Nature of the project: Help in an organic garden of the Psychiatric Hospital
Starting & Ending Date: 5th March-18th March
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: $$
Total Space Available: ?
This project provides an excellent opportunity to the volunteers to interact with the patients in the psychiatric hospitals and provide moral support. Known to be one among the few psychiatric hospitals in the Buenos Aires has more than 1300 patients as its inmates. The organic garden was created by the Argentinean volunteers so as to give the patients a chance to see the growth of crops and enjoy the visual treat. It is also a very good learning platform for the volunteers to learn about crops and landscaping. The patients who work here in the garden are in the advanced stages of healing and are almost fully recovered and are waiting to be discharged from the hospital. This service is an excellent way to reintegrate them back into the society. The activities of the volunteers include planting, watering, removing weeds, implementing recycling rules and re-use of materials etc. Volunteers would help and monitor the coordinators making pesticides and herbicides for the garden. They would also get to learn more about environmental responsibility and the importance of implementing organic initiatives. You as a volunteer can make that big difference by bringing in positivity in the lives of these poor patients.
Typically you are expected to work for about 3 to 4 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 09:00 am till 08:00 pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Buenos Aires Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can roam around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at our local partner’s office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site; interact with locales, staff and fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Help in an organic garden of the Psychiatric Hospital) continues.
Day 13: Visit and explore the beautiful places of Argentina along with the group of fellow participants who are almost of your own age. This will help develop a bonding with each other and share your new experience with each other.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Argentina will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a volunteer house and construction center/kind of dormitory 2 blocks from the famous plaza de congreso. Rooms will be either single or shared. The hotels also provide hot water, fully equipped kitchen, TV, internet. Cost of meals is not included in participation fee however kitchen will be available for the volunteer to cook. Even though everyday items are available in the host country at cheaper prices it is however requested to carry all the everyday items with you while travelling. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local culture and lifestyle closely.