The Argen Times by jennyyingdi


									 The Argen Times

                             Project Article
                                  - Care na Aldea SOS
                                                         15. STAFF DETAILS
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 OUT                              de Córdoba, Filipa     17. BIRTHDAYS &
      - Yerba Mate                Oliveira               UPCOMING VOLUNTEERS
 05. NEWS AND UPDATES             - Medical Placement,   18. SIGHTS TO SEE
      - Out of office, Ariel        Isaac Ealing           20. ANNOUNCEMENTS
      Moreira                     - Los Hermanitos:      21. VOLUNTEER CONTACT
      - The big move!             Painting project       LIST
      - First Aid Course     13. SOCIALS & DIRTY                                          April 2010         1
                                                                        Read this, and let it really sink in... Then choose
                                                                              how you start your day tomorrow...

                           Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something
                           positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any
                           better, I would be twins!” He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had
                           followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was
                           because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was
                           there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really
                           made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive
                           person all of the time. How do you do it?” Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself,
Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to
be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose
to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out
the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life. “Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested. “Yes, it is,” Jerry said.
“Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.
You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your
choice how you live life.”

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I
often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that Jerry did
something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held
up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the
combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma

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centre. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the
bullets still in his head. I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were
any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?” I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his
mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,”
Jerry replied.”Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die.
I chose to live.” “Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked. Jerry continued, “...the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces
of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.” “What
did you do?” I asked. “Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. “She asked if I was allergic
to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and
yelled, ‘Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead’.” Jerry lived
thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the
choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.

Many times in our lives we will face situations where we will have to make a decision. In fact, we are always making
decisions, every day, but sometimes in life we face difficult situations and those are the moments where we have to decide
which attitude to take. Are we going to fight or abandon before even trying? Are we going to persevere until reaching our
goal or run away likes dogs with our tails between our legs when faced with an obstacle?

As volunteers we have to decide how we are going to do our work. Are we going to be responsible and take full advantage
of the time we have here? Or are we going to spend our time as tourists? We can make a difference. It only depends on
each one of us.

A hug to everyone and see you next time!
Guillermo Cogorno

Country Director for Argentina                                                                                         April 2010                   2
Argentina Inside & Out
                                                                                   Yerba mate
                    Yerba mate is the legendary infusion from South America that is luring people away
                    from their daily coffee fix. Grown in the sub-tropical rainforests of Argentina, Brazil and
                    Paraguay, yerba mate has long been revered as the “drink of the gods” for its rejuvenative
                    The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15
                    amino acids and abundant antioxidants. In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris
                    Scientific Society in 1964 concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world
                    equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the
                    vitamins necessary to sustain life.”

Sharing the Mate Gourd

T   omando mate (drinking mate) is a symbol of hospitality. As the mate gourd is passed around, a sense
    of connection emerges. The first step of the ceremony is the preparation of the gourd. Typically, the
cebador/a - mate server - prepares mate for a friend or a group of friends. The cebador/a drinks the first one
or two gourd-fulls, testing the waters to ensure that only a smooth running mate is shared. Then the gourd
is refilled with water and passed counter-clockwise with the bombilla (straw-filter) facing the recipient. Each
person drinks the entire gourd: “you share the vessel, not the liquid.” The recipient of the gourd has as much
time as needed to finish the gourd-full. After the last few sips of the mate are gone, the gourd is returned
with the bombilla facing the cebador/a. The gourd is refilled with hot water and follows around the circle,

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continuing in this fashion until the mate is lavado (flat). If someone has had enough mate, they simply say
gracias (thank you) to indicate that they are finished.

              Preparing yerba mate in a gourd is an art.

              1) Fill the mate gourd with a daily serving of Yerba Mate.

              2) Gently shake the gourd so that the yerba mate is on one side, leaving an open area on the
              other side.

              3) Insert the filtered end of the bombilla into the bottom of the gourd.

              4) Gently pour a little cold water into the open area to moisten the yerba mate. This protects
              the flavour and health properties. Leave the mate gourd tilted until the yerba mate has ab-
              sorbed the water.

              5) Add hot (no hotter than 150 degrees F.) water until it reaches just below the top of the yerba
              mate. Sip from the bombilla until all the liquid is gone, then add more hot water. The first few
              drinks are strong; the flavour will soften as more water is added for each drink.

