I volunteer in Argentina and Brazil with IVHQ for a total of 7 weeks. This is an honest review of my experiences there.
One of the first things I was told in the orientation with IVHQ Argentina was that if I had a good review of them to write it on facebook and if I had a bad one to e-mail it to them! Depending on what project you are looking to do don’t expect to spend much of your time doing that! I applied for childcare and only spent 3 hours per day with children, an hour of that getting to and from the project. If you want to spend more time volunteering and actually feel like you’re doing something worthwhile you have to take it upon yourself and look for another project to volunteer on.
You definitely need more than basic Spanish to get by and the Spanish lessons there are overpriced, a waste of time and not useful!
The showers are a dribble of luke warm water. While the showers are low on my list of what I look for in accommodation when volunteering (and I have done a lot of volunteering abroad) after a while you do start to think where does my money actually go because it is not on the up keep of the accommodation!
My project in Brazil more than made up for Argentina, even with a 30 min walk, 1 hour bus ride and over 200 step journey! I started a brand new project on my first day and felt appreciated, supported and needed by the staff from the start even with the language barrier!
The house manager in Rio was NEVER there! We a lovely lady that helped with breakfast in the mornings but other then take items out of the fridge and put them on the table I can’t see what else she was needed from! The accommodation had cold water and barely any light. Again these things are low on my list as I’m there first and foremost to volunteer but comparing the price with what you get I can’t help but feel is it really worth it??