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SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Study Spanish with private tutors who tailor your lessons to your level, which could be Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. Private lessons have no set start and finish dates and are recommended if you are a complete beginner.

You could also study Spanish at the University of Buenos Aires on a one-month intensive course of 15 hours per week (three hours a day and all classes are in the afternoon).

Your programme allows plenty of time for sightseeing and absorbing the experience of being in Argentina and South America. You can also combine your Spanish placement with any other project or with a Tango, Salsa or Photography Course..

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price:

Private Lessons, 10 hours per week:
£1,190 (approx. US$1,490) for 1 week
£1,575 (approx. US$1,825) for 2 weeks
£1,970 (approx. US$2,445) for 3 weeks
£2,440 (approx. US$3,030) for 4 weeks
£320 (US$400) for each additional week.

Intensive Course at the University of Buenos Aires, 15 hours per week:
£2,675 (approx. US$3,320) for 4 weeks
£4,370 (approx. US$5,425) for 9 weeks (includes 1 week break in the middle).
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies

Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm).
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Course fees and some materials
Accommodation,
Food (excluding lunch),
Meeting you at Buenos Aires Airport,
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project,
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Programme? All projects are open to all nationalities.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in learning Spanish or gaining a new skill for their CV or Résumé, or expanding their learning for university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad or who has only a short time available for the placement.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New language skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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COURSE CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

If you're a complete beginner at Spanish, we recommend that you take Spanish Lessons in Buenos Aires as these will provide an excellent base to learn from. Both private lessons and university courses are well structured and the teachers usually have a high level of English, which makes them ideal for beginners. If you're not a beginner, we'll ensure that you are allocated to the correct level.

PRIVATE LESSONS:
These will be held at a nearby language centre with a qualified Spanish teacher. They are monthly courses of 10 hours per week (five two hour lessons) and are individually tailored to your level of expertise. The lessons are usually arranged on a one to one basis where you will receive individual tuition and lessons prepared especially for you. During your course, one lesson each week will be held at a cultural place to enable you to practice you Spanish in real life situations.

These lessons can be taken for a period of one month or more and have no set start and finish dates. Private lessons are recommended if you are a complete beginner and want to spend time learning at your own pace. This is also a great option if you want to combine Spanish lessons with another programme, such as teaching.
At the end of the course, you’ll receive a Certificate issued by the Institute your teacher belongs to, stating that you have done the course, to what level, and the duration in hours of the course you have completed.

SPANISH COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BUENOS AIRES:
The University of Buenos Aires is divided into various schools, one of which is the schools of Agronomy. This school has set up its own language extension which runs specially designed courses to help foreigners learn Spanish. An excellent element of this course is that it includes visits to museums, theatres and other places of cultural interest, all of which will help you to adapt what you are learning to everyday situations, at the same time as exploring Buenos Aires.
There is usually a maximum of 14 students per class with two teachers. The courses can be taken at all levels from beginner to advanced and is an intensive, one month course.

INTENSIVE COURSE:
This is a one-month intensive course of 15 hours of lessons per week. You'll attend three hours of classes a day and all classes are in the afternoon. This course covers a total of 60 hours tuition over one month. If you are doing Intensive lessons at the same time as another placement, you'll have quite a busy schedule. This course starts at the beginning of each month - please contact us for exact dates as you will need to arrive a day or two before hand in order to be enrolled.

Travellers will liaise with you regarding which level of course you should take and will make all arrangements accordingly. Spanish lessons at the University are certificated. You will attend lectures at the University which is in walking distance of your accommodation.

If you want to pack in a lot of learning instead of having a relaxed placement, we can combine your University course with additional lessons from Spanish teachers. Your schedule for all of the courses given above will allow time for studying and also time for sightseeing and absorbing the experience of being in the Argentina culture.

HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION

You'll live a hostel situated in a beautifully renovated historic building in Downtown Buenos Aires, very conveniently located for exploring the city, with an endless supply of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. It has a sociable atmosphere and you'll be made to feel welcome with a real chance to immerse yourself in Argentine culture.

