Our 6-week itinerary will take us across Argentina, from Buenos Aires to Patagonia.
Is Argentina safe? Are there showers? What is the food like? What about weather? Find answers to these questions and more on the Safety page.
MEET-UP and Arrival (2 days)
Students and trip leaders meet in Miami International Airport and fly together to Buenos Aires. Spend one night in Buenos Aires and then bus to San Carlos de Bariloche (just "Bariloche" for short).
Argentina's posh long-distance buses
Spanish Study and Homestay (2 weeks)
Bariloche is the quintessential Andean foothill destination for Argentines and tourists alike, and the staging area for the Introduction phase of our trip.
Take daily group Spanish lessons at Spanish School La Montaña in downtown Bariloche. Stay and eat daily breakfast & dinner with a screened host family (up to 4 students per house).
Spend afternoons exploring the local region on foot, bike and bus. Take part in optional short-term volunteer projects. Read books on Argentine and South American history.
Potential weekend trip 200km south in the village of El Bolsón. Known for its artisan cheeses, smoked trout, chocolates, and organic & wildcrafted jams and preserves, El Bolsón puts sustainable living into practice. Stay overnight at one of the local farms and participate as a farmhand.
student-designed TRAVEL (2 weeks)
Students plan the group's travel to a destination of their choosing. They arrange transportation, lodging, and activities. This is the Exploration phase of the trip in which students practice actual independent travel planning.
Potential destinations include any safe and affordable location in Argentina.
One example destination:SEARCHING FOR ORCAS
Leaving the western Andean foothills, bus across Patagonia to the port city of Puerto Madryn and the Valdes Peninsula. Our November arrival matches the high season of one of the world's rarest wildlife phenomena: On the northern edge of the Peninsula, orcas (killer whales) storm the beach in attempts to capture sea lions. Spend a few days on the lookout for this awe-inspiring sight.
Punta Norte -->
Orca beaching itself
Buenos Aires (2 weeks)
Our trip ends with an Immersion into Argentine life in its beautiful captial city, Buenos Aires. Students spend time:
- Pursuing individual research projects based upon their skills, passions and interests. Example: a student interested in graphic design meets with a design firm in the city. Take tours and meet working professionals.
- Pursuing a group demographic research project. We will design a survey and conduct brief interviews of Argentines in the streets. Potential survey topics: Argentine political climate, perceptions of Americans, educational views.
- Volunteering with (L.I.F.E. Argentina), an organization that serves impovershed children. Teach English or design your own volunteer project.
- Nightly Tango dancing lessons at a milonga recommended by Grace Llewellyn.
- Exploring the city via foot and subway, including traditional museums and historical sites.
The groups stays together in a hostel or rented apartment in Palermo or Recoleta, two beautiful and safe barrios (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires.
Tango in Buenos Aires
debrief and return flight (1 Day)
Students and trip leaders debrief and fly back to Miami from Buenos Aires as a group. At Miami International Airport, students say goodbye and meet connecting flights home.
Yoga lessons taught by Abbi