Das Voluntario Global Netzwerk

Die lokalen Organisationen und Gemeinden, mit denen wir Hand in Hand arbeiten, bilden das Fundament von Voluntario Global. Gemeinsam arbeiten wir an den Zielen der Projektarbeit und definieren das Freiwilligen-Profil, welches für diese hilfreich ist.

Ganz einfach gesagt: ohne die vielen Partnerorganisationen würde Voluntario Global nicht existieren. Wir unterstützen sie in ihrem Wachstum und ihrer Entwicklung.

Da die Organisationen finanziell von keiner anderen Quelle gefördert werden, helfen uns die Spenden unserer Freiwilligen, ihre Arbeit aufrecht zu erhalten und die Projekte zu unterstützen. Die Aufgabe der Freiwilligen ist es, die Organisationen und ihre Mitglieder sichtbar zu machen, denn viele von ihnen fühlen sich unbeachtet und glauben, dass ihre Arbeit keinen Wert hat. Wenn jedoch ein Freiwilliger sich der Organisation anschließt, sich in ihr engagiert, erkennen sie, dass sie und ihre Arbeit von entscheidender Bedeutung sind. Uns ist es wichtig, dass unsere Freiwilligen wirkungsvoll in die Projektarbeit integriert werden. Dadurch wird ihnen eine aktive Rolle zugesprochen und sie können mit den Locals effektiver Ideen und Erfahrungen austauschen. Freiwillige können ihre eigenen Fähigkeiten und Fertigkeiten mit einbringen und den Organisationen neue Sicht- und Herangehensweisen aufzeigen. 

The organizations and communities where we work are the main pillars of Voluntario Global. Together with local organizations, we determine our objectives and the type of volunteer we need. Put simply, Voluntario Global could not exist without the organizations, as we work together for their development and growth.

Valeria and Armin founded Voluntario Global in 2006 when they saw a window of opportunity for a mediating institution that would allow for a mutual exchange between the local communities of Buenos Aires and foreigners eager for a deeper insight into them. Initially we assisted in just one school support project, yet gradually other organizations contacted us and were added to our Network. Today we work with 16 different projects in Buenos Aires, and have founded two Cooperatives of our own: Su Lavanderia (2008) and Pacheco Community Center (2014).

These organizations form what we call The Voluntario Global Network and its work is sustained through the donations we receive from volunteers. At Voluntario Global, we consider volunteering to be a two way process in which the exchange between the local area and the volunteer is cultural too. It is also important that we recruit open-minded volunteers with professional skills, abilities and experiences and place them in whichever project suits these talents most. Consequentially, their impact on the community in which they are working can be maximised. For example, those studying education in their home countries are likely to be teaching English whilst our recent Psychology volunteer position is tailored for those with an interest in that field.

Sustainable development, ecologically, economically and socially, is what drives our values system and the way in which we work. Whilst our new project in Pacheco is emblematic of our contribution to sustainable development and the environment, in order to enforce sustainable development on a social and economic level it is necessary to begin at the heart of the communities who need it most; it is through their inclusive economic growth and the empowering of future generations that our vision will be realized. Indeed, it is our duty to fight for what we believe is the right way to live. If we want to change the status quo, the youth need to feel capable and worthy of pursuing further education and having the same access to job opportunities as those from more privileged neighbourhoods. It is only once this fundamental of equality of opportunity is realized that humankind will be at peace and nature understood.