- Buenos Aires, Argentina; Salta, Argentina
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- 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, and 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.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/ARS.
At the conclusion of this program, students will earn a community service certificate noting the number of community service hours completed.
- Setting Description:
- 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.
- $6,520 USD. $6,520
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds experience immersive cross-cultural programs through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded $2.4 Million in aid.
Based on 14 Reviews
- The Best Thing I've Ever Done09/08/18
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. The support in their office is excellent as well. I was helped through my application the entire time and if I ever had a question, it was answered. I could not have had a better experience.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Amazing experience!09/01/18
Going away for four weeks did require some adjustment, but the leaders and the community made everything easier and much more exciting. 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. Definitely an unforgettable an amazing experience!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An incredible experience that I will cherish forever!09/01/18
My Experiment Abroad experience in Argentina was truly amazing. It was a perfect blend of rewarding community service, experiencing the beauty and value of nature, overcoming challenges, cultural emersion, and cultivating life-long friendships. It is
difficult to put into words just how grateful I am to have had this opportunity, and it is harder still to touch upon all of the aspects of my experience that made it so wonderful. I met so many incredible people both in the communities and within my group with whom I formed meaningful connections and inspired me to push towards my personal and academic goals. The many once-in-a-lifetime experiences built into the program including horseback riding and camping in the mountains, whitewater rafting, and visiting the sand dunes were definitely highlights of the trip, but what made them even more special were the people with whom I got to experience these moments. My group quickly became one big family, and together we made every moment of the experience fun and memorable. A large part of my group's success came from the love, respect, and support we all showed one another. I still keep in touch with my wonderful and loving host family and chat frequently with the members of my group. Upon returning home, I found that my Spanish language skills improved dramatically during my time in Argentina without me even realizing it, and my newfound ability to view the world through two distinct lenses has given me a heightened awareness of the word, “normal,” as I am reminded of how each person’s concept of “normal” is subjective. Thank you to The Experiment team, my fellow students, and my group leaders for making this one of the best experiences of my life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Amazing Experience!!08/31/18
I had more fun that I ever imagined I could have during the trip. I significantly improved my Spanish skills and had the opportunity to do many unique outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and white-water rafting. I
would definitely recommend this program for anyone with a passion for outdoor fun. The community service portion of the trip was also very fun and a great bonding experience for the group!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My Second Family!08/29/18
In Argentina, I learned Castilian Spanish, built better communication skills, became comfortable with the unusual and felt gratefulness. My group was very supportive when it came to one of us being homesick, having our first horse ride, and going water
rafting. We all stuck together as a family and got to know each other pretty well within the time we were together. I enjoyed this program so much not only for the adventures held, but also for the community service we did in Argentina. From remodeling a school to helping out in an orphanage, we all spent an amazing time among ourselves and the people in the community. As a group, we shared our home stay and new culture experiences every time we reunited. One of the moments I will always carry with me is when my group and I agreed to creating a GoFundMe towards the orphanage and how our families voluntarily donated towards helping out the children. On the last day of our community service at the orphanage, we bought toys, groceries, new kitchen utensils and art supplies with the money we had from the fundraiser. This trip was full of friendships and memories. Revisiting Argentina is definitely on my bucket list for its welcoming culture and delicious meals. The Experiment of International Living set me with the best people out there and I cannot thank them enough for this amazing experience!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great Time08/27/18
We did many activities that put us out of our comfort zone. Whether it was hiking, camping out in the cold, or riding a horse for the first time, it was a challenge you had to push through. The group leaders were really helpful. I remember at first,
I didn't want to do the bike ride. The last time I rode a bike was in fifth grade so I was a little hesitant. However, the group leaders really encouraged me to at least try it. In the end, I pushed through the doubt and uncertainty and went for it. The home stay was eye opening. We really got to see how people live their everyday lives. My host family was very welcoming and kind. They did their best to make me feel comfortable. My host sister helped me improve on my Spanish while I helped her with her English. As a group we were really close. This is mainly because of the little exercises our group leaders had us do. We would get paired up and have to talk about our challenges, goals, and things we overcame. We also had to say one thing we admired about each other. This way we got to know the people we were spending time with a little better. Overall, I grew a lot from this trip and got to meet many wonderful people.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My Argentina Adventure08/15/18
This program was by far one of the best experiences I have ever participated in. Everything was great; the staff, the activities, and how it was run. For me, what made the program so great were the activities we participated in and the focus of the program.