              6) Now that the gourd is prepared, drink it, add more hot water and serve your friends one at
              time in a circular fashion. Basically, pour, pass and sip. Let them know not to move the bom-
              billa, as to not disturb the yerba. - Before using the gourd, read the curing and caring section.

              7) The mate gourd can be refilled 15-20 times                                                                    April 2010               3
The Mate Ceremony
Excerpt from “The Mate” by Mónica G.Hoss de le Comte

“When people gather to drink mate (mah-tay) something magical happens. It is a simple, daily custom and
yet it has all the characteristics of a ceremony. Like any ceremony it has rites which are carefully performed in
the same way, day after day. It is a moment of leisure with friends and family. In the country, the gauchos sit
together around the fogón (the campfire), sipping their mate after a long day’s work. Tiredness breeds silence
and silently the mate gourd circles from hand to hand. And then, slowly, conversation starts, people come
closer together, confidences are exchanged. The mate ceremony resembles the American rite of the calumet,
the pipe of peace. There too, the pipe goes from hand to hand, completing the circle, offering hospitality
and goodwill. Mate is drunk by everybody: it is a drunk by the trucker and his companion in the loneliness of
the long, never-ending routes, by students, when studying; by workers during their midday rest; at home for
breakfast or on any other occasion, rain or shine, in summer or in winter.”

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News And Update
                                               The following article is contributed by our Desk Officer
                                               sharing his experience when he switched roles with Sofia,
                                                               our Volunteer Coordinator

                               Out of the Office – Ariel Moreira, Desk Officer

                        A     Desk Officer… My job title denotes it clearly: I work within an office. My role
                              is that of an administrator, an advisor, a representative. But for those things in
                        life, April gave me a gift. The gift of leaving my seat and papers for a bit and getting
                        to shake hands with some of our placements’ staff and the volunteers working

                         It has (incredibly quickly!) been almost a year since I started to work with Projects
Abroad. I love my job! I have learned so many things so far and met so many wonderful people! But
routine kills the love, as someone told me once. So it was time for me to try something different. And
thanks to the good will of my colleague Sofi, a Volunteer Coordinator, on the week of April 12th to 16th I
was able to switch roles with her and leave my desk for a bit to get to work in the field. It was truly a lovely
and rewarding experience. Not only because I got to know a bit more about our projects, but mostly
because I was able to understand more a volunteer’s role first-hand.

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My week as a ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ started out with a couple of pick-ups at the airport. I had already
had the chance to do this before, but I still enjoyed doing it again. The first ‘face’ a volunteer sees at the
airport or bus station is the first impression that they get of the country and the whole experience in
general, so this is always a big responsibility for whoever goes to pick up a volunteer when they arrive.
‘Smile, Ariel, smile!’ I kept saying to myself while chatting with Natalie (UK) and Pierfrancesco (It) as we
were in the taxi on our way ‘home’.

Eventually, I visited a couple of host families. ‘I had always thought you were blond!’, ‘You sounded older
over the phone’, ‘When will you come back for a coffee?’. These and many other funny statements were
raised to me by some of our hosts who, so far, had only dealt with me over the phone J

During a couple of inductions, I realized how important it is to ask questions, to pay attention, to clear out
doubts. So, please, don’t forget to ask questions!!!

As the days passed by, I popped into a few Care placements in and around the city centre which Sofía and
Inés (and most recently, Filipa) are in charge of. While visiting some of these places that we reach, such as
Nassif School, Copa de Leche dining hall and Hogar de Hermanitos children home, I was amazed at how
a simple smile would make those kids smile too, like a silent dialog, like an implicit ‘I care for you’ and
a ‘thanks’ in return. Many of these boys and girls came to me asking what my name was, if I was there
to stay and where I came from (of course, they had met some of the other Projects Abroad staff while I
was dealing with the phone and the emails, ha ha, so most of these kids just thought that I was actually                                                                     April 2010                5
another volunteer who came in speaking in that strange language –English- with the volunteers they
already knew J ). And I was indeed moved by a couple of girls who would call Celia (Seychelles), Ofira
(USA) and Rowena (UK) their ‘mamás’ (our Spanish ‘mums’) and Saul (UK) their ‘papá’ (dad). And,
after gaining some confidence, they would call me ‘papá’ too and even argue among themselves to
see who had the best ‘parents’!

