1) What are the requirements for a volunteering?
- Have at least a basic level of Spanish.
- Be 18 years. There is no upper age limit.
- Have a 3rd party liability, accident and illness insurance. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation.
- Resume and Letter of Introduction, explaining the reasons you are applying for volunteering.
- Have a valid passport and meet the necessary immigration requirements before applying to the program.
- Adapt and respect the local culture.
2) What is the process to apply to be a volunteer?
1. Search through our volunteering section of the programs we have available, by area of interest, place and duration.
2. When you have found a volunteer program you like, you then apply for it by notifying us through our website. Include with that notice, as an attachment, your Resume and a Letter of Introduction where you tell us why you are applying for the program.
1. When all the requirements of Step 1 have been met, we will personally contact you. As part of that contact, we go into detail about the program you have chosen in order to assure both you and Connecting Worlds that this is the ideal program for you. If not, we will then proceed to find the best program that fits what you want. Once you accept a program, your Volunteer Program fee, a copy of your passport and your international insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability must then be submitted to us.
1. Once the dates of Volunteer Program have been established, Connecting Worlds will be in contact with you, arrange your arrival to Argentina, as well as continuing to assist you before, during and after the Volunteer Program, to make your experience unforgettable!
3) Why do a volunteer program with Connecting Worlds?
•Making a difference: Wherever they go, our volunteers leave a great positive impact in the community where they do volunteer work, instead of increasing the carbon footprint as a result of their trip around the world.
•Gaining experience and knowledge: If you are looking to gain experience before entering the workplace or considering a change in your career, a volunteer position will give you the opportunity to learn new skills while improving your Resume.
•Personal Growth: On average, people work about 40 years in their life. Volunteer experience is an ideal opportunity to take a break, do something different and think about what you want to do in your life.
•Learning Spanish: The best way to improve your foreign language skills is to spend time in a country where that language is spoken. Becoming a volunteer with Connecting Worlds is one of the best ways to learn or improve your Spanish within a cultural immersion field.
•Real immersion experience: When you are traveling from place to place, it is very difficult to truly know about the local culture. To spend several months helping abroad, particularly in South America, you can really get to know the culture and appreciate it.
•New friends: By participating in our program you will make new friends from around the world, volunteering just like you, as well as locals. It’s likely that you will communicate with many of these same people long after your trip.
4) Why pay for volunteering?
Connecting Worlds is a cultural exchange organization that receives no government subsidies or financial funding of any kind. We work hard to give all our participants, high-quality programs in different regions of Argentina. We consider our volunteer programs to be both interesting and useful for our local communities and Connecting World volunteers. It takes a great deal of time and effort on our part to find programs appropriate for you.
We donate a considerable portion of the Volunteer Fee to the local volunteer programs in turn make available to you. The purpose of these donations is twofold. It ensures the sustainability of the local programs involved and facilitates the ability of these programs to continue functioning through the use of our donation for the purchase of tools and other necessary equipment.
Connecting Worlds also does not operate in a vacuum. The maintenance of the Connecting Worlds website; regular transportation costs to places where we are developing our volunteer projects; and monthly administrative costs, just to name a few are expenses which we must meet in order to continue operating for you. During your volunteer period, you’ll likely see a Connecting Worlds representative regularly checking that the programs work properly, are reliable, safe and appropriate for our participants. In short, any successful program requires, time, oversight and money.
5) When can I start with the Volunteer program?
One of our advantages is that our Volunteer programs are flexible and you can choose when to start.
6) Can I get academic credit with the Volunteering?
Yes. We will organize the required hours according to what is requested by your university to support them as points.
7) Can I do a Volunteer program if my level of Spanish is not good?
In this case, we first would organize a Spanish course for your level that allows you to refine the language to be able to make the most of your volunteer program or you can take our Spanish course online to be programmed according to your needs, and you can take it anywhere with Internet access.
8) What if I am not happy during the Volunteering?
An advisor of Connecting Worlds will be in frequent contact with you and the organization to verify everything is running accordingly. Our priority is that participants are satisfied and happy with our programs. In addition, the participant is responsible for notifying Connecting Worlds in writing of any kind of problem that could occur during their program within a period of 72 hours after the problem, so we can give you honest advice on how to best approach the situation from a cultural and linguistic standpoint.
9) What about transportation to the project site?
It is expected that each volunteer will be independent and experienced enough to get to the project site on his own. Never fear, however, it is relatively simple to reach the project sites and we will give you detailed information about how to get there. Additionally, the in-site staff is always available for further advice once you have arrived in the target region. Some projects do provide transportation from the airport to the site. In order to use this service, you should inform us in advance about your travel itinerary in order to make the necessary arrangements.
10) Is there an emergency number 24 hours 7 days a week?
Yes, each project has a volunteer support in the destination and an emergency number operates 24 hours 7 days a week. This will all be included in our pre-trip information pack.
11) Is it required to procure insurance against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability?
Yes. To make a Volunteer in Argentina you are required to have this kind of insurance. We have on offer, for our participants, the best coverage with the prestigious Insurance Caremed to provide the best Solutions to Connecting Worlds’ travelers. You can find more information about this plan under the “Plan your trip’’ section. Connecting Worlds is not responsible for any costs incurred by the participant in relation to illness, accident or any other reason that result in early return.