Service Learning in Argentina

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Make a meaningful impact on the community and yourself

Looking for a practical, insightful, and meaningful experience in Argentina? Consider combining a service project with academic instruction and reflective thinking while immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of Argentina. This engaging service learning program will place you in a project that the local community has established to address an issue or question. You’ll work collaboratively towards mutually-beneficial outcomes, encouraging you to reflect on the knowledge, skills, and disposition you’re both contributing and gaining. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore Argentina and Buenos Aires through various trips, tours, and cultural activities provided by our exceptional on-site staff.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Spanish
  • Average Courseload: 3 - 4 US credits (100 - 140 service hours)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5 ()
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!

Highlights:

  • Homestay or residence experience to learn about Argentine life and culture
  • Service placements for all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Form relationships with local communities through service projects
  • Excursions, social outings, and on-site support included
  • Online service learning course available for credit

Internship Placements

Community Development internships available in Argentina

Below are a few sample Community Development placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Community Development internships
<h4>Field Worker at Civil Society Organization</h4>

Field Worker at Civil Society Organization

Provide service to a nonprofit that works with youth living in socially marginalized areas of Argentina. Participate in school assistance or in the planning of extracurricular and recreational activities for children. You may also undertake a leadership role by supporting project logistics, suggesting new projects and activities with the children, or leading the volunteer team.

Public Health & Well-being internships available in Argentina

Below are a few sample Public Health & Well-being placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Public Health & Well-being internships
<h4>Yoga Practice Assistant at Yoga In Jail Project</h4>

Yoga Practice Assistant at Yoga In Jail Project

Serve the Moksha Project, which brings transformative yoga practice to vulnerable incarcerated populations. Assist yoga instructors with classes in two units of the San Martín prison (maximum security and the medium-security). Help build awareness of the Moksha Project by preparing articles in English about the organization and making connections with international media so that they publish them.

Program Details

Plymouth State University

A respected New Hampshire university, Plymouth State University is CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner for internship and service learning programs. Plymouth State University is a NEASC-accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact, both regionally and globally.

Participants will be enrolled in an online Global Service Learning for Credit program in partnership with Plymouth State University.

Course Description

This course, Global Community-based Learning, combines community service outside the U.S. with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility. In this interdisciplinary course, the student will collaborate with a community partner abroad to complete a signature service project that addresses a significant problem, issue, or question as identified by the local host community.

Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 credit hours completed (generally sophomore status)

Syllabus – IS4220 Signature Project: Global Community-Based Learning

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSES

This one is super easy – there’s just one course! Students will collaborate with a community partner abroad to complete a signature service project that addresses a significant problem, issue, or question as identified by the local host community.

To earn service learning credit from Plymouth State, students MUST do a minimum of 100 service hours (3 credit) or 140 service hours (4 credit). Students MUST be enrolled in the online PSU course in order to do the service learning placement.

COURSE APPROVAL

Make sure to talk with your home university about course and service learning credit approval. Again, to earn service learning credit from PSU, students must do a minimum of 100 service hours. Junior status is also required for this program.

GPA REQUIREMENTS

If your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, don’t despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, you can submit additional application materials to make your case for acceptance.

Prerequisites: Minimum of 60 credit hours completed (generally sophomore status)

Why Life in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the second largest city in Latin America with 14 million people. Visitors call it the “Paris of the South” because it resembles a European city. Here, you’ll find tree-lined streets, cafes on every corner, and fantastic shopping. You’ll dance the tango and drink yerba mate in this cosmopolitan metropolis that never seems to sleep.

Porteños will love showing you their lifestyle and helping you learn Spanish in their unique accented speech. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, ask a new friend to bring you to the Superclásico. This is a fútbol match between local rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. City-wide support is split between the two teams, which means fans get very passionate!  Buenos Aires’ fun, vibrant environment is full of activities. You can shop and stroll on Calle Florida or at Plaza Francia. Visit the free Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the center of Argentine art. Relax or study in the postcard-perfect Plaza de Mayo or walk the cobblestone streets of San Telmo. Finally, you can fall in love with Palermo’s parks.

Live La Vida Local

  • Explore the parks

    Buenos Aires is full of beautiful parks. Whether you want a casual stroll or fast paced jog, they are a great place to check out.

  • Calle Defensa

    This world class Sunday market has every kind of craft you can imagine. There you can enjoy the sound of local musicians, taste the delicious food and be entertained by the street performers.

