This kindergarten opened in 2009, after two years of construction of the building. Before this kindergarten was founded, there was no kindergarten or soup kitchen to ensure that the children of the neighborhood would receive at least two well-balanced meals a day. They started with a very small space that was limited to a single classroom and had two teachers who worked there. The founder and coordinator, "Lore", started this project after working in the social field for 20 years; which she still does to earn a living. Organizing and creating this place was truly difficult and took many years because they had to find organizations willing to help, places where they could buy the food, and funds to develop the house and make it bigger to welcome more children. Today, it is composed of three classrooms, a kitchen, four toilets, and a first floor.
Why is this project important for the community?
The area where the kindergarten is located is relatively new and still developing. A majority of the workers that live here, work in construction, therefore they try to urbanize the area altogether. A major issue is dealing with waste, which is abundant and generates illnesses. This problem is also because the waste companies are private, therefore, the community inhabitants cannot afford to hire them and the government does not pay either.
However, the kindergarten does more than provide food for the children, as the teachers aim to educate both children and their parents. This community in particular needs support mainly for the children, and this kindergarten provides that opportunity since it is difficult to find it elsewhere. All the people who work there try to change the reality of the children whose families do not have a disposable income, to make them feel sustained. "Travesuras" also symbolizes a link between the parents and the schools the children will go to after kindergarten.
The volunteer can do a lot to help in this context. They can play with the children, serve the meals, organize activities to entertain them such as music, movies, sports, or art activities. The volunteer can be the source of energy and good vibes for the children and they can also be a shoulder to lean on for the teachers. In addition to this, the volunteers can also exchange with them about their respective cultures and traditions, imparting their knowledge with those who do not have the same opportunities as them. Their viewpoint can be a positive thing for the improvement of the organization of the kindergarten and they can also provide a fun change in the daily routine of the children.
What can you learn as a volunteer?
In this area, where a variety of cultural communities live together, the volunteer learns a lot about social diversity. Moreover, they can share with the local inhabitants their customs and experiences, providing for improvements to the organization of the nursery because they welcome any and all suggestions. The volunteer will also benefit from the company of the kids, who are always full of energy and happy to see them! They will receive a good lesson in patience and learn to see everything from a different perspective. All in all, this nursery is a place wealthy in the amount of love that circulates among everyone involved.
Long term volunteers can apply for a soft skills certificate from GLORE, a Project from the EU. You can choose up to 5 skills to certificate according to your experience and will.
These are the soft skills that kindergarten volunteers are most likely to develop during the volunteer period:
- Critical Thinking
- Ethics and Work Commitment
- Learning to learn
- Multicultural Awareness
- Self Awareness
The day starts at 8:00 am and ends after lunch, around 12:30pm. This program is not available during the summer holidays in Argentina (from mid-December till March) and 2 weeks in July (winter holidays).
Location and first day at work
The Center is located in Jose Leon Suarez, about 1 hour and 20-minute far from the center of Buenos Aires and accessible by train and bus. On their first day, the volunteer will meet with the coordinator of Voluntario Global who will accompany them to the project and show them how to get there.
- Valid Passport & Visa: Most travelers do not need a visa to enter Argentina. Volunteers enter the country as tourists and can stay for up to 90 days. Extensions on visas are possible; our coordinators will advise you on this process.
- Medical Insurance: Voluntario Global requires the volunteer to have adequate medical insurance for the duration of the program and must be provided with details of such insurance coverage at the time of confirming their placement.
- Spanish Level Required: Basic
- Minimum Stay: 2 weeks