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ARGENTINA
 
 

Bienvenido a Argentina!

Work in seductive, bustling Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital with a surprisingly European feel. BA's tree-lined avenues and wonderful plazas remind one of Paris.

Conservation  Teaching
Internships  Sports Coaching
Spanish Courses   Cultural Courses
  More About Argentina

CONSERVATION

Rewarding Monkey and Primate Rescue and Rehabilitation near Cordoba:
Help to rehabilitate injured and abandoned Howler monkeys, including orphaned babies, with the objective of one day being able to release them back into the wild to live a natural, happy life. The monkeys are often in a terrible condition. Many are malnourished and unable to fend for themselves after being separated from their mothers.

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TEACHING

Teach Underprivileged Children in Buenos Aires
Teach a variety of subjects to children of all ages in a choice of schools, orphanages and social assistance centres. You can help with English, Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, particularly if you have an interest in one of these areas. You'll act as an assistant to the regular English teacher.

INTERNSHIPS | WORK EXPERIENCE

 Law Internship in Buenos Aires
Intern in a long-established practice that specialises in many areas, including corporate and commercial law, counselling on accounting, management, tax, business and labour planning. A mid-sized firm which has over thirty professional attorneys,certified public accountants and economists specialising in different areas.

Medical Work Experience Internship in Buenos Aires
Work in a Primary Care Center, or "Salitas".
You can work with family doctors, paediatricians, nurses, psychologists, dentists and social workers, as well as other specialties. You’ll shadow doctors and nurses, including: taking vitals, treating injuries and iInteracting with patients.

Veterinary Work Experience in Buenos Aires
Gain experience working with all types of animals in one of the largest vet clinics and pet shops. You'll assist the vets during consultations, help care for the boarding animals and those for sale, and assist with grooming and other areas connected with running  Clinic and Pet Shop. An intermediate Spanish level is needed to work in the clinic (vet consultations and surgeries).

Veterinary Internship in Argentina

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 SPORTS COACHING

Sports: Coach Cricket to Children in Buenos Aires
Coach Cricket in schools and clubs with the Argentina Cricket Association.  You'll work as an assistant coach alongside the Head Coach, with children from the age of 8 to 15. Some of the areas you may get involved in include organisation and planning of classes, pupil motivation, organising events events and competitions, and lots more. You don't need Spanish or coaching qualifications, you just need to know how to play the game.

Learn and Play Polo near Buenos Aires
Learn how to play Polo and work with polo horses in an elite and exclusive Club located on a picturesque ranch just outside Buenos Aires. Work alongside gauchos exercising the horses and mucking out followed by Polo lessonsm then practice in 2 chukkas in the afternoon

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

Spanish Language Courses in Buenos Aires
Study Spanish on a structured course at the University of Buenos Aires or with private tutors who will tailor your lessons to your individual needs. All lessons are available at Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level. Private lessons have no set start and finish dates. Private lessons are recommended if you are a complete beginner. University of Buenos Aires courses are one-month intensive courses of 15 hours per week, three hours of classes a day and all classes are in the afternoon.

Spanish LanguageCourses in Argentina

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CULTURAL COURSES

Tango Dance Courses in Buenos Aires
Learn to Dance in the home of the flamboyant Tango! During your programme you'll have lessons with one of two private tango teachers who regularly teach in various places throughout Buenos Aires. Both teachers are very famous in Argentina and they'll tailor your programme to your individual level of expertise. You can also combine this with the Salsa Course.

Tango Courses in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Salsa Dance Courses in Buenos Aires
Learn to Dance the Salsa in Buenos Aires, the elegant capital city of Argentina. You'll have lessons with a private Salsa teacher who will tailor your programme to your individual level of expertise. There are of 10 private Salsa classes per week, 5 days a week with each session 2 hours. You can also combine this with the Tango Course. 

Do a Salsa course in colourful Buenos Aires in Argentina

Photography Courses in Buenos Aires
Study with an experienced private tutor. Includes practical teaching, analysis of your work, theory and history. Courses start from 1 week to 4 weeks and consist of 6 hours per week (three two hour lessons) - they will be individually tailored to your level of expertise.  You will have some lessons on location throughout Buenos Aires (in Museums, at private exhibitions, the botanical gardens, etc.)