  • Do the Tango

    This traditional, passionate dance is what Argentina is known for! Strut your stuff alongside the locals at La Ideal or La Viruta.

  • Drink “Mate”

    Mate is the Buenos Aires drink of choice. Our favorite way to enjoy it is at a cafe in the historical center with a churro or dulce de leche snack, perhaps at El Rosadal.

Homestay in Buenos Aires

Location

In homestays, participants will live with a local family as well as other international students. The number of people in the house or apartment varies depending on which homestay is assigned to the student.

All homestays include a private room and Wi-Fi. The homestays are located 10-30 minutes by public transportation from Universidad de Belgrano. This is a great way to practice Spanish and experience Argentine culture, but also have other international students nearby.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON: The Jewish Immersion program add-on includes a homestay accommodation with Jewish families, matching each student with a family with a similar level of observance and customs as well as other identity-based support for Jewish students.

Photo: Argentina Site Director Marina introducing new students to their host family.

Meals

Your homestay family will cook you 10 meals a week (breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday). Depending on your host family’s preference, you may also have access to the kitchen to take care of the rest of your meals.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • MealsHomestay
  • Private Room
  • Wi-Fi

Residence Hall in Buenos Aires

Location

The residence is a big, beautiful house located in the heart of Palermo Hollywood (a very trendy area!) where a lot of locals and students from abroad live. Most in the residence are from other cities in Argentina and nearby countries, a lot of them studying at the University of Buenos Aires.

You will be accommodated in a double room with private bathroom. There are study rooms, Wi-Fi, and laundry is provided at an extra cost.

Meals

You will have access to the kitchen for preparing your meals.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Service learning placement and supervision
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • One excursion
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Argentina. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. During the first few days you can take the Buenos Aires Bus to check out the top twenty must-see points of the city. During orientation, we’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (empanadas, anyone?) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

As fun and exciting as the excursions are, it will be important for you to participate in daily life. What’s that you say? You don’t know what the locals do when they aren’t studying or working? Don’t worry, we are going to show you.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

The city centre of Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo has been the scene of the most momentous events in Argentine history, as well as the largest popular demonstrations in the country. On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the May Revolution in 1811, the Pirámide de Mayo (English: May Pyramid) was inaugurated in the square’s hub, becoming Buenos Aires’ first national monument. It hosts the government house, the Buenos Aires Cathedral and the Cabildo, the site of Spain’s administration back in colonial times.

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero

The newest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero hosts a beautiful waterfront, 5 star hotels, an ecological reserve and contemporary architecture. We walk from Plaza de Mayo down to the river – a great place to enjoy a Mate picnic! The most emblematic point for a picture is the Women’s Bridge, a stunning feat of engineering as well as a work of art. Its design resembles a hook or a tooth of some sort, but actually, the architect Santiago Calatrava designed the bridge to look like a couple dancing the tango. The bridge is pedestrian only, and rotates a full 90 degrees to allow ships to pass by.

Tigre

Tigre

A welcome escape from the busier districts in Buenos Aires, Tigre is a tranquil setting surrounded by bodies of water and nature. Your visit may include a ferry ride to an island just off the coast, a tour of the fruit market, or a trek through a nature reserve.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

Bring comfy shoes as Buenos Aires is very walkable. A great pastime is simply walking the city with no time restriction or plans. Also, get used to saying hi with a hug and a kiss.

Travel Tip:

Bring comfy shoes as Buenos Aires is very walkable. A great pastime is simply walking the city with no time restriction or plans. Also, get used to saying hi with a hug and a kiss.

About:

Marina was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.​ She is passionate for traveling, animal and specially dogs lover and defines herself as an aspirational veggie. Over the last ​ten years she has been working on a small business of her own, dedicated to build travel programs for groups that want to experience Buenos Aires in an alternative way. ​She ​studied Social Communications ​a​t the University of Buenos Aires​ and specialized in Digital Strategies and Content. She is very happy to be part of the growing CIS Abroad, offering her expertise​ as a traveler and as a pure “Porteña” ​ to excited students. In her free time she practices yoga, ​paints, cooks healthy food​ and enjoys meeting with friends. She is married and has a dog named Dar​k – but she calls him Pepino (cucumber).

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Travel Tip:

Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Mar 1
  • Arrival: May 23
  • Departure: July 18
  • Price: $6,190
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1
  • Arrival: June 19
  • Departure: August 15
  • Price: $6,190
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 18 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,190 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 15 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,190 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.