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ARGENTINA

VETERINARY WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP IN BUENOS AIRES

Work in one of the largest vet clinics and pet shops in Buenos Aires. There are 15 staff, including two vets. You'll assist the vets during consultations, help with the care of the boarding animals and those for sale, and assist with grooming and various other responsibilities connected with running Clinic and Pet Shop.
Our Veterinary Placement is located in the heart of Buenos Aires and is perfect for a passionate animal lover looking to to gain experience working with all types of animals.
An intermediate Spanish level is required to work in the clinic (needed for vet consultations and surgeries).

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £1,395 (approx. US$1,800) for 2 weeks
£200 (approx. US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: No qualifications required, but you must have a strong passion for animals. Some Spanish is strongly preferred. See Who Can Apply below.
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
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 and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement.
Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about the practice of Veterinary Care and Medicine overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New 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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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

You'll need a strong passion for animals to be able to become part of the Centre's three different areas; depending on your likes, experience and level of Spanish. These areas are:

  • Helping take care of the boarding pets as well as those for sale and under medical care (e.g. cleaning the cages, feeding the animals, checking their health, administering their medicine, etc.)
  • Helping with the pets’ grooming
  • Providing assistance to the local vet during consultations and surgeries.

These activities will give you the unique opportunity to work hands-on and to observe the reality of day-to-day care of pets while you improve your level of Spanish mingling with local employees and dealing with clients.
The Centre also offers a wide variety of animals for sale, ranging from cats and dogs to all types of birds (canaries, cockatiels, lovebirds, parrots of all sizes, parakeets, etc.), reptiles (iguanas, anoles, geckos, ball python, varanus, turtles, etc.), cold and tropical water fishes, titi monkeys and small animals (chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rabbits, rats, etc.).
Additionally, the Centre organizes special talks and short courses for anyone interested in learning about the pets’ world and the basics on veterinary nursing. You will be welcome to both attend these talks as well as, under certain circumstances, to give them.

WHO CAN APPLY?
Anyone who has a passion for animals and a willingness to help will be welcome! Vet doctors or vet students are most welcome and will be able to help with the clinic (if they have a high level of Spanish).
Applicants should be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Have a strong passion for animals (you don't need to have a degree or any experience).
  • Be over 17 years of age
  • Be able to speak some Spanish (intermediate level) to work in the clinic. Your involvement and learning possibilities will depend on your level of Spanish and willingness to participate. The higher your level of Spanish, the more you'll be able to make the most of the placement and the more you'll be able to be involved.
  • If you are a vet student or vet doctor, it is highly recommended that you have a good command of the language.
  • Be able to work on your own initiative – this is crucial to your success on the placement.

COMBINED PLACEMENTS:

We can arrange for your to do a one-month intensive Spanish course, followed by a two-month or three-month work experience internship placement.

My Spanish is improving vastly and I am also gaining valuable work experience in the field of journalism, which will undoubtedly help me to find a job after university. Sarah Holmes

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 socialble 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.

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: £69, 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: £12.50 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: £24.50 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: £160 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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Spanish Lessons in Mendoza

SPANISH COURSES IN MENDOZA:

Group Weekly Lessons: 20 hours of private lessons per week running concurrent with your main project:
Price: £190 per week

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

Lessons will be individually tailored to your requirements with a private teacher on a one-to-one basis. For group lessons, you'll be in a class with other students. At the end of the course, you'll receive a certificate stating that you have attended the course, to which level, and the duration of the course you have completed

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Tango Classes

TANGO CLASSES IN BUENOS AIRES:
3 Lessons per week, running concurrently with your main project:
Price: £190 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: £190 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: £59, 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:

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

I've finished my placement, and I loved it.
However, in order to get the most out of it, you'll need to have a high level of Spanish knowledge. Even though I could manage an everyday conversation when I came, I couldn't fully enjoy my experience until the last month.
But my experience was fantastic! Everybody was so helpful. I love the people, the culture, my "family" was very caring and I would encourage everybody going to go with the homestay!
As a foreigner in Argentina you'll get a lot of attention and almost all of it is positive. People are open and curious and they will really take care of you. Going abroad is the best thing I have ever done in my life.
Hasta luego!
Carina

This has been a worthwhile experience for me because I have learnt a lot about reptiles which I have not had much previous contact with before.
Also I have been able to see a country which is totally different to anything that I have experienced before.
Overall, I feel that Buenos Aires is an exciting an exuberant city, with many European influences. As I have been going on weekend trips, it has made me appreciate the city more.
Kathryn Adams.

My first impressions are very good - warm and friendly people that are laid back and friendly. I am very impressed with the level of organisation so far and enjoyed my first day at the vet clinic yesterday - everyone made me feel very welcome and included.

I am trying to get to know my way around and to stay out of the sun - a marked contrast to the UK. Looking forward to dinner with Mercedes [Travellers Team] this evening - she is delightful! Thanks again for all your help! Kindest Regards, Maria
Maria Capozzi