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Road2Argentina

About

It is our mission to make sure all of our participants and partners are satisfied with every aspect of their program and that the Road2Argentina experience is an extraordinary one! We are an organization based in Buenos Aires and we are committed to offering you our local expertise and support. We want you to have an unforgettable Spanish language immersion in one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, so come join us in Buenos Aires for an experience of a lifetime!

Reviews

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david
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent experience!

The whole experience was amazing, the program was perfectly organized. I spent 8 weeks volunteering at a fantastic NGO in charge of finding housing solutions for families without access to decent housing. Communication was constant and fluid and I was able to learn a lot about Argentine culture. We had weekly meetings and all the time I felt very included and part of the organization. I learned a lot how to manage projects and groups of people.I definitely highly recommend the experience! I really wanted to know Argentina since David and Mateo shared a lot of information about the country: videos, podcasts, documentaries, music. I highly recommend doing programs in Argentina!

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sarah Shafik- Leren

My experience with Leren Consulting was phenomenal. As a person who is from a completely different country and culture from the company, the Leren team made me feel at home. They always made sure to involve me in conversations and ensure that I understood correctly. In addition, the work I did was not only within my studies, but it was quite fun to do and complete and they were able to give me feedback on my stuff and even post it. I wish to work with Leren again because they foster a very healthy work environment and atmosphere.

What was your funniest moment?
We were on our Daily call which is all in Spanish. Usually I do not understand everything that is said. One day we were discussing birthdays and they called my name and asked when mine is. I thought they had asked when my internship was ending and gave them a completely wrong date, then realized they said "cumpleaños." We all laughed at my mistake and I told them my actual, correct birthday.
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Jenna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent!

This past summer, I interned virtually at Mensajeros de la Paz in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was a very enjoyable experience. Mateo and David from Road2Argentina (via World Endeavors), were very helpful in making sure that the placement was a good fit. I was always able to get a quick and detailed response from Matero and David. I also had great communication with my coordinators at Mensajeros de la Paz. Even with the remote aspect of this experience, I still feel as if this experience was extremely beneficial for my personal and professional growth. I would definitely recommend this program to others!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to keep a calendar of due dates and assignments!
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Julide
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing unique experience

I did a three month internship in Buenos Aires through Road2Argentina and this was an experience I will never forget. I arranged it through Road2Argentina and the process went really smooth and easy. First we talked through Skype and we tried to find a suitable internship. I ended up at an amazing lovely marketing company operating in a beautiful part of Buenos Aires (Palermo Soho). This company was a young hip and modern company in an amazing neighbourhood. Next to this, Mateo and David (the owners of Road2Argentina) Arranged every week at least 2 really nice local events for me and other interns. Events to get to know the city, the culture, the country. Every week we could let them know if we would be able and willing to participate. Through this I’ve met other interns and even friends and family from Mateo and David. This was really nice to get to know the city better and an addition to my experience. They also provided a lot of information regarding safety, money, where to go, where to live and what to do or not. During my time, I could reach them always when I needed to. Either serious cases or non serious. I am really happy they helped me with creating this amazing opportunity and memory for me. Also Argentina is an amazing country to travel through. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with amazing parties and culture. In Argentina you can travel to Salta and Patagonia, which is unbelievable beautiful. When choosing Road2Argentina, you will have a good time, for sure! Thanks again Mateo and David, nos vemos en futuro!!!

What would you improve about this program?
It would be more fun with more interns, but this is something you can never promise from the beginning.
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Hamish
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship with Road2Argentina

I took part in the Road2Argentina program between September 2019 and January 2020. I worked for one of the many great companies that Road have links with, it was a great way to improve my language skills by working with locals every day. David and Mateo offer a great service in terms of both safety and suggesting things to do with your friends that you might not hear about from elsewhere. Finally, it offer you an easy way to start providing you with SIM cards and helping with currency exchange.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure you allow time to go and visit all the other great places in Argentina, such as the Iguazu falls or Mendoza.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I knew I wanted a smaller program that focused on a certain country and I've always wanted to spend an extended amount of time in Argentina. I knew that this specialized program would give me a more personalized experience.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

R2A organized transportation from the airport, living arrangements, an internship, and even organized social and cultural activities. They showed me how to arrive at my internship and use public transportation as well. The only thing I had to worry about was making my own meals since I chose to live in an apartment alone!

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I'd advise them to dress warm if they're going to Argentina during our summer months (June-August). Knowing the language is also a huge advantage since navigating around the city can be hard with no prior language skills.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Each day I would arrive at my internship and spend the full day there. Other participants would spend half of the day volunteering and half taking Spanish classes. This program gives you the ability to arrange your own schedule with the supervisor of your internship or volunteer placement, so it's very flexible.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I've had a lot of experience traveling so I wasn't nervous but mostly just excited! The one thing that worried me was doing the program alone and not knowing anyone. However, R2A gives you a group of friends and a huge support system if you ever need help with anything. Through this program, I met some amazing friends!

How did you learn to navigate the city?

Trial and error! One of the biggest challenges for me was figuring out the bus and subway system. Often times I would get on a bus and it would be going the completely wrong direction!

I had to push myself out of my comfort zone and ask a stranger or the driver where the bus was going. This is one of the best ways to learn Spanish because you have to force yourself to speak a language you may not be comfortable with. The best way to do this is by asking locals and just trying out many different forms of transportation!

Staff Interviews

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

David Pessacg

Job Title
Director & Program Coordinator
From La Pampa, Argentina, with a degree in Media and Entertainment, Journalism and Customer Experience, David has lived in Buenos Aires for almost ten years now. He joined Road2Argentina in 2019 as a Director and Program Coordinator. He is a traveler, a River Plate fan and a coffee lover.
David Pessacg

What is your favorite travel memory?

My best memories of a trip are from my cycling adventure through South America in 2016. I traveled on my own for 4 months around Peru and Ecuador, camping on the beach, meeting many local people and enjoying the best fish dishes in the zone. It was an exciting adventure and I learned to live only with the essentials.

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

Since working on Road2Argentina, I was able to combine many things I love: meeting people from other countries and different cultures, being able to show them the fabulous city of Buenos Aires and striving day by day to create the best possible experience, finding new places, discovering fantastic companies and NGOs. And enjoying what I do.

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

The best story I heard without a doubt was that of one (already a great friend) of England, who fell in love with Buenos Aires and Argentina itself, who decided to return in a year, and live here for a while and probably also join the Road team! I believe that on each trip, the real magic happens when we are willing to leave the comfort zone and get into the unknown.

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

I would choose the Internship Program without thinking twice. A great way to get into the culture of a big city and country is to be able to share things day by day with local people, in different contexts: work, culture, outings. This program allows all that and much more. In a few days, you will find yourself speaking in Spanish with coworkers, friendly people in a bar and even with your own host. That combination is what I think will allow you to take a rich and complete picture of what is Buenos Aires and Argentina.

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

I am completely sure that this company is unique to the people who are part of it, and how much each of us loves what he does on Road. Through the experience of having lived 10 years in the city, what makes us unique is to be able to know and show all those places, attractions, expressions, situations that are distant from someone who has not spent time here. Our focus is to be able to offer a 100% personalized experience and try to make the weeks here the best in those people's lives.

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

I think the most important factor is to love what one does and be constant. I believe that only by being truly happy in what one does every day, and striving with a passion to give everything, can a totally unique experience be offered, can one stay in the best memories of a person for life. Love + Constancy + Pasion is my favorite formula.