The AIC volunteers in Bahía Blanca, Argentina are offering a range of services to disadvantaged people in their local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including educational support to pupils who are involved in virtual learning, a vaccination campaign and distributing food and clothing.
A group of volunteers with English teaching experience is working with a local secondary school, Instituto Superior Juan XXIII, to provide virtual support to more than 60 students from disadvantaged backgrounds with their English studies. This project has attracted the interest of the University of East Anglia in the UK. The volunteers are also working with students from a local university, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, who have volunteered to answer pupils’ questions (especially in the area of mathematics and physics) via WhatsApp.
The AIC volunteers give year-round support to primary school children. This support has continued during the pandemic, but the methods have changed. The group has adapted to each family’s possibilities (virtual platforms, video calls, WhatsApp, email, etc.). They are collaborating with a local school to identify other children who need support. We will provide them with books to enhance their reading skills and interest in reading.
The local authorities a local church, the school mentioned above and various individuals have generously donated fresh and dry food and as well as personal hygiene items and cleaning products, enabling the volunteers to regularly prepare food baskets for families who need them.
As winter approaches, the volunteers also provide warm clothes and shoes to those who require them. Here again they have received many donations. This project is run in collaboration with a local parish youth group, whose members help to sort the clothes.
In this official public health campaign, health professionals came to administer flu shots to very young, elderly and at-risk patients. This was done on the premises of the AIC and took place on three different days to improve health and resistance to disease in the local community.
We say job well done to the AIC-Bahía Blanca volunteers for creatively adapting these different services to the current health crisis! You are an inspiration to us all!
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