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Mente Argentina


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


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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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Don't Worry!

chose Mente after a lot of internet research, but really, one feels very nervous when they are spending a good chunk of money and then just hoping beyond hope that you have chosen the best overseas study program. What a relief it was to be hosted in Buenos Aires by the professional, fun and kind staff at Mente. They know what they are doing and they took care of everything I needed. My apartment was awesome and in a great (and safe!) part of town only a few blocks from the Mente head office. I stopped in for one thing or another and even though the advisors would be busy working, they always had time to help me and really make me feel at home. It gave me great comfort to learn that I could rely on them. From getting me a toaster to a toilet plunger, a blender and helping me book my weekend excursions and even helping me with my Spanish homework – the staff at Mente are tireless. The anxiety I had about being in a big city with beginner Spanish skills melted away the first couple of days when I knew I would be able to count on my new friends at Mente. The outings they plan for the group are so fun (and included in your fee!!), the University Spanish course I took was in a nice school and I was pleased with the whole experience. (I just received my official transcript from the University of BA) and the teachers and staff were just simply nice, accommodating, helpful and lovely. For one month I experienced the best of Argentina and because everything went off without a hitch, it will remain one of the best experiences of my entire lifetime.
Susan Chalmers
Social Studies/Spanish Teacher, Canada

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Amazing program!!

I participated in their intensive Spanish and tango programs on a 3 week visit to Buenos Aires. Mente made the experience phenomenal! From the time that I signed up for the program to when I left Buenos Aires, I had all the support I could need from maps, sim card, help with navigating Buenos Aires and more. I was very happy with my host family that they matched, and the Spanish and Tango courses that they organized.
They also organized many group activities ranging from museum visits, picnics, day trips outside of BA, concerts, football games and great lunches which helped me meet not only other travelers but also locals. I had an amazing experience with my host family, learned a lot of Spanish, got to try many cultural Argentinian activities and explore Buenos Aires all in 3 weeks. Highly recommend Mente Argentina for solo travelers and those seeking a full immersion program and want to experience all that Buenos Aires has to offer!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I underestimated how cold it would be in Buenos Aires in August, bring a heavy winter coat and warm sweaters if you are travelling in the winter months!
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Exceeded Expectations

My time in Buenos Aires was phenomenal. The Spanish classes were great, the networking events were well put together, and the internship with a local non-profit was an incredible experience. I would recommend this program without reservations. The city of Buenos Aires is a great place to travel and there is plenty to do and lots of ways to have fun over a long period of time. The arts and architecture are great. The parks are lovely and provide a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cafes and restaurants are amazing. The neighborhood of Palermo has plenty to offer by itself.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The food in Argentina was really good. I especially loved the parrillas, also known as the grilled meats. The mate tea was great. Fernet and Coke. Provoleta or fried cheese. Milanesa. Medialunas. I love it all.
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Great Program

My time with Mente was an all-around great experience. Not only did Mente help coordinate an amazing homestay and Spanish immersion program, but they also organized constant group activities so participants could get to know each other while exploring some of the best spots in Buenos Aires.

They took care of all the little things like providing me with a local SIM and SUBTE card, and Mente even let me store some bags in their office while I went backpacking throughout other parts of South America.

I learned a ton of Spanish, felt comfortable throughout my entire stay, and met interesting people from all around the world. Highly recommend to anyone considering an immersion program.


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Staff Interviews

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

Thais Ribeiro

Job Title
Program Advisor

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.