Teach English to delightful children at one of our Catholic Medium schools in vibrant Buenos Aires. You can also teach Drama full time if you have experience in this area and you can also choose to teach Sport, Maths or Music, alongside teaching English. You'll act as an assistant to the regular English teacher. No qualifications needed.

Buenos Aires is stunning and often referred to as the Paris of South America. This cosmopolitan city has exciting neighbourhoods such as La Boca with its brightly painted houses and the elegant areas of Belgrano and Palermo.


Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Argentina, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £1,195 (approx. US$1,500) for 2 weeks
£200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: This Project is available during school terms/semesters only - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17 and no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm).
If you're teaching English language, you should have upper-intermediate English.
If you're teaching other subjects then intermediate English is acceptable.
Please enquire if you're unsure whether your English level is good enough.
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Food (excluding lunch),
Meeting you at Buenos Aires Airport,
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project,
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in teaching, working with children.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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Children on the Teaching Project in Argentina
Some of the children from one of the classes in one of the schools.


You'll work in one of our Catholic schools in the stunning city of Buenos Aires. These schools are middle class and although English is taught as a main subject, the exposure to English spoken by a native speaker is immeasurable. The children are a joy to teach and very enthusiastic at being taught by volunteers and you can bring some fun and innovative ideas into the classroom.

You are able to teach all ages, from kindergarten through to the age of 16. The schools are large and hold between 600 and 1,800 students. The average class size for the Kindergarten students is around 15-20 with 28-34 in the higher classes. You'll assist a teacher and they will also help with your lesson plans.

You'll normally teach 4 days a week from approximately 10.00 am - 4.00 pm for around 3-4 classes per day. If you would like to teach more classes, this can be arranged.

Full time Drama can also be arranged (if you have some experience) and, depending on the length of your stay you may be able to put on a play orshow. You can also combine coaching sports with your teaching English placement. Sports that are available are, football, handball and badminton.

The project is subject to school holidays and teaching during this time is not available. Please see school holidays below:

  • Summer Holiday: 20/12/2017 – 05/03/2018
  • Winter Holiday: 17/07/2018 – 28/07/2018

Extract from a Report sent in by one of our schools:

Jane has taught secondary school students from 1st Year to 3rd Year, for a period of two weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 14.00 to 16.00hs. She could easily adapt to the different levels. The home teachers gave her the lesson plans before every class, so she always knew exactly what to do and what to expect from the students.

Classes were entirely planned to practise listening comprehension and oral production. Jane has helped students deal with syllabus topics, engaging them in meaningful and interesting conversation. Students had the chance to practise for the oral exams that they will eventually take at the end of the year.

In one group she explained the meaning and uses of a long list of slang expressions. They all had fun because some of them were really funny! In another class they watched a small part of the film ”The Hunger Games”. As they watched, she helped students with the comprehension and afterwards they could hold a long discussion about certain aspects of the story.

It was really wonderful to have Jane around for she is such a nice girl, very respectful and highly responsible with the school work that was assigned to her. All the students enjoyed her classes very much and we all hope she enjoyed them that much too. School Principal


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Volunteers teaching a class in Argentina
Volunteers Jane Pursey and Yana Atkinson from the UK sharing a teaching class in Buenos Aires.
Volunteer Susanne Junio teaching a class in Argentina
Volunteer Susanne Junio taking the children through 'Hands, Knees ...'.
Travellers Argentina Manager Melina (centre) relaxing with volunteers Nicola Greenwood and Frances Gentry at one of the many outside cafes in Buenos Aires.


You'll live a hostel situated in a beautifully renovated historic building in Downtown Buenos Aires, very conveniently located for exploring the city, with an endless supply of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. It has a sociable atmosphere and you'll be made to feel welcome with a real chance to immerse yourself in Argentine culture.

You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel has a common area where you can relax and watch TV or DVD’s and there is also a piano and a ping pong table! It also has Wi-Fi and a couple of computers and a small roof terrace with chairs to enjoy the sunshine.