Needless to say that I loved to speak with Verónica, the holder of and instructor at Fundación
Cordobesa de Equinoterapia, the place where our Equine Therapy programme is run. She expressed
how glad and satisfied she was about the work done by our volunteers there so far. As a therapeutic
riding session was going on, I remained astonished by the passion put into it by both Verónica and
the 15-year-old boy on the horse. That day I had the pleasure to accompany Megan (Aus) on her first
day at work there; she was lucky as Hayley (Aus) was there too and she helped her to get involved
in the different tasks. Both girls were able to ride Indio, the horse in question, after the boy had
finished his session, and I was asked to join them in doing some exercises with the horse and a big
ball which was amazing (no, guys, I didn’t ride the horse, I just kept throwing and catching the big ball
while standing on the floor! :P ). I want to highlight that Megan and Hayley helped with the fixing of
a few items used in the equine therapy sessions and also with the cleaning and tidying of the place
before riding the horse, as it is important to know that our Equine Therapy program does not just
consist of riding specifically, but mainly of helping out in whatever is needed at the ranch so that the
therapeutic sessions can run smoothly and the patients have everything they need.

For the rest of the week, I visited a few other placements and families and had a great time seeing
how the guys did their work at the different places. I did this until Thursday, as Friday was our moving

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date! (But this is something that Vanessa will explain to you better).

This week out of the office, as I said, allowed me to see and learn quite a lot of useful things, mainly
getting to understand more the role of a volunteer first-hand. And I came to a conclusion: being a
volunteer is precisely that, being ‘out of one’s office’, out of our status of comfort, out of our own
busy routines to give oneself to others for love. And I realized that, regardless of what our experience,
talents or skills are, we all have something to give: our time, our presence, our attention; words of
hope, a hug, a kiss, or even a simple smile that will make our neighbour happy…                                                               April 2010               6
News And Update
                                                                      The Big Move!

F  riday 16th of April was a very important day for Projects Abroad Argentina. We moved into
   our brand new office located outside the centre of Cordoba, half a block from av. Rafael
Nunez. This new office is much bigger than the previous one so plenty of exciting activities are
getting organized for all the future volunteers!!

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 News And Update
                                                                    First Aid Course

In April one ex-volunteer, Alex, and his friend Sarah gave us a First Aid Course. They are both
 travelling around the world sharing their knowledge but also taking advantage to discover
new cultures. We invited a few volunteers who are doing medicine to come and listen and take
part in the course. Thank you to the both of you!

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    Project Articles
                                              The following articles are contributed by volunteers sharing
                                                      their experiences while on their placements.

                                   Care na Aldea SOS de Córdoba - Filipa Oliveira,
                                       Volunteer Coordinator and Ex-Projects Abroad
                                                     Volunteer, PORT

A ldeas SOS é uma ONG internacional com base em França, com orfanatos espalhados pelo mundo. Todos estão
organizados mais ou menos da mesma maneira, com 8 a 10 casas, cada uma com 8 a 10 crianças e uma “mãe”.
Cada casa tem o seu orçamento, que é gerido individulamente por cada “mãe” de acordo com as necessidades
mas cumprindo as regras da organização: as mães nao lhes podem bater, têm de ter comida e roupa suficiente
e andar limpas e têm de ir à escola.
Pelo que pude ver já, comparativemente com outras instituições semelhantes por aqui, têm muito boas

O papel do voluntário aqui é um pouco diferente porque não estamos tão envolvidos no dia-a-dia das casas.

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Fazemos jogos com as crianças e falamos com os mais velhos.
Confesso que nao é bem o que imaginava... mas também nao conhecia nada da realidade de um orfanato que
não é um orfanato no sentido estricto da palavra. Estes não são miúdos que ficaram sem pais, são miúdos
que foram retirados aos pais pelas mais variadas (e horríveis!) razões. Nenhum de nós, vindo de uma família
dita normal (com todas as variantes que o conceito de normalidade pode trazer) pode sequer imaginar o que
passaram aquelas crianças!

E sim, às vezes são uns selvagens, às vezes (muitas) não ouvem nada do que lhes dizemos, às vezes nem sequer
vêm... Mas ainda que seja apenas um ou dois, a maneira como gritam o meu nome quando chego e como
correm na minha direcção, como me abraçam, como se lhes iluminam os olhos quando fazemos um jogo novo,
como me dizem que não lhes apetecia mas foram à escola porque senão já sabiam que eu ia ficar triste com
eles, na maior parte dos dias, compensa todas as dificuldades!

