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Patagonia Voluntourism

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Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights
Location: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, San Martin de Los Andes – Argentina
Price starting at: $2900 – Cost can vary based on number in group. Price includes one complimentary position for chaperone or group organizer.
Program Type: Service Learning Travel for school groups, companies, and organizations.
Meals: Included

Patagonia Service Learning — Rural Argentina

OVERVIEW

Our partners are small community schools in the Andean lakes district. Our aim is to foster sustainability in these communities through active partnerships and volunteer service.  Small-scale farming, organic agriculture, biodynamic agriculture.  Cultural exchange.

Background

You will arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina and then transfer far to the South, to Bariloche in the Chubut Region.  Next you go overland to the town of San Martin, on Lago Lacar.  This is the Andean Lakes District, a densely forested region that includes parts of both Argentina and Chile, 39 degrees to 40 degrees South Latitude.  Volcanoes on the border once formed massive glaciers, that when they retreated left deep depressions that filled with meltwaters to form today's finger lakes.

While parts of the region have enjoyed overt prosperity, other more removed and rural areas still welcome assistance.  Get involved through creating organic gardens, teaching sustainable tourism, and coordinating other community support projects for some great people in rural Argentina and Chile.  We invite your family, friends, school group, community organization, club, or business to take part in an educational adventure that will redefine how you travel in the future.

Adventure Philanthropy, Service Learning, and Voluntourism,  travel can be rewarding on many levels.  The joy experienced in working and playing in close contact with the communities where you journey will make for vacation memories that endure.

Education

This region of the Andes is a biodiversity phantasmagoria.  For good reason the Valdivian Temperate Rainforest Complex enjoys UNESCO World Biological Heritage Site recognition and, hopefully, protection.  You will be able to study the Araucarian and Valdivian forests and their unique flora and fauna first hand.

CURRICULUM — Chile and Southern Cone Geography, the ConoSur;  basics of the Argentine Spanish Dialect and Chilean Castillian Spanish;  Argentine and Chilean Regional History – Settlement Patterns; European Influences on ConoSur Settlement Patterns   Patagonia – Contemporary Cultures and Issues;   Argentine Gaucho and Chilean Huaso, Two countries, Two Patagonian Equestrian Traditions;  Unique Horse Breeds of the ConoSur; Andean Geography and Geology and the 41.5 parallel Geologic Setting, Formation and Glacial History;  Valdivian Rainforest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage Designation;  Biodiversity of the Valdivian Forest Region;  Tourism Industry of the Patagonia District;  Mapuche and Pehuenche Cultures – Pre-History, History, and Contemporary Issues;  ConoSur Toponymy – Mapudungun Meets Manuel Montt;

Basic Itinerary (Contact us for a detailed itinerary.)

Day 1: Depart US.

Day 2: Arrive in Buenos Aires and connect to Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes.  Meet host families.

Day 3: Service learning with rural school in San Martin de los Andes

Day 4: Kayaking near San Martin de los Andes. The Lakes District and Valdivian Forests.

Day 5: San Martin de los Andes to Bariloche.  Final touches on our project. Goodbyes. Chocolate!

Day 6: Tronador Mountain: Trekking to Castaño Overa Glacier.

Day 7: Villa la Angostura biking and visit to Bosque de Arrayanes (Myrtle forest).

Day 8: Circuito Chico (Bicycle exploration of Bariloche.) - Flight back to Buenos Aires - Tango Show.

Day 9: Buenos Aires: walking tour of La Boca, San Telmo, historical centre, downtown. To the airport.

Day 10: Arrive in US

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