Argentina: Community Service & the Great Outdoors

Sustainability and the Environment

Get to know Argentina while exploring mountains on horseback, hiking through the countryside, rafting river rapids, and camping in the rustic outdoors. Complete service projects beneficial to the local community.

DEPARTURE

July 4, 2018

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Community Service

Certificate

Rugged Travel

Water Activity

Outdoor Activity

Homestay

Campground

Program Description

Experience Argentina through a month of outdoor activities, community service, and Spanish language classes. You’ll begin your Experiment in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, where you will explore the city’s sites, architecture, and boulevards, and begin practicing your Spanish.  Then, you will travel by boat to the city’s surrounding islands in the Tigre Delta and visit artisan markets.

From Buenos Aires, your journey continues in Colonial Jujuy, where you will spend two weeks sharing daily life with an Argentine host family. During this period, you will work on a community service project, such as volunteering at a center for children with developmental disabilities or helping renovate an orphanage or school. You will also go white water rafting or hike to a traditional ranch, where you will learn how to rope cattle. Marvel at the mesmerizing landscape of the Salinas Grandes, Argentina’s massive salt flats.

The program’s outdoor exploration continues on horseback. You will camp out on Chicoana Mountain and enjoy traditional asado, a barbecue prepared by traditional Argentine cowboys known as gauchos. In Cafayate, take a bike tour of the city and hike the beautiful surrounding areas, before returning to Buenos Aires for a final day of exploration and reflection.

Note: Participants should bring a horseback riding helmet with them. 

At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a community service certificate noting the number of hours of community service completed.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Prerequisite:

Spanish (at least one year)

Dates:

July 4, 2018 - July 31, 2018 (4 weeks)

Program Fee:

$6,490.00

Group Airfare Cost:

TBD

Depart/Return City:

Miami

Orientation:

Buenos Aires, 4 days

Homestay:

Salta or Jujuy, 14 days

Other Accommodations:

Hotels, campsites, hostels

Sample Itinerary

  •  
    Days 1–4

    Orientation in Buenos Aires

    • Learn about the history and culture of Argentina
    • Visit sites of interest in the city, including art galleries, theaters, and parks
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities
    • Practice your Spanish language skills
    • Meet with local students
    • Boat to nearby islands

    During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

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    Days 5–19

    Homestay

    • Do activities with your homestay family
    • Take Spanish and folk-dancing lessons
    • Interact with local students
    • Perform community service projects at nonprofit organizations in your homestay town

    Thematic Focus

    • Go white-water rafting
    • Explore richly colored foothills and see caves full of pre-Columbian art

    During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Salta and Posadas

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    Days 20–23

    Community Service in Chicoana

    • Work on service projects such as painting and gardening at a school

    During this period, you and your group will stay at a nearby hostel.

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    Days 24–27

    Outdoor Excursion (Thematic Focus)

    • Go trekking on horseback over mountains and sand dunes
    • See famous rock formations near Cafayate and tour the city on bicycle
    • Enjoy traditional barbeque and local cheeses
    • Visit an ancient mountain chapel
    • Spend time on a large working ranch

    During this excursion, you and your group will stay in campsites and village guest houses.

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    Day 28

    Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Buenos Aires

    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
    • Visit places of interest

    During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel.

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    Day 29

    Departure

    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.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Past Group Leaders

  • Brian Sheffer

    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.

  • Shannon Yarbrough

    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.

Student Voices

  • 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

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2018

Congratulations on your upcoming Experiment summer on the Argentina: Community Service & the Great Outdoors program. Visit our pre-departure page for information about our expectations, communications, and travel planning. In early 2018, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

In early spring 2018, the following program-specific documents will be linked to this page:

  • Participant Handbook
  • Parent Handbook
  • Health Guidelines
  • Personal Funds Abroad
  • Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • Packing List

Many questions can be answered by reviewing these materials, but please do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required. To submit or update your domestic travel and emergency contact information, please login in to the Parent Portal.

Important Passport and Medical Information

If you do not yet have a passport, or if you have not applied for one, you should do so immediately.

If you have not had a physical with your doctor since June 2017, make an appointment as quickly as possible, as your health form must be filled out based on a current physical.

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