Argentina

Ailola Spanish School

Do not choose Ailola. Once you pay they take all the money out of you and you are left alone in a mediocre student setting. I did not feel great. I am sorry to have chosen this school. All my friends were to El Pasaje de la Española and they had a fantastic experience. This school seems to be run by a German who does not like Argentina. It is just a question of making money...

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Jan 26, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Expanish

Fantastic school in a great location. Relaxed but professional atmosphere with lovely staff and engaging teachers. Classes are varied and interesting, as are the extracurricular activities offered each week. I've only been here two weeks and have already felt my Spanish improve a great deal! Such a handy location too, right in the centre near a Subte stop which is great for exploring after class. Definitely woth a visit, and great if you want to gain more than just a touristic perspective of Buenos Aires!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Jul 11, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

I was a medical volunteer for projects abroad in Cordoba, Argentina for 2 weeks. The host family I housed with was very warm and welcoming from the very first night. My accommodations were very comfortable and pleasing and my host mom encouraged me to clean my living area while helping me clean it at the same time. Most of the time in the first two days was taken up by being introduced to the Projects Abroad staff and touring the city. The staff was very helpful and treated all of us as if we were their little brothers/sisters. After the first 2 days of meeting everyone and becoming familiar with the environment, the volunteer work began.

Work consisted of waking up very early in the morning. One of the staff would pick my group up and take them to the hospital we were assigned to. At the hospitals, I witnessed multiple surgeries and shadowed many doctors. The staff member would walk around with us to make sure communication was efficient (everyone spoke spanish, no english). The key to being involved in the hospitals would be to simply ask the doctors to see a surgery. All of the doctors and nurses were very respectful and they all made an effort to teach us their practices. Work was every morning from about 6 am until 12 pm, and then we went back home to a delicious home-cooked meal, and then we had 2 hours of spanish lessons, and then the evening consisted of group activity.

Group activities included soccer, tango dancing, and restaurants. On weekends we went on day trips to the mountains to go ziplining and other tourist attractions. My housemates instantly became my family and I still talk to them currently. Overall, the experience is phenomenal and it will open your eyes to a wonderful culture and way of life. 10/10 would recommend.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Jun 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Mente Argentina

I took a private intensive wine course for 6 days (3 hours per day, totaling 18 hours) with “Mente Argentina.” The Resident Director, David Rosenfeld, was very helpful in arranging the program for me with many options in order to fit my schedule. The course itself took place at an EAV wine school, which is one of the three wine schools in Buenos Aires approved by the Sommelier Association International. The instructor, George Bourdieu, is a very knowledgeable sommelier who is not only passionate about wines, but also about teaching. As such, I enjoyed his course very much, which was very well organized and well delivered. I learned a lot from him despite the short duration of the course. For example, I learned how to distinguish the smells and the tastes of various wines, the wine production processes, the wine regions in Argentina, the main characteristics of various grapes (both for red and white wines), the defects of wines, and the systematic approach to wine tasting. I’d like to recommend this wine course to those who are interested in learning about wines!

Program:
Location: Argentina
Posted: May 24, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

While with ProjectsAbroad, I traveled with other volunteers to other cities in Argentina like Salta, San Marcos, Buenos Aires, Iguazu, and even Santiago, Chile! There are so many amazing memories to choose from, it’s difficult to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I’d pick Iguazu. The bus ride was 22-hours, and armed with snacks, portable chargers, and earplugs, five other volunteers and I made the trip to see the falls. The falls were incredible and for the first time in a long time, I was absolutely awestruck. They were amazing! We even took a boat ride that brought us close enough to the falls to get sprayed, which felt great because it was starting to get hot. While we were there we saw monkeys, toucans, and little animals called coatis.
There is nothing I would have changed about my experience, except for maybe staying longer! My host mom was amazing, and the ProjectsAbroad staff was incredible as well! They gave me all of their information, and were always happy to help! I really loved how accessible the staff was, and getting to the office was a breeze as well. They really understand the needs of volunteers and really do everything they can to make sure you’re settled and taken care of if you need anything. One thing I really appreciated was how a staff member would teach you how to get to the office, to your job placement, and back. It’s remarkable how, thanks to their support, I never felt alone in a city of over a million people. As I look back, I think it’s incredible how the memories I made over 3 and a half months will last me a lifetime.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Feb 24, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Mente Argentina

