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ArgentinaService, Andean Culture, & Colorful Peaks

Immerse yourself in village life in Argentina on this high school service program. Begin by spending several days in Buenos Aires, a bustling port city boasting cultural influences from the diverse regions of Argentina, blended with European-influenced architecture. Then head north to your host community in the Salta region to dive into service. Work alongside locals on meaningful, community-identified construction projects, while you engage with the rich culture and landscapes of this incredibly diverse country, from renowned asados to colorful Andean peaks.

Details

June 23–July 13, 2023
21 days
9–12
$ 5,690 + airfare
Departs from Miami
14–16 students, 2 leaders
Service40–60 hours

Highlights

  • Work alongside local foremen in your host village
  • Practice Spanish and play fútbol with new Argentinian friends
  • Explore the colorful Andes mountains of the North of Argentina
  • Visit Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world

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Itinerary

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

  • Departure
  • Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your leaders in Miami, and fly together to Buenos Aires, Argentina. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

  • Buenos Aires
  • 1 day

Begin your program in Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires. Get to know your group during an in-depth orientation and learn about the history, art, and culture of this vibrant South American hub.

  • Host Community
  • 11 days

From Buenos Aires, fly north to your host community by way of Salta. Live and work among local villagers as you join in meaningful volunteer projects while getting to know the people, history, and culture of northern Argentina. In close partnership with local community organizations, specific volunteer projects are identified based on community need. Past projects have included building a classroom, painting a mural, constructing a community center, and creating and teaching language lessons for young students. In the afternoons, after the workday is finished, spend time playing soccer with your new friends, hike in the surrounding mountains, or relax and play music with your Argentinian peers.

  • Excursions
  • 4 days

Take excursions to further explore the colorful Andes mountains in the northern region. Visit small mountain towns, containing some of the oldest settlements in Argentina with occupation dating back thousands of years, and learn about the pre-Incan archaeological sites in the area. Eat lunch at the bustling local market and learn about the local produce and artisanal industries. Hike in the surrounding hills and take in the dramatic Andean landscape.

  • Iguazu Falls
  • 2 days

Say goodbye to your host village and fly northeast to the Misiones Province of Argentina. Enjoy the subtropical jungle climate as you visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls—the largest waterfall system in the world—located right on the border between Argentina and Brazil.

  • Buenos Aires
  • 2 days

Fly with your group from Misiones to Buenos Aires. Spend the last few days of the program in the capital city. Hop on bicycles and explore the city and the cobblestone streets of El Tigre. Soak up the capital’s eclectic mix of South American and European architecture and listen to the beats and rhythms of a live tango orchestra. Savor the flame-grilled tastes of Argentina’s signature meal, the asado, and enjoy a final dinner with your group.

  • Return
  • Travel Day

After your final group dinner, take an overnight flight to Miami, arriving the following morning, and continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

A Day in the Life: Host Community

  • Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in our host village.
  • Enjoy breakfast with your group
  • Break into work groups and head to the construction site, school, or farm
  • Reconvene at your residence for lunch
  • Continue service work, or work on an independent project of your choice
  • Kick the soccer ball with Argentinian peers, go for a hike around the village, or enjoy downtime
  • Convene a cooking crew to prepare for dinner with the help of local cooks
  • Share dinner at your residence
  • Participate in an evening activity, such as dancing lessons with community members
  • Group meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule

What to Expect

  • Service

During your travels in Argentina, you can expect to participate in several different service experiences—construction projects where you may learn to mix cement or paint a community building, environmental projects such as planting seedlings or shadowing local farmers, and educational projects such as engaging in workshops and activities with local peers. The focus of this summer program in Argentina is learning about another culture by forming meaningful relationships with local people and undertaking a shared community service experience together. You should come to the summer with an open mind, eager to participate in new experiences and interested in exploring another culture and way of life. All students participate in each of the group’s projects on a rotating basis, and everyone lends a hand in meal preparation and cleanup. To learn more about our Service programs, click here.

  • Language Practice

Proficiency in Spanish is not required; however, students who speak Spanish or study Spanish in school will have opportunities to practice while communicating with local people. Students who do not speak Spanish will have the opportunity to learn some basic language skills.

  • Independent Project

In addition to group projects, pursue an independent project based on your own interests—create a Spanish phrasebook, lead English workshops in the local school, interview locals about village history, learn to cook a traditional meal, organize a sports game for local kids, or shadow a farmer for a day.

  • Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. The service work and afternoon activities can be strenuous, and you can expect to spend most of each day outside, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and walking. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

  • Accommodations

Our living accommodations in the host community are very simple. We sleep in communal housing on cots or sleeping pads with sleeping bags. There are simple bathrooms adjacent to the living quarters. While we have access to electricity, it can be sporadic. On excursions, we stay in small, family-run hostels and inns. Leaders reside together with the students throughout the program.

  • Meals

In the host community we eat delicious, home-cooked meals prepared by community members. Each day, several students from the group organize cooking and cleaning crews and help the cooks prepare meals. During excursions, we eat most meals in restaurants and occasionally visit local markets to shop for picnic lunches.

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Next Steps

This program is directed by Sylvie Littledale. If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!