At a glance
- Study amazing animals like whales, pumas, and sea lions
- Live on a wildlife refuge on the stunning Patagonian coast
- Learn Spanish and explore Argentina with other teens
- View an itinerary for this project.
During school holidaysSee Dates
Where will I be based in Patagonia?
In the first week, you’ll stay in Puerto Madryn, a city in the northeast of Chubut province. It’s located on the shores of the Golfo Nuevo, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve, and Argentina’s diving capital.
Next, you’ll travel 80km north to stay at “La Esperanza” wildlife refuge. This beautiful coastal region is home to guanacos, pumas, and sea lions.
Each year, “La Esperanza” is also visited by southern right whales, humpback whales, and dolphins!
What are the aims and impact of this project?
Our projects set long-term goals. You’ll join efforts to protect animals in Argentina. Conservationists rely on data collection and need volunteers to help with this. You’ll have a thrilling time spotting whales and pumas, but you’ll also help scientists protect them.
Beach clean-ups are another way to protect wildlife in Patagonia. This helps restore natural habitats. You’ll join a long line of volunteers keeping habitats safe for animals.
This Conservation Project also aims to raise awareness. You’ll help local people see the importance of protecting animals. Your impact will last after you leave as the community continues to care for its environment.
Finally, we’ve designed this project to have a lasting impact on you. You’ll leave with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and confidence. You’ll have had the adventure of a lifetime, formed new friendships, and built skills for the future.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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