You’ll be given an allowance for your meals (breakfast and dinner, lunch is excluded for projects in Buenos Aires). This arrangement is to give you the flexibility to sample the great Argentinean food. Right on the door step of the hostel there are many cafes and restaurants with great priced menus just waiting for you….the choice is yours!


If you would prefer a more cultural experience, we can arrange for you to stay with a local Argentinean family. Host family accommodation gives you the opportunity to become more integrated in the local community and is ideal if you want to practice your Spanish (Basic/intermediate Spanish is required to stay with a Host Family). You'll have a comfortable private room and use of the kitchen. Breakfast and dinner is provided every day and you will usually share a typical Argentinean meal with your family.

Facilities in host families do vary, but you can express your preferences regarding the type of family that you stay with (for example, a family with or without children, pets, etc). If you stay in a host family you will be given contact details of other volunteers living in Buenos Aires so that you won't miss out on any socialising!

If you choose the host family option, there is an additional supplement.


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The Reception at the (very friendly) hostel has a good vibe.
One of the very comfortable bedrooms at the Hostel. The staff are pretty wonderful as well :-)


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Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.


Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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Volunteers enjoying a night out.


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to let you learn, expand your personal and professional development ... and add to your fun and enjoyment!

Very popular choices are Spanish Courses and Dance Courses.

An incredible evening packed with an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine, wine and culture while meeting people from all over the world.
Price: £40 per person. Excludes transport to and from the starting point.

During the evening, 5 classic Argentinean activities are offered:

  1. You'll be taught how to make traditional empanada, using the gourmet fillings (both meat and vegetarian). There is an Empanada competition with prizes. Alongside the creations, you'll enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo sausage and homemade chimichurri.
  2. Enjoy what many claim to be the very best steak in Argentina cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mashed potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. (Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request.)
  3. Two distinct Malbec wines, both from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement the food. Learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. White wine is also available on request.To upgrade your wine experience, join our Wine Cocktail Mixology and Aroma Class before dinner (this is an optional activity, with limited availability).
  4. For dessert, you'll make alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet, where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine to delight the senses.
  5. Finally, you'll learn about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch yourself.

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5-hour tour, moderate walking, departs at 11am in Monserrat and finishes at 4:30pm, Tuesdays and Fridays
Price: £15 per person

Tour the beautiful cobble stone streets of Le Boca, the heart of Buenos Aires and the birth place of Tango.

Le Boca literally translated means “the Mouth” of the city, referring to its location at the mouth of the river Raichuelo and the famous port that started the 20th century boom, as many immigrants from Europe flocked to the New World and made their home in Le Boca and the surrounding neighbourhood.

This fascinating walking tour is a must if you want to explore the rich history, eclectic architecture and diverse cultures that makes Buenos Aires so very special.

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6 hours of lessons per week:
Price: £320 for two weeks

Study photography with an experienced private tutor who will tailor your lessons to your individual needs. Classes include practical teaching, analysis of your work, theory and history and regular opportunities to explore and capture this wonderful city with your camera!

This course is for everyone, from beginner to advanced level. There are 6 hours a week of lessons and, depending on the length of your course, you'll learn about the concepts of photography ranging from what lighting to use through to the theory and history of photography. You’ll be given assignments which you can complete while exploring the city by yourself to photograph landscapes, characters or objects according to the guidelines given. This is truly a unique way to discover the city with its different sides.

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3-hour tour, North City tour, departs at 3pm in Colegiales and finishes at 6pm in Palermo, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays
Price: £40 per person

Experience the world of urban art through this visually stunning tour of Buenos Aires.

The tour is lead in English and conducted both on foot and by air-conditioned minibus. The tour finishes in Post Bar in Palermo, home to the unique artist run street art gallery Hollywood and Cambodia.

Uncover the diverse and compelling history that began an art movement that developed the only street and urban art gallery in all of Buenos Aires. You'll explore the barrios of Colegiales, Chacarita, Villa Crespo and Palermo, each with its own unique feel and character. These neighbourhoods boast a rich variety of art from local and international artists.

