Olivia RogersHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
In five weeks Buenos Aires became the place in my dreams to the place of my dreams. Almost everyone asked me when I was here why I chose Buenos Aires, why I chose Argentina and I can’t describe it, it just had this draw that made me want to go there so badly. Connect-123 allowed me to leave my bubble of Boulder, Colorado and experience one of the most stunning places I have ever been. It was also the fastest 5 weeks of my life and if I could do it over I would stay for as long as I could, many many months.
I participated in a medical internship as an 18 year old who hadn’t even started college (so no medical training whatsoever). I worked at a public hospital which opened my eyes to a different type of medicine, more creative than what I was used to. I learned so much about the culture surrounding health and medicine from the doctors I worked with and it added to my want to pursue medicine. I was able to participate in gynecology, orthopedics, emergency, trauma, surgery, dermatology and oncology. I had the chance to bandage, remove bandages, cut off casts, help assist the patient after surgery, help put in catheters and interact with the patients in every other section. The surgeries I had the chance to observe were the removal of several tumors: colon and cervical, the implantation of a pacemaker, the amputation of toes and removal of parts of the colon. All the doctors were patient with me, always helping me to understand, practice my Spanish and engage with what was happening.
My living situation was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for better and I became very close with many of my roommates. My house was unique in the way that I had people living with me from all over the world as well as people who were native to Argentina. There were people from Spain, Holland, France, Amsterdam, Scotland and the United States which was a very cool experience from the mix of cultures and backgrounds. I was taught how to play chess, had many delicious asados, had people constantly helping my Spanish, drank mate often and made many friends that I still talk with. My living situation was also incredible because of the location which made it easy to access the train, subway and bus system to get basically anywhere in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is also an incredible city and I was so lucky to have the time I did to barely graze what the city holds. Several of my highlights were my day trips to Tigre, visiting the Malba, eating empanadas and going to an amazing bar called Florería Atlántico. Connect-123 definitely helps out by providing activities to help you experience the best of the city. One experience that Connect-123 helped me participate in was Fuerza Bruta which I loved! In Buenos Aires, obviously the primary language is Spanish and if you want to become more fluent and more comfortable then it is an excellent place to do so! My Spanish improved so much and almost everyone in the city understands that you are learning and are appreciative that you are trying. (So if you are worried about the language barriers don’t be! Yes, it is hard and sometimes you will be frustrated but it gets easier).
All in all I couldn’t have asked for a better experience: throughout all parts – my internship, my living situation, how Connect-123 assisted me throughout it all and the culture and city of Buenos Aires.
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Kaylee SHealthcare Intern | Buenos Aires
Medical University of South Carolina
1 November 2022
During my internship in Buenos Aires, I got the opportunity to work with medical staff at a local hospital. I was able to analyze patient medication regimens and research cancer chemotherapy drugs. Shadowing physicians and attending rounds gave me the perfect opportunity to enhance my medical Spanish terminology while strengthening my desire to work in patient care. I am super grateful for this opportunity because I got to meet incredible...
Camille PrairieMedical Intern | Buenos Aires
12 August 2019
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Spencer GoodmanHealth Care internship | Buenos Aires
Ball State University
26 April 2018
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Rebecca PedrasHealth Care internship | None
University of San Francisco
28 February 2018
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Laura DavidsMedical and Health Care Internship | Buenos Aires
Wake Forest University
15 February 2018
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22 August 2017
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Mary AbellaPhysical Therapy Intern | Buenos Aires
University of Texas at Dallas
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18 July 2017
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Chris LawsonHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
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Darlene WashingtonHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
Michigan State University
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Jessica ChristophersonHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
Arizona State University
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Kin yi (Celine) TsuiHealth care Intern | Buenos Aires
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Emily KimHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
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Jenifer ObrigewitchHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
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Chelsea CaseyHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
California State University Graduate
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Cindy TranHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
Western University, Canada
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Ashley RoigNursing Intern | Buenos Aires
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Juliana TorrensHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
26 December 2013
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Jessica DeFinisNursing Intern | Buenos Aires
1 August 2013
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Payal AntalaPhysical Therapy Intern | Buenos Aires
2 July 2013
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Sara KhodairMedical Volunteer | Buenos Aires
29 March 2011
I spent a little over a month in Buenos Aires. By far that has been one of the best experiences yet. The city is absolutely beautiful. The people were amazing. There was always something to do. I thought the volunteer program was lots of fun. I'm very grateful for Connect-123. Best summer ever.
Jackie LaplantMedical Volunteer | Buenos Aires
Tulane University, Graduate
23 November 2010
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Magdalena NiestrataUniversity of St. AndrewsHealth Care Intern | Buenos Aires
University of St. Andrews
31 August 2010
The internship in Buenos Aires was one of the best experiences I’ve had. It allowed me to combine excellent work experience in a public hospital with exploring the city and nightlife porteño style. Everyone I met was very friendly and helpful and made me feel at home in Buenos Aires very quickly. Connect-123 organized a bunch of great social events with Argentine spirit and although it was winter there when...