San Telmo Stories July 28, 2019

By (Pomona College) - abroad from 02/25/2019 to 07/05/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: MIddlebury in Buenos Aires

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A ton. New perspectives on my own life, better understanding of who I am as a person and what I want in my life (mostly just reaffirmed what I thought before), Spanish language ability

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

intense rigor, hard classes if you are not very well versed in the language because I took classes at UBA, a world class public university.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

they were dope, very helpful and cool people. Shared useful insights and were fun to be around

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The current program admin who does housing (she's leaving soon but I assume they will continue with this) does a great job of housing students with younger couples instead of older single women which is very common for other SAmer programs. Really helps to make a better home atmosphere.

* Food:

Fine, just gets boring. If you love steak and wine you will love it here.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Internship, classes, everything makes it easy to integrate, especially if your language skills are strong.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

didn't do any of this - no experience w the health system but survey requires a response

* Safety:

As a man who is larger than the vast majority of Argentines, I never once felt unsafe in my entire visit. Other people may have felt differently, but I did not hear about anything more violent than phone robbery.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved this program!! The middlebury admin in BA are incredible and really set you up for a great experience. My biggest qualm is that I really really love the Caribbean and I wish I could have studied there as well. I have no regrets, only I want more jaja.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

I would say it was generally easy to spend just about 8-10 dollars a day, except on weekends when you should go out and do things to get a fuller cultural immersion. That bumps up weekend prices significantly.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? cell phone and transit, I did not pay program expenses directly because of my scholarship so same answer as previous.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? make food at home, it's very cheap but costs time. Drink mate at home. Don't miss meals with your host fam, they're free.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Absolutely required.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 102
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't speak English for 5 months

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Language Pledge
  • Host Family
  • Internship opportunity was amazing
* What could be improved?
  • One more trip would have been dope
  • Tutors (student guides) were ok but not strongly interested
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This program starts and ends extremely late because it's in the southern hemisphere. That means you will have a very difficult time finding summer work if you don't plan around the schedule. DOUBLE CHECK IT BEFORE YOU APPLY.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!