Argentina Volunteer: Connecting volunteers with organizations
We’ve all seen it: the homeless mother begging outside the supermarket with her children, the kids selling candy or giving paper handouts in exchange for a few coins on the Subte, and the cartoneros who bring their youngsters in tow to sift through your trash for a living. The poverty that plagues Argentina is all around us, yet what can we do to help? The problems seem endless, the solutions seem impossible, and as a foreigner it is difficult to know where to start.
However, three expats have created ArgentinaVolunteer (http://www.argentinavolunteer.org/) , a new website whose goal is to foster a culture of volunteering within Argentina and connect volunteers with non-profit organizations already working with at-risk populations and fighting to improve the quality of education, healthcare, and other basic services.
“When we arrived in Argentina, we realized that it can be difficult to find volunteer opportunities or connect with NGOs as a foreigner. So we decided to create a website that would connect eager volunteers with organizations working within the community,” says Sivan Strous, one of the website’s founders.
Thanks to the hard work of Joel Gallagher, the “IT geek”, the idea for the website became a reality. All of the information on the website is in both English and Spanish, so it is easy to find a volunteer position, and the best part is that it is completely free for both individuals and organizations to participate. “We had all tried to volunteer before, but all we could find were agencies that asked for money in exchange for a volunteer placement,” says Layne Johnson, “So we wanted to cut out the middle man so that volunteers can connect directly with the organizations.” Non-profits working in various areas such as health, human rights, and education have already created listings that explain a little bit about their work and what they are looking for in a volunteer. Check out the different opportunities already available and look out for more to come. Happy Volunteering!
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