You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel has a common area where you can relax and watch TV or DVD’s and there is also a piano and a ping pong table! It also has Wi-Fi and a couple of computers and a small roof terrace with chairs to enjoy the sunshine.

FOOD:

You’ll be given an allowance for your meals (breakfast and dinner, lunch is excluded for projects in Buenos Aires). This arrangement is to give you the flexibility to sample the great Argentinean food. Right on the door step of the hostel there are many cafes and restaurants with great priced menus just waiting for you….the choice is yours!

HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION:

If you would prefer a more cultural experience, we can arrange for you to stay with a local Argentinean family. Host family accommodation gives you the opportunity to become more integrated in the local community and is ideal if you want to practice your Spanish (Basic/intermediate Spanish is required to stay with a Host Family). You'll have a comfortable private room and use of the kitchen. Breakfast and dinner is provided every day and you will usually share a typical Argentinean meal with your family.

Facilities in host families do vary, but you can express your preferences regarding the type of family that you stay with (for example, a family with or without children, pets, etc). If you stay in a host family you will be given contact details of other volunteers living in Buenos Aires so that you won't miss out on any socialising!

If you choose the host family option, there is an additional supplement.

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The Reception at the (very friendly) hostel has a good vibe.
One of the vry comfortable bedrooms at the Hostel. The staff are pretty wonderful as well :-)
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to let you learn, expand your personal and professional development ... and add to your fun and enjoyment!

Very popular choices are Spanish Courses and Dance Courses.

A culinary experience of Argentina

A CULINARY ARGENTINIAN EXPERIENCE!
An incredible evening packed with an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine, wine and culture while meeting people from all over the world.
Price: £79, all inclusive (but excluding transport to and from the restaurant)

During the evening, 5 classic Argentinean activities are offered:

  1. You'll be taught how to make traditional empanada, using the gourmet fillings (both meat and vegetarian). There is an Empanada competition with prizes. Alongside the creations, you'll enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo sausage and homemade chimichurri.
  2. Enjoy what many claim to be the very best steak in Argentina cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mashed potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. (Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request.)
  3. Two distinct Malbec wines, both from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement the food. Learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. White wine is also available on request.To upgrade your wine experience, join our Wine Cocktail Mixology and Aroma Class before dinner (this is an optional activity, with limited availability).
  4. For dessert, you'll make alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet, where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine to delight the senses.
  5. Finally, you'll learn about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch yourself.

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Walking Tour of La Boca, Buenos Aires

WALKING TOUR OF LA BOCA:
5-hour tour, moderate walking, departs at 11am in Monserrat and finishes at 4:30pm, Tuesdays and Fridays
Price: £15 per person

Tour the beautiful cobble stone streets of Le Boca, the heart of Buenos Aires and the birth place of Tango.

Le Boca literally translated means “the Mouth” of the city, referring to its location at the mouth of the river Raichuelo and the famous port that started the 20th century boom, as many immigrants from Europe flocked to the New World and made their home in Le Boca and the surrounding neighbourhood.

This fascinating walking tour is a must if you want to explore the rich history, eclectic architecture and diverse cultures that makes Buenos Aires so very special.

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Photography Courses

PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES:
6 hours of lessons per week:
Price: £295 for two weeks

Study photography with an experienced private tutor who will tailor your lessons to your individual needs. Classes include practical teaching, analysis of your work, theory and history and regular opportunities to explore and capture this wonderful city with your camera!

This course is for everyone, from beginner to advanced level. There are 6 hours a week of lessons and, depending on the length of your course, you'll learn about the concepts of photography ranging from what lighting to use through to the theory and history of photography. You’ll be given assignments which you can complete while exploring the city by yourself to photograph landscapes, characters or objects according to the guidelines given. This is truly a unique way to discover the city with its different sides.

