Program & Schedule
This program is a great way for you to jump into Argentine culture while giving you an opportunity to learn about this country’s rich history.
The week is a good chance to learn and understand local customs and phrases that will help you take full advantage of your time here, as well as being a good first step for your following programs.
It is the perfect way to learn more about local people, culture, customs, language and so much more!
You will be learning a lot about how important sport is in Argentina, especially football since Argentina has a world- famous football team with many famous football players!
You will get a glimpse of this country’s interesting past by visiting historical sites, and get the chance to see more of the Argentine lifestyle. You will also be having culture, language, and cooking classes throughout the week!
Aims & Objectives
- Help you become familiar with your local surroundings
- Teach you helpful phrases in the local language
- Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
- Provide a full introduction, preparing you for a longer stay
- Urban sightseeing in Southern city
- Lunch outside
- Cultural introduction and language lesson
- Welcome BBQ dinner outing
- Visit Art Museum
- Language lessons
- Cooking lesson and dinner (eat your self-prepared food!)
- Rowing sightseeing trip
- Tango dancing lesson
- Walking tour cemetery
- Language lessons
- Visit to the Football museum and football club
- Local sightseeing
- Outdoor Language lessons
- Evaluation session
- Program placement discussion
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: -
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
Living & Location
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. As a top tourist destination, known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life, Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of theatres in the world.
On top of this, Buenos Aires has great places for everyone to practice any kind of sport. It also acts as host to a number of high level sporting events in football and hockey each year, because of its world class stadium facilities.
This bustling guesthouse accommodation in Buenos Aires is known as “Casa Pichincha”, which in Spanish means “home”. The accommodation comprises of mostly dorm rooms, and each room is equipped with lockers, drawers and shelves as well as lockable doors. All bathrooms are shared but split by gender.
All communal areas of the facility are cleaned daily and bedding is washed once a week. The accommodation is very secure with security cams 24/7, lockable buildings and rooms and a night security guard.
For your relaxation there is also a dining room and lounge, equipped with TV and Wi-Fi. There is also table tennis and a patio for barbeques.
Only breakfast is provided as part of our service every day, and there is a kitchen here for you to store and prepare your own food for any further meals. There are various local eateries you can enjoy too!
It is close to all amenities with the closest shops and mini market less than a 5 minute walk away.
Supermarket: Located 5 minute walking distance from the accommodation
ATM: 10 minute walk from the accommodation.
Laundry: There’s a laundry shop 30 metres away from the residence (same block).
Restaurants / Bars: There are plenty of small restaurants and bars within walking distance but for the best ones, you will need to take the subway, bus or taxi (15 minutes away).
It is a 30 minute walk or 1 subway ride to other amenities such as banks, and larger supermarkets and shopping centres.
An internet cafe and laundry service is nearby for your convenience.
Activities & Events
Some of the free activities:
- La Bomba del Tiempo Drums Show
- Tango Class & Milonga
- Visit Boca Juniors and River Plate Museums
- Visit to El Tigre
Other optional activities have costs attached to them, for example:
- Watching an Argentine Football Match
- City Tour in the Yellow Bus
- Having an Argentinean Barbeque at a Restaurant
***These activities are not guaranteed and may depend on various factors, such as weather, the number wishing to take part or any other events that may be taking place.***
Sights & Surroundings
On some weekends you may choose to visit out of town attractions such as:
- Colonia, Uruguay
- Iguazú Falls
- Mendoza Province
- Buenos Aires city
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- General La Madrid
Name: Argentine Republic
Population: 43 million
Capital: Buenos Aires
Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)
Time zone: UTC -3
Argentina is a huge country (the 8th largest in the world) that possesses a great variety of natural wonders, interesting culture, a bustling nightlife, an opportunity for winter sports, wonderful festivals, scrumptious food, endless chances for wine tasting, tango dancing, and much, much more.
The country boasts the highest and the lowest points of South America, with Cerro Aconcagua being the tallest at an altitude of 6,960 meters above sea level and Laguna del Cabrín being the lowest, with an altitude of 105 meters below sea level.
The name Argentina comes from Latin language. Argentum means “silver” and it is what the Spanish conquerors were after when they first reached the region.
A stroll through Buenos Aires’ or Cordoba’s bustling city life, a night of dancing tango, skiing down the Andes, admiring the world renowned and jaw-dropping Iguazú Falls, an excursion to the southernmost tip of the Americas, Tierra de Fuego (“Land of Fire”) are just some of the many things you can do while in this country that will heighten your senses like no other.
Argentina’s climate varies from region to region due to the country’s size (it is the eighth largest country in the world!). The northern region can sometimes be the host to extreme heat, while the capital, Buenos Aires and the Pampas in the center remain quite temperate and Patagonia displays sub Antarctic cold in its glacial regions.
Buenos Aires and the Pampas have quite a temperate climate which is cold in the winter, then hot and humid during the summer.
The Andes region is cool in the summer but very cold in the winter. The same goes for Patagonia.
The desert region can reach temperatures as high as 50°C in the summer and become quite cold in the winter.
In many ways, Argentina is the “Europe of Latin America” as it has been greatly influenced by Italian, Spanish and German immigration. Many big cities and even small villages are characterized by their European nature.
Tango is one of Argentina’s biggest contributions to the world and you must give it a go while here! It is a steamy dance like no other and free lessons take place in various public places around big cities. Football/Soccer is another emblem of the country’s lifestyle and Argentines are passionate about it!
Argentina is known for its beef-oriented cuisine. Grilled meat, beef ribs and steaks are eaten on an almost daily basis. A common condiment is Chimichurri (a sauce of herbs, vinegar, and garlic).In Patagonia, lamb and goat are consumed more commonly than beef.
Lunch is the biggest meal in Argentina because dinner takes place quite late (around 21:00 or 22:00). This is common in many Latin American countries.
Because of the huge population in Argentina that are of Italian descent, pizza is another common meal and is taken quite seriously! Argentinians often regard their pizza as being better than Italy’s. Gelato is also easy to find around the cities.
And for dessert: dulce the leche (“milk candy”), which is used to fill cakes and pancakes and also eaten over toast.