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Spanish Classes

1-Week Intensive Course with private lessons (10 hours), prior to starting your Main Project: Includes all your food and accommodation.
Price: £595

Weekly Lessons: 10 hours of lessons per week running concurrent with your main project:
Price: £220 per week

Bienvenido! Use your time in Argentina to learn Spanish, the fourth most spoken language in the world while living in Argentina. You can either do a 1-week intensive course prior to starting your main placement, or you can take lessons at the same time as doing your main project.

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5 Lessons per week, running concurrently with your main project:
Price: £230 per week

Learn how to dance this very flamboyant dance while you are in Argentina. Tango is a social dance which originated in Argentina and took the world by storm. It is a dance of control and surrender, of fancy suits and stilettos, and embodies all of life's richness. It is a celebration of the human spirit.

You’ll receive five private tango classes per week and you'll also find in Buenos Aires that there are many opportunities to attend a Milonga (where people from all over come and dance together.) It takes 2 to Tango – You and Buenos Aires!

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5 Lessons per week, running concurrently with your main project:
Price: £230 per week

Although Buenos Aires is better known for its Tango, the Salsa is just as popular. The dance is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances and was developed further in New York to the New York Style. Since salsa has its roots in so many dances and is open to improvisation, salsa styles are very fluid. You’ll receive five private salsa lessons of one hour each per week.

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Travel to a beautiful Estancia (Estate house) in the Argentine wet Pampas and experience an exciting day of Argentinean tradition and food
DURATION: This is a Full Day Experience, Tour starts at 8:40am and returns at 7:00pm
Price: £65, everything included

"Gaucho" is "cowboy" in Spanish, so you know you're in for a treat. You'll be welcomed with “Empanadas” and a drink before you start your tour of the Manor House, a small museum which displays early Guachos’ tools, furniture, crockery and the different utensils used during the "old days". After the tour you will have time to either ride one of the many horses on the manor or have a trip by “Zulki” carriage before lunch is served and the festivities begin.

Listen to folkloric songs being sung while couples dance and celebrate the day with food and wine. Chorizo (seasoned sausage), Morcilla (Blood sausage), Asado (BBQ), Vacío (Thin flank), Chicken and salads are just a few things to look forward to at lunch, accompanied by wonderful Argentinian wines or local sodas.

To finish the day a spectacular show of Herd exhibition, Gaucho Ring Race, Cuadreras Race (Horse racing) while you drink the finest coffee and nibble on typical Argentina dessert(Pastelitos). Fiesta Guach is like no other tour, it's an exciting day!

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Bike Tour of Buenos Aires, Argentina

A 4-hour cycling tour, includes bike, helmet, water bottle and guide.
DURATION: This is a 4-hour Experience, Departs at either 9.30am or 2.30pm Mondays to Saturdays.
Price: £40 per person. Excludes transport to and from the starting point.

What a fun way to explore Buenos Aires! A leisurely bike ride and you can choose to discover either the historic south of the city or the regal north.

The South: You’ll explore the historic area of Buenos Aires taking in the famous working-class neighbourhood of Caminito where Tango was born, with its picture coloured houses. You’ll pass La Bombonera stadium home of Boca Juniors football club, and San Telmo, the oldest bairro in Buenos Aires with its colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, and Costanera Sur, enjoying the cycling trails in this tranquil nature reserve.

The North: A tour around the wealthiest areas of Buenos Aires such as Palermo and Belgrano and the most beautiful parks of Buenos Aires. You’ll find out why Buenos Aires is called the Paris of South America! You’ll visit downtown and Avenue 9 de Julio, and Avenida de Mayo and then onto Plaza San Martin with its charming French style buildings. There’s also a walking tour of the world famous Recoleta Cemetery with its grand vaults and mausoleums and the resting place of Eva Peron.

There will be lots of pit stops to take photos! Not to be missed!

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The romance of Argentina takes one's breath away. From the northern deserts to the southern Andean Cordillera, from Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. Argentina is geared up to thrill - from nights tango-ing in the chic quarter of Buenos Aires to gaucho riding in the grasslands of the Pampas.

