AFS Summer Language Study in Paraguay

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Spend your summer in Paraguay’s capital city practicing Spanish as it’s spoken by locals. On this 7-week program, you’ll get the full immersion experience by taking language lessons and living with a local host family in or near Asunción. Your language teachers will focus on interactive learning and complement their lessons with cultural exploration. On Saturdays, you’ll visit nearby markets that specialize in ethnic handicrafts, giving you the opportunity to put your language skills to the test.

About a month into your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to go on a weekend-long trip outside of your host community. Past trips have been to places like San Bernardino (a popular summer resort), Encarnacion (near the Jesuit missions in Itapua), and Ciudad del Este (near Itaipu, the biggest dam in the world), and Iguazu Falls. This is your chance to accelerate your Spanish while traveling the world and becoming part of an international community!

Summer soccer:

This six-week program is an ideal mix of intercultural experience and intensive soccer training in a culture that puts soccer at the top of their priority list. You will have 2-hour trainings, gym workouts and scrimmages twice a day, five days per week, offered by the Soccer School of the well-known football club: Club Cerro Porteño, one of the oldest and most popular Paraguayan teams. Training instruction will be given primarily in Spanish but English terminology will be used as well.

You do not need to speak Spanish in order to participate. During evenings and weekends, you will be free to spend time with your host family and to get to know the local community. Additional information, including a daily schedule, will be provided prior to departure. Be sure to bring your boots, shin guards, socks, and any other gear you need in order to play (no need to bring a ball).

Summer community service:

This six-week summer program will give you an unforgettable experience through engaging in community service, living with a Paraguayan host family, and making friends from around the world. Projects range widely and appeal to a number of different passions and skills; past opportunities have included volunteering at a community center or special needs school or working at an environmental foundation. Host families in Paraguay, like all AFS host families worldwide, are volunteers and are not paid.

They open their homes to students in order to share their community and culture as well as to enrich their own family lives. The projects you can choose from include working with children, being a teacher's aide at a school, or helping a nurse with healthcare. There is also the possibility of working in the Moises Bertoni Foundation's offices helping with environmental projects, but you need to have intermediate Spanish skills. No prior language experience is required for the other projects.

  • Immerse yourself in Spanish – the best way to become fluent.
  • Make connections and memories you'll never forget with other AFS exchange students from all over the world.
  • Live with a host family to deepen your immersion and connection to Paraguayan culture. If you’re like most AFSers, you won’t want to leave this second family and home.
  • Sample delicious Paraguayan cuisine, including mandioca (cassava), sopa Paraguaya (cornbread baked with cheese, onions, and sometimes meat), and empanadas (deep-fried meat or vegetable turnovers).
  • Become a global citizen. Gain intercultural communication skills. Build your college and career resume. Help create a more peaceful, understanding world.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Paraguay Summer Study Aborad

My experience studying abroad in Paraguay had been a wonderful experience because I wasn't only learning and studying Spanish but I was able to be involved in the culture and life of the residents. I had a family and they will forever be my second family. I keep in contact with them every now and then I would update them on what is going on in my life and they do the same. I have also made many friends and they are great and also live abroad. While studying my professors where very helpful and divided the time from learning Spanish and learning the history of Paraguay. The other participants, my friends and myself had a chance to see historic sites or just natural sites while studying. I engaged more with the people and discovered how I can be challenged and have fun with my experience. You also get to do things with your family and have personal, meaningful relationships with the people you meet.

What would you improve about this program?
This program can improve with the help of other AFSers that are in the country.
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Yes, I recommend this program

AFS Paraguay

Through Summer Search, a nation wide mentor program, I was able to stay with a host family in Asuncion, Paraguay during the summer of my junior year. Throughout my stay, I developed a new perspective on family — I found myself studying the relationships between the members of my host family and comparing them to those of my own. Since a great majority of the population of Asuncion was raised with the same culture and traditions, I noticed that there was a general consensus when it came to personal values: family always came first. In contrast, while my own family maintains healthy relationships, we are all independent — dedicated to furthering our own lives. My experience in Paraguay has served as a wake up call to reevaluate the quality of the time I spend with my family.

While it’s easy to get lost in school, in a career, or in money, my host family found an ideal balance, which is something I admire. My host father was a lawyer, and my host mother worked as the vice president for an insurance company. Despite their important positions and robust work schedule, they were always home in time to enjoy dinner together. I took note that my host family prioritized spending time with each other, not only to support one another in their aspirations, but also to relieve the day’s stress; they enjoy each other's company because there is no judgement or envy amongst them, only acceptance and compassion. This trip reignited the value I place upon family; however, within my own, while the same intimacy is present, the time is not. We are not accustomed to eating together, nor are we accustomed to setting time aside to have a conversation, but this can and will change. I have a newfound respect for prioritizing family, one that will continue throughout my life.

I want to be able to not only make time for family, but to work together and keep each other motivated and ambitious. My host family serves as a model, because of them, I now understand why family deserves to be a priority. The importance of family is endless; my family is my security, my guidance, my identity, my love. I earnestly believe that life is not a matter of money, but rather the company you keep.

What would you improve about this program?
AFS does a great job of keeping you safe; however, I wish there would have been more organized projects/activities with the other students throughout the trip.
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