Academia Uruguay offers you the possibility to combine Spanish courses with volunteer work. You can work in different organizations and projects in Montevideo, discovering very particular problems and benefiting people in many sectors. Share your time, ideas and skills with Uruguayans and discover their culture in a unique way!
We consider volunteer work as an exchange whereby the volunteer in social organizations offers his work and the organization offers a space to share experiences. Receiving a volunteer implies integrating him into daily routines, allowing him to get to know one’s way of life. Being a volunteer, for us, is not an act of charity. It is a way of getting to know and to respect other cultures.
We work with various organizations and you will have to pay neither for our help in organizing your volunteer work, nor for actually working there. If the volunteer organization depends on donations, Academia Uruguay will make this contribution, not you.
Our program is for all students willing to share their energy and time for a period of at least 4 weeks on a concrete project. There is no age limit.
When you contact us, you briefly explain what you are looking for, what kind of social work you would like to do and what your expectations are. With regard to Spanish classes, you can take our online test (plus an oral test when you come here) and will then be assigned a group of your skill level. You can also communicate your housing preferences, in case you require housing. Send us an mail or use the reservation form on our webpage.
Usually the volunteer program starts with a one-day orientation during which you will get to know the place where you will work. You will then be assigned specific tasks based on what the organization needs, your availability, your skills, your Spanish level, your area of interest and obviously also on what you agreed upon in previous contacts with us.
Remember that the better your Spanish level, the easier you will be able to communicate in your workplace and the easier you can choose between different tasks. That is true for all volunteer activities.