Year — Spring 2019
Application deadline: July 25, 2018
Semester — Spring 2019
Application deadline: July 25, 2018
After your host parents greet you with traditional Argentine hospitality, it shouldn't be long before you feel at home in their open, friendly community. Then the delicious food and breathtaking landscapes can become part of your new routine. By going to a local high school, you’ll be totally immersed in Argentine language and customs, and what you learn during the day will be reinforced at night when you spend time with your host family. This is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and join in this diverse and ever-evolving culture. You could also have the adventure of living in neighboring Uruguay, rather than Argentina.
Argentina’s grass-fed beef is world famous, so get ready to chow down on some juicy steaks. The country has large communities of foreign students and immigrants, so you’ll encounter people from all over the world. You might even hear Italian or German spoken alongside Spanish. If you like to relax, you’ll enjoy the daily siesta, when many Argentines come home from work or school in the middle of the day for lunch and a quick nap.
Your journey to Argentina will begin in New York City or Miami, where you’ll meet your fellow AFSers from the US. You’ll learn some essentials for your first days in Argentina and speak with a Cultural Resource who recently spent time there. Then, you’re off! You’ll travel with a group to Buenos Aires where you’ll be welcomed at the airport by AFS staff and volunteers.
Soon you’ll be ready to travel to your new community. Along the way you might spot glacier-peaked mountains or catch sight of a bustling feria (an outdoor market or fair). You can observe the diverse lifestyles of the people you pass, and maybe get a glimpse of an asado, or barbeque, which is a popular Argentine pastime. It’s not uncommon to see men dressed as gauchos, Argentinian “cowboys,” whether you’re out in the mountains or in the middle of the city.
AFSers have lived in communities all throughout Argentina, from the southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego to the northern province of Jujuy, but you’re most likely to have a host family that lives in a small town or rural area. You could also live in Uruguay, just across the river from Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital.
Like anywhere in the world, all families in Argentina are different. But Argentines are usually warm and affectionate with strong family ties. You’re likely to find a welcoming, close-knit family with grandparents often living in the home.See where past AFSers have lived
If you’re like most Argentinian teenagers, you’ll have an active social life, with friends around so often they feel like siblings. Teenagers like to get together in the town square after school or go out in groups to cafes, movies, and parties. On weekends you can check out Argentina’s nightlife and go dancing with your friends. Many students are also on sports teams and are passionate soccer fans. You’ll have the chance to take part in the famous Latin American fútbol culture, whether it’s by watching a game at home or going to a loud and rambunctious stadium.
The asado is a popular way to enjoy grilled meats called parrillada with family and friends. Or you can try Argentina’s signature snack, the delicious empanada (stuffed pastry). Milanesa (a type of breaded beef cutlet) is another popular dish that reveals the country’s strong Italian influence. You're also likely to find a lot of yummy Italian-style gelato. Argentines are known for their love of mate, a local green tea. Traditionally, you share mate by passing around a special gourd to each of your friends.
High school in Argentina will provide an amazing opportunity for you to make friends, learn Spanish, and teach other students about your own culture. As in much of Latin America, the school year begins in early March and ends in early December, with a winter break in July. Most AFS students are enrolled in public co-educational high schools. You’ll have classes Monday through Friday either in the morning (8am to 1pm) or afternoon (1pm to 6pm). The rest of the day is yours to explore your community, spend time with your host family and friends, or even learn to tango!
"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 feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.