Experience the natural beauty of Argentina through a month of cultural immersion, outdoor activities, and community service. Begin your high school summer abroad in Argentina’s capital, where you and your group explore the city’s art galleries, theaters, and boulevards and start practicing your Spanish. Sail by catamaran to the city’s surrounding islands to learn about the region’s ecology and biosystems.
From Buenos Aires, travel to colonial Salta La Linda, capital of the Salta province, on Argentina’s northern frontier, where you spend two weeks sharing day-to-day life with an Argentine host family. During this period, work on a community service project such as volunteering at a center for children with developmental disabilities or helping to renovate an orphanage or kindergarten. Participate in Spanish language classes with other members of your group and learn about local gaucho culture. Go white-water rafting or hike to a traditional ranch where you learn how to rope cattle. Continue on to the small town of Chicoana, just south of the city of Salta, where you assist on service activities such as painting or landscaping.
Then, embark on a week of outdoor exploration with your group and leaders. Ride horseback, stay on a large ranch, and enjoy traditional barbeque. Travel through the mountains to the city of Cafayate, stopping at famous rock formations. In Cafayate, take a bike tour of the city and then ride to the sand dunes. Return to Buenos Aires for a final day of exploration and reflection.
Note: Participants should bring a horseback riding helmet with them on the program.
Community Service Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a community service certificate noting how many hours of community service s/he completed.
Orientation: Buenos Aires, 4 days
Homestay: Salta or Jujuy,* 14 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels, campsite, hostels
* Homestay locations can vary.
Orientation in Buenos Aires
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Salta and Posadas
Community Service in Chicoana
During this period, you and your group will stay at a nearby hostel.
Outdoor Excursion (Thematic Focus)
During this excursion, you and your group will stay in campsites and village guest houses.
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Buenos Aires
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel.
Please note: This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.
These are leader bios from summer 2014.
Born and raised in Richmond, Massachusetts, Brian began his travels in high school, spending six weeks as an exchange student in Barcelona for language and cultural immersion. In college, Brian spent a semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa on a community building and outreach program. After completing his BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, Brian then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras as a health volunteer, working specifically with youth to prevent HIV/AIDS.
Returning stateside, Brian was accepted into SIT Graduate Institute in May 2013, where he recently completed his coursework for a master’s degree in intercultural service, leadership, and management. After spending summer 2014 in Argentina with his Experimenters, Brian hopped across the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Town, South Africa, where he is currently completing his graduate practicum to foster youth empowerment in the townships. Brian enjoys most outdoorsy things as well as dancing with reckless abandon.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Shannon has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. Most recently, she taught English and leadership skills to Cambodian women in college in Phnom Penh. Shannon has a BA in studio art from Agnes Scott College, and she has studied abroad in Benin, France, and Argentina. She also completed a service project in Ghana. Shannon currently works in Atlanta as an enrollment specialist with Applerouth Tutoring, a test prep company with tutors across the nation. Shannon is a two-time Experiment leader, having taken Experimenters to France in 2012 and Argentina in 2013. When she's not traveling or tutoring, Shannon is hiking with her two younger sisters and her sweet rescue pup, Oliver.
During my homestay in Argentina, I developed many skills, but I am most proud of my new ability to learn foreign games and to speak fluidly in Spanish. With this cultural toolbox, I was not only able to survive in Argentina, but thrive.
Nathaniel Larson, Southwest High School
At first, I was nervous about trekking in Salta—but our group hiked a mountain together. The best part of the day was reaching the top! The views of the city below and neighboring mountains were beautiful. After trekking down the mountain, our group ate lunch at a nearby park. Then we took a tour of La Caldera, played soccer with local children, visited a statue of Jesus, and rode bicycles.
Devin Halbal, Berkeley Carroll School