||All year round - you choose your start and finish
From 2 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
||No qualifications required, but you must have a
strong passion for animals. Some Spanish is strongly
preferred. See Who Can Apply
Full Price List
►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
Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return
transfer to airport.
Who can do
are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out,
grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in
gaining overseas work experience or an internship for
university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad
and learn about the practice of Veterinary Care and
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into
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!
You'll need a strong passion for animals to be able
to become part of the Center's three different areas; depending on your
likes, experience and level of Spanish.
These areas are:
care of the boarding pets as well as those for sale and under medical care
(e.g. cleaning the cages, feeding the animals, checking their health,
administering their medicine, etc.)
the pets’ grooming
assistance to the local vet during consultations and surgeries.
activities will give you the unique opportunity to work hands-on and to observe
the reality of day-to-day care of pets while you improve your level of Spanish
mingling with local employees and dealing with clients.
The Center also offers a wide
variety of animals for sale, ranging from cats and dogs to all types of birds (canaries, cockatiels, lovebirds, parrots of all sizes, parakeets, etc.),
reptiles (iguanas, anoles, geckos, ball python, varanus, turtles, etc.), cold and tropical water fishes, titi monkeys and small animals (chinchillas, guinea
pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rabbits, rats, etc.).
Additionally, the Center organizes special talks and short courses for anyone
interested in learning about the pets’ world and the basics on veterinary
nursing. You will be welcome to both attend these talks as well as, under
certain circumstances, to give them.
WHO CAN APPLY?
The owner of the Center says that any participants who has a passion
for animals and a willingness to help will be welcome! Vet doctors or vet students are most welcome and will
be able to help with the clinic (if they have a high level of
Spanish). Applicants should be able to meet the following criteria
Have a strong passion for animals
(you don't need to have a degree or any
over 17 years of age
able to speak some Spanish (intermediate level) to work in the clinic. Your
involvement and learning possibilities will depend on your level of Spanish
and willingness to participate. The higher your level of Spanish, the more
you'll be able to make the most of the placement and the more you'll be able
to be involved.
As Carina says (she spent 4 months on this
"I've finished my placement, and I loved
it. However, in order to get the most out of it, you'll need to have a high
level of Spanish knowledge. Even though I could manage an everyday
conversation when I came, I couldn't fully enjoy my experience until the
last month. But my experience was fantastic! Everybody was so helpful. I
love the people, the culture, my "family" was very caring and I would
encourage everybody going to go with the homestay! As a foreigner in
Argentina you'll get a lot of attention and almost all of it is positive.
People are open and curious and they will really take care of you. Going
abroad is the best thing I have ever done in my life. Hasta luego!"
If you are a vet student or vet doctor, it is
highly recommended that you have a good command of the language.
Be able to work on your own initiative – this is
crucial to your success on the placement.
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 socialble 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
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!
HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION:
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!
choose the host family option, there is an
Got any questions? Please email us:
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 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
Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in
all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this
"This has been a worthwhile experience for me because I have learnt a
lot about reptiles which I have not had much previous contact with before.
Also I have been able to see a country which is totally different to
anything that I have experienced before. Overall, I feel that Buenos Aires
is an exciting an exuberant city, with many European influences. As I have
been going on weekend trips, it has made me appreciate the city 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.
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,
- 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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