There is no better way to use Spanish and live a full cultural immersion. Academia Buenos Aires offers you the possibility to combine Spanish courses with volunteer work. You can work in different organizations and projects in Buenos Aires, discovering very particular problems and benefiting people in many sectors. Share your time, ideas and skills with Argentineans and discover their culture in a unique way!
We consider volunteer work as an exchange whereby the volunteer in social organizations offers his work and the organization offers a space to share experiences. Receiving a volunteer implies integrating him into daily routines, allowing him to get to know one’s way of life. Being a volunteer, for us, is not an act of charity. It is a way of getting to know and to respect other cultures.
We work with various organizations and you will have to pay neither for our help in organizing your volunteer work, nor for actually working there. If the volunteer organization depends on donations, Academia Buenos Aires will make this contribution, not you. We ask you to take a minimum of three weeks of regular Spanish classes at Academia Buenos Aires. When starting the volunteer work you will need sufficient Spanish language skills to be able to communicate with the people you will be working with. We consider it necessary to have at least an “Intermediate” Level (= Level 4) at the time you start volunteering. Our program is for all students willing to share their energy and time for a period of at least 4 weeks on a concrete project. There is no age limit. When you contact us, you briefly explain what you are looking for, what kind of social work you would like to do and what your expectations are. With regard to Spanish classes, you can take our online test (plus an oral test when you come here) and will then be assigned a group of your skill level. You can also communicate your housing preferences, in case you require housing. Send us a mail to or use the reservation form on this webpage.
Usually the volunteer program starts with a one-day orientation during which you will get to know the place where you will work. You will then be assigned specific tasks based on what the organization needs, your availability, your skills, your Spanish level, your area of interest and obviously also on what you agreed upon in previous contacts with us. What are the tasks usually assigned to volunteers? Obviously the answer to this questions depends on the institution where we organized your stay. There are several options for volunteer work placements. Some of them are: Educational and recreational programs for children or teenagers, environmental protection campaigns, English language classes, arts and computer workshops, building houses for unsheltered people, translations, helping prepare food in soup kitchens, working in an orphanage home, with street children, and many more. Remember that the better your Spanish level, the easier you will be able to communicate in your workplace and the easier you can choose between different tasks. That is true for all volunteer activities. We are looking forward to seeing you volunteer in Buenos Aires! Your help will be appreciated.