My program focused on community service around Argentina and exploring the adventurous and outdoor side of Argentina. The community service was great and I loved the manual labor part of it that we did at a local police station. We were also able to work at an Elderly Persons' Home which felt very rewarding since we could really see how happy we were making the residents. As for the outdoor side of the program, everything was very fun and well run. From the whitewater rafting to the horseback riding to the bike riding. The activities were what mad the program unlike any others. Another great aspect of the program was the homestay. All of the families were very well set up and handled and everyone had a great experience. I would definitely recommend this program to others.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life Changing09/07/17
This experience was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I met many amazing people, and I really got the opportunity to explore another culture and have fun at the same time. The leaders were attentive of our needs, and easy to communicate
with. Their relaxed personalities really allowed the group and I to live this experience to the fullest, because we felt comfortable being ourselves around them. During my time in Argentina, the group and I did not stay in a town or city for more than three days which really kept everyone entertained, but also busy. It was cool to learn about many different places, and how each had their unique aspects even though all these towns were in one single country. The community service aspect of this program was my favorite because the whole group was able to contribute equally, and the people made it fun to do. Working with a school and being able to meet the children who we do this for really made me realize how much we have in the United States, and how a work like the one we did really helps these communities. As to my home stay, I absolutely loved my host family. From the first time I walked into that door I had a home-like feeling, and everyone welcomed me with hugs and kisses. I was able to have conversations quickly, and got to share different aspects of my own culture to them as well. Argentina was a wonderful experience that made my summer amazing. I am planning on returning, but I could repeat this summer program, I would do it in a heartbeat.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Amazing Experience in Argentina09/01/17
Traveling to Argentina was a great experience. A student would go and experience different things like site seeing in the city of Buenos Aires and well as travel to other parts to have a home stay experience that would allow the traveler to see how the
people of Argentina live. They would also do activities like community service and with their group that would help benefit the community. Traveling to Argentina would help me become a better Spanish speaker and help discover who I really am as well as learn how other people live and see a country I have never been before and do things I have never done. I had such an amazing time in Argentina and I wish I would do it again.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A Summer To Remember08/29/17
One 35-pound suitcase, 45-liter backpack, and a one-way ticket to Argentina later, I was on a plane to a country I have never been to before with 12 unknown students and two amazing leaders I would soon get to know. As my group and I landed in Buenos
Aires, I could smell the freshly oven-baked empanadas, sweet dulce de leche spread on crackers, and juicy well-done steaks Argentina is known for. I couldn't be more grateful to have spent 4 weeks in a country that is known for their food and culture. From a friendly game of soccer with our host families to finding the restaurant with the best tasting pasta (which was quite impossible), we had the experience to immerse ourselves in more ways than one. For the first 2 days, our group had the opportunity to explore what Buenos Aires has to offer such as the Tigre delta and practice our Spanish language skills. Over the course of two days, we received the chance to visit significant cafes, theaters, and art galleries that embodied the Argentina culture. One 4-hour local flight later, we were sitting in the Experiment's office in Jujuy, where our home stays would occur. To be completely honest, my family in New York and I have never been close enough to share a memorable encounter as I had when my host sister came to pick me up. She knew who I was, what I did, and why I was in Argentina, but I did not know anything other than her name. It was quite amazing. I could start from scratch in meeting and getting to know new people, in hopes of building long-lasting relationships. My homestay family consisted of 4 wonderful-beautiful individuals: my mom, dad, and two sisters. At first, it was strange to share the table with people I did not know and sleep in a house I was not familiar with. Nevertheless, we started to warm up to each other, unlike the weather we were in. Their love snuggled the cold out of my body more than a simple sweater could ever have. I felt at home, 4,516 miles away from my house. I will always keep them in my heart, even if we're not together anymore. The long, chatter-filled nights I stayed up with my sister and hearty meals my mother cooked for the family will remain in my heart for the years to come. Community service was like the icing on the cake; I could not be happier to have helped the local communities of Jujuy and Chicoana. Our community service projects such as gardening, painting, and remodeling a run-down police station and the humble school gave me the chance to learn life lessons I will sincerely hold dear to my heart. Durning the last couple of days, our group and I experienced white-water rafting in the Juramento River, horseback riding up rocky mountains, and camping in cold winter weather. Over the span of 25 days, I learned and experienced a lifetime of adventures. Indeed, it was a summer to remember.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Mi Vida en Argentina08/28/17
When I first learned that I would be traveling to Argentina, I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't known much about the country other than the fact that the people speak Spanish. So I think you can tell that I didn't have high expectations for this trip.
