About Rustic Volunteers Argentina

Volunteer in Argentina

A Life-changing, Rewarding and Affordable Argentinean Experience!

Volunteer in Argentina for a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the world a better place! Not only will you enhance the quality of life for others, you will explore Argentina, its culture and its natural beauty. With an intriguing mix of important natural, scenic and cultural resources, Argentina is one of the best places to learn Spanish, volunteer abroad. Volunteers/travelers have endless opportunities to experience Argentina such as enjoying vibrant city life, exploring the grandiose Patagonia, resting on the beaches, learning to dance tango, watching a soccer match and appreciating Argentina's well-known cuisine.

Rustic Volunteer invites you to volunteer work in Argentina to travel and protect its vulnerable communities. You can choose from an array of meaningful projects in either Buenos Aires or Cordoba, such as working with orphanages, schools, children, communities, hospitals/clinics, dentists or local professionals. Regardless of the program you choose, your experience will undeniably change your life and the life of others.

To begin your journey to Argentina, send us an email now for more information. Rustic Volunteer assures you will have an experience you won't regret!

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Fees and Dates

Start Dates:

All volunteer programs start on the first and third Monday of each month and are from 1 to 12 weeks.

If you are tired of expensive volunteer programs but want to make a positive contribution in the world, look no further! Rustic is dedicated to offering high quality, well-organized and meaningful programs at the most affordable price in the United States. We work hard to keep costs as low as possible, focusing on the effectiveness of our projects, the safety of our volunteers and the quality of participant experiences. We currently offer the most competitive price possible in today's market including an application fee (of $299) AND a small weekly fee as follows:

Weeks Host Family /Half Food Hostel/ No Food Medical(Host Family /Half Food) Medical (Hostel/No Food)
  1 Week   $482   $454   $532   $504
  2 Weeks   $594   $538   $694   $638
  3 Weeks
  $706   $622   $856   $772
  4 Weeks   $818   $706   $1,018   $906
  5 Weeks   $930   $790   $1,180   $1,040
  6 Weeks   $1,042   $874   $1,342   $1,174
  7 Weeks   $1,154   $958   $1,504   $1,308
  8 Weeks   $1,266   $1,042   $1,666   $1,442
  9 Weeks   $1,378   $1,126   $1,828   $1,576
  10 Weeks   $1,490   $1,210   $1,990   $1,710
  11 Weeks   $1,602   $1,294   $2,152   $1,844
  12 Weeks   $1,714   $1,378   $2,314   $1,978

Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day

Spanish Lessons (10hrs a week, M-F) $120/Week

  • Program fee covers
    • Accommodation
    • No food
    • Donation to project
    • In-country office expenses
    • Field support
    • Project coordination
  • Program fee does not cover
    • International flights
    • Passport and visa fees
    • Immunizations
    • Personal food and beverages
    • Travel costs
    • Entertainment
    • Local transportation
    • Laundry
    • Communication (telephone, internet)
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Volunteer Programs in Argentina

Disadvantaged Children Project (Cordoba)

Since Argentina's economic meltdown in the late 90s, poverty and the lack of appropriate education and family planning have resulted in millions of indigent Argentinean children. Parents cannot adequately provide basic needs such as food, clothing and proper education. Volunteer in Argentina in the Disadvantaged Children Project and improve living conditions, education and future opportunities for the children you help.

In association with a number of non-profit and governmental organizations, Rustic Volunteer places volunteers/travelers who are willing to provide friendship and care for these disadvantaged children who may turn to the streets or less desirable options. This is an opportunity for volunteers/travelers to teach various hands-on skills to these children and ultimately provide them with brighter futures.

Project is not available from December 10 to March, and from 1 – 20 July

Project/Volunteer's Life

As a volunteer in Argentina working with at-risk and street children, there are a wide variety of activities and responsibilities to participate in. Projects will depend on individual skills and interests as well as the needs of the local children projects. Daily tasks may include:

  • Teaching basic English to the children
  • Playing with the children
  • Organizing extracurricular activities such as music, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
  • Keeping children company and providing friendship
  • Teaching life skills such as painting, sewing, cooking, etc.
  • Helping with basic care for the children
  • Promoting healthy eating and nutrition with the children
  • Helping children with personal hygiene
  • Plan educational day trips/field trips
  • Helping fundraise
  • Work with local organizations
  • Help project staff with administrative tasks
Skills and Qualification

This project prefers Spanish skills at a basic to intermediate level. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest enrolling in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding, both for you and for the children you are helping. Interested individuals should have a passion and eagerness to help impoverished and disadvantaged children.

