.

And for dessert: dulce the leche (“milk candy”), which is used to fill cakes and pancakes and also eaten over toast.

Transportation

Plane

Domestic flights are plentiful, but often quite pricey. Another point of note is that the price of the ticket is often doubled for non-residents. The main airlines are Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN Chile. There is a budget airline option called LADE, with fixed prices which are usually very cheap, but hard to get as they get booked almost instantly, especially during the holidays. LADE is a great option if you wish to fly, but it is important to keep in mind that their flights are often delayed (even for a day or two!).

Bus

The bus network in Argentina is extensive and the buses are quite comfortable, especially those that are used for long distance travel. There is a good amount of legroom available and food is often served on board on buses that are due to travel longer than 200 kilometers. For this reason, and the fact that domestic travel can be quite pricey, getting around Argentina by bus is one of the most common methods. However, it is important to keep in mind that it is a huge country and sometimes you might have to spend more than fifteen hours in a bus to reach your destination.

Train

Rail networks are very limited and the trains are often slow and not very comfortable. However, prices are extremely cheap so it remains a good option for those on a tight budget. The rail network is not very extensive, but it does go from one major city to another major city a few times per week (i.e. Ferrobaires train company departs from Buenos aires to Córdoba twice per week).

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