Live the excitement that is Argentina as you volunteer or intern with ELI Abroad, use and improve your Spanish skills and explore a fascinating part of the world.

We have an extensive list of volunteer programs and internship opportunities in Argentina’s lively capital of Buenos Aires and, to the south, in Mar del Plata, a city that’s home to one of the great beach resorts in Argentina. We also have other volunteer possibilities in Bariloche, Patagonia.

Prospective interns can work in architecture firms, international businesses, engineering companies, human rights groups or journalism. Other placements include advertising, graphic design, fashion, photography and many teaching opportunities.

At-Risk Youth

A hundred years ago, Argentina was one of the wealthiest countries in the world. During the twentieth century, a series of economic and political crises culminated in a full-blown depression in 2001 and 2002. During the depression, many middle-class families fell into poverty. ELI partners with organizations, orphanages, and child care centers in Buenos Aires that are devoted to assisting homeless and impoverished families by giving them the tools they need to escape poverty and build better lives 

ELI also partners with organizations in Buenos Aires devoted to providing at-risk youth with opportunities for educational and social advancement. Volunteers assist with a wide range of activities, including after school tutoring, teaching English, providing childcare for kids of working mothers, leading recreational activities, and just giving the children the attention they need to thrive.

Volunteers with an interest in HIV/AIDS are invited to volunteer at a center for children affected by the disease, both directly and indirectly. Many of the children, aged two to sixteen, are living with the disease or have lost parents as a result of HIV/AIDS. Questions? Click here

*Volunteers for this program do not have to speak Spanish but must be comfortable in an entirely Spanish-speaking environment. Participants must commit to at least a four-week program.

Animal Rescueup

Volunteers are needed and are very welcome at an animal sanctuary located about an hour outside of Buenos Aires.  Since 2010, this sancutuary has taken care of  rescued animals, including pigs, goats, rabbits, cows, horses, cats, dogs, ducks, guinea pigs, chickens and parrots. They currently have about 150 animals on the grounds. Their mission is to re-home or provide a safe haven for animals that have been rescued from abuse, exploitation or neglect. They also aim to change the way people view farm animals and promote, educate and encourage compassionate cruelty-free living. Volunteers should be prepared to roll up their sleeves. Work includes yard work, assisting with feedings, cleaning the animals shelters, working in the organic garden, and playing and caring for the animals. Questions? Click here     



The medical program in Argentina is designed for pre-medical and medical students looking to gain experience in the health care field and learn about the issues that the Argentine medical system is facing. Placements in this program are available in both a large public hospital and a community health center. At the hospital, participants will join a group of Argentine medical residents to observe examinations and assist with other tasks in the hospital.  Interns with the health care center, which focuses on bringing treatment and disease prevention to impoverished communities, will assist in administrative tasks as well as help local doctors with community involvement workshops, prevention campaigns, and patient care.

We are also seeking volunteers to work in a center for children affected by HIV. This placement is ideal for public health or medicine students with a strong interest in HIV education and prevention. Questions? Click here

One of our previous interns describes her experience in the following quote:

"I generally worked from about 8/8:30am to 12/12:30 Mon-Fri.  The first two weeks I was with Dr. Di Meglio. She was an obstetrician. I helped to check-over patients by measuring women’s bellies, finding the baby’s heart rate, checking for edema and determining what side of the stomach the baby was on and what position it was in. She was the most “hands-on” doctor and had me do the most and explained the most about different diseases that affected women and their babies during pregnancy.

The next two weeks I was with Dr. Romero, a pediatrician for babies up to about 1 month. She had me measure babies’ heads and body length and weigh them. Dr. Romero had quite a few more patients and moved them in and out quite a bit more quickly than Dr. Di Meglio and so didn’t really explain a lot-though she did point out things like the importance of the soft spot on a baby’s head and the signs of a premature baby.

The next 2 weeks I was in surgery. I saw quite a few surgeries such as a man getting a tumor removed from his throat, a woman getting her uterus removed because it had a tumor and a man get a tumor taken off the top of head. Obviously I didn’t do anything during surgeries besides watch!

The next 2 weeks I was in la guardia (the ER, sort-of, it’s really more of a clinic). I observed different doctors checked over adults with colds, pneumonia, the flu, broken bones, etc. I mainly observed in la guardia.

The next week I was with Dr. Sanchez, a neonatologist who examines babies born in the last 3 days. She also teaches mothers how to breastfeed and how to dress their babies. Dr. Sanchez explained about different diseases that often affect babies and also about the vaccinations required in Argentina. I helped weigh some babies and mainly observed."

