Volunteer with Spanish in Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche is a pleasant, busy ski resort town of 110,000 located on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, in the foothills of the Andes in northern Patagonia.

Summer daytime temperatures range 18-26°C (64-79°F), but nights are still downright cold, so bring a sweater and a coat.The school works with several different organizations in Bariloche. The volunteer opportunity with the shortest time commitment is two weeks at an organic educational farm in the National Park Nahuel Huapi area. Volunteers will help farmers with organic farming, educate children about environmental care, and even build an ecohouse. Two-week volunteers help with feeding the animals, gardening, and maintaining the farm; those who can commit to four or more weeks and have intermediate Spanish can become involved with guiding the children who come on school excursions to learn about organic farming.

Bariloche is a pleasant, busy ski resort town in the foothills of the Andes in northern Patagonia.

Bariloche is a pleasant, busy ski resort town in the foothills of the Andes in northern Patagonia. Photo © Matito, licensed Creative Commons Attribution & ShareAlike.

Other volunteer opportunities (which require at least four weeks commitment, and some two or three months) include supporting a community center at a village inside the national park, teaching English and helping out at a preschool, working in both gardening and educational outreach at a native plants nursery, volunteering at a center for mentally disabled persons, working at a dental clinic (no health background required), volunteering at a community soup kitchen (men only), taking care of children at day care while their teenage parents complete high school, or working with the rangers at the national park (January and February only).

In their free time, volunteers can study Spanish (classes at Spanish in Bariloche start at US$195 for 20 hours in a week, and volunteers get a discount on that) and enjoy the restaurants, chocolate shops, and cafés of Bariloche. In the summer (December-February) volunteers can hike through the national park, while winter (June-August) visitors can ski the local slopes. Summer daytime temperatures range 18-26°C (64-79°F), but nights are still downright cold, so bring a sweater and a coat.


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America.

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