Apart from doing tourism and courses in Buenos Aires, Blanca has been doing voluntary work with two organizations. The first one, Leer, promotes literacy in Argentina, mainly working directly with schools, helping them set up reading programs or reading corners in their classroom, or training teachers on how to motivate children to read. They mainly needed help with office work, so I went to their office twice a week and helped with media clipping, putting together promotional packs, updating databases and doing translations (into English!). Also during the Buenos Aires Bookfair I helped with a treasure hunt that they organized. Hopefully, I´ll continue doing some work for them once I´m back in Oxford.

The other organization I have worked for is LIFE. They work in deprived neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, organizing after school support activities, games for children and birthday parties, amongst many other things. Working with LIFE was very flexible, and you could choose how many days to work every week, which was great, as I never planned to volunteer full time in Buenos Aires. I normally worked in one of the support centres once or twice a week. The voluntary work was more hands on, as it involved going to their support centers and helping the children with their homework (if they bothered to bring their books!), and subjects they had missed at school. Sometimes that meant helping them with very basic literacy and maths. Often, the children were tired and undernourished so it was difficult to keep them interested but we tried! It was hard at times but it was very rewarding… and good training for Ecuador, where we´ll be voilunteering full time!

Leer Volunteer Organisation

LIFE

Ademas de todo el turismo y los cursos que he estado haciendo, tambien he estado haciendo voluntariado con dos organizaciones argentinas. La primera, Leer, promociona la lectura en Argentina, y trabaja sobre todo con instituciones educativas, organizando actividades de lectura, proporcionando libros para sus rincones de lectura, o dando cursos a profesores para ayudarles a motivar a los niños a leer. Necesitaban ayuda con tareas de oficina, asi que iba a la oficina dos veces a la semana a ayudar con tareas de compliacion de medios, organizando paquetes promocionales, actualizando bases de datos,… Ultimamante he hecho tambien algo de traduccion (al ingles!) y he ayudado con una concurso para niños que han organizado en la Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires. Espero poder seguir ayudando a distancia cuando vuelva.

La otra organizacion con la que coloboro es LIFE. Ellos trabajan en zonas desfavorecidas de Buenos Aires, organizando actividades en centros de dia para niños, sesiones de juegos, fiestas de cumpleaños… La forma de trabajar de LIFE es muy flexible y los voluntarios pueden elegir que dias ayudar cada semana, lo que era perfecto, ya que hacer voluntariado a tiempo completo en Buenos Aires nunca fue mi idea. Normalmente, trabajaba con ellos uno o dos dias a la semana. El trabajo de voluntariado es mas practico y activo, ya que tenemos que ayudar a los niños con sus deberes (si se preocupan de traer sus libros) o ayudarles con las asignaturas que mas les cuestan en el colegio. Muchas veces el nivel de estos niños es muy bajo y tenemos que ayudarles con tareas basicas de lectura o matematicas. Ademas, normalmente estan cansados y mal alimentados, por lo que es duro que se concentren en la tarea por mas que lo intentamos. Sin embargo, es tambien muy satisfactorio… y buena practica para Ecuador donde si haremos vulntariado a tiempo completo durante cuatro meses.

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