   - Megan F. Medical Intern

*Interns in this program must have a high to intermediate level of Spanish knowledge.



We partner with a local institution that was founded by a group of medical professionals in 2001 in an effor to provide medical/dental services to those that cannot afford it otherwise. The Institution came to life as a solution to the overcrowding in Buenos Aires' public hospitals during a time when many could not afford health insuance. This internship will not only provide you with experience in the dental field, but allow you to be a part of a humanitarian initiative to make health care more accessible to those in need. The Institution provides dental care to patients ranging from children to adults and the treatments vary in their complexity.The program is open to pre-dental and dental students.   The tasks interns will carry out will depend entirely on their level of experience, studies, and Spanish skills. Interns will start by observing first to be able to choose which kind of patients and treatments they feel more comfortable working with. A 2 week minimum time commitment is required and interns should have an intermediate level of Spanish.  Questions? Click here

HIV/AIDS and Public Healthup

Work on behalf of those living with HIV/AIDS by volunteering with a health-based NGO that focuses on HIV-positive adults and youth, and their families. The organization offers support services, public health education, prevention programs and at times helps with clinical research projects. Volunteers may be placed in clinics, hospitals, or homes strictly for HIV patients where they help out in day-to-day activities, and take part in recreational games and activities. Questions? Click here


Help raise awareness about the importance of good nutrition among some of the most impoverished residents of Buenos Aires. Volunteers will assist staff members at a local non-profit to evaluate participating kids, teach their mothers (and other expecting moms) about a balanced diet and discuss the risks associated with malnutrition and stunted development in children. Questions? Click here

Soup Kitchenup

You’ll make an immediate difference when you work with this organization that offers food and clothing to the city’s homeless and needy. The group also provides a place for the displaced to participate in educational and recreational activities and their children to play or do homework. Volunteers spend time with those who seek help, cook and serve food in the soup kitchen, help in kitchen cleanup, assist with participants’ homework or play with children who rely on the group’s services.

Soup kitchens help meet a critical need. The economic troubles of recent years have plunged many Argentine families into poverty, making it impossible for parents to provide for their children. According to some Argentine organizations, approximately one hundred people in Argentina die every day due to malnourishment or hunger-related diseases. Around 12% of the population lives in absolute poverty.  Thousands of people in Buenos Aires depend on soup kitchens as a daily source of food. ELI partners with local soup kitchens in the neighborhood of La Boca, where extra hands are always welcome to prepare and serve lunch to the hundreds of families who eat there every day. Volunteers help with preparing food, setting tables, and cleaning up. This is a great opportunity to learn about how community centers function and understand the challenges many Argentines face on a daily basis while also helping the neighborhood in a meaningful way. Questions? Click here

*Volunteers for this program do not have to speak Spanish but must be comfortable in an entirely Spanish-speaking environment. Participants must commit to at least a four-week program.


Interns and volunteers are always needed to teach English and other subjects to adults and children throughout Buenos Aires. Those interns that would like to gain experience in the classroom can shadow and assist an English teacher in a private school.  In the teaching program, interns will gain experience in lesson planning and classroom management while teaching several grade levels in a day.

Buenos Aires greatly needs volunteers to teach English to Argentine children and tutor them in other subjects, such as math, science, computer skills, art, and music at community centers scattered throughout the city's lower-income neighborhoods. Volunteers interested in working with adults are also invited to help with continuing education workshops catering to low-income adults who have not completed their secondary education. Questions? Click here

Business & Marketing Internships in Argentinaup

Interns can work with a civil association representing over fifty small and medium-sized businesses in Argentina. The association serves as a support network for the companies and aims to expand exporting opportunities through international market research. Interns with this program assist with research, preparing marketing materials, and may have the opportunity to work directly with a company represented by the association. Partner companies of the association represent fields as diverse as consulting, software, fashion design, art exports, retail, engineering, tourism, telecommunications, and medical equipment.  We also partner with numerous other consulting companies, start-ups, and established businesses seeking interns to work in their business development, marketing, and retail departments. Questions? Click here

Here, one of our previous interns describes her experience:

“Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend this internship to anyone interested in international business. The intern should have an intermediate-high level of Spanish. All work is explained and completed in Spanish. The duties of the intern can range from completing misiones comerciales, organization of clients’ information, market research for specific clients, to meeting with and corresponding with specific clients. I worked on a little bit of everything, but my main focus was on market research."

   -Julie G.

*Interns in this program must have an intermediate level of Spanish knowledge.

