When you’re not busy perfecting your tango moves, or cheering on the local soccer team you’ll be immersed in real life Buenos Aires style – opportunities abound to enhance your CV with international experience and to make an impact through meaningful volunteering, as well as practical real world internships.
International interns and volunteers abroad in Buenos Aires will have an unforgettable stay, being surrounded by the unique charm of Buenos Aires while gaining practical real world experience.
Population: 13 million (41 million in Argentina)
Religions: Roman Catholic
Country Capital: Buenos Aires
Time Zone: GMT -3
Currency: Argentine Peso
Fun fact: Buenos Aires has lots of ‘dog walkers’. Expect to see them being dragged around town by their canine clients - sometimes up to 20 dogs at a time!
Long the favored destination of Spanish and Italian immigrants, Buenos Aires wears its European influence on its sleeve. Modern day porteños (Buenos Aires locals) share the sing song speech of their Italian cousins, and their habit of talking with their hands! Influential, even polarizing icons dot its rich cultural history; think famed politician Evita, revolutionary Che Guevara, soccer star Diego Maradona, writer Jorge Luis Borges, and tango legend Carlos Gardel. The city’s vibrant sporting culture offers both the aristocratic pastime of polo and the unbridled passion of local ‘futbol”. Of equal cultural importance is ‘carne’; remember Argentina has the world’s highest consumption rate of beef!
Argentina won independence from its colonizer Spain in the early nineteenth century. Growth and prosperity followed, thanks to the wheat-producing, cattle-bearing pampas (grasslands). In 1930 Argentina was the world’s fifth largest economy. However the 1970s and 1980s saw Argentina suffer under brutal dictatorship. In 2001, the Argentine economy collapsed, bringing widespread economic hardship and political instability - traces of which are still evident today, despite the growth and development of recent years.
More of a "China Street" than a Chinatown, Barrio Chino is an oasis of Asian flavors in restaurant after delicious restaurant.
Marvel at the antique seltzer bottles, jewelry, street performers, local artists and tango dancers at the San Telmo Market every Sunday afternoon.
Newly reopened after renovations, this is rated one of the world's best concert venues, acoustically, in the world. A must for ballet and opera fans!
Buenos Aires' oldest square, overlooked by Casa Rosada, Argentina's seat of government, is where the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo meet every Thursday to protest the disappearance of their children during the Dirty War.
No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without seeing a polo match at the Campo Argentino de Polo en las Cañitas.
It's probably an impossible task to try to name the best empanadas or pizza in town, but if there were such a title, La Pasacana would be a top contender.
Feel the need for green open spaces? Rent bikes or take a walk in this park - and breathe the fresh air!
Follow in the footsteps of Borges and enjoy the cafes, night life and newly trendy boutiques of this old Buenos Aires barrio.
Those in the know say Buenos Aires boasts the best ice cream in the world. Put them to the test at big chains like Freddo, Volta, Persicco and Chungo or your local heladería.
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has simply the best collection of Argentine art anywhere - with international works exhibited as well.
Enjoy a coffee at Alvear Hotel and wander around the Cemetery, Floralis Genérica statue, art museums, design galleries and parks.
This chic Palermo favorite is as known for its diverse menu as its cool atmosphere.
Be transported back to the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires of the mid-19th century here in the city's historical first café.
Located on 9 de Julio avenue, the widest in the world, this is where Buenos Aires comes to celebrate sports victories, enjoy outdoor concerts, and take part in rallies.
Get dressed up and mingle with the who's who of Argentina's horse world, or try your luck at the betting counter!
Everything you've heard about Argentinian steaks is true - and this well-known parilla doesn't disappoint!
See a play in one of the dozens of theaters on the "Broadway of Buenos Aires." Afterwards grab a slice of pizza standing up at one of the classic pizzerías nearby.
Watch a Milonga -- everyday porteños dancing tango -- or grab a partner and try to learn a few moves yourself at a tango class.
Calatrava's inspiration for this magnificent bridge located right in the heart of Puerto Madero was a woman, though it's not always easy to see the connection…
Take a quick ferry ride to Uruguay! Across the Rio de La Plata sits this historical town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Just 1.5 hrs. outside the city you can stay at an Estancia (ranch) and experience gaucho culture and life in the Argentine countryside.
Indulge yourself with a stroll down this elegant historical pedestrian shopping street - enjoy street performers and beautiful malls - and don't miss the Galería Pacífico!
This palatial former home of one of Argentina's most influential families now houses a beautiful museum full of beautiful things!
Traditionally a hub for rural commerce, this barrio hosts a gaucho fair on Sundays featuring traditional food, song and dance, horse riding competitions and artisanal goods.
This brightly colored street is in the heart of La Boca district, birthplace of tango and first home to of many of Buenos Aires' immigrants.
With the best Middle Eastern food around and very reasonable prices, it's no wonder you have to arrive early to get a table!
Well worth a visit to view the work of modern Latin American artists - Latin American Museum in Buenos Aires.
Escape the city for the more peaceful surroundings of El Tigre - take a boat tour, go kayaking, wander around the weekend market and just relax…
See where independence heroes, presidents, military leaders, scientists, artists and of course Evita, were laid to rest in these aristocratic and elegant surroundings.
Home to the planetarium, zoo, Japanese and rose gardens, it's also a great spot to have a mate with your friends, rent a paddle boat or kick around a soccer ball.
If you're itching to understand the political and cultural icon that was Evita Peron...put this museum on your Buenos Aires to-do list!