130 people from all over the country will be trained in Tafí Viejo this weekend

130 people from all over the country will be trained in Tafí Viejo this weekend
130 young people from all over the country will be trained in Tafí Viejo this weekend

Rotaract volunteers from ten Argentine provinces and Paraguay will have a meeting to train as leaders and transfer their knowledge to community service projects.

“We people are really interested in our society and in improving what surrounds us.” That’s the way Paula Duran, a 22-year-old graduate in Political Science, justifies the meeting that will take place this weekend in her city. Next to Gonzalo Sancheza 23-year-old Tourism graduate, are organizing the Rotaract meeting, a volunteer program for young people aged 18 and over that exists all over the world.

Rotaract Tafí Viejo volunteers will host this weekend Photo: Rotaract Club Tafí Viejo

“This event is held every four months in different parts of the country and it is the first time it will be held in Tafí Viejo,” highlights Durán. On Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th, 130 volunteers between 18 and 30 years old will converge on the “Ciudad del Limón” to receive training that will allow them to develop impact projects in their communities. “We received Rotaractors from 11 Argentine provinces: Jujuy, Salta, Tucuman, Santiago del Estero, La Rioja, Catamarca, Mendoza, San Juan, San Luis, Córdoba, Buenos Aires, and our neighbors from different places in Paraguay,” says Gonzalo Sánchez .

Young volunteers in training

Rotaract is a service club created by Rotary International that currently operates in 155 countries. The spirit of volunteering aims to acquire skills that can be applied in community actions. “We have a strong commitment to what happens in our immediate environment. Rotaract is a great tool to generate that desire to transform or improve our environment,” says Durán and assures that in his club he was able to meet friends with the same desire to help.

Reforestation activity as a response to climate change Photo: Rotaract Acciona

In the workshops that will be given this weekend, the 130 volunteers will learn everything from management skills in NGOs to effective leadership and project management, says Sánchez and explains: “These sessions provide practical and strategic knowledge to address social challenges effectively and build a positive and sustainable impact.

Sustainable actions and joint work

Attendees will stay in two inns in Tafí Viejo. The organizers highlight that the meeting was made possible thanks to the work done by Rotaract together with the Hostería Atahualpa Yupanqui and the Municipality of Tafí Viejo. “It is positive that third sector organizations are beginning to have links with the public sector because they really are issues that concern the entire society and the only way to generate sustainable actions and promote this impact is to work together.”

The actions carried out by volunteers are varied. In December of last year, three Rotaract clubs – Tafí Viejo, Tucumán and Santiago del Estero – coordinated efforts to clean up cigarette butts in Barrio Sur, in the capital of Tucumán. Like these, there is a wide variety of projects that add to the organization’s assets and that seek to make each place a more friendly and fair space.

In Tucumán, Rotaract Club Tafí Viejo -in the city of the same name- and Rotaract Club Tucumán -in the capital- currently operate. At both locations, volunteers are waiting for more young people who want to join.


Rotaract Club Tafí Viejo: 381 477 8444 (Paula Durán) – Instagram/rotaracttafiviejo

Rotaract Club Tucumán: 381 631 2800 (David Ardiles) – Instagram/rotaract.tucuman

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