Hostel Accommodation in Buenos Aires
 

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'My time in BA has been everything I hoped and more. My only complaint is how quickly the time has gone! The city is brilliant and I've been very impressed with the staff at the hostel and Travellers staff. The teaching has been fantastic: I am working with young children, teenagers and adults
so I never know what each day is going to bring. Muchas gracias!'

Jess Corbett - Teaching in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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MORE ABOUT ARGENTINA
Magnificent mountains, vast deserts, dense forests and the majestic Igu
açu waterfalls.. from the remote wilderness of the pampas to sophisticated Buenos Aires.  

Argentina makes up almost the entire southern half of South America, and is the world's eighth largest country. Its amazing array of landscapes brags some of the world's tallest mountains, deserts, and amazing waterfalls. From the hot northern deserts, and remote areas in southern Patagonia, to the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires, Argentina has something for all types of traveler and visitor.

LIVING IN BUENOS AIRES:
Buenos Aires is alive with culture and is fast becoming one of Latin America's most popular and vibrant cities, with plenty to keep you entertained at all times of the day and night.  Buenos Aires is a beautiful and seductive city situated on the banks of the Rio de la Plata. It was built by European immigrants and has a resemblance to Barcelona, Paris and Rome. The locals, known as the “Los portenos”, are renowned for their extravagant and rich cultural identity, which is reflected in the character and uniqueness of their city. The cafes, smoky tango bars, parks, and street corner football games all help form the essence of this diverse city. Not to mention the nightlife, one of the best in world, thriving with youngsters enjoying a variety of different styles of bars and clubs, often open till 7am…..or later!!

Tourism is one of Argentina's biggest industries. This increase in tourists and money has bought together a rich mix of traditional and modern Argentina and has helped make the country one of the most popular locations in Latin America.

Buenos Aires, a city designed in blocks, is divided into different neighbourhoods, each with their own characteristic flair. Some are old and some are new, but each ones has it own style and tells its own tale. Some of the most famous neighbourhoods include:

San Telmo - the oldest of Buenos Aires neighbourhoods has wide cobbled streets, lined with market stalls and antique shops. At weekends San Telmo comes alive with entertainers, dancers and musicians. Visit one of the many outdoor cafes for this weekly spectacle, stopping off to buy some local art work or souvenirs. 

Recoleta - considered to be one of the finest and most expensive areas of the city with French style buildings and large green open spaces. There is a cemetery in Recoleta which houses the gravestone of Eva Perón, Argentina's first lady and most famous historical figure. At the weekend a sprawling market opens, selling local artwork and food. Surrounded by cafes, it is a truly great way to wind away the long afternoons.

Palermo - this fashionable district has many parks, wide streets and old houses. It's here that you'll find the latest trends at clothes stores and boutiques, along with a huge array of unique and modern restaurants. Palermo is at it's most vibrant on Sunday's, when Plaza Sorano is taken over by market stalls providing fashionable clothes at great prices.  

La Boca -  the brightly painted multicolour tin houses within the main Caminito Street give La Boca its character. Locally produced art work and tango displays are often found here. La Boca is also home to one of Buenos Aires most famous football teams 'Boca Juniors'. For a truly unique experience, get tickets for a Boca V's River Plate match - these two teams have a history of rivalry and as such, the games are always a hugely anticipated event. 

Throughout the city you find broad plazas typical of Latin American urban centers. The most important of these is the Plaza de Mayo, linked by the Avenida 25 de Mayo with the Plaza del Congreso. Both plazas are surrounded by major government buildings such as the Casa Rosada, the presidential residence on the Plaza de Mayo. The Avenida 25 de Mayo is lined with restaurants and businesses. Nearby Avenida 9 de Julio is popularly known as the world's widest thoroughfare and, with its nine lanes of traffic, this truly is a pedestrian's nightmare!

The central business district has high-rise office buildings and retail stores. Automobiles are not allowed on the Calle Florida and shoppers roam its elegant stores, coffee houses and hotels. The nearby Calle Reconquista is the financial center of the city. Outside the central business district much of the surrounding city has attractive cobblestone streets bordered by large, elegant houses and small, boutique style shops. Many parks and local shopping districts are spread throughout the city, giving lots of activity and also lots of tranquility.

