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Mente Argentina

About

Based in Buenos Aires, Mente Argentina is an organization founded to provide international education opportunities and top quality personal support for international students through dynamic, individualized immersion programs. We strive to provide innovative programming that allows students to enjoy Argentina in a unique and different way while, at the same time, facilitating academic achievement and promoting global competence and personal growth.

Whether it’s studying for a semester, pursuing a major degree, interning with an Argentine Organization or participating in a fun short course, Mente Argentina's programs are designed for students who want to experience Argentina from a local perspective. Explore Argentina, do what you enjoy most, and embark on this unforgettable journey with Mente Argentina

Reviews

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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mente Argentina - Internship Program

Mente was an awesome and professional program to work with throughout the entire process. After initially planning the dates for the trip, the pandemic arrived, causing my trip to be delayed for nearly two years. The Mente team had me ready to travel to Buenos Aires in just weeks after the borders reopened for travel. Their relationship with local non-profits, businesses, language schools, and host families makes this experience so unique and fulfilling. Studying with Mente felt like having a web of support during my internship. I am hoping to return for their graduate programs in the next few years!

Pros
  • Instant support upon arrival - transportation to homestay, public transportation card, phone chip
  • Great group activities - food, theater, music, museums
  • Work within your field - I met students doing internships in a variety of fields with Mente
Cons
  • Internships are unpaid - international visas are tricky
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Abbey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Cooking & Wine Programs with Mente Argentina

Had a fantastic experience in Buenos Aires with Mente Argentina! The team is very professional and takes care of everything for you: from picking you up at the airport, providing transport & sim cards, exchanging money, making sure the apartment has everything you need, etc. I can't say enough good things about everyone at Mente!

I participated in the cooking and wine programs and loved every second of it. You are enrolled in a professional cooking school with Argentine students, so it's a great way to immerse yourself in the culture! I took a variety of cooking classes, such as pastry & bread making and Argentine classic dishes (like milanesa and empanadas). The wine program is at another prestigious school, and you will learn about wine making, tasting & pairing, varieties of grapes, etc.

I had the best month of my life cooking and drinking wine every day in Buenos Aires. If you're looking for an immersive experience abroad, I highly recommend checking out Mente Argentina!

Pros
  • Wonderful staff who take care of all your needs
  • Learn lots of new kitchen techniques & recipes
  • Get to explore the beautiful city of Buenos Aires
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Indie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Had an awesome time!

This program created an easy transition to travel to a new country on my first time traveling abroad, and they provided everything I needed to have the most amazing experience living and studying in Buenos Aires for 3 months! They provided accommodations, weekly activities with other international travelers, cooking classes at a professional level, Spanish classes, and guidance in navigating through Argententian life and the city of Buenos Aires. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a great experience in Buenos Aires.

Pros
  • A bunch of fun daily activities.
  • I took cooking classes with experienced chefs and learned so much.
  • A great way to make new friends!
Cons
  • Not much!
  • Prepare for hot weather and rainstorms!
  • Busy city if you're not into crowded places.
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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Expectations exceeded

My experience with Mente Argentina could not have been any better. I did the internship program and was able to combine that with some Spanish lessons as well. I had the chance to be flexible and switch between Spanish courses according to what would fit best. Furthermore I was assisted throughout the whole program. I received valuable information regarding public transport and other and was assigned to a lovely shared apartment in a great location. The staff was very supportive and always at your disposal. To top it all off Mente organized lovely trips where I was able to get to know the city better and meet other international people. I recommend the program without reservation!

Pros
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Flexibility to build your best program
  • Supportive staff that organizes activities
Cons
  • Some difficulty to get money from Western Union
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Savhanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Mente Experience

I have nothing but positive acclamation for my experience with Mente. During my time with Mente, I did the intensive Spanish program for 3 months and I loved it. VOS (the Spanish school) help my Spanish immensely. With small classes I never had more than 5 in my class. This gave me the opportunity to speak more during class. Which really helped my Spanish improve. The school also had fun activities during and after class that allowed us to explore the city and practice our Spanish in a real life setting. I loved all of my teacher because they were all very personable and willing to put in the extra work when you we struggling. After the first week, it felt like a family.

Life with Mente really allowed me to explore new foods, new parts of the city, and meet fellow people from Mente. Each week there is at least one or two dinners and/or activities that Mente puts on and pays for. I always took advantage of the free food and activities. The program coordinators were the best. They are all young and have been in the city for quite some time so they give you a little bit of a locals perspective. I made a lot of great memories and friends with these meetings.

The housing is simple. They give you all of the essentials which was perfect for me. If I ever had an issue, the program had it fix with in a day or two as well so that was very comforting. The program also gives a lot assistance in pretty much all aspects including providing a public transportation pass which gets you pretty much every where you want to go. They also have detailed maps to/from school, hospitals, Mente headquarters, and your housing. All of the housings are in safe areas. Going to a big city in South America, I was a bit concerned about safety, but I always felt safe in my apartment and out on the streets around my apartment.

I think that this program really gave you, your money’s worth. You Could totally find your own housing and a school/language program on your own but I feel like sense the security of this program and how stress free I felt from the moment they picked me up from the airport made it 100% worth it. You can really take the security of your own city and culture for granted, so having a program to ease the transition made all of the difference in the world. Highly recommended!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wouldn’t have brought so much stuff! BA is a great hub to travel South America during weekend trips(or after your programs as well) so it is best to go with the bare minimum. I also went during the summer and it is very hot so you don’t really need any warm clothes. If you travel to Patagonia you will need warm clothes though

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Thais Ribeiro

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Program Advisor
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Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thaís is passionate about learning new languages, cultures, and travel. She has worked several years in the Tourism industry and loves to help people pursue their dreams.

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favorite travel memories is when I went to El Salvador. I had the opportunity to get to know this tiny country in Central America which is full of lovely people, good food, and enriching culture. This opportunity was amazing as it gave me an experience of being in a place that is so different from my hometown, and it made me start seeing things in a new perspective.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working at Mente Argentina gave me the opportunity to meet people from many different places. I learned so much from their customs and cultures which greatly helped me develop a better understanding of people. Overall, it has been a truly great experience, and I hope to keep learning!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Mente Argentina receives participants of all ages. We once had the opportunity to receive an older participant with a dream to learn Tango. She has always loved dancing and had the desire to learn Tango but never had the opportunity until she was older. I was deeply impressed by how determined she was and how she never gave up on her dream.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Mente Argentina offers a variety of programs, and I personally would like to participate on the volunteer program. I believe that international volunteering promotes cross-cultural learning, and it helps create global awareness and understanding between cultures as well as contribute to our ongoing effort to bridge the cultural, social, and economic gap which currently exists in Argentina.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is unique because we are a small team that works together. We always try to be like family to all of our participants. We think in the minimum details so they can return with the feeling that they had the best time, and most importantly, that they achieved a positive change.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that for a company to be successful, it must always treat its customers and employees as its number one priority. When everyone in the company works together in order to achieve the same goal, success is a given; the company becomes larger than the sum of its individual parts, and great things can be achieved.