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Graffiti Tour of Buenos Aires

GRAFFITI TOUR OF BUENOS AIRES:
3-hour tour, North City tour, departs at 3pm in Colegiales and finishes at 6pm in Palermo, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays
Price: £29.95 per person

Experience the world of urban art through this visually stunning tour of Buenos Aires.

The tour is lead in English and conducted both on foot and by air-conditioned minibus. The tour finishes in Post Bar in Palermo, home to the unique artist run street art gallery Hollywood and Cambodia.

Uncover the diverse and compelling history that began an art movement that developed the only street and urban art gallery in all of Buenos Aires. You'll explore the barrios of Colegiales, Chacarita, Villa Crespo and Palermo, each with its own unique feel and character. These neighbourhoods boast a rich variety of art from local and international artists.

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Spanish Classes

SPANISH COURSES IN BUENOS AIRES:
1-Week Intensive Course with private lessons (10 hours), prior to starting your Main Project: Includes all your food and accommodation.
Price: £590

Weekly Lessons: 10 hours of lessons per week running concurrent with your main project:
Price: £195 per week

Bienvenido! Use your time in Argentina to learn Spanish, the fourth most spoken language in the world while living in Argentina. You can either do a 1-week intensive course prior to starting your main placement, or you can take lessons at the same time as doing your main project.

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Tango Classes

TANGO CLASSES IN BUENOS AIRES:
3 Lessons per week, running concurrently with your main project:
Price: £220 per week

Learn how to dance this very flamboyant dance while you are in Argentina. Tango is a social dance which originated in Argentina and took the world by storm. It is a dance of control and surrender, of fancy suits and stilettos, and embodies all of life's richness. It is a celebration of the human spirit.

You’ll receive three private tango classes per week and you'll also find in Buenos Aires that there are many opportunities to attend a Milonga (where people from all over come and dance together.) It takes 2 to Tango – You and Buenos Aires!

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Salsa Classes

SALSA CLASSES IN BUENOS AIRES:
3 Lessons per week, running concurrently with your main project:
Price: £220 per week

Although Buenos Aires is better known for its Tango, the Salsa is just as popular. The dance is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances and was developed further in New York to the New York Style. Since salsa has its roots in so many dances and is open to improvisation, salsa styles are very fluid. You’ll receive three private salsa lessons of one and half hours per week.

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Gaucho Fiesta

FIESTA GAUCHA - BUENOS AIRES:
Travel to a beautiful Estancia (Estate house) in the Argentine wet Pampas and experience an exciting day of Argentinean tradition and food
DURATION: This is a Full Day Experience, Tour starts at 8:40am and returns at 7:00pm
Price: £65, everything included

"Gaucho" is "cowboy" in Spanish, so you know you're in for a treat. You'll be welcomed with “Empanadas” and a drink before you start your tour of the Manor House, a small museum which displays early Guachos’ tools, furniture, crockery and the different utensils used during the "old days". After the tour you will have time to either ride one of the many horses on the manor or have a trip by “Zulki” carriage before lunch is served and the festivities begin.

Listen to folkloric songs being sung while couples dance and celebrate the day with food and wine. Chorizo (seasoned sausage), Morcilla (Blood sausage), Asado (BBQ), Vacío (Thin flank), Chicken and salads are just a few things to look forward to at lunch, accompanied by wonderful Argentinian wines or local sodas.

To finish the day a spectacular show of Herd exhibition, Gaucho Ring Race, Cuadreras Race (Horse racing) while you drink the finest coffee and nibble on typical Argentina dessert(Pastelitos). Fiesta Guach is like no other tour, it's an exciting day!

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

The romance of Argentina takes one's breath away. From the northern deserts to the southern Andean Cordillera, from Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. Argentina is geared up to thrill - from nights tango-ing in the chic quarter of Buenos Aires to gaucho riding in the grasslands of the Pampas.