The spirit of Argentina shines through it's national dance, the Tango... enigmatic, sultry, elegant and exuberantly passionate. Getting to grips with this dance is no easy feat but Buenos Aires is certainly the place to learn. Tango clubs throughout the city hold Milonga's which are open tango parties where all levels dance together and continuously change partners. A great way to meet locals on the tango scene, learn the music and practice your steps!

The De la Plata River plays an important role in the life of Buenos Aires. Oranges, grapefruit, cherries, plums, and vegetables grow in the delta and vacation homes flourish everywhere with thousands of people participating in river sports over the weekends. The De la Plata not only provides recreation, but also links the hinterlands with Buenos Aires and supplies water to the population.

The romance of Argentina takes one's breath away. The natural wonders alone take some beating! From the northern deserts to the southern Andean Cordillera, from Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. 

Argentina is geared up to thrill - from nights tangoing in the chic quarter of Buenos Aires to gaucho riding in the grasslands of the Pampas.  Dynamic and bustling, a city which seems never to sleep, Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve all manner of world cuisines, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night.

CUISINE AND EATING OUT IN ARGENTINA
Argentine cuisine is an adaptation of Spanish, Italian, Middle Eastern and other European food, with a heavy emphasis on meat, in particular Beef. Beef is consumed in a variety of ways, the most traditional is the Parilla – other wise known as a Barbeque! Also common are meat and vegetable pies, empanadas (similar to pasties) and pasta dishes such as meat Ravioli or bolognese.

Vegetarianism is not all that common in Argentina so if you are a vegetarian you may find that there is a limited choice in local restaurants. But if you have a sweet tooth, this is the country for you, because so do the Argentineans! Desserts usually include ice cream, custard flan, pastries and cakes all sweet enough to rival those found in European cities like Paris. Dulche de Leche is a caramelised milk and sugar concoction which is often eaten for breakfast and is a typical local delicacy.

   

BA Organiser Melina, and volunteers Anna Krenn and Eric Yang
BA Organiser Melina, and volunteers Anna Krenn and Eric Yang


Argentina Managers Adriana and Melina with volunteers at the monthly Travelers dinner.

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OUR VOLUNTEERS LOVE ARGENTINA!

"First impressions are great! I love the hostel and the people that are staying here. Made some friends quickly and the organisers here are also very professional. I've only been here 2 days but the city seems beautiful and very lively."    Jitesh Parikh

"I’m having a really wonderful time! I feel that I’m independent and free whilst still having a safety net to fall back on if anything goes wrong. It’s very nice to know that there are also people from the company out here to help if there are any problems. I would advise people to bring more money than they think they need here as although it is cheap, there are so many things to buy and do and with the food being so great you do eat out a lot. Also be realistic about how long you want to stay. I thought 1 month would be more than enough time but as soon as I arrived I realised I wanted to stay so much longer!" Zahra Al-Nugaidi - Salsa / Spanish

“I have totally loved this placement so far; the teaching is very rewarding and my Spanish has improved tremendously. I think the idea of being given cash each month works really well, and I love the fact that in Casa Fitz Roy, Travelers girls get their own specific dormitory - makes you feel very safe and builds friendships quickly! Don’t think my placement could be any better right now!! I would definitely recommend this placement to anyone who wants to properly experience a culture and contribute to that culture.” Charlotte Dickson

THE WONDERS OF ARGENTINA:

West of the throbbing capital is another Argentina, the pampas, a great open plain home to cattle and sheep farmed on the vast estancias (ranches). Some of the most popular images of Argentina are drawn from these plains: the galloping gaucho on horseback, the drinking of yerba mate, the bitter herbal tea drunk from a gourd through a metal straw, and the asado, an event loosely translated as a barbeque, where gigantic amounts of meat are consumed.

Far west of Buenos Aires lie the Andes, separating Argentina from Chile. The Andean provinces offer some of the most spectacular and varied scenery in the country, ranging from the high plateaus and steep and isolated valleys of the northwest to the lakes and forests of the Lake District and the glaciers of the far south. Some of these regions are popular with travellers and offer as wide a range of adventure activities as anywhere else in South America; others are little visited and provide great opportunities for those who prefer not to share their wilderness with others. Popular attractions include the unforgettable Tren a las Nubes (Train to the Clouds) from Salta up the gorge of the Río Toro to San Antonio de los Cobres and, much further south, the Parque Nacional los Glaciares.

