Argentina

Projects Abroad

While with ProjectsAbroad, I traveled with other volunteers to other cities in Argentina like Salta, San Marcos, Buenos Aires, Iguazu, and even Santiago, Chile! There are so many amazing memories to choose from, it’s difficult to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I’d pick Iguazu. The bus ride was 22-hours, and armed with snacks, portable chargers, and earplugs, five other volunteers and I made the trip to see the falls. The falls were incredible and for the first time in a long time, I was absolutely awestruck. They were amazing! We even took a boat ride that brought us close enough to the falls to get sprayed, which felt great because it was starting to get hot. While we were there we saw monkeys, toucans, and little animals called coatis.
There is nothing I would have changed about my experience, except for maybe staying longer! My host mom was amazing, and the ProjectsAbroad staff was incredible as well! They gave me all of their information, and were always happy to help! I really loved how accessible the staff was, and getting to the office was a breeze as well. They really understand the needs of volunteers and really do everything they can to make sure you’re settled and taken care of if you need anything. One thing I really appreciated was how a staff member would teach you how to get to the office, to your job placement, and back. It’s remarkable how, thanks to their support, I never felt alone in a city of over a million people. As I look back, I think it’s incredible how the memories I made over 3 and a half months will last me a lifetime.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Feb 24, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Mente Argentina

Hola! I recently studied abroad with Mente Argentina in Buenos Aires for one month. This was my first long term trip abroad and I must say that I was slightly nervous upon leaving for Argentina. However, the advisor with Mente provided me with so much support and comfort that it was nearly impossible for me to feel afraid. Months before I left for my trip, they were helping me set up my program and promptly answered every single question I had along the way. I was never left in the dark with Mente and they made me feel all the more comfortable with my decision to study abroad with them! Upon arrival, there was someone to pick me up at the airport and transport me into the city. I chose to stay in an apartment with other people, which was in the heart of the Palermo district. I couldn't have asked for a better location or better roommates! The location made it extremely easy to get to and from my classes. I am in the hospitality industry so I took the short term wine program at night and the Spanish program in the mornings (with plenty of time for siesta in the middle :)) Both classes were intense and I learned so much in the four weeks I was studying! Both programs had wonderful teachers that made learning so much fun. I truly enjoyed going to all of my classes! In addition to the course, Mente constantly arranged for the students to hang out and do local activities together. I made so many friends while studying abroad and the advisors were there every step of the way. Even when I decided to extend my trip after my studies, they still made sure to arrange transportation to the airport when I was finally ready to come home. I'm so happy I made the decision to study abroad with their program and I can only hope to return someday. THANK YOU Mente!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Jan 4, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I absolutely loved my time in Argentina through Projects Abroad. As a high school student about to embark on my journey to college, I needed a defining trip to make sure that I was choosing the right major. By taking part in the Law and Human Rights program I was able to affirm that I was following the right path.
Through Projects Abroad, I was able to practice my Spanish, learn about the Argentinian culture, and learn so much more about international law. By living with roommates at a host family, not only was I able to be much more emerged in the culture, but I was able to make life long friends. My host family's house was extremely clean and very comforting and stylish, with hot water, a very easy to use kitchen, and an adorable puppy that made us feel right at home. The Projects Abroad staff is also extremely kind and very helpful, and all questions or concerns that I had were all answered extremely quickly and kindly.
I definitely recommend this experience to anyone who is looking for a fun yet impactful adventure.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Dec 29, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

I went to Argentina for two weeks on a high school program through Projects Abroad. It was a lot of fun and the staff, overall, was extremely kind. Although I wish we had been able to visit more of Argentina and have a bit more freedom, my overall experience was very good. My home had everything I needed including wifi, good food, and warm water, and my host family was relatively welcoming. If you want a good yet structured and organized experience, Projects Abroad is made for you. Your days are planned out completely for your whole stay in Argentina, which is nice because you are aware of what exactly you are doing each and every day. It is a great way to meet lifelong friends and to help a community in need. Most of the staff members do everything to make you feel comfortable and they often brought us warm croissants in the morning and always had tea during office hours. It was overall a great experience, and although I would love to have learned more about Argentina's culture and people, I definitely feel as though I have made a positive impact on Córdoba.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Dec 27, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Ailola Spanish School

I really enjoyed my time at Ailola Buenos Aires. My teachers were talented, creative, friendly and helpful. It was fun to study Spanish in such a comfortable atmosphere. My school was very welcoming, with lots of spaces and activities to do in the afternoons and in the evenings. Moreover, I met a lot of wonderful people from different countries there. I am a sociable and easy-going person, so it was important for me to be surrounded by people, who didn’t feel shy talking on different topics and especially do it in Spanish, which we all were not good at. It helped me greatly to go to the next level of my knowledge of the language. At the lessons we were not allowed to speak our mother tongues, and English, of course, so it was a good experience to try to speak only Spanish.
The family which accommodated me maintained the same practice – speaking only Spanish or, if the worst came to the worst, communicating by gestures. I lived in my own room on the first floor. It was very cozy, spacious and light. The entire atmosphere in the family I lived put me in the academic process. I was never refused help I needed. I suppose, a place you live in plays not the last role in your intention to study and the mood you have every morning and every evening.
Now I am proud of my Spanish, I can easily talk to native speakers, watch films and videos, read books and magazines. The courses at Ailola Buenos Aires really helped me achieve a goal – to learn the language in a short space of time.
To me individually the key role always belongs to a warm atmosphere during the classes. I’d like to thank the teachers, who uncovered little genius in every student of our group. The courses were saturated but never tiring. We had a great chance to take a dive into the midst of fascinating events.
There were many different students in my group: people of different age, education, background and profession. Someone decided to learn Spanish seriously, someone just only discovered the world of the Spanish language, someone wanted to open the mind and broaden his outlook, and someone just preferred to combine the training with the walk along the streets of Buenos Aires.
A couple of weeks in Ailola Buenos Aires gave me a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the methods of teaching language and get a foretaste of the Spanish people and their way of life.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Nov 27, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

