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Working and volunteering


There are many opportunities for volunteering in Argentina, anywhere from food banks to villas miserias (shantytowns) to organic farms. Some ask just for your time (or a modest fee) while others charge hundreds of dollars (with not necessarily a high percentage of money going directly to those in need). Before choosing an organization, it’s good to talk to other volunteers about their experiences.

Aldea Luna (www.aldealuna.com.ar) Work on a farm in a nature reserve.

Anda Responsible Travel (www.andatravel.com.ar/en/volunteering) Buenos Aires travel agency supporting local communities.

Conservación Patagonica (www.conservacionpatagonica.org) Help to create a national park.

Eco Yoga Park (www.ecoyogavillages.org/volunteer-programs) Work on an organic farm, construct eco-buildings and teach local communities.

Fundación Banco de Alimentos (www.bancodealimentos.org.ar) Short-term work at a food bank.

Habitat for Humanity Argentina (www.hpha.org.ar) Building communities.

WWOOF Argentina (www.wwoofargentina.com) Organic farming in Argentina.


  • Unless you have a special skill, business and/or speak Spanish, it’s hard to find paid work in Argentina other than teaching English – or perhaps putting time in at a hostel or expat bar.
  • Native English speakers usually work out of language institutes. Twenty hours a week of actual teaching is about enough for most people (note you aren’t paid for prep time or travel time, which can add another hour or two for each hour of teaching). Frustrations include dealing with unpleasant institutes, time spent cashing checks at the bank, classes being spread throughout the day and cancelled classes. Institute turnover is high and most people don’t teach for more than a year.
  • A TEFL certification can certainly help but isn’t mandatory for all jobs (check out www.teflbuenosaires.com). You’ll make more money teaching private students, but it takes time to gain a client base. And you should take into account slow periods, such as December through February, when many locals leave town on summer vacation.
  • To find a job, call up the institutes or visit expat bars and start networking. March is when institutes are ramping up their courses, so it’s the best time to find work. Many teachers work on tourist visas (which is not a big deal), heading over to Uruguay every three months for a new visa or visiting the immigration office for a visa extension.
  • There are job postings at http://buenosaires.en.craigslist.org and you can try posting on expat Facebook groups or website forums such as www.baexpats.org.

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