Away from the rich agricultural land of the pampas, much of Argentina is covered by deserts: these range from the burnt landscapes of the Chaco, and the classic cactus-strewn expanses of the west and northwest to the great steppes which cover most of Patagonia. For the traveller all of these have their interest: parts of the Chaco are one of the best bird habitats in Argentina; oasis towns such as Cafayate in the northwest are famous for their wines, olives and other products; the vast wastes of Patagonia attract travellers perhaps as much for their remoteness as for the Welsh influences of the Chubut valley and the glaciers of the far south.

Argentina's Atlantic coastline stretches south from Buenos Aires to Tierra del Fuego and offers further variety. The stretch just south of the capital is lined with beach resorts, the most famous of which is Mar del Plata, seen by Argentines as 'the Biarritz of Argentina'. Far away from the beach-towels and seaside entertainment of "Mardel", the southern Argentine beaches are occupied by penguins and sea lions. Their breeding seasons are a big attraction, especially on the Valdés Peninsula, near Puerto Madryn in northern Patagonia.



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THE IGUAÇU (or IGUAZU or IGUASSU) FALLS
Views across the famous Iguacu Falls, Brazil The Iguaçu Falls is an immense natural wonder dwarfing even Niagara Falls with its beauty and power. Among the most spectacular sights in South America are the Iguaçu Falls. They are located on a stretch of the Iguaçu River that forms the boundary between Brazil and Argentina. 

At two and a half miles wide these horseshoe-shaped falls are four times the width of Niagara Falls in North America. The falls divide into some 275 separate cascading waterfalls catching the light and creating a kaleidoscope of rainbows in their spray.

Many of the individual falls are broken midway by protruding ledges. The deflected water and the spray that arises cause this barrage of rainbows to glisten ethereally over this natural majesty. From the foot of the falls, a curtain of rainbow-colored mist rises 500 feet into the air.

In 1986 the area surrounding falls was declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage site, and two national parks were created on either side of the falls for the preservation of the natural setting. Within these parks there are approximately 225 hectares of tropical forest, with rich and varied vegetation and many endangered wildlife species. The park entrance fee is used to maintain and preserve the area. Tourists on the Argentine side have complete freedom of movement, whereas there are restrictions on the Brazilian side. From the Brazilian shore, the falls can be seen in their entirety. On the Argentinean side, boat trips taking you up to the 'Devil's throat' are popular - even if you are wearing waterproofs you will be drenched after being in the spray for a matter of seconds!

PLACES OF INTEREST:
  • Aconcagua. Peak in Andes Mountains; highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. 
  • Christ of the Andes. Statue in Uspallata Pass commemorating boundary settlement.
  • Iguazu (Iguacu) National Park. Includes Iguazu Falls, 269 feet (82 meters) high, more than 2 miles (3 kilometers) wide. See above.
  • Nahuel Huapi National Park. In the Andes; lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, rapids, forests, resorts, skiing, and cable cars. 
  • Santiago del Estero. Oldest city on Argentine soil; founded 1553; parks; colonial buildings; convent and Church of Santo Domingo dating from 1590; warm springs at nearby Rio Hondo. 
  • Tierra del Fuego. Isolated island group forming the southern tip of South America.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION:

  • Population (1996 estimate). 34,995,000; 32.6 persons per square mile (12.6 persons per square kilometer); 86.9 percent urban, 13.1 percent rural (1991 estimate). 
  • Major Religion. Roman Catholicism (official). 
  • Major Language. Spanish (official). 
  • Literacy. 96.2 percent. 
  • Major Cities - 
    Buenos Aires (city, 2,960,976; metropolitan area, 9,621,345). Capital of Argentina; chief port; industrial, commercial, railroad, and cultural center. 
    Cordoba (1,179,067). Processing and commercial center; auto manufacturing; resort; railway and highway hub. 
  • Leading Universities. National Universities at Bahia Blanca, Cordoba, Corrientes, La Plata, Mendoza, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, San Miguel de Tucuman; University of Buenos Aires.

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