However, the moment I met my group in the airport, I knew this was going to be a life-changing trip, and it was. Together as a group, we helped communities through community service, navigated the cities without supervision, stayed with host families, and more, all while speaking in a foreign language. This month gave me a new outlook on the world and how I interact with people. Once I returned to the States, I made sure that I treated people with the utmost respect because that is how Argentains treat their fellows. In addition to gaining more social skills, I also gained a family. During this month, I've grown so close to a group of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities and they will forever be apart of my life. So all in all, this trip wasn't what I imagined it to be; it was so much better, and I will forever be thankful for this opportunity that the Experiment has provided me with. I am eternally grateful.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Amazing Experience08/22/17
This is an amazing program, and I recommend everyone to apply. Being in Argentina helped me improve my spanish and changed my outlook on the world. Meeting people from both different parts of the US and in Argentina opened my eyes to how large our world
really is. Both my group and my leaders were amazing. Our leaders gave us the freedom to explore parts of Buenos Aires, Salta, and Chicoana on our own. This freedom allowed us to see different parts of the cities that wouldn't usually be tourist attractions. Not only that, but it allowed us to truly immerse ourselves in Argentinian culture. With a combination of the home stay, horseback riding, camping, and community service, how could you not want to go to Argentina? The trip was unforgettable, and I hope more people get to experience it!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Unforgettable Summer Experience in Argentina 201708/21/17
The Experiment in International Living grants me special and unique experience in Argentina. It may be uncomfortable to travel to a different country with 14 strangers (2 leaders and 12 other experimenters) at first but everyone feels the same. Every
student is really nice and we get along with each other quicker than we thought. I like the feeling of uneasiness and nervous at the beginning of the program become less and less throughout the program. The Experiment did an extremely great job to give experimenters a diverse group. People in the Argentina group are from different racial, economic and geographical background. Because of this, I get to learn the Argentine culture and their culture. The Experiment is designed to exchange culture which means while I am learning Argentina culture and they are learning from us. Besides exchanging culture, community service is a great experience as well. We try to renew school and the police office that will actually help the community. There is alway activities planned during homestay or outside of it to help us learn about the culture and meet new people. The program leaders are extremely helpful and answer any question you have during the trip. My leaders are respectful because they alway ask for our opinion whenever they have more than one option. They are also responsible because they alway make sure we are present and checking on us. I will definitely recommend any programs on The Experiment list. Any of the programs on the list will shapes you to a better individual and gain more knowledge.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Trip of a Lifetime08/24/16
Overall, my experience in Argentina was both highly rewarding and eye-opening. I met amazing people from all over the U.S. as well as locals in Argentina. We had a busy month, jam-packed with adventures, sight-seeing, tours, and cultural immersion. During
our two-week home stay in Salta, we went on a number of outdoor excursions with the group, including an amazing trek up a beautiful mountain and white water rafting. The community service portion of our time in Salta was helping to paint the famous San Lorenzo church. Personally, the home stay for me was my favorite part of this trip. I had an absolutely amazing family with two older host sisters. I became close with one of them, Danna, who brought me with her everywhere. We went running together, hung out with her friends, went shopping, and drove around the city of Salta. Camping in rural Chicoana was an entirely different experience, but equally amazing. We rode to the campsite on horseback and slept in tents for two nights at the ranch. We had beautiful, sunny days there, but the nights were the kind of cold that kept you from falling asleep; probably getting down to below freezing. In Cafayate we went bike riding to sand dunes with a beautiful view and we also visited ruins from pre-Incan times. Our group leaders were young and friendly; they helped us all feel comfortable with each other and were able to be our friends but leaders at the same time. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who's considering it; it had a good mix of outdoor trips with community service, as well as more of an urban home stay experience. I can't say how happy I am for deciding to go!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend