Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

Fast Facts

Buenos Aires

Population: 13 million (41 million in Argentina)

Climate: Temperate

Languages: Spanish 

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! 

Buenos Aires History and Culture

Buenos Aires history and culture

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.

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