Program Details

Learn the language and do community service with local nonprofit organizations to serve underprivileged citizens, while gaining insight into all levels of the local society! Participating in community service with BridgeAbroad allows students to have an
Location:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Program Type:
Intensive Language
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Duration:
1-3 months
Language:
Spanish

Program Overview

Program Description:
Course Hours: 80 hours of intensive language class, 24 hours of community service, 20 hours of workshops/cultural excursions Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum Spanish Proficiency Required: Beginner. Before you arrive in Buenos Aires, you’ll complete Bridge’s Online Spanish Placement test to determine your proficiency level and match you with the class that’s right for you. BridgeVirtual Language Lessons As part of your program fee, you will receive three free BridgeVirtual language sessions for your use prior to your arrival on-site! Each session lasts 2 hours and includes both pre- and post-class online activities, as well as private, face-to-face time with a certified native speaking teacher. With BridgeVirtual, you’ll learn from practical assignments that incorporate videos, blogs, news articles, and a large variety of material, appropriate for all levels and interests. You will be assigned your own teacher, who is dedicated to guiding and motivating you through a completely personalized, one-to-one program, which makes learning fun, practical and effective. And most importantly, you’ll have the language tools you need to be successful in your program abroad.

Learn the language and do community service with local nonprofit organizations to serve underprivileged citizens, while gaining insight into all levels of the local society! Participating in community service with BridgeAbroad allows students to have an exceptionally meaningful experience abroad. Students will have the opportunity to work together with local community members who are trying to make a difference in the lives of those who may be less fortunate than others. This component is important to help deepen students’ intercultural experience, broaden their perspective on local societal issues, and challenge them to reflect on their own role as a global citizen. Students will be placed within local community centers and asked to help with a range of activities, from serving meals to the poor to caring for disadvantaged children. Often, students are asked to organize educational activities for community members, or sports activities for children. Sometimes, there are small maintenance tasks to do like painting or fixing a leaky roof. Many of the people who need the services of the community centers have never been in contact with someone from the United States, and truly enjoy the experience of getting to know a foreigner. Students have the opportunity to put their language skills to work in an authentic context, all the while lending a hand and helping out. The contributions made by students are very much appreciated by the hosting non-profit organization, and the experience leaves everyone involved with a new perspective on life. These service activities can be an intense experience for students who may have never been in close contact with people from a disadvantaged background. Our experience has taught us the importance of a balance between hands-on work and time for reflection. We recommend a weekly feedback and reflection meeting to allow students to share their experiences while doing community service, and to talk about and begin to process certain emotions that may arise as a result of being exposed to a very different reality often found in under-developed countries.

Located in the heart of Buenos Aires’ historic downtown, Bridge’s state-of-the-art center will be your home base. This newly opened location features seven TV- and DVD-equipped classrooms, a computer lab, and free coffee during breaks. Just minutes from the city’s iconic Obelisk and bustling Florida shipping street, Bridge??s new location is convenient to the subway and a perfect home base from which to take advantage of Buenos Aires’ nearly uncountable attractions. With 13 million people, Buenos Aires is the second-largest Spanish-speaking metro area in the world, a mix of Argentine intensity and cosmopolitan appeal. From a night of opera at opulent Teatro Colón (where Placido Domingo got his start) or a film festival at one of the city’s many cultural centers to street food in Chinatown or street tango in Plaza Dorrego, Buenos Aires is an endless whirlwind of activity, all of it tied together by South America’s first subway system. It’s also Argentina’s key transit hub, making it easy to get to the country’s world-famous glaciers, perfectly blue mountain lakes, and heart-stopping Iguazú Falls—four times bigger than Niagara and surrounded by lush jungle. With such diverse offerings, only one thing’s for sure—you’ll never be without something interesting to do!
Setting Description:
Although historically a prosperous country, Argentina has faced severe economic struggles in the last decade. These difficult financial times have led to a large disparity between rich and poor and to a host of newfound social problems. Even Argentines who were once part of a solid middle class now live in poverty, with limited access to education, health care, and profitable employment. Participants in Argentina will not only help make a difference in the lives of Argentines, but will also get an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about the nation’s history, culture, society, and language by interacting with its citizens in a unique and meaningful way.

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