Teach English in Argentina (Cordoba)

Volunteer in Argentina teaching English and explore a beautiful country while opening doors for local students! English is quickly becoming a worldwide business language. In countries throughout the world, native English-speakers or individuals with a high level of English fluency are sought to deliver quality English education. Unfortunately, most rural Argentinean families do not have enough money for quality English lessons, therefore as a volunteer, you can help the less advantaged students still receive a valuable education.

Rustic Volunteer partners with rural schools in Buenos Aires and Córdoba to teach those who would not typically have access to English courses. Our volunteer teachers teach large classes of children and some adults. As you teach in Argentina, you will be able to widen opportunities for others while traveling to one of the best tourist destinations in the world.

School will remain close in Argentina from December to February. The project is not available then but volunteers can enroll in other children project.

Project/Volunteer's Life

Volunteers teaching English in Argentina can either volunteer in Buenos Aires or Cordoba. As a volunteer in teaching English in Argentina, your duties may vary depending on individual skills and interests. Examples of activities may include:

  • Teaching basic English to the children
  • Teaching other subjects such as math or science
  • Playing with the children
  • Organizing extracurricular activities such as music, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
  • Teaching life skills such as painting, sewing, cooking, etc
  • Promoting nutrition and health
  • Helping to fundraise for schools
  • Working with local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Helping with basic maintenance of schools
  • Aiding local school staff in any way possible
Skills and Qualification

This project prefers Spanish fluency at a basic to intermediate level. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest enrolling in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding, both for you and for the children you are helping. Additionally, volunteers should be proficient in English. Applicants should have enthusiasm for the English language and be tolerant, flexible and practical.

Volunteer in NGO-Community Development (Cordoba)

Volunteer in Argentina and help NGOs and community development projects improve underprivileged neighborhoods where city and state government assistance is limited. These neighborhood organizations address various basic issues in poor communities generally related to healthcare, education, food, clothing, work and safety. They encourage direct participation and the organization of citizens for their self-management of social, cultural, economic and political issues that affect them.

Volunteers with experience in various backgrounds such as social sciences, economics, politics, management, psychology, sociology, marketing and so on can provide assistance to these organizations by sharing expertise and support. Through teaching Argentinean families and children about important communal issues, they will be able to live happier and more productive lives.

Project/Volunteer's Life

As a volunteer working with NGOs and community development projects, you can offer support to local communal projects. Personal skills and abilities are often taken into account by matching specific skills with local needs. Activities may include:

  • Supporting and training locals in capacity building tasks such as marketing, fundraising, planning, accounting, management, scouting, etc
  • Establishing communication strategies with the different sectors of the community
  • Developing written and audio/visual communications to foster neighbors to join community centers
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Working to solve communal issues through discussion and problem solving
  • Supporting Schools
  • Teaching English, health, math, science, nutrition, etc.
  • Gardening projects
  • Assisting administrative tasks
  • Helping on maintenance activities
  • Organizing events and trainings
  • Helping community centers
  • Assisting medical staff
  • Organizing recreational and extracurricular activities
  • Aiding institutional development and networking with local governments
Skills and Qualification

This project prefers Spanish fluency at a basic to intermediate level. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding, both for you and for the organizations and projects you are helping. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, adaptive, patient and proactive.

Medical/Healthcare projects (Cordoba)

Volunteer in the Medical/Healthcare project in Argentina and improve the health of others while exploring a beautiful country and immersing yourself into a new culture. Rustic Volunteer's Medical/Healthcare Project in Argentina is the ideal project for anyone considering a career in the healthcare and/or nursing field, as well as individuals interested in the subject of alternative medicine. Volunteers can make a genuine contribution by working alongside doctors and nurses in Argentina's hospitals, health clinics and NGOs.

Volunteers are needed in Cordoba to promote and educate locals and assist communities in the poorest urban and rural areas. Volunteers carry out trainings about personal hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, diseases, etc. As you work in your project, you will be able to gain valuable experience, travel throughout Argentina and most importantly, help locals live healthier, productive and happier lives.

