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Teaching Children in Buenos Aires.

Teach a variety of subjects to children of all ages in a choice of schools, orphanages and social assistance centres.

You can help with English, Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, particularly if you have an interest in one of these areas. 

You'll act as an assistant to the regular English teacher.

Despite disadvantages, the children are usually warm and friendly and they need and respond well to care, attention and affection.

Argentina is stunning! Many neighbourhoods have their own unique flair, such as the brightly painted houses of La Boca or beautiful Belgrano. Argentina is a vast country, from the subtropical north to the subantarctic south.

  • Start Dates    
  • All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
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  • Requirements    
  • Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.

What's included    

  • Arranging your Programme, 
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance, 
  • Payment Protection insurance 
  • Accommodation 
  • Food (excluding lunch) 
  • Meeting you at Buenos Aires Airport 
  • Transfer to your accommodation 
  • Transport to and from your project 
  • Local in-country team support and backup 
  • 24-hr emergency support. 
  • Free T-Shirt.
  • Certificate of Completion

What's not included    

  • Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?    

  • All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
  • Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
  • Also available as a summer placement in Argentina, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Latin America.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

WORK CONTENT

TEACHING IN SCHOOLS: 
You'll work in a school where the children come from a mix of class backgrounds. You'll have the chance to help them with English mainly, but also Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, particularly if you have an interest in one of these areas. You will nearly always be an assistant to the regular English teacher.

TEACHING IN CHILDREN'S HOMES, COMMUNITY CENTRES & ORPHANAGES: 
You'll provide basic English teaching through playing or singing with the children. They are starved of affection, and volunteering in any home can be challenging but highly rewarding. It will help if you have a basic understanding of Spanish, but it's not a requirement.
One of the Orphanages we work with is for children who have been “infected” with HIV (very few) or have been “affected” by HIV. Teaching at this home is entirely optional.

TEACHING ADULTS (optional): 
Adult courses are spread across a variety of institutions and Social Assistance Centres. You could be asked to teach adults of all ages. Often class sizes are small and you will usually be in sole charge of the class. Teaching is available to adults all year round. Students here are usually 20 or older and are very eager to learn English.

You may be asked to teach children or adults depending on the time you're there and whether the schools are on holiday or not. You'll usually teach from 10 to 12 to 12 hours a week, in a variety of institutions during your stay, giving you a rounded experience. You'll have plenty of free time during your placement to enjoy all of the attractions that Buenos Aires has to offer! 

The Teaching placement is available all year round. However, the schools do have holidays so during these times teaching is only available to adults or in the Children's Homes. The school terms are as follows:

  • Term 1: Last week of February to the second week of July
  • Term 2: Last week of July to the third week of December.

THE LP COMMUNITY PROGRAMME:
During your placement you may attend the LP Community Centre twice a week, usually in the afternoon for 2 hours, to help with English workshops. You work with children and adults and can also get involved with other classes. such as Yoga, Arts & Crafts, Music, Dancing, etc.

The LP Community Centre in La Boca provides food for more than 1,000 people in the local community. Over 200 families help distribute the food. It started when a handful of local neighbours purchased sewing machines, ovens and kitchen supplies and started producing clothes and food for the community. Soon after, the Ministry of Social Development donated money to help upgrade the kitchen facilities. The community grew and is now fundamental to the La Boca neighbourhood.

ACCOMMODATION

You'll live a hostel situated in a beautifully renovated historic building in Downtown Buenos Aires, very conveniently located for exploring the city, with an endless supply of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. It has a socialble atmosphere and you'll be made to feel welcome with a real chance to immerse yourself in Argentine culture.
You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel has a common area where you can relax and watch TV or DVD’s and there is also a piano and a ping pong table! It also has Wi-Fi and a couple of computers and a small roof terrace with chairs to enjoy the sunshine.

FOOD
You’ll be given an allowance for your meals (breakfast and dinner, lunch is excluded for projects in Buenos Aires). This arrangement is to give you the flexibility to sample the great Argentinean food. Right on the door step of the hostel there are many cafes and restaurants with great priced menus just waiting for you….the choice is yours!

HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION: 
If you would prefer a more cultural experience, we can arrange for you to stay with a local Argentinean family. Host family accommodation gives you the opportunity to become more integrated in the local community and is ideal if you want to practice your Spanish (Basic/intermediate Spanish is required to stay with a Host Family). You'll have a comfortable private room and use of the kitchen. Breakfast and dinner is provided every day and you will usually share a typical Argentinean meal with your family.

Facilities in host families do vary, but you can express your preferences regarding the type of family that you stay with (for example, a family with or without children, pets, etc). If you stay in a host family you will be given contact details of other volunteers living in Buenos Aires so that you won't miss out on any socialising!

If you choose the host family option, there is an additional supplement.

Duration: 
2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements

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  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration: 2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
  • Price: From £1,045

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