Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included No
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Fan Yes

Program & Schedule

This program has been developed for passionate, sporty people who would love to introduce and coach sports to the children of disadvantaged township communities in Argentina.

You’ll work with local children who otherwise would have little or no access to positive participation in fun and physical activities. The programme allows the children to benefit from the health improvements, emotional wellbeing and greater direct life skills (leadership, communication, teamwork) from participating in structured sports coaching.

These children, aged 6 to 17 are always excited and thankful to visiting coaches from overseas who are willing to dedicate time working with them on a daily basis.

During your time here you can expect to take part in training them in the rules, motor skills and techniques found in:

  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • and/or Baseball

For your first week here, you’ll also have the option to take part in an introductory course of 20 hours of Spanish immersion classes. We highly recommend this as it prepare you with specific Spanish vocabulary related to your chosen sport. It also helps get exposed to some of the local Argentinian expressions that you’ll surely come across in your time coaching!

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you invaluable and practical experience in Coaching
  • Provide a structured physical education program for the children
  • Improve the children’s motor skills, teamwork, outlook and fitness

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You can expect the most of your coaching activity to take place between 16:30 and 19:30.

Depending on which sport the you are taking part in, mornings and weekends are usually free time, with options for various social activities and excursions with other participants.

An example of your schedule would be:

  • Breakfast
  • Free time / Optional Spanish lessons if your first week). (Football coaches must leave early for their training session however!)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon: Arrive at project location with time to prepare for your coaching session. Overall your sport session with the kids will last 2-3 hours.
  • Head back to accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Evenings: If taking part in the Hockey training, you might train during evenings. Otherwise it is free time which can be spent either relaxing or out and about in Buenos Aires. Just make sure you are fit to coach the following day!
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                17

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        On Signup

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements.

Living & 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.

This bustling guesthouse accommodation in Buenos Aires is known as “Casa Pichincha”, which in Spanish means “home”. The accommodation 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.

All communal areas of the facility are cleaned daily and bedding is washed once a week. The accommodation is very secure with security cams 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 breakfast is provided as part of our service every day, and there is a 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 30 metres away from the residence (same block).

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

Some of the free activities:

  • La Bomba del Tiempo Drums Show
  • Tango Class & Milonga
  • Visit Boca Juniors and River Plate Museums
  • Visit to El Tigre

Other optional activities have costs attached to them, for example:

  • Watching an Argentine Football Match
  • City Tour in the Yellow Bus
  • Having an Argentinean Barbeque at a Restaurant

***These activities are not guaranteed and may depend on various factors, such as weather, the number wishing to take part or any other events that may be taking place.***

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

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • General La Madrid

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.