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve all manner of world cuisines, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication and has a surprisingly European feel about it. BA is reminiscent of Paris and its tree-lined avenues and frequent plazas have a beguiling, faded elegance.

Downtown, the Plaza de Mayo is the traditional focus of activity. Nearby Avenida 9 de Julio is popularly known as the world's widest thoroughfare and, with its nine lanes of traffic, is truly a pedestrian's nightmare! Avenida Santa Fe is the most fashionable shopping area.


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Rafting in Mendoza, a very popular region for sports adventures.
Volunteers exploring Malargue - well worth the trip!

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

At risk of sounding cliched, my trip to Buenos Aires can honestly be described as a life-changing experience. To give some context, this was my first trip away by myself, my first trip to South America, and the first time I had lived away from my parents. So, in a way, this was a bit of a coming-of-age trip, and I can think of no better city to do this in than Buenos Aires. A perfect blend of Southern European and South American culture, the city’s sights, architecture, and, of course, food stay in my mind long after I have left.

With Travellers Worldwide, I was working in two schools in the city as an English language assistant, Instituto Nuestra Señora de las Nieves in Liniers, and Escuela del Jacarandá in Nuñez. The areas were nice, as they are not typical tourist locations, and so I was able to wander to the Bolivian restaurants of Liniers, and the leafy glades of Nuñez, areas of the city where I would otherwise never have thought to explore. The choice of schools was particularly good, as it allowed a certain amount of variety between days.

At LN School, I was working predominantly with secondary school age children, usually in a conversational format to improve speaking and listening in this context. This was interesting as it allowed me to find out about the life of a typical young porteño, and see the contrasts and similarities compared with Glaswegian teenage life. I also helped in classes, particularly with 1st year, in relation to food vocabulary, which resulted in a day in which I could sample a wide range of Argentinian cakes. I was able to give a workshop on maths as well, my area of study, which was very enjoyable.

On the other hand, at the second school, I was working with primary school children, within the classroom. I helped with grammar and vocabulary during various classes. A particular highlight was in the 6th Grade, where I read an abridged version of Frankenstein, chapter by chapter, each week (made all the more enjoyable given that I hadn’t read the book myself, and I was as eager to find out what happened next as the rest).

The hostel in which I was staying, BA Stop Hostel, was right in the centre of the city, just beside Avenida de Mayo, and was ideally located to reach any part of the city, being right next to bus and Subte stops.

BA Stop Hostel is a perfect place for anyone staying in the city for a long period of time, as it is quiet enough for day-to-day living but has its fair share of excitement for the partygoing crowd. It also has a brilliant mix of people staying there: you will meet intrepid travellers, staying for a couple of nights before heading off to exciting new locations; students attending conferences for a few weeks, keen to explore the city; and, of course, the other long-term guests and volunteers, with whom you will form lasting friendships.

Buenos Aires is a city with a soul, described by the band Soda Stereo as “la ciudad de la furia”, and there is more to interest a visitor there than I could describe in 10 pages, let alone a single paragraph. Some things which absolutely should not be missed are the market stalls of San Telmo, the collections of Museo de las Bellas Artes and MALBA in Recoleta, and the nightlife of Palermo.

If you can arrange it, try to experience tango in a milonga. If you are looking for a quiet walk on a Sunday afternoon, there is no better place than the Ecological Reserve past the high rises of Puerto Madero.

But my personal favourite will always be a day out to El Tigre, an hour’s train ride north of the city, best described as the Venice of Argentina. Enjoy a boat ride along the canals, tuck into a classic parrillada for a late lunch, and then watch as the sunset creates magical colours across the water.

Overall, I would recommend this placement to anyone who has the chance. It has been an incredible experience, and I feel now that Buenos Aires is somewhat my second home. At some point, I will return, but until then I have all my wonderful memories to remember it by.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

Everyone in Argentina has been amazingly friendly. Laura, who met me on first day, was great. She showed me where to go and not to go and she made sure I knew where I was going for the school. Melina took me out for dinner and check up to make sure everything was going ok.

