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 in a local Argentine community.
Due to the deepening concern about the coronavirus, The Experiment has transitioned all 2020 programs to The Experiment Digital.
The Experiment Digital is a fully funded (free) exchange program conducted entirely online and mobile-accessible four (4) hours per week from June 22 to August 16, 2020.
The Experiment Digital connects hundreds of young people across the United States with peers from Iraq, Algeria, Yemen, and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa to discuss such topics as digital citizenship, leadership and identity, community initiatives, and public narrative. Participants even have virtual families!
Experience Argentina through a month of outdoor activities, Spanish language classes, and community service. Begin your Experiment in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, where you will explore the city’s sights, architecture, and boulevards, and begin practicing your Spanish. Then, travel by boat to the city’s surrounding islands in the Tigre Delta and visit artisan markets.
From Buenos Aires, your journey continues in the northern region of Salta, where you will spend two weeks sharing daily life with an Argentine host family. During this period, you will work on community service projects with a school, community organization, park, church, or local government. You will also hike in the beautiful Argentine countryside and ride the rapids in the Juramento River canyon during a group white-water rafting adventure. Marvel at the mesmerizing landscape of the shimmering white Salinas Grandes, Argentina’s massive salt flats.
The program’s outdoor exploration continues as you move to a traditional working ranch, where you will learn rope skills that simulate roping cattle. Explore the countryside on horseback as you ride up the Chicoana Mountain and camp under the stars. You will also enjoy traditional asado, a barbecue, prepared by 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.
Spanish (at least one year)
Buenos Aires, 4 days
Salta or Jujuy, 14 days
Hotels, campsites, hostels
Orientation in Buenos Aires
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
During this period, you and your group will stay at a nearby hostel. Sample locations: San Salvador, Jujuy, Chicoana, or Salta
Outdoor Excursion in Chicoana Mountains and Cafayate
During this excursion, you and your group will stay on a ranch, in campsites, or 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 from year to year. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, engagement with specific organizations, and availability of local professionals, your experience — including sites visited, activities, and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented above.
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
Each day was filled with a new adventure, apart from community service the group was able to see a lot more of the country. We were able to be part of the culture, especially during the 10 day home-stay. The group went horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, and biking. Not only did the kids learn about a new culture, but we learned about independence and responsibility.--Beverly
My experience was amazing in every way shape and form. The whole thing was so well organized and my leaders could not have been more amazing people. I met the very best people, improved my Spanish and had THE most amazing time. I only wish I could do it over again. I learned so much about myself and about Argentinian culture. I made friends with people who didn’t even speak my language. I still speak to them all and saying goodbye to them all was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I will never forget my experience in Argentina with The Experiment--Arden
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