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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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Jennifer
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Mente Argentina

I had the experience of a lifetime in Buenos Aires and Mente Argentina made it happen.
They customized a two week Tango and Cooking immersion program for me that fit my unique needs and I learned more than I could ever have imagined in a very short amount of time.
They were responsive from the very beginning and they paired me with the perfect host mom and made my airport arrival and departure seamless by having transportation prearranged for me.
I could not have asked for a more positive group of people and I think that Mente is a perfect combination of structure and freedom.
I recommend Mente Argentina without reservation to anyone who would like to travel to Argentina alone but feel anchored at the same time.
I am an educator and wanted to do a travel sabbatical while I was off from teaching. Mente Argentina helped create a customized program for me that combined tango and culinary in an intensive format. It was a dream come true and I learned so much. I am grateful to Mente and will always remember my time in Buenos Aires.

Pros
  • Freedom
  • Option to live with host family
  • Airport transfers
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Chiara
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A dream come true!

Mente Argentina is an incredible organization that has been there for me every step of the way to letting my dream of going to Buenos Aires come true. I always wanted to go to Argentina, and I am so grateful that in my internet search I encountered Mente. Actually from this moment, I felt that going to BA was actually something that I would be able to achieve!!

Mente's staff is truly amazing, they have happily assisted me with everything I needed before during and even after my program's end date in Buenos Aires. 🤗 Their weekly activities were also always lots of fun and it shows that the staff loves their work and carries all their participants in their heart.

In general, my 5 weeks in Buenos Aires have been indescribable, amazing ones that I will never forget - a true dream come true. 🥹

Thank you so much Mente, absolutamente voy a volver!! 🤩

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Ty
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Mente Argentina 20 Week Program

Mente Argentina was an awesome program for my 20 week journey in Buenos Aires. I was living independently with other roommates in Recoleta, but always felt secure and comfortable with the help from Mente and the planned cultural activities we experienced. From La Bomba to the Palacio Barolo to the Microteatro, we were immersed in Argentine culture while bonding with others students from the program. We created a great community with each other and local while definitely making an unforgettable experience in BA, thanks to Mente.

Pros
  • Planned social activities almost every day
  • Convenient living location
  • Support when needed
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Ryan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience Abroad Yet!

Mente Argentina made for a wonderful month abroad. The whole team is super organized and helpful with anything that I needed. I highly recommend the Spanish add-on and the Tango course! Of course, all of the weekly extra activities kept me busy. I did a short program and If I had the chance to return I would take more options with Mente Argentina. My favorite moments we the happy hours we spent together and watching "La Bomba de Tiempo" and "Fuerza Bruta."

Highly recommend working through this program!

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Bella
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Mente Argentina

Mente Argentina was the highlight of my summer this year! The organization was so helpful with everything from housing to money conversion to event/activity scheduling, and especially a shout out to Samantha Tigner who helped to make our stay as memorable and wonderful as it was. Another great thing that Mente provided was hooking us up with outside classes and preplanned events, I ended up taking cooking classes and I loved them. I can definitely see myself returning to Buenos Aires, and if I do I will definitely use Mente Argentina.

Pros
  • pre-planned events and opportunities
  • assistance with money conversion
  • met some really great people

Programs

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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.