Puentes Abroad

Puentes Abroad

About

Puentes Abroad builds bridges to connect undergraduate students and recent graduates with professional and cultural opportunities in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. We customize internship options according to each participant's professional interests and goals: our internship opportunities range from educational and human rights nonprofits to healthcare agencies and tech companies, with many other high-performing nonprofits and businesses in between. The Puentes experience is ideal for students who are eager to learn outside the classroom and who enjoy creative problem solving and tackling new experiences with an open mind and an optimistic enthusiasm. There are no language requirements or deadlines to apply.

Founded
2014

Reviews

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Abby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

GEO and Buenos Aires

I loved the team at GEO. Super flexible, accommodating and supportive to work with. I learned a tremendous amount of Spanish and culture while working.
Amazing experience overall with Puentes and the program. I lived with a host family and was extremely fortunate to live with a whole family close to work. People had different experiences with host living, a lot of people only lived with one older woman and not a whole family. I could also walk to work which was great, but the public transit is convenient too. Prices are affordable especially compared to US. Go to Puentes orientation as they give important info. Night life is fun just take care of your belongings! iPhones are expensive and people will steal them.
10/10 would recommend overall great experience . team at Puentes is fantastic too

Pros
  • Range of Activities in Buenos Aires
  • Easy place to travel from
  • Culture and lifestyle
Cons
  • All Spanish-- so you should want to learn Spanish if you come here
  • Winter during the Summer
  • Safety (just have to be aware 100% of the time)
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Rowena
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Weight In Mind Internship

This is my first internship experience, and I am very happy with it. Through this experience, I learnt a lot, including, communicating skills, self-directed working style. For a student who studies Biochemistry, normally I only work with numbers, elements and formulas, so it’s nice to work with actual human beings.The instructors provided me with full support and trust, they gave me a friendly working experience. During the internship, I produced a promotional video for a new product and few posters. I enjoyed this experience. It has a magic balance between overwhelming and challenging.

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Osamah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Puentes experience

"Puentes Abroad has been fantastic from the beginning of my internship until now. I absolutely loved my internship experience since I was able to gain real-world experience while working on interesting projects. I would strongly recommend Puentes to anyone looking for an internship that includes a distant, international experience as well as professional development workshops and excellent supervision. This experience improved both my personal and professional life."

Thank you so much
Osama Naji

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Nelson
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Virtual Experience

I had a fantastic virtual experience with Puentes Abroad with an agricultural consulting internship in Buenos Aires. Puentes staff and programming did a fantastic job with guest speakers, tours, and an all around comprehensive cultural dive into Argentina. In the internship itself, I had immense support from the Puentes team with many check-ins at the beginning, middle, and end of the internship. I was able to come away from the program with new skills, cultural experiences, and a fantastic summer.

What would you improve about this program?
Really wish it was in-person and that we could've traveled. Highly encourage all future participants to take advantage of it.
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Wendy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Puentes is Great!!

I loved my remote experience with Puentes Abroad!! The staff is phenomenal and provides support every step of the way. I also got the chance to intern at a great NGO and I'm extremely grateful for the experience! The workshops held allowed me to learn more about Argentina and learn important skills for the workplace that I'm sure I'll apply in my career. I had a one-on-one session with Maddy on international job curation that opened my eyes to all the opportunities out there for working abroad. I highly recommend Puentes Abroad to anyone looking for a global internship!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Despite being virtual, I got to try yerba mate which was a unique experience.

Programs

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Staff Interviews

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

Madison Purnell

Job Title
Program Coordinator
Madison is passionate about cultural exchange, learning languages, and experiencing all that Buenos Aires has to offer. She studied abroad in Buenos Aires during her undergraduate university studies and had such a wonderful experience that she decided to move to Latin America after her graduation. She taught English in Colombia and then returned to Buenos Aires, where she has been since 2018. She loves exploring new restaurants and bars in the city, drinking "mate" in the park, and learning new "porteño" slang.
Madison Purnell outside wearing a bucket hat smiling with long blonde hair

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was when I went to Ecuador and Peru after finishing my teaching program in Colombia. It was the first time I solo traveled and I was so nervous that I wouldn't meet anyone and spend three weeks alone. I ended up meeting amazing people in each hostel I stayed in, received great recommendations from other travelers, felt a sense of community with other like-minded people, and it ultimately gave me the push I needed to decide that I would move abroad without a plan and see if I could make it work.

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

Working with students at Puentes has helped me remember what it's like to be in a new city, new culture, and immersed in a new language once again. I love hearing the students' insights on what they are experiencing and being reminded of all the quirks of Buenos Aires that I've grown accustomed to. Learning how to coach students who may not have previous work experience has been rewarding and helps me analyze my own communication style and ways of working.

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

I love to hear when students tell you they now want to become fluent in Spanish or move abroad after graduation. My study abroad experience was what led me to establish a permanent life abroad, which has truly been the best decision I have made. Knowing that you played a part in a student's future plans is so rewarding.

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

I would do the In-Person Internship Program in Montevideo! I have only spent one day in Montevideo and would love the opportunity to explore the city and surrounding area more. I'd love to learn more about the intense "mate" culture in Uruguay and reflect on the differences between Argentine and Uruguayan culture, food, and slang.

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

Puentes is unique because of the amazing team that we have on the ground. We all love Argentina (or Uruguay) with our whole hearts and souls and that excitement comes through when working with students, housing hosts, and internship site supervisors. We are approachable, empathetic, and always willing to help.

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

I think the biggest factor in being a successful company is having a hardworking team who is proactive, collaborative and has a positive attitude. I feel confident that our team at Puentes can handle anything that arises with speed and empathy because we know that we can rely on one another for support.