Viviana, at the school, was well organised and she took the time to make me feel comfortable. Laura, who took the Spanish lessons, was so friendly and very patient. The family I stayed with I would definitely recommend.

I enjoyed Argentina and the experience a lot. Thank you."

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

The best thing about my placement has been helping others learn English.
Although my Spanish wasn't very strong at the beginning of my trip, I've learned a lot and have been able to use these skills in order to be a more effective teacher.
I really like the kids that I have been teaching and it's really rewarding for them to see their English improve.
I would recommend this placement to others. It's has been a wonderful opportunity. Learning about the Argentinean culture and having the chance to advance in a foreign language has been an amazing experience that anyone would enjoy.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I had for a long time wanted to visit Argentina. Having worked as a lawyer for the past 13 years, I'm considering a career change or career break to teaching in the mid-term future.
I applied to Travellers Worldwide to teach English in Argentina with the dual purpose of dipping my toe in and get a ‘taste’ of teaching and experiencing some of Argentina. I could only commit to a short two week period because of annual leave restraints. The staff at Travellers and at the local school in Buenos Aires were very flexible and helpful in accommodating me in this regard.
Everything about my placement was excellent. Melina, the in country manager, was friendly and incredibly helpful, the only down side of which was that there was just too much delicious food. It was a consistent theme across my two week 'working holiday': too much delicious food and delightful, friendly people.
At the school, which comprised a primary and secondary campus, my role was principally in teaching (leading the class) in conversational English. All the regular English teachers prepared lesson plans for me before each class that covered vocabulary, grammar objectives for the class, as well as suggested activities and reading from course books. In most classes, we didn't get to the lesson plans as the students were so interested in simply engaging in conversational practice by asking me about my life, where I live, family, hobbies, what I thought of Argentina etc.
Overall, the experience really was delightful and very fulfilling. The students and teachers were enthusiastic, welcoming and kind. In effect, that meant I felt like a 'movie star' with all the excitement and enthusiasm of a first lesson but no follow up routine which I imagine would be a more realistic experience of the day to day challenges for regular teachers.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires
Spanish Course

I'm getting on great here in Buenos Aires. I have been here 3 weeks now and I don't think I want to leave! The people from B.A. are really friendly and the people staying and working in the hostel are really great too.
I am enjoying my teaching placements and my Spanish lessons a lot. I am leaving the hostel this weekend to move in with a family for a month, the reason being to improve my Spanish. I nearly wasn't going to do it because I am having such a good time in the hostel, but its hard to improve your Spanish because everyone speaks English here. It will be fine because the house I'm moving into is not far from the hostel so I can call round there whenever I want.
I would recommend to anyone who wants to have a really good time and learn a lot of Spanish to stay in the hostel for the first month and a home stay for the second because you can then still meet up with people from the hostel in the second month.
Argentina is a brilliant place to go!