Para mim, existe uma casa mais especial porque as duas “mães” estão mais envolvidas e consigo falar com elas
sobre a vida das crianças, as suas dificuldades e problemas, e é também a casa onde mais miúdos saem para
jogar. Na altura dos exames também ajudei alguns deles a estudar.
Agora que estou quase a terminar o meu projecto, e apesar de todos os contratempos, sinto que vou ter
saudades dos miúdos e, uma vez que fico na Argentina mais uns meses, de certeza que os ou visitar algumas
vezes!                                                                April 2010                9
                                           Hospital de Niños - Isaac Ealing, AUS
                             H    ola Amigos and thank you for the opportunity to share my amazing experience
                                  at Hospital de Niños! Together with Henri Magistretti, Projects Abroad have
                             expanded their reach into paediatric medicine and for me this is the opportunity
                             of a life time! I arrived in Cordoba over 6 weeks ago and spent my first two weeks
                             uploading a new language straight to my brain (zzz) in anticipation for lengthy
                             and informative conversations with the youth of Cordoba. As it turns out these
                             two weeks remain invaluable and I have been much more useful to the staff. My
first day in this giant 500 bed establishment was the first time I met Henri, a 19 year old Swiss bloke, who like
me has a keen interest in medicine. That day we had coffee with Dr Mieres, a paediatric surgeon, and our
supervising doctor and discussed how we could make the most of this placement. Between Mieres’ liberal
understanding of our role and Henri’s proactive attitude I have come to understand the importance of our
enthusiastic involvement not only in the hospital but in our Argentinean experience.

         Henri knew what he wanted and how he could be of most use; I heard him say “I would love to work
in reconstructive surgery because that is where my interests lie” and Mieres only had to talk with the plastic
surgeons, who of course were very willing to use his help and let him get closer to his personal goals for
volunteering. The next day in the hospital I started working in the emergency ward and helping with plasters,
stitches and simple sterilising and bandaging tasks. At first I would introduce myself as an Australian volunteer
and ask how I could help, progressing to short conversations and simple questions like “how did this happen?”
but my interest in medicine has also been matched by my desire to learn more about the language and the
people of Cordoba. Now I have become accustom to introducing myself to the new medical students and we
exchange stories and when we have time drink mate.

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                                                          My third day in the hospital and it was my turn to
                                                          develop a direction: “would I be able to work in
                                                          Pathology?” and again our proactive attitude was
                                                          rewarded; ha ha too good! I spent the next 5 hours
                                                          watching a Doppler machine displaying children’s
                                                          hearts beat, and hearing the sound of the heart with a
                                                          stethoscope whilst talking with Dr Alejandro. He was
                                                          once on the starting line-up for the Puma’s (Argentinean
                                                          national rugby team) and is a good foot taller than me
                                                          and built like a tank. He had been diagnosed with heart
                                                          disease and turned his life to medicine and now
                                                          happens to work in cardiac pathology. In the time I was
                                                          there we saw many cases of congenital heart disease,
                                                          renal heart failure and even a 4 year old girl who had a
condition where the heart was on the wrong side of the body (Dextrocardia) as well as numerous other
displaced organs. The next day Alejandro went on vacation and I went to Trauma. I was given a tour of the
long-term trauma ward and introduced to the patients; these children were victims of car crashes, abuse and
obviously traumatic experiences. The kids are always exited to talk, but often find it confusing when I say “mas
despacio por favor” and typically will return to smiling when I explain that I am a volunteer from Australia, NOT
a doctor. I ended the day in trauma consultancy rooms where doctors examined kids with all manner of
injuries. This had already been a day to remember, but before we returned to our houses both Henri and I had
been offered the chance to watch Dr Mieres in theatre that night and we both jumped at the incredible
opportunity which had come forth. That morning the operating rooms had been flooded due to heavy raining
and at 5pm we returned with our scrubs for a night to remember.                                                                      April 2010              10
                                                      First we were decked from head to toe in sets of fresh
                                                      scrubs, masks and shower-caps, then we followed Mieres
                                                      into one of 7 operating rooms, where we watched the
                                                      anesthetisation of a 9 month old baby boy. This was a
                                                      simple operation of removing a line from under the right
                                                      rib cage, the line had been used to monitor conditions of a
                                                      progressing treatment program. Although an easy
                                                      operation for the surgeons I was struck by the vulnerability
                                                      of the child and the absolute reliance that he held,
                                                      unawares, in these doctors. Between operations Mieres
                                                      gave us a copy of the next patient’s medical history, an
                                                      invaluable indicator to the extent of diseases – A 1 year old
                                                      who had already gone through 5 previous operations due
to an unlucky combination of problems from swelling organs to blood diseases. Because the hospital has a
shortage of patient transport staff we were left 20 mins between operations, but were not left ‘un-entertained’.
Instead our attention was diverted to a 13 year old boy who had just been rushed into theatre in a coma and
with a bullet still lodged in his upper right brain. We stood behind the neurosurgeon who was using an array
of power tools to drill through the scull and into the cerebral membrane, and next to a 6th year medical
student who explained the ludicrous story of how a 13 year old boy gets a bullet in his head. Between his
broken English and Henri and my Spanish we found ourselves shocked by the absurdity which had left this boy
with a slim chance of regaining consciousness.