Project/Volunteer's Life

Working as a volunteer in the Healthcare/Medical Project in Argentina, you will work 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday.  Matching individual skills and interests with the needs of the local staff, daily activities may involve:

  • Planning and carrying out educational workshops
  • Teaching locals about nutrition and healthy diets
  • Providing personal care
  • Helping with vaccinations
  • Participating in trainings
  • Promoting clean environments and communities
  • Providing basic first aid
  • Treating minor wounds
  • Taking blood pressure and patient details such as height, weight and temperature
  • Contributing to education about basic health and disease prevention
  • Promoting personal hygiene and sanitation
  • Learning about healthcare practices in different cultures
  • Assisting doctors and nurses in local hospitals
  • Helping the hospital/clinic administrations with record keeping and daily office tasks
Skills and Qualification

Volunteers/Interns interested in joining the volunteer health program in Argentina must possess some proof of healthcare certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT/paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Rustic Volunteer's partnering hospitals/healthcare clinics require a copy of your resume clearly stating credentials and education before your arrival at your assigned project.

This project also prefers Spanish fluency at a basic to intermediate level. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding, both for you and for the organizations and projects you are helping. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, adaptive, patient and proactive.

Work with Disabled Children and Teens (Cordoba)

Volunteer with disabled children and teens in Argentina and change the lives of others while traveling to an astonishing country. Poverty has left many disabled children in Argentina without the opportunity for proper care and attention. Rustic Volunteer partners with local Argentinean organizations and sends volunteers to help psychiatrists, physical education trainers and educational psychologists.

Volunteers have the chance to work alongside local professionals and gain valuable experience.  By providing disabled children with friendship, care, education, physical therapy, occupational therapy and extracurricular opportunities, they have happier lives and futures. While this project can be emotionally challenging, it is also extremely rewarding for volunteers who can witness progress and smiles as disabled children and teens receive the care they deserve.

Project is not available from December 10 to March, and from 1 – 20 July

Project/Volunteer's Life

As a volunteer/traveler in Argentina working with disabled children and teens, responsibilities will vary depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the orphanage, but may include:

  • Simple spending time with disabled children and teens
  • Having fun with children and teens
  • Organizing extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dance, etc.
  • Assisting teachers and staff with routine tasks and chores
  • Assessing the physical and mental health of the disabled
  • Leading educational classes or workshops
  • Reinforcing information taught in workshops or classes
  • Organizing events
  • Assisting children with rehabilitation and therapeutic activities
  • Supporting organizational and management tasks
  • Support program development
  • Fundraising
  • Working on maintenance of the facilities

Please Note: this project is not available from December 1st to March 1st and 20 days in July, but we can gladly place you in a similar project if you would like to volunteer during this time.

Skills and Qualification

This project prefers Spanish fluency at a basic to intermediate level. For those who do not have a basic level of Spanish skills, we suggest enrolling in our Spanish Language Program to make the volunteer time more beneficial for both the volunteer and the children who are being helped. All volunteers should have a passion for children and the disabled and must be flexible, patient and adaptive as well as possess a "can-do" attitude.

Dental Project/Internship (Cordoba)

If you want to work in the field of dentistry and gain valuable international work experience, volunteer/intern in the dental project in Argentina! Rustic Volunteer partners with an informal program for college students and college graduates who wish to attend dental school in the future.

Volunteers have the unique opportunity to travel to Argentina and work alongside qualified professionals who can teach them in return. This program is specifically designed to be a learning experience for international volunteers/interns interested in dentistry as a career. Each volunteer/intern will be assigned a mentor who is a professional dentist. Volunteers will educate rural school children about oral hygiene, screen patients for diseases and participate in general dentistry such as scaling, extractions, fillings, root canal work and surgery. Each mentor will walk the volunteers/interns through differential diagnosis, radiographic interpretation, treatment planning for complex cases, case presentations and behavioral studies. Volunteers/interns will be involved in as much as possible to practice every aspect of dentistry such as orthodontics, endodontic, periodontics, oral surgery and implants. As an informal program, volunteers can learn in a relaxed environment, enjoy Argentina and make the most out of this exciting and once in a lifetime opportunity.

