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.

Community Service

Certificate

Rugged Travel

Water Activity

Outdoor Activity

Homestay

Campground

DEPARTURE

July 2, 2019

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Program Description

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 sites, 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 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 2, 2019 - July 29, 2019

Program Fee:

$6,520.00

(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:

$1,327.00

Depart/Return City:

Miami

Orientation:

Buenos Aires, 4 days

Homestay:

Salta or Jujuy, 14 days

Other Accommodations:

Hotels, campsites, hostels

Sample Itinerary

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    Days 1–3

    Orientation in Buenos Aires

    • Learn about the history and culture of Argentina and visit sites of significance around the city, such as Plaza Mayo and the Buenos Aires Cathedral and museums such as the Calibo.
    • Explore the capital, its wide boulevards, and its diverse neighborhoods, meandering along the colonial streets of San Telmo and seeing the street performers and tango dancers in La Boca.
    • Take a day-long excursion to Tigre, explore the local market, and see the unique delta and Parana islands by boat.
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities, explorations, and discussions.
    • Practice your Spanish language skills with your group and as you interact with locals

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

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    Days 4-14

    Homestay

    • Become fully immersed in the daily life of an Argentinian family and community as you share meals and join in activities with your hosts, including celebrating Argentinian Independence day on July 9 Take Spanish classes with local teachers for use with your family at home
    • Also practice your Spanish skills and engage in cultural exchange by interacting with local students
    • Complete a service projects in your community. Projects vary but may include volunteering at schools, community organizations, parks, churches, or with local government.
    • Take tour of your host town, continue exploring with your family and group, and get to see the surrounding areas on day-long excursions. These vary by homestay location but may include hiking, riding bicycles, boat rides, historical visits, scenic excursions, etc.
    • Take your sunglasses and camera to visit the spellbinding Salinas Grandes salt flats
    • During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Jujuy, Chicoana, and Salta
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    Days 15-20

    Community Service

    • Travel with your group to another destination in Salta province to see more of the region and experience a different local community.
    • Complete a second service project. These vary by location, but may include volunteering at schools, community organizations, parks, churches, or with local government.

    During this period, you and your group will stay at a nearby hostel. Sample locations: San Salvador, Jujuy, Chicoana, or Salta

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    Days 21-25

    Outdoor Excursion in Chicoana Mountains and Cafayate

    • Visit a working ranch to prepare for your horseback riding adventure.
    • Go trekking on horseback over mountains and valleys to enjoy the flora, fauna, and amazing views of the region
    • Enjoy traditional meals around a campfire with your Gaucho guides and camp in tents.
    • Get your adrenaline pumping while whitewater rafting in the Juramento River canyon.
    • Explore the tranquil town of Cafayate and its craft market
    • Go for a bike ride and enjoy the varying, more fertile geography of the region that makes it a famous wine-producing territory.
    • Groups may also see: Ruinas de Quilmes, the rock formations of Garganta del Diablo and the nearby Amphitheatre

    During this excursion, you and your group will stay on a ranch, in campsites, or guest houses.

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    Day 26

    Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Buenos Aires

    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
    • Visit places of interest and get time for some last minute shopping.
    • Enjoy a final dinner and farewell with your group.

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

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    Day 27

    Departure

    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.

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
  • 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

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2019

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 2019, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

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