“He had been playing a playstation game” (followed by the medical student acting out the international act
of playing a playstation with his hands – no translation errors) with a ‘friend’ which involved drinking another

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beer when one of them lost. After 20 cans, this boy had said ‘enough is enough!’ in concern for his health
and in case his parents found out. But his friend had a hand gun and no concept of ‘cause and effect’, thus
the game ended with his friend shooting him in the head at an angle that left him technically alive but with
radically diminished life prospects. We watched the surgeon drain the cerebral fluid to prevent flooding of
the brain (cerebral hemorrhaging) using pipes, an endoscope and a camera lead that projected the operation
onto a computer screen.

That night I went swimming and thought about how international and basic the intentions of doctors and
medical professionals really are: after seeing something so profound I have been empowered by the scope
and impact of my future career in every society.

This is the opportunity with which I have been presented by Projects Abroad, however taking advantage of
working with a skilled paediatric surgeon (who also happens to know almost every single one of the 500 other
doctors and 450 other nurses in the hospital) now seems like half the fun!! I recollect reading my placement
information on the internet before I came and one thing that stood out and the one thing that I promised
myself was that I would leave Australia whole heartedly and with an optimism to learn and help. I am so glad
that I am here! So glad that I have this opportunity! But even more pleased with how invaluable this advice
has proved to be.

Good luck in all your volunteer placements and I’m sure you will discover that you can MAKE yourself useful!!
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                                                  Los Hermanitos – painting project
                                       Los Hermanitos is an orphanage located 20 minutes from Cordoba center
                                       in quiet street just off a main road. When you first see it, it just looks like
                                       an ordinary house but when you walk in, the rooms come alive with the
                                       sound of children‘s screams and laughter. First impressions are important
                                       and this place certainly has one of caring and love.

                                      After working here for a while you just feel like adding a little bit extra.
                                      After a few meetings with other volunteers we came up with the idea to
                                      paint the children’s play house. It’s a separate building with only one
                                      window. When you walk in, the walls are a uniform bland white and
the cabinets have had a rough life too. We were lucky enough to receive some donated funds from Marlies
Barsingerhorn, a former Projects Abroad Volunteer, so off we went to a local paint shop and after twenty minutes
of trying to explain what we wanted we were ready to paint.

With our combined special creative skills we - Kamilla, Emma, Chris and Marlies - spent the next two weeks
trying to paint with the (many, many) interruptions from the curious children and with heavy debate over whether
Chris’s artistic sun should have been coloured in or not we were finally done.

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In April we had many Social meetings. Amongst all these wonderful moments with the volunteers
 we had a Tango lesson, saw a Rock concert, went to a football game and had drinks and snacks at
our brand new office! Thanks to all of you who take the time and effort to attend our socials as you
make it possible to have a good time together!

     A picture can tell a thousand words and create long lasting moments.
        Here is a selection of photos of all the moments that we share...

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                          April’s dirty weekend was about helping
                          out in a fair at la Fundacion Querrubines,
                          a home for young children. Every month
                          they organize a clothes fair to collect mon-
                          ey and they asked Projects Abroad to give
                          a hand.

