¡Relindo! Language and Cultural Immersion in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Designed for intermediate-level Spanish language students, ¡Relindo! provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in rich cultural exchange and Spanish language learning. Students will live with Argentine host families, attend language classes for 20 hours per week, and participate in cultural activities and excursions in the afternoons as well as weekends. Students will take classes in Academia Buenos Aires, the only Spanish school in Buenos Aires accredited by the Cervantes Institute. A partnership with Centro de Idiomas (CEDI) also allows for Andover students to engage in peer-to-peer language exchange and cultural sharing with Argentine high school students who are studying English. Some of the activities and excursions include: a tour of the city’s historical center, a visit to the MALBA Museum of Latin American Art, an empanada cooking class, tango dance lessons and tango performance, a tour of the world-renown Teatro Colon, a visit to an Argentine cowboy ranch, bike riding in an ecological reserve, and a day trip to the Historic Quarter of Colonia, Uruguay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Learning objectives:

1. Spanish language learning via daily language classes and immersive living

2. Cultural sharing with Argentine host families and CEDI language students

3. Reflection and self-discovery on intercultural experience and language learning process

Activities included in the trip itinerary:

  • Spanish language classes at Academia Buenos Aires (M-F; 9:30 a.m–1:30 p.m.)
  • Maté club (x2): City-wide language practice/conversation club
  • Gelatería crawl: Who has the best gelato?
  • Tour of Recoleta neighborhood and historic cemetery
  • Museo de Bellas Artes
  • Museo de Arte Contemporánea
  • Tango dance lesson
  • Tango dance show
  • Cooking classes (x2)
  • Bike ride in ecological reserve
  • Movie night at a local cinema
  • Six afternoons at CEDI: Classroom-based language and cultural sharing activities with
  • Argentine high school students learning English

Weekend activities

June 2-3

  • Arrival and accommodation in host families
  • Continued program orientation, tour of San Telmo outdoor markets, and a welcome asado at the home of our CEDI partner

June 9-10

  • Tour of the historic La Boca neighborhood plus the soccer stadium
  • Visit to Argentine cowboy ranch for horseback riding, wagon riding, touring the grounds, traditional Argentine BBQ and folkloric song and dance performance

June 16-17

  • El Tigre river boat ride, plus kayak/canoe rentals, touring the Old Market and BBQ
  • Parques de Palermo - city parks with open air markets, a rose garden, paddleboats and biking

SNAPSHOT

A three-week summer program with complete language immersion.

Program Directors: Jessica Acosta-Chavez & Anny Guerra

Date: June 2020, 2.5 weeks

Themes: Language, Culture

Language Requirement: Successful completion of Spanish 220 or 300 is required for participation. This trip is only open to rising uppers and seniors.

Price: $6,675 (12 students) - $7,660 (8 students)