This program was extremely well organized and had lots of great local connections. My time in Argentina was amazing and it was definitely one of the best decisions of my life. I would definitely recommend this program to any students interested in study abroad in South America.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Nov 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

The Project's Abroad High School Special is an excellently run program.Within that category I chose the program Medicine and Spanish for 2 weeks. I was thoroughly impressed with the immense variety of volunteer opportunities. I chose the program I did because it suited the fact that I wanted to become a doctor as well as it allowed me to practice my Spanish language skills. The program coordinators provided excellent support and provided transportation (a mix of public and private). As a minor, I found this very comforting as I was alone in a different country. The lady I stayed with, Dora, was very friendly and very entertaining. She took great care of me and made sure that I always had enough to eat. The volunteer placements were very unique and my activities ranged not only in type but also intensity. Some days we met locals and tried local culture and activities (such as zip-lining and going to the market), while other days we spent at hospitals shadowing doctors and watching surgery. Overall, I was thrilled with the quality of homestay family, food, and volunteer placement. The only advice I would give is to chose a month in which the weather is better in Argentina. I chose a month in which it was winter in Argentina and I would advice against that just so that you do not have to lug a jacket around and I did get a slight cold! As well, you can enjoy the scenery and vegetation. I strongly recommend that anyone who wants to go abroad and experience a different culture in a safe and friendly environment.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Oct 17, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In the summer of 2014, I went abroad to Cordoba, Argentina with Projects Abroad, and a year later, the experience still resonates with me. As a junior in high school, I figured that it was about time to do something productive with my summers, but I could not decide between studying abroad and something medical related. Then in November, I found the high school specials program for Projects Abroad that had a medicine in Argentina program with flexible dates. It was perfect! After the uphill battle of convincing my parents to let me go (Projects Abroad helped by providing willing volunteers each other’s email addresses so we could communicate and plan out plane rides together beforehand), I can say with absolute certainty that it is one of the best experiences of my life to this day. In fact, I probably wouldn’t be doing pre-med in college if I hadn’t gone. There, we viewed multiple surgeries from right over the shoulder of surgeons, had discussions and workshops given by surgeons, went to an anatomy museum as well as visited hospitals from the city to the countryside, to name a few activities.

The staff in Argentina was extremely warm, friendly and responsible. Even upon arriving, one of the wonderful staff members reminded everyone to call their families so that those with helicopter parents such as mine, would not be worried. The volunteers were also amazing people, some of whom I still keep in contact with despite living in different countries.
What made the experience that much more amazing was my host family. They are such lovely people; from the very first day, they made me feel like a part of the family. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the wonderful conversations we had the table together, nor the warmth that I felt from Day 1. All in all, it was an amazing experience that I encourage no one to pass up.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Oct 8, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

When searching online for a volunteer program abroad, I couldn't have found a better program than Projects. I signed up for the High School Special focusing on Medicine and Spanish for 2 weeks. They helped with every aspect of planning my trip and made sure to stay connected with me up until my landing in Cordoba. As I stepped into the arrivals area I saw the smiling face of one of the coordinators and I knew my trip would be one I remember for a lifetime. I made friends from all over the world and was able to feel like I was giving back to the community also. Everyday I looked forward to our next trip to the hospital or to the next medical conference. The coordinators helped us whenever we had questions and I know that I have gained a new Argentinian family from my amazing hosts. Projects Abroad made volunteering, learning, and traveling all at once an amazing experience and I would recommend it to everyone I know.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Sep 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I spent five weeks in Córdoba, Argentina volunteering in a pediatric hospital where I served a very large, underserved population. I specifically volunteered in a public sector where everyone receives free healthcare. The resources are very limited compared to the U.S. For example, my time serving was spent focusing on newborns and infants with respiratory problems such as bronchitis, bronchospasms, and pneumonia. The U.S. would commonly give the family a nebulizer to take home; where as nebulization in this hospital is done on site with large O2 tanks. Diaphragm vacuums are also used in the same room to remove mucous from the lungs and nasal canal. I was in awe as I saw doctors fight through all of the noise in one small room to hear infants’ respiratory sounds on low quality stethoscopes. Even with the lack of resources, and increased obstacles, the doctors continued to be extremely passionate in providing the best care possible. They would often take time to lecture parents to change their lifestyles for the betterment of their child’s health (ex. quit smoking so they can afford soap). Those five weeks taught me how passionate I want to be as a future healthcare provider. For a better understanding of the situation I need to see the bigger picture. I cannot always rely on the latest technology to diagnose someone, nor can I always expect the perfect environment in order to provide high quality patient-entered primary care.

When my time in Argentina was quickly coming to an end, I became saddened by having to leave my Kinesiology family at the hospital. Till this day I miss the eleven students that became my close friends, who taught me about life in Argentina and life in the health care world. I gained a Mother in the hospital as well, Pato, the head of the Kinesiology department, who took care of me while I was sick and taught me the importance of passion. It is comforting to know I will always have family in Argentina.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Jul 14, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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