                          We would like to thank Emma Hershey &
                              Sara Williams for helping out!                                  April 2010            14
   Projects Abroad Argentina
           The Staff !!
                                  Meet our Country Director for Argentina
                                  Working with Projects Abroad since December 2009

                                  Guillermo Cogorno is 42 years old and he was born in Cordoba, Argentina and studied
                                  Business Administration at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. He taught Economic Policy
                                  of Argentina at Faculty of Economics in Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. Guillermo‘s
                                  experience includes serving as a founding member of ILA (International Leadership
                                  Association), former President of the local Chapter of AIESEC Cordoba (97/98) and
                                  National President of AIESEC Argentina (98/99) (International Association for Students
                                  Exchanges), Facilitator at Leadershape Institute, in Champaine, Illinois, USA, and
                                  Coordinator / Instructor for the Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development in
                                  Cordoba, Argentina (2005, 2007). He loves cooking, swimming and eating asado (what
                                  Argentine doesn’t?).

Meet our Desk Officer!
Working with Projects Abroad since June 2009

Ariel Moreira is 24 and an English translation student at Córdoba state university. He is the Desk
Officer for Argentina, which means that he deals with new volunteers‘ applications, assists in the
preparations for their trip and helps with any administrative or other concerns of the volunteers
in-country. Ariel loves his job because it allows him to practise his English actively at the same time
that he meets new and interesting people and makes new friends.

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                           Meet our Volunteer Coordinator!
                           Working with Projects Abroad since November 2009

                           Sofía Mignacca has lived in Cordoba for five years; she moved there from a small town to study
                           English Translation at the State University. She is very fond of music and literature, among
                           other forms of Art. She enjoys meeting people from all around the world, sharing different
                           points of view and learning about other cultures.

Meet our Volunteer Coordinator!
Working with Projects Abroad since March 2010

Filipa Oliveira is 28 and studied dentistry. She was a dentist for 3 years but while doing a care
project in Argentina decided to stay as part of the staff. She is Portuguese but feels like a
citizen of the world! She loves travelling and meeting new people, long conversations, reading
and partying.                                                                              April 2010                15
                          Meet our Social Manager!
                          Working with Projects Abroad since January 2010

                          Vanessa Offredi arrived in Cordoba as a Projects Abroad volunteer in October 2009. She
                          comes from France but only in appearance since at heart she is a mix of Europe once she
                          unravels her story. She has a degree in languages and economics and enjoys music, literature
                          and meeting people from around the world during her travels.


Meet our Office assistant!
Working with Projects Abroad since February 2010

As part of our working team Horacio Ravassi is collaborating in daily tasks at the office and
helping out volunteers. He is a musician and has a degree in sound engineering; he enjoys
music very much and meeting people from other countries. Horacio has a very multicultural
background. He lived and travelled around many places in the world such as United States,
Europe, United Kingdom, Central and South America.

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   Sights to see...
                                             There are many things to see in Cordoba, here are a few
                                                        places that are worth checking out.
  Almacén de la Memoria – Casa de pepino              arranged as a burial crypt. Nowadays, the crypt
                                                      is used as a space for artistic exhibitions, lectures,
                                                T h e concerts, and theatre performances.

                                                        Av. Colon Esq. Rivera Indarte.
                                                        Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 10 AM to 3 PM.
                                                        Entrance fee: 2$

                                                        Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes “Dr. Genaro
convenience store called “Pepino’s stemship” was
stategically placed in a corner of Pueblo Nuevo. It’s
an interactive center filled with souvenirs of the
people of Cordoba.

Belgrano esq. Fructuoso Rivera. Tel. 4343197
Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 AM to 8 PM.

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Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10h30
AM to 7 PM.
Entrance fee: 3$. Wednesdays FREE

     Cripta Jesuítica del Antiguo Noviciao
                                                        The museum is located in one of the most beautiful
This singular building of the 18th century is located   French- style casonas in Cordoba. Founded in 1943,
                                                        this museum has one of the most complete and best
                                                        conserved Argentine art collections, which include
                                                        pictures, drawings, engravings, and sculptures
                                                        done by the precursors of the 19th and the 20th
                                                        century art to our days.

                                                        Av. General Paz 33. Tel. 4285905
                                                        Entrance fee: Free

underground and was rediscovered in 1989. In the
beginning, the temple was used as a praying site for
the Jesuit priests, and lately the ancient chapel was                                                               April 2010                18

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