NYU Buenos Aires offers up to 15 placements for students to participate in the Volunteer Program. The program consists in a semester long commitment with a requirement of 3 to 10 hours per week. Volunteering is a unique way to immerse oneself into the local community and experience first-hand the different nuances of the day to day functioning of Argentine institutions that work in fields such as education, health, public policy, environment & sustainability, art, politics, and social & economic development.
The Volunteer Program offers opportunities collaborating in these various areas depending on the student’s preferences/schedule and the organization’s needs/schedule at time of application. Placements depend heavily on Spanish language ability but does not exclude non-Spanish speakers from placement. Thus, application should not be discouraged due to language level.
Students can fill out an early application at the following link. It is suggested that students complete the application before the deadline for the upcoming semester, which is January 15th, 2020. Student Life staff will evaluate student profiles to seek the possibility of a match with their preferred organization indicated in their application using the aforementioned criteria. Student Life Staff will contact applicants around 3 weeks prior to the student’s arrival.
Apart from the hours of volunteering during the semester, students will be required to have a short interview with the Office of Student Life and the organization at the beginning of the semester, partake in individual check-ins with Student Life staff, attend the group volunteer meeting, and complete two online evaluations.
NYU Buenos Aires offers a community service day that opens up a moment in the semester to give back to the community for a day, or even a few hours. In the past, they have consisted and included helping sort donations at a food bank, knitting blankets with senior citizens, assisting a public library organize their books, and playing with youth that live a harsher day to day reality in the city. Each semester varies in regards to when the day is offered and what the engagement entails.