With No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth offers an experience of Argentina that will deeply impact your students. Work with the Mbya Guarani people to help preserve their culture through responsible tourism near Iguazu Falls. Travelers can also:
- Reach the “End of the World” in Patagonia, where the snow-capped mountains meet the ocean at the southernmost tip of the Americas
- Learn the tango, Argentina’s national dance, from professional dancers at a local dance hall
- Promote cultural exchange and understanding while visiting with local school children or building a sustainable school garden
- Savor authentic Argentine BBQ and learn traditional folkloric dance after a day of service and horseback riding on a working ranch with gauchos, Argentine cowboys
- Be immersed in Buenos Aires’ vibrant street art culture by visiting famous works of art on a bike tour of the city
- Help re-energize the native culture of the indigenous people of Amaicha by volunteering at an informal school educating their youth
- Kayak through the unique ecosystem of the Delta del Paraná in Tigre, a riverside town boasting stilted houses, fruit and artisan markets, and lush natural beauty
Argentina conjures up many images – the tango, Patagonia, beef, soccer, Tierra del Fuego – all of which are just a part of this amazing country. Argentina has within its borders some of the Andes’ highest peaks. It is also home to amazing wetlands; massive ice fields; cool lichen-clad forests; glacial lakes; bone-dry deserts; Andean salt flats; and rich wildlife including penguins, flamingos, caimans, capybaras and more. But its natural marvels are just part of the picture – its cultural climate is passionate and creative. Argentines are, after all, some of the most friendly and engaging folks on the planet.
Evening: Depart for Buenos Aires on an overnight flight
Morning: Land in Buenos Aires. Your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. Time to shower, rest, and prepare to explore Buenos Aires.
Afternoon: After having traditional Argentine empanadas for lunch, it’s time for program orientation. Next is the first part of the city excursion with a local guide. You will get to know the ins and outs of what makes Buenos Aires come alive! Sights on the walking tour include the old-world neighborhood of San Telmo, the business district of Microcentro, the Pirámide de Mayo and BA’s baroque cathedral Catedral Metropolitana.
Evening: Go out for an authentic Argentine dinner in downtown Buenos Aires and experience the bustling, vibrant culture.
Morning: Breakfast at the hotel followed by the second part of the city excursion with your local guide. Your tour of the city may include a visit to BA’s newest neighborhood, Puerto Madero; the palaces and mansions of the ritzy Retiro neighborhood; the Cementerio de la Recoleta, where past presidents and the rich and famous are buried (including Eva Peron!); the landscaped parks of Palermo; and also the busy shopping district of Belgrano. This tour may be done on foot or by bicycle!
Afternoon: You will have lunch at a local restaurant in the heart of Buenos Aires, and then you will move on to the Argentine Ministry of Education’s ICANA (Instituto Cultural Argentino-Norteamericano) cultural institute. Here, you’ll have the chance to meet and interact with Argentine students who are learning English just like you’re learning Spanish!
For the rest of the afternoon, you will volunteer your time and energy to alleviate one of the most debilitating aspects of poverty: hunger. In Buenos Aires there are several community food banks that support the work of NGO’s and civic groups working in the city’s shanty towns among the urban poor. On this project you will spend the afternoon working at one of the main city food banks. Part of the day will be spent sorting food for distribution and then you will visit a project site that receives the food for further distribution.
Evening: Dinner at the hotel and time to reflect on your first days in Argentina through guided journaling activities.
Morning: Venture across Río de la Plata on a ferry ride to the colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay (don’t forget your passport)! During a walking tour of the city, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Barrio Histórico, which hosts the city gate and walls built around 1745 AD.
Afternoon: Explore the rich colonial history of Colonia del Sacramento through its many museums, including the City museum, the Portuguese museum, the Spanish museum, and a museum of Indigenous Culture.
Evening: Stroll along the bay at the Puerto Viejo for beautiful views during sunset, then visit Teatro Bastión del Carmen, a theatre and art gallery, where you’ll get to see a play put on by Uruguayan actors and actresses.
Hotel in Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay
Morning and Afternoon: Breakfast at the hotel followed by an all-day adventure in Tigre—a city about 22 miles north of Buenos Aires. You’ll take the ferry back to Buenos Aires and then take a private bus to Tigre. This city is nestled in the Delta del Paraná, a vast marshy region where the jungle streams flow from inland South America. Once at the delta, you’ll visit the local fruits and handicrafts market. Then, as you explore the delta throughout the day, you’ll see where a lot of those fruits are picked! You’ll have the chance to see stilted houses, colonial mansions, and several peaceful hiking trails. Kayaking, canoeing, and a group boat ride along the coastline are also options.
Evening: Return to your hotel in Buenos Aires for dinner and group reflection.
Morning: Travel a few miles outside the city to learn about Argentina’s famous gaucho culture. Visit a working estancia where gauchos still live and work! We will take a bus out of the city to the estancias of “La Mimosa” or “Cina Cina,” where you will get to go horseback riding, view traditional folkloric dancing, and eat traditional Argentine food.
Late Afternoon: Take a street art tour throughout Buenos Aires. Go off the beaten path to learn about the extraordinary history of the city’s vibrant urban art culture, from its fiery political origins, to the modern context in which Buenos Aires has become one of the world’s most exciting cities for street art.
Evening: After dinner participate in a guided reflection activity and discussion designed to foster critical thinking skills.
Morning: Spend the day immersed in the culture of the tango, Argentina’s most famous style of dance. Visit the Carlos Gardel Museum, which honors one of Argentina’s most famous tango dancers and movie stars.
Afternoon: Stroll through Caminito, BA’s tango neighborhood, where you can see local artisan markets, art galleries, and live tango dancing in the streets. Next, you will take a lesson to learn the passionate and artful dance of the tango.
Evening: At a “milonga” (a dance hall dedicated to tango) you can enjoy the authentic tango the way locals dance it and learn the secrets and specific codes of the milongas.
Morning: You will have time with your No Barriers Youth Global Facilitator to revisit any places of interest in Buenos Aires, to go souvenir shopping, and prepare for your flight home.
Afternoon/Evening: Farewell luncheon and check out of the hotel. Transfer to the airport and board a flight for home.
Morning: Arrive home inspired by your educational adventure to Argentina!
Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.Rachel W., Student
There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.Saul S., Student
I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.Amanda W., Trip Leader
“People don’t take trips…trips take people.”
– John Steinbeck
Facts & Figures
Capital: Buenos Aires
Special Note: Che Guevera was born in Argentina and attended the University of Buenos Aires.
Spanish, Italian, English, German, French, indigenous (Mapudungun, Quechua)
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