Advance your Spanish-speaking skills and participate in human rights workshops on this immersive Global Prep program in Argentina. You’ll spend most of your time in Buenos Aires, the sophisticated and lively capital city, which is home to first-rate museums, music, theater, and cafés. By balancing language classes with fun activities and day trips beyond the city, the program will deepen your understanding of Argentina’s varied cultural traditions. By the end of your two-week adventure, you’ll return home with an improved grasp of Spanish, an understanding of Argentina’s history and progress with human rights, and an appreciation for diverse Argentine cultures, food, and people.
Most Global Prep programs accept participants between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. However, 13 and 14 year old’s aren’t eligible to enroll for certain Global Prep destinations. If you wish to participate and will be 13 or 14 years old at the date of departure for the program, please contact AFS for more information about specific program eligibility. Please also keep in mind that due to regulations mandated by the airlines, 13 and 14 year old participants will be considered Unaccompanied Minors and additional charges will apply.
On this program you are likely to learn about these Sustainable Development Goals:
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, where you’ll get to know the rest of your group and meet your group leader. Then you’ll 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. Here are a few sample 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 protest.
- 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.
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 in your program fee?
- Round trip international airfare chaperoned by an American staff member
- Accommodations, meals, and transportation
- Secondary Health Coverage Plan
- Access to a 24/7 Emergency Duty Officer
- Visa Support
- Please review the Terms and Conditions for complete guidelines.
What’s not included in the Program Fee?
“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.