Hola! I recently studied abroad with Mente Argentina in Buenos Aires for one month. This was my first long term trip abroad and I must say that I was slightly nervous upon leaving for Argentina. However, the advisor with Mente provided me with so much support and comfort that it was nearly impossible for me to feel afraid. Months before I left for my trip, they were helping me set up my program and promptly answered every single question I had along the way. I was never left in the dark with Mente and they made me feel all the more comfortable with my decision to study abroad with them! Upon arrival, there was someone to pick me up at the airport and transport me into the city. I chose to stay in an apartment with other people, which was in the heart of the Palermo district. I couldn't have asked for a better location or better roommates! The location made it extremely easy to get to and from my classes. I am in the hospitality industry so I took the short term wine program at night and the Spanish program in the mornings (with plenty of time for siesta in the middle :)) Both classes were intense and I learned so much in the four weeks I was studying! Both programs had wonderful teachers that made learning so much fun. I truly enjoyed going to all of my classes! In addition to the course, Mente constantly arranged for the students to hang out and do local activities together. I made so many friends while studying abroad and the advisors were there every step of the way. Even when I decided to extend my trip after my studies, they still made sure to arrange transportation to the airport when I was finally ready to come home. I'm so happy I made the decision to study abroad with their program and I can only hope to return someday. THANK YOU Mente!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Jan 4, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I absolutely loved my time in Argentina through Projects Abroad. As a high school student about to embark on my journey to college, I needed a defining trip to make sure that I was choosing the right major. By taking part in the Law and Human Rights program I was able to affirm that I was following the right path.
Through Projects Abroad, I was able to practice my Spanish, learn about the Argentinian culture, and learn so much more about international law. By living with roommates at a host family, not only was I able to be much more emerged in the culture, but I was able to make life long friends. My host family's house was extremely clean and very comforting and stylish, with hot water, a very easy to use kitchen, and an adorable puppy that made us feel right at home. The Projects Abroad staff is also extremely kind and very helpful, and all questions or concerns that I had were all answered extremely quickly and kindly.
I definitely recommend this experience to anyone who is looking for a fun yet impactful adventure.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Dec 29, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

I went to Argentina for two weeks on a high school program through Projects Abroad. It was a lot of fun and the staff, overall, was extremely kind. Although I wish we had been able to visit more of Argentina and have a bit more freedom, my overall experience was very good. My home had everything I needed including wifi, good food, and warm water, and my host family was relatively welcoming. If you want a good yet structured and organized experience, Projects Abroad is made for you. Your days are planned out completely for your whole stay in Argentina, which is nice because you are aware of what exactly you are doing each and every day. It is a great way to meet lifelong friends and to help a community in need. Most of the staff members do everything to make you feel comfortable and they often brought us warm croissants in the morning and always had tea during office hours. It was overall a great experience, and although I would love to have learned more about Argentina's culture and people, I definitely feel as though I have made a positive impact on Córdoba.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Dec 27, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Ailola Spanish School

I really enjoyed my time at Ailola Buenos Aires. My teachers were talented, creative, friendly and helpful. It was fun to study Spanish in such a comfortable atmosphere. My school was very welcoming, with lots of spaces and activities to do in the afternoons and in the evenings. Moreover, I met a lot of wonderful people from different countries there. I am a sociable and easy-going person, so it was important for me to be surrounded by people, who didn’t feel shy talking on different topics and especially do it in Spanish, which we all were not good at. It helped me greatly to go to the next level of my knowledge of the language. At the lessons we were not allowed to speak our mother tongues, and English, of course, so it was a good experience to try to speak only Spanish.
The family which accommodated me maintained the same practice – speaking only Spanish or, if the worst came to the worst, communicating by gestures. I lived in my own room on the first floor. It was very cozy, spacious and light. The entire atmosphere in the family I lived put me in the academic process. I was never refused help I needed. I suppose, a place you live in plays not the last role in your intention to study and the mood you have every morning and every evening.
Now I am proud of my Spanish, I can easily talk to native speakers, watch films and videos, read books and magazines. The courses at Ailola Buenos Aires really helped me achieve a goal – to learn the language in a short space of time.
To me individually the key role always belongs to a warm atmosphere during the classes. I’d like to thank the teachers, who uncovered little genius in every student of our group. The courses were saturated but never tiring. We had a great chance to take a dive into the midst of fascinating events.
There were many different students in my group: people of different age, education, background and profession. Someone decided to learn Spanish seriously, someone just only discovered the world of the Spanish language, someone wanted to open the mind and broaden his outlook, and someone just preferred to combine the training with the walk along the streets of Buenos Aires.
A couple of weeks in Ailola Buenos Aires gave me a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the methods of teaching language and get a foretaste of the Spanish people and their way of life.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Nov 27, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

This program was extremely well organized and had lots of great local connections. My time in Argentina was amazing and it was definitely one of the best decisions of my life. I would definitely recommend this program to any students interested in study abroad in South America.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Nov 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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