Project/Volunteer's Life

Volunteers will be working with local dentists and dental assistants for at least 20 hours a week.  Examples of possible daily tasks include:

  • Helping with lab work including pouring models
  • Assisting all dental specialties and learning what is being done and why
  • Cleaning and disinfecting treatment rooms
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Stocking dental materials
  • General office maintenance
  • Confirming patient appointments
  • Following up with patients
  • Learning how to perform diagnosis and treatment plans for patient cases
  • Offering varying case presentations
  • Reading and understanding radiographs
  • Learning the different types of numbering/notation for teeth
  • Practicing terms related to dentistry such as instrument names, tooth names, tooth surfaces, etc.
  • Understanding how to review oral hygiene with patients
  • Understanding and implementing all procedures to help make phobic patients comfortable
  • Administrative tasks
  • Printing insurance forms and submitting claims with the appropriate documentation
  • Inputting patient data
  • Understanding insurance benefits, percentages, fees and deducing the patient's co-payment for certain procedures
  • Receiving payments
Skills and Qualification

As a volunteer/intern in the dental program in Argentina, you must be a college student with a correlation between dentistry and your studies or a college graduate who has yet to attend dental school.  You must have social skills and interpersonal skills as well as be open-minded and committed to the rules and procedures of your host organization.  Intermediate Spanish is preferred.  If your Spanish skills are poor, we suggest enrolling in our Spanish Language program to get the most out of your experience.  This position requires a minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week and an internship period of a minimum commitment of 8 weeks.

Volunteer in the Professional Support Project (Cordoba)

As a volunteer in the Professional Support Program in Argentina, you will have the unique and valuable experience of participating in a volunteer program where work with organizations that use your individual skills and interests. Rustic Volunteer partners with Argentinean organizations by placing volunteers who can help to decrease the lack of human and financial resources. Volunteers alleviate poor communal structures and other organizational aspects that hinder development.

There is an array of professional support areas including communications, accounting, marketing, economics, engineering, management, administration, human resources, public relations, events, promotions and tourism, among others. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience Argentinean, gain professional experience and above all, help others. By supporting governmental and nonprofit organizations, local projects will in effect have a greater effect on their communities.

Project/Volunteer's Life

As a volunteer in the Professional Support Project in Argentina, you will support local professionals for 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday.  Volunteers' personal skills and abilities are often matched with specific local needs. Depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the local staff, daily activities may involve:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Graphic design
  • Surveying
  • Web design
  • Project planning
  • Database building/management
  • Networking
  • Preparing recreational activities
  • Organizing extracurricular activities
  • Assisting local staff on routine office tasks
  • Supporting administrative tasks
  • Proposing new ideas to improve the daily work of the organization
  • Helping with promotions and advertising
  • Researching financial resources
Skills and Qualification

This project prefers Spanish fluency at a basic to intermediate level. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest enrolling in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding, both for you and for the people you are helping. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, adaptive, patient and proactive.

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Meals/Accommodations

Rustic Volunteer arranges volunteer meals, accommodations and strong field support for the duration of projects and optional travel packages. In Argentina, volunteers in Cordoba generally stay with host families and accommodations are in simple and clean homes in safe neighborhoods. Volunteers usually have a private bedroom, but occasionally rooms will be shared with a same-gender volunteer. Our host families are well screened and are respected members of their communities who live in affluent neighborhoods. Most of our host families have experience with hosting international volunteers. A host family stay is a great way for volunteers to improve their Spanish skills. The experience provides a unique chance for cultural immersion and exchange. Volunteers staying with a host family receive two local meals per day (breakfast and dinner, no lunch). We can provide vegetarian meal options, but needs must be detailed in the volunteer's application. Snacks and beverages outside of mealtimes are not provided; however, there are local restaurants and grocery stores near the residences in which we place volunteers. In some cases, volunteers in Cordoba will stay with a local hostel, but in this case, meals will not be included in the weekly fee and will be the responsibility of the volunteer.

Rustic offers unparalleled field support to volunteers to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. Once in Argentina, there are many layers of support for volunteers. The most important support comes from our country coordinator/field staff. The secondary support comes from the host project staff and members of host families. Volunteers will have access to our country coordinator's mobile number and they are available 24/7. Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. Our field staff will visit regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to make sure things are going well and as planned. However, if placement is far from our local offices, staff members will stay in touch via email/ phone. Volunteers are also welcome to stop in the offices at any time.

Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival.

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Project Locations:

Argentina Volunteer ProgramsRustic Volunteer programs in Argentina are available in Córdoba and Buenos Aires. As South America's second largest country, Argentina is renowned for its heavily European-influenced culture, rich history and flora and fauna. Argentina's urban areas are modern and colonial, reflecting the influence of European settlers as well as the traditional Spanish-grid style around a main square (plaza). Most of its cities offer most of the amenities you would expect from any modern city. Volunteers can organize various excursions during and after the volunteer project to explore all Argentina has to offer. There is a tourist infrastructure already in place that volunteers can utilize during weekends. Tourist attractions and amenities include architecture, museums, city tours, tango performances, sports, restaurants, art, folk music, festivals, hotels and much more.

Major FAQs - Argentina

  • Application process
  • Please read Rustic Volunteer's 5-Step Application Process

    • There are two options for applying to volunteer in Argentina through our program. You can apply online or you can download an application, fill it out and mail it in to us. You will need to submit your application with a $200 deposit. This program deposit is required to make an application valid.
    • Once we get your application, we will immediately send it to Argentina for processing. They go over your application carefully and find the best project possible for you. The decisions for room and food are made at this time, Arrangement for room and food depends on the location of the project. The vast majority of our volunteers stay in full immersion home stays though some orphanage projects are residential.
    • Once we get the details of your placements, we pass it on to you with a final invoice. Your final payment is due six weeks before your start date and in expedited cases, as soon as possible. The placement details have local contact information use them for contacts on your Visa application or to get in touch with the local staff and host family.
    • Preparation for trips should include reading about Argentina , immunization, travel Visa (entry permit), and booking airfare. If you face any problems our Program Manager is always available for assistance.
    • Once you purchase your ticket, send your flight information to our US office by fax or by email. Your flight information will be forwarded to the Argentina staff who will arrange an airport pickup.
  • Arrival Information
  • Arrival Point:

    Either Ingeniero Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport - Cordoba (also known as Pajas Blancas), or Ezeriza International Airport - Buenos Aires (also known as Ministro Pistarini)

    Airport Pick-up:
    Upon the receipt of your flight information, our in-country coordinator or other project staff will greet you in the airport and take you to your project site. The address and telephone number of the local contact hotel will be given before departure just in case volunteers miss our representative in the airport. Please make sure to e-mail your flight information to both the USA office and the local in-country coordinator's office.

    Departure Point:

    Either Ingeniero Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport - Cordoba (also known as Pajas Blancas), or Ezeriza International Airport - Buenos Aires (also known as Ministro Pistarini)

    Airport Drop:
    Rarely, a few do request an escort back to the airport; this is an extra expense of about $75. Most volunteers are very familiar and comfortable with their stay and have great ease taking their own taxi or bus back to the airport.

    Internal Transportation:

    Rustic Volunteer Travel manages one-way transportation to project. Volunteers will be responsible for their own personal and return travel. We do not cover daily transportation from the host family/hotel to the volunteer project. Our program is designed to save you, the volunteer, as much as possible.

    Start Dates:
    1st and 3rd Monday of each month

    Arrival Before Start Date:

    Rustic Volunteers/Travelers coming to Argentina are advised to arrive one day before their program start date. If you arrive more than one day early or stay after the program, you will be responsible for your room and food expenses.

    Working Hours:
    30- 40 hours per week

  • Visa
  • Rustic strongly suggest that all volunteers apply for a tourist visa in a timely manner before departing for Argentina. Please call our office or contact the local Argentina embassy to learn more about the visa, visa fees and visa extensions. Getting your tourist visa is your responsibility.

  • Health & Safety
  • Being informed is your first defense against disease and safety risks. We recommend visiting some of the following websites for health and safety information:

    General Health Tips for Volunteers in Argentina

    • Publicly available water is not considered safe to drink in most of Argentina. When traveling to the beaches or very rural areas, drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated drinks in cans or bottles. Tap water should not be considered safe at the beaches nor fountain drinks and ice cubes. If this is not possible, make water safer by both filtering through an "absolute 1 micron or less" filter AND adding iodine tablets to the filtered water. "Absolute 1 micron filters" are found in camping/outdoor supply stores.
    • Buy bottled water from respectable outlets/vendors to guard against an upset stomach. Make sure that the seal of the bottle is intact as it is not uncommon for local street merchants to sell tap water in resealed bottles. If this is not possible, make water safer by both filtering through an "absolute 1 micron or less" filter AND adding iodine tablets to the filtered water. "Absolute 1 micron filters" are found in camping/outdoor supply stores.
    • The most common health complaint in any developing nation is upset stomach/diarrhea/vomiting. In many cases.
    • Avoid eating food from road side stalls/vendors. Don't eat unpeeled fruit or fruit that has already been cut by unknown handlers on the street. If you are forced to eat food at a place that you have doubts about, make sure the food is served hot.
    • If you require any prescription drugs, bring enough for the duration of your stay in Argentina . They will need to be carried in their original prescription bottle and the prescription must be in your name.

    It is advisable that you carry a small health kit which should include remedies for an upset stomach, some antiseptic cream, hydration powder, deer mosquito repellant, sun block, band aids, etc.

  • Vaccination
  • We recommend all volunteer/participants visit the Center for Disease Control's website (www.cdc.gov) for traveler's health recommendations. Your travel doctor will be knowledgeable about current epidemics and should be consulted.

    Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

    The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa - including Argentina

    • Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruit, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.
    • Hepatitis B , especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as infants.
    • Malaria: if you are traveling to a malaria-risk area in this region, see your health care provider for a prescription anti-malarial drug. For details concerning risk and preventive medications, Malaria Information for Travelers to South America and Mexico . .
    • Rabies , if you experience extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.
    • Typhoid vaccine. Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors
    • Yellow fever , for travelers to endemic areas in Argentina
    • As needed, booster doses for  tetanus-diphtheria  and measles  .
    • Precaution against Malaria
    • Required Vaccinations
    • None.

    The best prevention of mosquito born diseases is long-sleeves and pants (especially in the early evening) in addition to using insect repellants. This area of Argentina has no malaria, but there are other mosquito-carried/transmitted diseases, such as dengue, that are just as bad and there is no vaccine, just prevention through clothing and repellent.

    Required Vaccinations

    A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain countries in East Africa. For detailed information, see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country . Also, find the nearest authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccine center.

  • Money Matter
  • Argentina's local currency is the Argentinean peso. Dollars can be changed at the exchange houses in the airport. Many businesses accept dollars at the current exchange rate. ATM machines are available in various regions throughout Argentina, especially in Cordoba and the airport where the option of US dollars or Argentinean pesos are available. Do not arrive in Argentina without any cash as ATM machines can be down or fail to accept your card. It is wise to check with your bank ahead of time to confirm that your card will work overseas. Debit cards and credit cards are becoming more acceptable at major stores; however, they are still not accepted as widely as in your home country. Credit card fraud is a major issue in Argentina. Do not use your cards at any smaller or non-reputable locations. Travelers' checks will have to be exchanged in the banks as most locations will not accept them directly. A debit card is the best way of getting money and ATM vendors are available in Cordoba. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in some of the large stores and hotels in larger cities but may not be widely accepted in smaller cities and not at all in the villages.

    Find the Exchange Rate for pesos (ARS) at http://www.xe.com/ucc/

    How much money you bring depends on your personal spending habits. Thrifty people can get by on less than $10/day. Your budget should also include money to explore Argentina in your free time.

  • Field Support and Supervision
  • How does Rustic Volunteer help me when I am in the field? How can I maintain communication? Does Rustic Volunteer visit volunteers?

    Once the volunteer program starts, our local staff members stay in touch with volunteers. We visit our volunteers every 2-4 weeks (if possible) and you are always welcome at the office. We recommend that volunteers stop by the office once a week if they are in the local area just to let us know how they are doing with their home stay and project. Many minor issues can be overcome through a little communication long before they become major issues-ensuring that your trip is exactly what you had hoped for. Your project will have local staff members as well. If your project is far, then our local staff maintains communication by either email and/or phone. We are available to you at the office, by email, and by phone for your entire trip. It is our job to make sure that you are safe and healthy.

  • Communication
  • How do I communicate with my family or Rustic Volunteer staff? Is there internet?

    There are a number of internet cafes located in some of the major cities like Cordoba. Internet use at the cafes usually costs around $1/hour. There are also international phone cards available to make international calls. Also, please use local phone cards for local calls as every minute of local or international use is billed to the families. If you need to contact the local Rustic Volunteer staff members, the families will generally allow you to use the phone for short periods.

  • Climate
  • Yahoo Weather forecast (http://weather.yahoo.com)
    Weather channel (http://www.weather.com)
    Weather Underground (http://www.wunderground.com)

    Argentina climate is quite diverse and is usually temperate in the central regions

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