Argentina, with its varied landscape and vibrant culture, offers high school students a captivating experience of living with a host family. From the breathtaking mountains of Patagonia to the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, Argentina’s natural wonders create a backdrop of adventure and exploration. The bustling cosmopolitan cities, like Buenos Aires, provide a multicultural environment that eases cultural transitions and ensures a safe and enjoyable stay.
High schools in Argentina maintain a good standard of education and offer well-organised learning environments. School hours run from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the academic year extends from March to November. It is common for students to wear uniforms, adding to the sense of structure and community within the school. Class sizes in Argentina average around 20 to 30 students per class.
In addition to attending classes, exchange students in Argentina may engage in various activities with their host family. They can partake in traditional Argentine customs, such as enjoying an asado (barbeque) together, savoring the mouthwatering flavors of grilled meats and sharing stories. Students may also join their host family in attending cultural events, exploring local attractions, or even experiencing the lively and passionate Tango dance, a cherished part of Argentine culture.
Living with a host family in Argentina offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the local culture and language. Students can practice their Spanish language skills in an authentic setting. Interacting with their host family daily helps students gain a deeper understanding of Argentine traditions, values, and way of life.
Beyond the school and host family experience, Argentina offers a wide range of exciting opportunities for exploration and adventure. Students can discover the country’s rich history, vibrant arts scene, and diverse natural beauty. They can participate in local festivals, try traditional Argentine cuisine, and form lasting friendships with fellow students, both local and international, further enhancing their cultural exchange experience in Argentina.
Argentina is known for its legendary steak and its famous condiment companion, chimichurri!
Other delights to try include; empanadas and alfajores – a cylindrical shortbread biscuit sandwiching jams, mousses and another popular dessert dulce de leche (a thick caramel sauce). Alfajores are enjoyed at breakfast, dessert and throughout the day.
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.
Their climate ranges from extreme heat in the northern regions, pleasant temperature s in the central pampas right through to the sub-Antarctic 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!
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