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

In this program you will be lending a hand to the Barracas Club, a sports oriented club set up by the local community to assist local teenagers and students. They are dedicated to improving their personal growth in various ways, mainly by offering them the opportunity to spend their free time off the streets and in valuable and structured sports and community classes.

The club is run by members who are villagers in the community and gets its funding from donations and fundraising. Their dedicated members even raise funds through handicraft and bake sales!

You will be helping this great initiative in various ways. Expect to get involved in:

Sport lessons

Coach and train youth here in a variety of sport lessons. Typical favourites are football, volleyball, hockey and basketball, however you are welcome to share your knowledge of your unique sports from your home, or any sport you know well enough!

These lessons take place in the club’s field and/or gymnasium in the late afternoons after school. The classes are from around 17:00 – 20:00 and there can be 2-3 different classes depending on the ages of students. You can expect approximately 15 students per class.

Please note that if you would like to teach a more unique sport not listed, you may need to bring sport equipment from your home country, as we may not be able to find them here in Argentina!

English Lessons

During the mornings of this program, you will help by teaching basic English to local kids whose normal school classes take place in the afternoon. We recommend a conversational approach and using games, presentations and ice breakers to improve their speaking abilities!

Life Skills

We will also find time in your schedule to offer professional or practical lessons in various subjects such as art, cooking, photography, computer literacy, handicrafts etc. If you have any kind of suitable and helpful knowledge, feel free to share it with the class!

Construction

The club may also need you help with some light renovation and construction or painting, depending on what is needed nearby. This is a great way for you to leave a physical mark on a growing community.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you invaluable and practical experience in Coaching and Teaching
  • Improve the children’s motor skills, teamwork, outlook and fitness
  • Improve the village children’s educational prospects and widen their cultural interactions

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will be working approximately about 6 hours per day. An example of your schedule would be:

  • Breakfast
  • Conduct an English/Life skill lesson or help out with some construction
  • Lunch
  • Lesson preparations and discussion
  • Sport lesson
  • Late Dinner
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Intermediate

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • Demonstrate an ability and understanding of the sport you intend to coach

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.