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

My experience in Buenos Aires was thoroughly enjoyable and I loved every minute of it. I would love to go back! I have learnt how to live by myself on the other side of the world, in an unfamiliar place and language! I have also developed skills to interact and socialize with a wide variety of people, from children, to teenagers and adults.
I especially enjoyed teaching in the schools as the kids and teachers were great! They were very friendly and welcoming. I received welcome and leaving cards, and presents, which was extremely sweet and touching. The schools made the most of having a native English person there, so I always felt that they appreciated my being there and that they also gained from the experience.
Would you recommend this placement to anyone else? I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone, as I had a fantastic time, and I’m sure the experience would be just as worthwhile for someone else.
What type of person do you think this placement would suit? This placement would suit anyone who is enthusiastic and motivated to do volunteer work in a foreign country. They should have the confidence to be able to integrate into a different culture, and interact with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, and of different ages. The person should be adaptable and committed to their project.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I had no problems making it to the hostel and I was welcomed by Adriana and then Gary. I'm really enjoying myself so far (and I'm sure I'll continue to do so). Lack of a good night's sleep has been the only problem as the nightlife is pretty late here, and I often have early starts in the morning. The hostel is great. I get on well with the other Travellers people, and the staff who run the hostel are so friendly and helpful. I've been out most nights since I've been here, with Travellers people and some Argentineans we have met.
I'm teaching at 2 schools as an assistant in English lessons for 9-11 yr olds. The kids are really sweet, and the teachers very welcoming. I'm also doing a couple of one-on-one sessions - one at a boy's home, the other at a hospital. The boy's home is quite disorganised (as you'd expect) and I just teach whoever turns up. They normally know virtually no English but my basic Spanish is enough to get us through the lessons without any problems. It would be better to be able to see the same boy(s) regularly but the realities of a boy's home make that very unlikely. At the hospital I'm teaching a 50-yr-old doctor, who speaks very good although not totally natural English.
I feel I am gaining an insight into Buenos Aires life by experiencing life inside some BA schools, and meeting many local Argentineans. I feel that I wouldn't get this opportunity if I was here purely as a tourist.
I have enjoyed working with the kids (9-10 year olds) and being able to help them with their studies. They are generally enthusiastic and keen to chat to me about life in England. So overall it's been really good.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I cannot single out one story that made this experience fantastic, because all of them, the good ones and the bad ones, all contributed to making this the most incredible 3 months of my life. I think the best thing about this programme was that I got to know Buenos Aires and Argentina in a way that not tourist or traveller ever would. I met and befriended local people, learned about their lives and the struggles that they had. I went to places that no tourist or traveller would ever visit, and met real people. Not just waiters in restaurants and tour guides!!
...There were good days and bad days, but all of them made this a very real experience, and created memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life! I am so glad that I made that phone call and came down to Worthing to Travellers offices' that day!! Melina [Travellers Team] was a fantastic support in Buenos Aires, and went far above and beyond her responsibilities in helping me to settle in and feel at home there. She was incredibly friendly, and always there if I needed her. She showed me a lot of the City, and told me about some incredible activities outside of the volunteer programmes which really helped me to get to know Buenos Aires, and feel a part of the city. I can not praise her highly enough!!
Travellers Worldwide are lucky to have her in BA!!

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires
Spanish Course

I have really enjoyed working in a combination of homes and schools as it allows me to adapt myself according to the pupils. At first one of the homes was a struggle due to my lack of Spanish and the girls' lack of English. However, the lessons have got better and have even helped improve my Spanish.
I think that working in a school as apposed to all homes is a good idea for those with a limited amount of Spanish as I feel that it is at my school placement that the children benefit from me most. However, I like the fact that I am still able to teach in both a school and home environment.
Would you recommend this placement to anyone else? Yes, I would highly recommend this placement to others as I have thoroughly enjoyed my placements and also feel I have learnt a lot from my Spanish lessons. The hostel is really nice with a friendly environment.
What type of person do you think this placement would suit? I think it would suit a variety of people, but generally someone who is able to communicate in ways that may not always be verbal in order to attempt to start teaching pupils with little or no English.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I am absolutely loving it here, and the teaching. Although I haven't started all of the homes yet, I am having so much fun. The children are so cute and eager to learn. I have been to 'Los Peldaños' where the children are very, very friendly and fun to be with. 'Los Querubines' is a lot of fun, the children are extremely cute and fun, although it is a little tiring because the children need so much love (though I am happy doing it). However, I find it very sad to know that two of them have HIV and their life is going to be cut short.
Yesterday I had my first class with the 'Hillel Youth Centre' - they are all older than me! I was the youngest one there and I was their teacher. Mid-way through they asked me how old I was. When I replied 18, they couldn't believe it. But it is a really nice place and the people there are also great, very eager to learn and they respect what I am doing.
The city is amazing and its soooo cheap. Thanks Travellers for organising this trip for me, I am loving it!

