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

This three-week program offers intermediate-level Spanish students an intensive Spanish immersion experience and cultural exchange in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Students live with Argentine host families, attend language classes for 20 hours per week, and participate in cultural activities and excursions in the afternoons and on weekends. Students will also participate in language exchange and cultural sharing with local, Argentine high school students. These exchanges will be supported by weekly “charlas” with the program leaders, which will help students reflect and document their experiences using digital portfolios.  Students will sign a Spanish-only language pledge as well as a contract detailing acceptable use of smartphones.

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.

Date: ON HIATUS 2018

Themes: Language, Culture

Program Directors: Rachel Hyland and Erin McCloskey

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