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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

Headquarters

Av. Santa Fe 3192 4
Bs As
Argentina

Reviews

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Joanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I travel very often and Mente Argentina has set the bar very high. Mente placed me with the perfect internship for my Master’s program. My internship was with Chacras de Buenos Aires which focused on sustainable development. I was educated on better ways we can improve the environment. Also, the affordability, housing, and excursions was an amazing bonus. My housing was very spacious, I had my own room and my housemates have become people I now call friends. My housing was in prime location in Palermo. I felt close to everything I will ever need. The staff was very friendly and accommodating to anything I needed. The public transportation is very easy to use once you get the hang of it. Overall, I had an amazing experience and made friendship with individuals from all over.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did it all over. I would stay longer than two months. Although, two months seems long it is not compared to all there is to do in Buenos Aires!!!
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Amina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From the start of my study abroad trip, Mente made Argentina feel like home. Nervous about going into a foreign country knowing absolutely no one, Mente's weekly activities were a fun way to meet other individuals who were also studying abroad in Buenos Aires. The staff was always warm and welcoming and they were always available to help sort out any problems I came across. When I ran into a housing problem my first week into the program, I was stressed and wary about a totally unexpected situation so far from home. However, Marcelo immediately put me at ease and reassured me that everything would be okay. The issue was resolved almost immediately and I ended up in a new housing situation that was better than I could have ever imagined and much more suitable for my needs! My internship placement at Manos Abiertas was also very interesting and helped me navigate and understand both Buenos Aires and its culture a lot better. Thanks to Mente, I was exposed to one of the coolest cities in the world, I was given the opportunity to travel all around Argentina and Uruguay, and I met some of my best friends to this date. If you every have the opportunity, I would highly recommend experiencing Buenos Aires and all it has to offer with Mente Argentina.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take as many chances as you can and don't say no to opportunities that likely won't come by again. When else will you be in Latin America for such an extended period of time with such few obligations? Just do it!
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Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with Mente was fantastic! Traveling through Mente made it easy to get connected to a language school and to learn about all the cultural experiences Argentina has to offer. I highly suggest living with an Argentinian family and taking advantage of all the cultural events Mente offers (like Tango classes!). Living with a host family made all the difference with my language learning and my ability to make Argentinian friends. While I mostly branched out and did my own thing while I was there it was nice to have a solid contact in the city if I needed anything and a group of people to hang out with once a week. Mente does a great job of allowing you to make the experience your own. I also appreciated that many of the other people in Mente were from all over the world so I was really able to leave my home country behind for a couple months.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Completely embrace the culture. Try not to view anything as weird or different, but beautiful and cultural.
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Elijah
6/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mente was is a program that I experienced as having high highs and low lows. From my 3 month stay in Argentina, I absolutely loved the housing. I was staying in the nicest part of the city on the top floor with two balconies and a full kitchen and a gas stove. The housing was absolutely perfect and I have no complaints on that front. Another thing I enjoyed was the support that the staff provided. They were friendly and helpful. However, the internship aspect of this program is SUSPECT. If you are trying to do anything medical STAY AWAY, this is not the program for you. I was told that I would be able to "shadow resident staff" and that I would "take part in direct interviews, educational and recovery counseling". Unfortunately, this was far from the truth. This seemed to be a commonality between many of the interns that I talked to, particularly in medical fields but also throughout other disciplines. I would recommend this program if you are looking to have a good time in Argentina with a menial day job to practice your Spanish. However, I could not honestly recommend this program if you are looking for a meaningful internship experience.

Anthony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mente did a great job coordinating and organizing my stay in Argentina. This was my first time in South America and Mente made sure that everything was right. The staff was always reachable and was very supportive to make it the best experience possible for all members to intern, attend school and/ or live in Buenos Aires. Events and activities were always available for everyone to attend, which was a great way to make new friends.

I was very happy with my living arrangement. I had a single room with a very open apartment that I shared with a few housemates. Occasionally, we would eat together and host gatherings for all our friends. The residence was in the Palermo neighborhood, therefore, there was always something good to eat around the corner!

Overall, I would recommend this program to anyone interested in traveling to Argentina!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would bring more clothing for the winter season.

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Staff Interviews

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

Thais Ribeiro

Job Title
Program Advisor
A woman poses at a spot near the beach.

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.

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