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I usually don't have to wake up until 9am or so, because my work day starts pretty late in Buenos Aires. After I've eaten breakfast in the kitchen of my host family, I get ready to go to work. Depending on the day, I have one or two places to go teach. Twice a week, I work as a teacher assistant in a school, helping first, third, fourth, and sixth graders with their English workbook pages and pronunciations of words as they read aloud. All of my pupils at the school are so cute, and it's actually really improving my Spanish to sit in the classes and listen to the teachers talk with their students.
Two different days of the week, I work at a hostel in the area, sitting down for hour-long English lessons with the cooking and cleaning staff of the hostel to help them improve their English conversational skills. My students at the hostel are anywhere from 29 years old to nearly 60, and I love sitting with them and reviewing vocabulary or translating sentences from Spanish into English. They're very enthusiastic about learning the language, and they always ask me for homework.
Finally, I work twice a week with another girl, teaching a class each to fourth-seventh grade girls at a boarding school. Their English is very poor, so my fellow "teacher" and I must give the girls instructions in both English and Spanish. So far, we've taught lessons on parts of the body and the alphabet, and come up with games and activities to help review each. It's been a really neat experience, getting to be an actual teacher. I'm really getting a lot out of each and every single one of my teaching jobs.
After I've finished my job(s) for the day, I take the bus home or meet some of the other Travellers volunteers. We eat lunch together, if I haven't already eaten at school, go shopping, or go to a cafe for an afternoon coffee. In Buenos Aires, dinnertime doesn't come until quite late--usually not until 9:30 or 10 at night! This means that there's plenty of time for exploring the city before it's time to be home for dinner. For dinner, I usually eat at home, because my host mom is a great cook. She's cooked all of the traditional Argentine dishes for me to try, and I love them all [: During dinner, my host mother and brother and I always have conversations about anything from politics to space travel to animals (my host brother is absolutely obsessed with dogs).
Sometimes, after dinner, the other volunteers and I go out for ice cream or shopping. Almost everything is open really late at night, so there's very rarely a problem with finding something to do. The city of Buenos Aires doesn't really sleep --there are clubs and bars open from 2 am until 8 or 9 in the morning!
Though I do have three different jobs, there is always time for experiencing the city of Buenos Aires. During the weekends, I get together with other Travellers volunteers, and we go exploring. So far, we've gone to Tigre, a beautiful riverside area just outside the city, San Telmo Market, and Recoleta Cemetery. We even had the opportunity to go see the Argentina vs. Brazil futbol match, which was a huge deal. I am loving it here in Buenos Aires. The people are so friendly and helpful, always willing to try out their English when they realize that I'm struggling to understand them.
The parts of the city where I live and work seem safe, and I have no problem just walking around and exploring alone. There are so many delicious dishes to try and cool markets to go to. I feel like I would never run out of things to do if I lived here. I hope to one day return to the city to visit my students, my host family, and all of the sights that I haven't yet gotten the chance to see!

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires
Spanish Course

I feel that teaching English in a foreign country, without ever having taught before, was a challenge and a great experience. I especially enjoyed teaching in the orphanages. I feel that the teaching was a great opportunity to learn how to make myself heard and respected among groups of children who were often very energetic and difficult to control. It taught me patience.
I think a person doing this placement would have to be quite mature and disciplined. You also need to have patience as some of the children can be a bit difficult.
On a typical day, I would get up at around 8 a.m, have a shower and have breakfast. Then at around 8:30 I would leave the hostel to get the underground (Subte) to Buenos Aires University where my Spanish lessons would last from 9:00 - 12:00 a.m. After that I would go back to the hostel, have lunch with some of the other teachers and then at around 2:00 p.m. I would get a bus to my teaching placement which usually lasted for two hours.
The best thing about the placement was teaching in the orphanage. I felt that although the children were difficult to control I made a difference and that was rewarding. In terms of the experience I had I would definitely recommend Travellers to someone else.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires
Spanish Course

