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My Time in Argentina
This past July to August, I was fortunate enough to travel to Cordoba, Argentina with Projects-Abroad from July 20th - August 16th. I participated in the 4-week high school Medicine and Spanish program, and I am so thankful that I did, as it changed my life.
At 16 years old, I have never travelled much on my own, let alone to a foreign country, with a program that I had never worked with, or a language that I had only learned for a few years prior. I should not have worried. Projects-Abroad was more than I hoped for. This program placed me with a host family who made me feel a part of their own family, and placed me in a Spanish class that helped immerse me in Argentinian culture.
I learned so much from both the medicine and Spanish aspects; information that I never wouldn't have learned any other way. From learning stitching techniques to watching various surgeries in 4 different hospitals around Cordoba, I feel that I am better prepared for my future, as I pursue a medical degree. The Spanish lessons that we received for 2 hours every day not only solidified my basic Spanish skills, but also allowed me to converse effectively with my host mom and host sisters, therefore allowing me to fully become a part of their family for the month that I lived with them. Not only did I communicate with my host family, the lessons allowed me and my group to fully immerse ourselves into Argentinian culture when walking around the city. Not only did I learn while I was in Argentina, I made lifelong friends with the staff of Projects-Abroad, my host family, and other students who participated in the program. I returned from Argentina 4 months ago, and I still communicate with many of these wonderful people on a daily basis. There are helpful, understanding, and some of the kindest people I have ever met. Overall, I I had the trip of a lifetime, and would recommend Projects-Abroad to anyone. Thank you Projects-Abroad!!
This summer, I went to Córdoba, Argentina, for a two-week Care and Spanish special with Projects Abroad. I was a little nervous before going just because it was a foreign country and I didn't know what to expect, but the trip was more amazing than I ever could have imagined. The PA staff were super welcoming and kind, and my host family (the Treboux family) made me feel like I was part of the family from the first day. In the mornings, I had a two-hour Spanish class, and would then go home to eat with my family. (The food was absolutely delicious at every meal.) I was really comfortable with my class because we had taken a level test before being placed, and I felt the class was challenging but not too difficult. It was conversation-based and I was learning new things–vocabulary, grammar, and cultural things–every single day.
In the afternoons, my group and I went to a place called El Vagón, which was kind of like a daycare center for kids in the neighborhood, with kids from ages 4 to 14 (while I was there). There were about 20 kids there on any given day. I remember clearly from the first day of volunteering getting off the bus and walking down the street, seeing a bunch of kids running toward us. We were confused until we realized they were the kids from El Vagón, coming to greet us with hugs and kisses. We played games (especially fútbol), did arts and crafts, and ate snacks with them every afternoon. The kids really seemed to appreciate us and I think it was as hard for us to leave at the end as it was for them. Some evenings, Projects Abroad hosted activities for us, like bowling, a bus tour of the city, and even a tango lesson!
The entire experience was the best part of my summer. Although Córdoba is a big city, I never felt scared or in danger because we were almost always with a leader from Projects or with our host mom/dad. Projects was always helpful when we needed something–a call to our parents, help with our flight details, etc. I really couldn't have asked for a better trip. :)
I traveled to Argentina this past summer with MyProjectsAbroad’s Care & Spanish program. This program was a High School Special that allowed me to spend two-weeks of studying, volunteering, and traveling in the beautiful country of Argentina. A typical weekday with this program consisted of many fun activities. The other members of my section of the project, my host family sisters, and I would volunteer in an underprivileged kindergarten for about 4 hours each day. After an extremely large feast for lunch every day, we would then head off to our Spanish lessons with the other members of the program. The night was usually ours to do whatever we felt like doing, unless there was a social that MyProjectsAbroad had planned. I always looked forward to these socials because it was a chance to meet people from all over the world. Some socials included touring Che Guevara’s home, zip lining in the mountains, karaoke nights, and even dance lessons!
Overall, I could not have been happier with my experience with ProjectsAbroad. The staff was extremely accommodating and very well-organized. They did a great job of keeping the line between being supervised and independent. I never felt like I was unsafe or coddled, which was a huge fear of mine, pre-departure. I have only good things to say of ProjectsAbroad!
As for my host family, it could not have been a better fit. My host parents were very welcoming and incredibly caring! If I ever had a problem, I knew that I could have come to them for anything. I definitely can say that the food was amazing, as well! Maria Julia, my host mother, always made sure my stomach was full. Overall, my entire experience in Argentina was nothing less than perfect. If you ever get the chance to travel with ProjectsAbroad, I strongly suggest you do it! My trip to Argentina was, hands-down, the best experience of my life.
This past summer I spent two weeks in Ghana through Projects Abroad's sports program. I absolutely loved my time there! I had the chance to play and coach soccer to some of the impoverished youth in the Accra region of Ghana. Projects Abroad provided every service I could even think of to make my stay in Ghana worthwhile.
Our staff was always available to us, and never once did I feel unsafe. We were shuttled by bus to all of our activities and our adviser, Michael, accompanied us everywhere we went.
My host home was very nice as well. My host mother was very friendly and helpful when we were having trouble adjusting to the differences of the culture (hand-washing laundry, various foods, etc..). She also made it a priority that we were well-fed and that we were genuinely enjoying our experience.
We also had the chance to experience cultural aspects of Ghana as well! We had a drumming lesson, cooking lesson and a lesson on the local language "twi". It was really neat to immerse myself into a completely new culture and I have Projects Abroad to thank for that!
I could not have picked a better organization to travel with overseas and I definitely encourage others to choose Projects Abroad when trying to decide who to travel with!
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