Graphic Designup

Interns can work in one of a variety of web and graphic design firms in Buenos Aires. ELI has placements with design studios focusing on large name brands, individual clients, advertising campaigns, and social media.  Use your skills to assist a company in developing logos, brochures, web sites, creative content, programming, and marketing.  Interns will work alongside professionals in the field on both ongoing and new projects. Questions? Click here

Interns in this program must have a high to intermediate level of Spanish knowledge, some graphic or web design experience, and must commit to at least 8 weeks.

Human Rightsup

Interns with an interest in political and human rights issues have the opportunity to work with non-governmental organizations devoted to promoting democratic processes, citizen participation, and human rights. The organizations collaborate with governmental, international, and NGO's to educate Argentineans and promote civic engagement. Interns will have the opportunity to get involved in program development, project coordination, communication, and event planning. Questions? Click here

Here, one of our previous interns describes her experience:

"I did background research to see what political and social problems were occurring in certain provinces, I tabulated and synthesized data from students after they had participated in financial education programs, and I researched racism in Africa for a background Model UN paper. Also everyone spoke Spanish in the office, and they were patient with me when I could not articulate what I wanted to say. Most of the research I did was in Spanish, and I definitely feel my Spanish improved due to this internship. This internship was great and I recommend it to anyone who wants exposure to NGO work in another country."

    - Leah S.

*Interns in this program must have a high to intermediate level of Spanish knowledge, and commit to at least eight weeks.


Interns interested in pursuing a career in journalism or communications can gain experience at one of several publications in Buenos Aires. Possibilities include working at a monthly magazine focusing on urban pop culture in Buenos Aires, daily newspapers, other publications, or in the communications departments of both non-profit and for-profit companies. Interns assist with researching, drafting stories, creating web content, working with social media, and helping with events. It is important for participants in this program to be motivated and creative self-starters. This is a great opportunity to work on building a portfolio.  Questions? Click here

*Interns in the journalism program must have an advanced level of Spanish knowledge, a background in journalism, at least two previously printed articles, and must commit to at least twelve weeks. We can be more flexible with communications placements.


ELI works with several law firms in Buenos Aires to create internships for law students to help them gain experience working in Buenos Aires and insight into the Argentine legal system. The firms specialize in the following areas: litigation, business consulting, environmental law, corporate law, intellectual property law, international tax law, commercial law, and dispute resolution. Interns conduct research, translation projects, and document preparation. Questions? Click here

Here, one of our previous interns describes her experience in Argentina:

"When asked about something directly, the attorneys would be very willing to answer questions and help out. When we went to the courts, a usually busy attorney sat with us and explained the mechanics of the legal system.  It was awesome, but you have to really be persistent to get certain experiences.  This is very much an internship for a self starter who speaks fluent or at least advanced Spanish."

   - Elena T.  Legal Intern

*Interns in this program must have an advanced level of Spanish knowledge and commit to at least eight weeks with the program.

Fashion & Fashion Photography

Learn the ins and outs of a fashion-related business and enhance your professional portfolio by interning with a small modeling company recently ranked one of the top 5 in its field. You’ll gain hands-on experience and learn the basics of fashion-related marketing, PR, art and design.

Interns’ responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to, helping in video productions and photo shoots, assistance in marketing, online sales and PR. Questions? Click here

Education, Marketing, Business Development and Communications Internship

Perfect your Spanish and join the staff of an innovative company that’s created an exciting and unconventional way for students to learn a second language. The group makes language learning interactive by bringing together English-speaking foreigners and locals in order to make friends and learn each other’s language. The “classrooms” are city cafes, restaurants, parks and other fun social settings. Interns will help develop this growing business by coordinating daily meets, ensuring a timely flow of events and helping to market the company. It’s a unique opportunity for socially inclined interns who want to improve their Spanish conversational skills and with an interest in marketing, business development, communications and event planning. Questions? Click here

English Language Internship

In Argentina, as in much of Latin America, the ability to speak English is a sought after skill. When you intern with this nonprofit, you’ll be teaching English to children and young people in need. This organization offers shelter, food, psychological evaluations, schooling, and even recreational activities to participating homeless children living in various children’s homes. In addition to teaching English, interns will create and participate in activities that enhance language learning and promote the advancement of kids’ conversational skills. Questions? Click here

Many other internships!up

ELI Abroad’s partners in Argentina have extensive business connections in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, which means we can provide placements in a wide variety of fields, including:

Advertising / Design
Business Consulting
International Business
ESL Teaching

Film / Photography
Finance / Accounting
Human Rights
Law Internships
Marketing / Sales

Public Policy
Social Work
Sports Management
Sustainable Development
Tourism / Hospitality
Youth Leadership


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