Antipodeans Abroad – Volunteering Programs

Roadie, Annabelle, is originally from Sydney, Australia and volunteered in after school programs for three months here in Buenos Aires!

Where did you volunteer in Buenos Aires and what does the organization do?: I volunteered in an after school program that works with youth living in socially marginalized and extremely impoverished areas in Argentina.

Describe a typical day in the after school program: We head off to the volunteer placement in the afternoon, leaving the morning to check out all of Buenos Aires. After arriving at the volunteer office we all take off in the van and travel 40 minutes out of the city to las villas where we begin our work with the community, engaging in recreational, educational and social activities with the children once they have completed their school day.

What makes Buenos Aires a special place to volunteer: Buenos Aires is such a remarkable place filled with things to do there’s never a dull moment.

The most interesting thing you have done as a volunteer: I went with the organization to the North of Argentina and volunteered in a village where I was involved in tasks such as cooking, cleaning, collecting fresh water from a stream and as a result gained a really authentic feel for life in the village! It was great!

The greatest challenge you face as a volunteer: The language barrier proved to be very challenging at times.

Your biggest accomplishment since arriving: Seeing my communication skills improve as the volunteering went on, going from knowing very basic Spanish to being able to communicate more fluidly by the conclusion of the program.

One fun fact about Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires is home to Avenida 9 de Julio which is the widest street in the world at an imposing sixteen lanes. It typically takes at least 2 traffic light rotations to cross.

Your favorite memory of your time in BA: When a group of us went to Mendoza and we got to experience snow at -7 degrees Celsius on our mountain tour.

Advice to future Roadies: Definitely attend all the events that Road2Argentina runs as the activities have been handpicked based on the Roadies interests.

Why choose Road2Argentina: R2A helps you with anything you could need in the city to get settled! Through the activities they run and the guidance the co-coordinators provide, they ensure you get the most out of your time in Argentina!

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