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Ready to devote your summer to justice, freedom, truth, and dignity? Welcome to our program in Buenos Aires, Argentina — your next second home. With a rich history that offers a living classroom for exploring human liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press, this program is designed to help combine the past and present in order to empower you and your future.

The program is based in Buenos Aires and anchored by a welcoming host family. This vibrant capital city expresses itself through a fast-paced energy that understands the value of also taking it easy. AFS is recruiting students from around the world to participate in this program, which includes intensive Spanish language classes, academic workshops, fun cultural activities, and day trips beyond the city. Specifically, the common theme of the program examines Human Rights in all expressions, including an emphasis on Gender Studies and the LBGTQ+ community in Latin America.

By the end of your three-week immersion, you’ll return home with a broadened worldview, improved Spanish, and an understanding of Argentina’s history and progress toward Human Rights — and in all likelihood, a new appreciation for mate, an omnipresent Argentine tea.

Eligibility Requirements

This program welcomes students between the ages of January 9, 2003 to July 9, 2006 (15 years 0 months – 18 years 6 months). To participate in this program, one must demonstrate a commitment to continued respect for your peers and community members.

On this program you are likely to learn about these Sustainable Development Goals:

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare

Sample Program Itinerary to Argentina

The below itinerary serves as an outline for the program, and each Global Prep experience will vary based on group size and opportunity.


I. Starting your Adventure

Your journey will begin in Miami. There you and your group will fly together to Buenos Aires, where you’ll be met at the airport by AFS Staff or Volunteers. You’ll be taken to an orientation for a crash course on Argentina’s unique culture and your Global Prep itinerary.

As you settle in, you’ll get a sense of Argentina’s diverse landscape, from traditional gaucho (cowboy) ranches to busy modern cities. Be sure to keep an eye out for the intricate street art of Buenos Aires, which has turned some neighborhoods into open-air museums!


II. Exploring Buenos Aires and Learning Spanish

This program includes four hours of intensive Spanish lessons per day, or 20 hours per week. You’ll spend your mornings in downtown Buenos Aires, advancing your language skills at the AFS Spanish language institute, where students from around the world come to improve their Spanish. Your classes will be small, with an average of six students. All levels of Spanish are welcome.

Your Spanish language school has an active social program that includes 3 activities each week. A few cultural activities you might enjoy, among others:

  • Maté Tasting
    A cultural class about maté (local Argentine tea).
  • La Boca Tour
    A tour of La Boca, the most iconic neighborhood in the city.
  • Tango Group Class
    Learn this popular dance that originated in Buenos Aires.
  • Chocotorta Class
    A mini cooking class to make chocotorta, a local dessert.
  • Recoleta Cemetery Visit
    A tour of the Recoleta Cemetery.
  • Historic Walking Tour
    A walking historic tour of key points in the city.
  • Museum Visit
    Wander around a museum with a professor as your guide.

III. Understanding Human Rights in Argentina

In the afternoons, you and your group will attend interactive lectures on Argentine culture and human rights. You’ll also go on excursions into the community to learn about human rights in the context of Latin American culture. You’ll explore historic topics like the country’s military dictatorship from 1977-1983 as well as more modern social justice issues. Plus, you can expect to visit local activist groups and take a guided tour of the Parque de la Memoria, a sculpture garden dedicated to the victims of the former military regime.

  • Parque de la Memoria:
    A guided visit to a sculpture park in remembrance of the crimes that occurred during the military dictatorship.
  • Human Rights Introduction Workshop:
    A lecture to introduce students to the topic of human rights, as well as the history of human rights in Argentina.
  • Madres de Plaza de Mayo Workshop:
    A professor will give a talk and presentation about the Madres de Plaza de Mayo and the group will visit their weekly gathering.
  • ex-ESMA Visit:
    A guided visit to the largest clandestine center that was used to detain and torture those labeled as dissidents during a former military dictatorship.
  • Casa Trans Visit:
    Supporting the rights of the trans community in Buenos Aires.
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Why Human Rights and LGBTQ+ Studies in Buenos Aires?

Buenos Aires is living up to its rich history as one of the leading cultural cities of Latin America, and in every corner of it you can find historical prints of events that marked the territory’s history.

  • Through outdoor and indoor activities you will be able to learn about historical and modern human rights issues of the country and of Latin America: from the military dictatorship from ‘77 to ‘83 to its current events.
  • Because of its progressive legislation: Buenos Aires became the first city in South America to pass a law granting gay couples the same rights and social benefits as heterosexual couples in 2002. Laws regarding transgender people are also incredibly progressive in this country.
  • Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.
  • The Gender Identity Law was passed in 2012, allowing trans people to transition without the fear of being diagnosed with some sort of psychological abnormality to prevent them from doing so. Argentina has been cited as an “exemplary country for transgender rights” by the World Health Organisation.
  • Cultural life and rich cultural scene, and the possibility to engage with local organizations advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and other of your inter

Your Accommodations

You’ll experience Argentina’s gregarious culture first-hand by staying with a local host family in the Buenos Aires area. All host family homes will be located no more than 40 minutes from the language school where you’ll have classes. You can expect to have your own private bedroom or share a room with one other student. Your host family will provide breakfast and dinner each day, so you’ll get to try some staples of the Argentine diet, which might include savory empanadas or delicious milanesa, a type of breaded meat cutlet with an Italian influence. You may be surprised by how close you can get to your host family in just two weeks, and how much they’ll be able to deepen your understanding of life in Argentina!

What's Included

  • Round trip international airfare
  • Accommodations, meals, and transportation
  • International secondary medical travel coverage
  • Access to a 24/7 Emergency Duty Officer
  • Visa Support
  • Please review the Terms and Conditions for complete guidelines.

Returning Home

“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. “Transformed” is another one.
When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and developed the confidence and resilience to accomplish anything you set out to do.
That transformation isn’t only visible to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers. Second language fluency, intercultural competence, creativity, and critical reasoning will help you succeed, whatever path you take. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.
It’s not just an adventure abroad; it’s a whole new reality. The perspectives and personal connections you gained will stay with you and likely draw you back to the second home you found in Argentina.

In fact, our alumni reviews have made AFS one of the top-rated organizations in the study abroad industry.

A new you awaits

Apply for Global Prep in Argentina!