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve all manner of world cuisines, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication and has a surprisingly European feel about it. BA is reminiscent of Paris and its tree-lined avenues and frequent plazas have a beguiling, faded elegance.

Downtown, the Plaza de Mayo is the traditional focus of activity. Nearby Avenida 9 de Julio is popularly known as the world's widest thoroughfare and, with its nine lanes of traffic, is truly a pedestrian's nightmare! Avenida Santa Fe is the most fashionable shopping area.

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

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Rafting in Mendoza, a very popular region for sports adventures.
Volunteers exploring Malargue - well worth the trip!
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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

BENJAMIN McLEOD
British
Spanish Language Course in Buenos Aires

After a month of lessons. I feel able to communicate effectively with locals and understand more than I can speak. This has allowed me to experience the culture of Latin America more keenly and broaden my horizons on the career front.
Can you describe a typical day?
Wake up at about ten. Have breakfast (croissants, coffee).
Spanish lesson 1pm-4pm.
Relax at hostel from 5 – 7 and do homework if necessary.
Go out to eat, drink or take in the city's nightlife from 8pm onwards.

Overall, a very enjoyable month where I achieved everything I wanted to do and more. I love the city!

ABIGAIL LEVINE
American
Salsa Dance Course in Buenos Aires
plus Spanish Language Course

My teacher, Rita, was wonderfully patient and thoughtful. Her examples and explanations were clear and I feel that my Spanish improved greatly when I was there.We read very interesting short stories and discussed relevant political and social issues. Even though my Spanish was somewhat limited, the content of our discussions was still very engaging. Rita directed our conversations in interesting directions, and I enjoyed not only the Spanish I was learning but also the thoughtful ideas we discussed.

I have no negative comments! I worked hard during the class to focus on the areas I wanted to improve. Though my homework wasn’t always 100% complete (oops!) I got a lot out of the lessons!

EMILY LITTLE
American
Salsa Dance Course in Buenos Aires
plus Spanish Language Course

The salsa classes were great...especially the group classes because I got a chance to hang out with locals and dance.
The private Spanish classes are amazing... the teachers cater to exactly what you like to do and what you feel you need to work on. I feel like the classes have helped me tremendously, especially with my speaking, which is exactly what I wanted to improve the most.
Both placements were great!

TESSA JONES
British
Law Work Experience Internship in Buenos Aires
plus Spanish Language Course

I have had a good exposure to law and legal Spanish which has greatly improved my knowledge of how the law works in Argentina and what an Argentine lawyer does on a day-to-day basis.
My Spanish has definitely improved a great deal since I have been here. I express myself much more fluently and clearly now and I am much more confident when speaking to Argentines at work, in the family I live with and in social situations. It has been a really good experience to be independent and find my own way in a foreign country.
I have also really enjoyed working in a legal environment and improving my knowledge of how a law firm abroad works.
Finally I have loved getting to know a different people, a different culture and a very different country to what I have grown up with. I will definitely take away some great memories of Argentina.
I have been really impressed by Travellers. The placement has been really well organised, both in the build-up to my departure for Buenos Aires and during my stay here. I have really felt well looked after.
Can you describe a typical day? My day begins at 9:30 in the law firm. As the firm is quite a small firm in terms of staff, I am generally kept busy throughout the morning doing various tasks such as legal research, translations and administrative tasks for different people in the office.
I leave the office at 1:30, have a quick lunch and then head off to my Spanish lesson between 3 and 5. I am set homework for every lesson, usually a translation, a grammar exercise or a short essay, which I discuss with my teacher before moving on to read a newspaper article, a short story by an Argentine writer or an article about an aspect of Argentine history.
In the evenings and on the weekends I go out with some friends I have made while I have been here, explore the city or take a short trip to a nearby town.

