||All year round - you choose your start and finish
to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
||Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a
good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English,
you must be fluent in English.
Full Price List
►Food (excluding lunch)
►Meeting you at Buenos Aires Airport
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your project
►Full pre-departure support
►Local in-country team support and backup
►24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
conservation and caring for animals and working with
wildlife overseas. Good if you want to learn about
rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and doing
primate and monkey voluntary work, projects abroad or
Also available as a summer placement in Argentina or
South America or a short break activity.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into
The enormous satisfaction of helping conserving animals in their natural
knowing that you made a difference to them.
You'll leave feeling very proud of yourself for having contributed
to the quality of life and well-being of previously abused and battered
New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding
of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head
and shoulders above most others in the job market
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
List of all Projects in Argentina
The Rehabilitation Center that you’ll work at is situated near
La Cumbre, in Cordoba Province. The Center has been successfully
running the monkey rehabilitation program for 14 years. The
work of this project is absolutely vital in ensuring the monkey
population in Argentina does not decline any further.
There are three key challenges facing Howler Monkeys in Argentina
at present, all of which are sadly contributing to their decline:
Firstly, their natural environment is
declining at an alarming rate due to forestry and agricultural
activities. This reduces the natural habitat in which they can
Poaching is also widespread, with many
baby monkeys being illegally separated from their mothers and
sold on as pets. It is estimated that, sadly, only one baby
out of every six that are captured survives.
Out of the monkeys that are kept as
pets, many are mistreated and eventually abandoned – leaving
them extremely vulnerable in the wild.
The project has three main aims – to
rescue, rehabilitate and eventually release the monkeys back into
the wild, so that they are self-sufficient. They have successfully
reintroduced over 100 monkeys back into the wild to live a natural
life in their natural habitat. Some monkeys are unfortunately unable to
be rehabilitated due to their condition and, because of this, they
are cared for permanently at the Center.
You'll work on a range of tasks, depending on what’s required at the
You’ll generally split your time between practical activities
involving the general care of the monkeys, as well as
On arrival, you’ll be provided with an induction at the Center,
including a video demonstration explaining the various activities
that take place at the Center. On your first couple of days,
you’ll most likely be paired up with another volunteer who has
already been working at the Center, which will enable you to learn
first-hand about the work you’ll be doing.
Your work schedule may vary depending on the activities available
at the site during your program. Work is generally available
from Monday through to Sunday, from 9am to 6pm – with a 30 minute
break for lunch, but the project will arrange an individual work
schedule with you on arrival.
The main activities that you’ll be involved with includes the
Feeding the Monkeys: the monkeys that are in the
process of being rehabilitated need constant care and attention,
and a huge part of this involves ensuring the monkeys are
receiving the nutrients they need on a regular basis. Your work
will involve preparing the food for the monkeys, and feeding them
at designated times throughout the day.
Caring for the Orphaned Baby Monkeys: The
unfortunate result of baby monkeys being taken from their mothers
at a young age means that they are not nurtured and are unable to
fend for themselves – so a big part of this project involves
providing the baby monkeys with the care that they so desperately
needed from their mother.
Data Collection: A lot of the work at the Center
involves observing the species to monitor the success of the
rehabilitation program. For example, you may be required to
study the interaction of the free social groups, and record this
data. This data is vital in ensuring that the rehabilitation
program has been successful and that the monkeys released in
groups (also known as ‘troops’) will eventually be
Monkey Capture: During your program, you may
have the opportunity to assist with the rescue and capture of new
monkeys in the surrounding forest. Due to the unpredictable nature
of new captures, it is uncertain how often this will take place –
but if it does, it’s an extremely exciting element of the project!
Cleaning and Maintenance: You'll also assist with
the cleaning and upkeep of the Center as a whole, which may
include cleaning the enclosures and the plates used to feed the
Construction: You may at times be asked to assist
with general construction activities at the Center, such as fixing
enclosures or working on ways to improve the various facilities at
Working in the Tree Plantation for the Monkeys:
Some work is required in the tree plantation at the Center, for
instance by planting new trees that will be used during the
rehabilitation process (please note that this is available during
the winter-season only)
Care for Other Animals: As well as monkeys, there
are also a number of domestic and other wild animals that you may
be able to care for during your placement, including: dogs, cats,
geese, horses, llama’s, donkeys, sheep, ducks, and chickens.
You'll be accommodated on-site at the Center itself, in a volunteer house. The
accommodation is basic, but it is comfortable and has all of the
facilities that you’ll need. Rooms are typically dorm-style with bunk
beds, and you’ll most likely be sharing with up to 6 other volunteers on
Bathroom facilities are shared. Bathrooms are located outside of
the house, as there is no running water within the house itself.
is also a communal area at the accommodation for volunteers to
socialise, which is equipped with a kettle, cooker, and fridge to store
snacks. Laundry facilities and internet access are available in La
Food is included in the program, and
three meals a day will be provided by the project staff. Food is
typically a mixture of local and international dishes – with rice,
vegetables and a range of meats available. Sometimes a packed lunch will
be provided if you are required to be on-site throughout the afternoon.
You’ll most likely fly into
Buenos Aires, where you’ll be welcomed by our Travelers in-country
representative, Melina. You will stay in a friendly hostel in Buenos
Aires for one night, allowing you to settle in and soak up the
The following day, you will be taken to the Retiro
bus terminal where you’ll catch a bus to La Cumbre (approximately a 5-6
hour journey). On arrival in La Cumbre, you’ll be met by Miguel, one of
the project staff, who will drive you the rest of the way to the
project where you'll be introduced to everyone.
You'll share a
dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel
boasts of several amenities like internet and WiFi, a common area, DVD
room, library, book exchange and a housekeeping service.
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll
contact you amd semd 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 program (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
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our
will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn
about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how
to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.
While on your placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.
choices are Spanish Courses and Dance Courses.
Spanish Lessons and Courses
Use your time in Argentina to learn Spanish. Gain a skill
and enjoy your placement even more!
Tango and Salsa Dance Classes
Learn to dance the flamboyant South American way. A very
good way to immerse yourself into the culture.
Photography Lessons in BA
Study photography in colourful Buenos Aires. Lessons
will be tailored to your individual needs,
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
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.
The rehabilitation Center itself is located in the region of
approximately 11 kilometers from La Cumbre, in Córdoba province. La Cumbre
is a small but charming mountain town, known for its pleasant year-round
weather and typically English architecture. The presence of a large
British community in the town of La Cumbre remains to this day.
also offers a range of exciting activities throughout the year – such as
hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, paragliding and even
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,
- 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
- Avenida Santa Fe is the most
fashionable shopping area.
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you
arrive in your new country, please
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