Are you looking for a reason to travel? A way to give back to community during your time abroad? Hear what our volunteer Zyanya has to say about her experience with the Sustainable Development Project!

Roadie, Zyanya is originally from Salem, Oregon and participated in Road2Argentina’s Sustainable Development volunteer project for 2 months before making her way to Patagonia!

What does the organization do: This organization promotes sustainable building practices through art and construction projects/workshops all over Argentina.

Describe a typical day on the job: A typical day doesn’t exist. We do something new and exciting every day. I’ve been able to experience and learn new things I never would have anywhere else. We create art projects using recycled materials, pot plants, cut glass bottles to make cups. There’s always a new project being worked on.

What makes Buenos Aires a special place to volunteer: Buenos Aires is a very special place to volunteer because there is always something to do. The city is so big and so beautiful you will fall in love with everything it has to offer. There is plenty of opportunity within your chosen organization and in your free time you can walk around and explore the city, drink mate in a park, go to a bar, drink coffee at a cafe, the possibilities are endless!

The most interesting thing you have done at the Sustainable Development Project: The most interesting thing I’ve done while participating in the Sustainable Development Project was the trip I took with my organization to a region in Argentina named El Chaco. On this trip we partnered with a high school in Buenos Aires to help construct a new kitchen for a school in a very rural village. We used the building techniques the organization teaches in Buenos Aires and it was amazing! I learned a lot about the Argentine culture on this trip and was able to experience first had a day in the life of these people. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

The greatest challenge you face as a volunteer: The greatest challenge you face as a volunteer at a non- profit organization is the fact that things don’t always go as planned. The funding and planning is constantly changing which means you have to be very flexible and understanding.

The most valuable thing you’ve learned in Buenos Aires: The most valuable thing I’ve learned here has been the importance of understanding other cultures and life styles. I’ve met a lot of people from all over the world and one of the best things about it has been getting to know how they live and seeing what makes our world so interesting.

Your biggest accomplishment since arriving: My biggest accomplishment since arriving in Buenos Aires has been adapting to the city and making it feel like home. It’s a daunting task when you first get here, but after a while you establish a foundation and learn how to make the most of your time in BA.

One fun fact about Buenos Aires: One fun fact about Buenos Aires is that it is extremely hard to findpeanut butter in the grocery store. If its part of your daily diet, bring your own!

Your favorite memory of your time in BA: My favorite memory of my time in BA has been hanging out and exploring the city with the friends I have met here.

Advice to future Roadies: The advice I would give future roadies is to prepare to be put way out of your comfort zone but once you’ve been acclimated you will have the time of your life!

Why choose Road2Argentina: Road2Argentina is a great way to volunteer and discover Buenos Aires. Road gives you plenty of freedom and flexibility while still making sure you have everything you need during your time here.

Sustainable Development Project- Zyanya

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