I have gained experience in teaching people of all ages and levels. I have met loads of new people and experienced speaking Castellano of Argentina, which is quite different to the Spanish I have previously learnt. I’ve experienced a completely different lifestyle and have adapted to it.
The best thing about this placement is that everything is so flexible and Melina and Adriana provide a lot of support. I would definitely recommend this placement to others, and think it would suit someone motivated, sociable and adaptable.
Can you describe a typical day? Get up for Spanish lesson at 9 o’clock after having breakfast. Two hours of lesson then have lunch about 1 o’clock. Spend the afternoon shopping or touring the city. Teaching placement in the afternoon or early evening, usually about 2 hours. Then have an evening meal at about 10 o’clock, sometimes in a restaurant. In the evening go to a club (not every night though!).

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I love it in Buenos Aires, it’s a very big city and I’m looking forward to visiting all the districts. It’s also a lot more cosmopolitan than I imagined and the area where the hostel is brilliant, especially for young people as there are loads of places top go day and night!
I am teaching at the girls home twice a week where I work mainly with a young girl who is really bright but it takes a lot to keep her interested! I try and make the learning as fun as I can and we usually play a few games as well. It’s amazing that we communicate so well as my Spanish is virtually non existent!
The other children's home is also really great but that’s more playing than teaching and the girls there are so cute, especially the younger ones! It’s very exhausting physically and emotionally but so much fun at the same time.
I’m also at the ‘LPP’ which is a university faculty of politics, where I teach mainly conversational English. It was daunting teaching people older than me at first but they are so friendly we ended up having loads of jokes!
Last weekend when I got here I spent some of the weekend sunbathing in the parks in Palermo which are beautiful, and I have been on a river trip in Tigre and to La Boca. The hostel is also great, there are new people here every day which is always interesting. Thank you for helping me organise the trip.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires
Spanish Course

My time in Argentina was fantastic. The 3 months were a great opportunity to learn and assimilate South American Latino culture. My Spanish really improved during my stay. Andrea (my private Spanish tutor) is excellent; one can choose what topics they want covered. I asked to learn all aspects of grammar, and then tried putting it into practice around Buenos Aires and other parts of the country.
My teaching programme was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and a chance to integrate into Argentine working life. Gabriela, the main teacher, was really nice to me and she, and the rest of the teachers, made me feel welcome in the staff room. That was a good opportunity to practice my Spanish!
I taught most classes from 13 to 17 year olds. Their level of English is reasonably good; I taught them various topics including British politics, slang, sport and music. Gabi and the other teachers also wanted me to teach them a more 'Anglicised' English accent, as opposed to the American dialects they are used to.
I grew quite fond of the kids and when I left, they gave me large cards with written messages. That was so sweet!
I had a week and a half to travel before I left Argentina. I went to Mendoza at that time, saw the Andes range, went wine tasting, trekking and rafting. After I finished teaching, I travelled around Patagonia (Ushuaia, Calafate and Bariloche). The scenery was stunning, and I enjoyed wildlife watching and doing things like minitrekking on glaciars. That provided a nice contrast to the subtropical Iguaçu Falls I saw on an earlier trip in February.
Thanks a lot for your help in facilitating my placement.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I am having a excellent time here. All the other Travellers are very nice and we all get on well.
The teaching is very good, Los Querubines especially. Simon and I love the children but we find it very hard work as they need constant attention. HA Home is very rewarding. The children are always very happy to see me and most of them are very eager to learn English.
We are making the most of the excellent restaurants and the spectacular night life. Melina and Adriana are always very helpful and give us good advice about where to eat and go out. Well I think I should go for a siesta now. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

I am having a fantastic time. My teaching timetable is very relaxed at the moment because the school at which I was due to teach had exams and holidays approaching. I have therefore had a little more time to see the sights. I will acquire an additional 9 hours of teaching in 2 weeks time.
Already I have been to Uruguay. This weekend I am going to stay at an Estancia/ranch estate outside the city...can't wait. Last night we had the Travellers dinner. Thank you. It was lovely.
Team activities are certainly a must…. I think that this is a fantastic placement. The hostel provides a great living environment. I am glad to be sharing with other volunteers.


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