SALLY BLAKE
British
Tango Dance Course in Buenos Aires
plus Spanish Language Course

Friendly, excellent Spanish teacher who tailored the course to my level and speed of learning. Nothing negative to say. Learning was fun. Thanks!! I can chat in Milongas and manage to live in Buenos Aires. I intend to continue my studies at home.
Which were the most useful and interesting topics, in your opinion? Which ones were not?
All were useful. In the final lesson we translated a Tango, including “lunfardo” (colloquial Tango vocabulary) which was brilliant. Great when we played games and did role playing.
How would you describe the studying material provided during the lessons?
It was interesting and very useful. Some material was excellent (e.g. real magazines, newspapers, games, maps, etc.).

JADE WESTCOTT
British
Tango Dance Course in Buenos Aires
plus Spanish Language Course

Learning about the Argentinean culture is probably the main experience, and of course, gaining knowledge of the Tango and Spanish.
In terms of living out here and doing the placement, I think that pretty much anybody would be suited. The city itself is very easy to get around and there is many things to do, so I think even a novice traveller should be able to cope here.

In regards to the Tango and Spanish, of course you need patience as you are learning something new (if indeed it is new to the person), but I cannot see if there would be any reason for it not to suit those that were wishing to undertake such a placement.

SEETA KALGHATGI
British
Spanish Language Course in Buenos Aires

I'm having a great time here ...it's really hot! Spanish lessons are going well, and Andrea, my teacher is really sweet. I'm finally getting to the stage where I can say some things, but I can understand quite a lot. I think that it's helpful that I learned here rather than at school or uni as I'm not finding the accent too difficult to understand. Other than that I've really been enjoying myself here.
The area we're staying in is proving rather tempting as there's so many posh shops and restaurants around... I'm trying to resist buying too much as I'll only have to lug it round with me for the next 6 months, (but it's just that bit too affordable)!
I've also been going out quite a lot, my lessons are really flexible so I don't have too many early starts which is great when tasting the nightlife. It's really nice to go out with porteños as they tend to take you to really cool places that you would have never found otherwise.
Simon, Lucy, Charlotte and I all went to Iguaçu falls at the weekend and we had a great time, we met up with a few other people some of whom have made their way to Buenos Aires and we're meeting with one of the girls tonight.
It's such a massive city, I think we're all getting a lot out of it but different stuff. I think because I have a bit more time on my hands during the day, I have got to know the area pretty well and have also met a lot of people, those travelling, as well as Argentineans. Hopefully I'll do a bit more touristy stuff before I leave.

SARAH PAYNE-BAADER
British
Salsa Dance Course in Buenos Aires
plus Tango Dance Course
plus Spanish Language Course

My placement in Buenos Aires was absolutely the best I could have imagined. I chose to attend Salsa, Tango and Spanish classes for two weeks.
Although I arrived by myself I was introduced to other Traveller's volunteers and was put in a room with some of them and we immediately made friends. The ladies running the programs in BA were both the loveliest, most helpful people, they were always there to help us with anything that went wrong or just to go out for nice dinners!

Both my dance teachers picked me up at my hostel for my first salsa and tango lessons to go to the respective studios where my lessons would be held 3 times a week (one of which was a huge mirrored room in one of Buenos Aires' best salsa clubs, to my delight!). The teachers were all fantastic, patient, friendly and helpful about filling me in on everything about BA and I learnt incredible amounts in such a short time.

If I did it again I would do it exactly the same way except for twice as long!! A fantastic experience overall and one I will never forget!

PETE PHELPS
British
Spanish Language Course in Buenos Aires

The placement here is excellent, it’s so much fun. The best thing is that Buenos Aires is so big, and it's packed full of things to do. There's art, theatre, sport, music, dance, everything.
I was also lucky enough to get to do one hours conversation class once a week as well. This makes my week perfectly balanced, as I have 7.5 hrs of Spanish lessons and 1 hr conversational. So I have time to see the city and work.
The lessons for Spanish are excellent, there are only two students in the lesson, Alex and myself. This means that we get more attention and learn more quickly. All the staff are very knowledgeable and will be happy to explain or give us any advice…