There are many exciting destinations in Argentina. From the stunning mountains of Patagonia to the magnificent Iguazu Falls, it is home to jungles, beaches and bustling cities.
Buenos Aires is the largest city and the capital of Argentina. It is one of the safest and most visited places in South America. Due to the mix of Latin American and European cultures, Argentina is perfect for those looking for an easy cultural transition.
On arrival in Argentina you will receive an orientation that includes an “Argentinian Spanish” language lesson. The language lesson will help you refresh the basics needed to get around the country. There is also the opportunity for a fun and educational orientation camp and/or Patagonia excursion.
Argentina possesses a very lively and social atmosphere. In general, Argentinian people are very warm and welcoming. They are also curious about other cultures and usually willing to help you should you need. It is not uncommon for strangers to chat with each other on the street.
A well known Argentinian past-time is the Tango. The Tango is a traditional partner dance that is often performed in public squares. You might even get the chance to see the Tango on the street. If dancing isn’t up your alley, then perhaps watch or play a game of soccer, another popular past time throughout South America.
A popular social event for Argentinians is the Asado (barbeque). The food is cooked over an open flame or Parrilla (grill) and served with Chimichurri, potatoes, salads and bread. Wash it all down with a warm cup of matè tea but be careful because it is full of caffeine! Luckily dinner is served late, around 9pm.
High Schools in Argentina are of a good standard and offer a well-organized learning environment. School hours are typically 8am – 1pm and the year runs from March to November. Attendance is mandatory for students and uniforms are commonly worn.
Argentina is known for its legendary steak and its famous condiment companion, chimichurri!
Other Argentinian delights to try include ’empanadas’ a meat filled pasty, and ‘alfajores’, a yummy biscuit filled with ‘dulce de leche’.
Buenos Aires has Argentina’s only subway system, known as the ‘Subte’. The Subte is the quickest and cheapest way to get around the city. Busses are also commonly used in the city.
Everywhere outside of the city has easy and inexpensive access to buses and taxis.
Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere. Like Australia, its summer runs from November to February. Winter is from June to August.
The climate in Argentina ranges from extreme heat in the northern regions to the freezing cold of Patagonia’s glacial regions.
The average temperature in Buenos Aires in winter is around 16° Celsius and around 28° Celsius in the summer time. Perfect!