Summer High School Program — 2020
Jun 16-19, 2020 → Aug 6-9, 2020
Discover Argentina’s dynamic culture and active lifestyle as you make friends and become a part of the community. This eight-week summer program offers you the chance to develop your Spanish skills in a learning environment that is completely different from anything an American classroom could offer. By staying with a host family and attending a local high school, you’ll be immersed in daily life and experience the many layers of this diverse culture. Because the program falls during winter break (remember, seasons are flipped in South America), you can spend a few weeks getting to know your host family while school is out. By the end of the two months, you’ll have gotten a taste of life-changing international education.
Argentina is famous for its juicy steaks, and you’ll likely get to attend some delicious asados (barbeques). If you like to relax, you’ll enjoy the traditional afternoon siesta, when many people come home from work or school to eat lunch and take a quick nap. Argentina is a diverse country, with immigrants and foreign students from all around the world; you might hear Italian, German, or even Korean as well as Spanish.
Your journey to Argentina will begin in Miami or New York, where you’ll meet your fellow AFSers from the United States. You’ll learn some essentials for your first days in Argentina and speak with a cultural resource who recently spent time there. Then you’ll travel with a group to Buenos Aires where you’ll be met by AFS staff and volunteers.
Before long you’ll be ready to travel to your new community. On the way you’re bound to notice the diversity of Argentine culture as you watch people shopping at street markets (ferias) and going about their daily lives. It’s not uncommon to find men dressed as gauchos (Argentine “cowboys”) next to fashionable women wearing the latest trends.
AFSers have lived in communities all throughout Argentina, from the southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego to the northern province of Jujuy. You might even live with a host family in downtown Buenos Aires! Either way, you'll most likely find yourself in a suburban or urban area.
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
In Argentina, it’s the teachers who change rooms while the students stay put. Enrolling a local school will provide an amazing opportunity for you to learn Spanish and make friends from around the world. You’ll likely attend a public, co-ed high school. Classes are Monday through Friday either in the morning or afternoon, not both. Morning classes usually begin at 8 am and finish at 1 pm, while afternoon classes start at 1 pm and end at 6 pm. The rest of the day is yours to explore your community, spend time with your host family, and taste some traditional homemade food!
If you’re like most Argentinian teenagers, you’ll have an active social life. 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 try dancing the tango. Many young people are also on sports teams and 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.
"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.