SIT staff and faculty are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Argentina. This program may begin with a two-week quarantine from September 14–28, and all students should plan to arrive on September 14 to reduce the need for an extended quarantine period. During this time students will undergo an orientation and begin their classes but have contact only with each other, the academic director, and SIT staff while taking all necessary protective precautions. Following the two-week quarantine, students will move to homestays and begin regularly scheduled activities and classes.
With a rich history of workers organizing for rights, Argentina has seen rapid growth of social movements in recent decades. You’ll be based in the vibrant capital city of Buenos Aires, where you’ll live with a local family for six weeks and during the four-week ISP or internship period if you choose to stay in Buenos Aires. While in the capital, you’ll study at one of the top think tanks in Latin America, the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES). You will also visit workers taking on factory bosses; feminist, GLTTBQ and other grassroots activists advocating for human rights, equality and social welfare; activists fighting for environmental justice; and indigenous groups defending their community land rights.
During your excursions to Patagonia, Salta, Jujuy, and Rosario, you’ll meet rural families struggling to maintain their livelihoods and indigenous communities organizing to retain their territory, identity, and natural resources. You will learn about the impacts of tourism, mining, and development and visit local organizations working to preserve their culture and the environment.
You will also have the opportunity to develop your Spanish language skills related to human rights and social movements through 45 hours of classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, and excursions.
- Visit grassroots organizations fighting for human rights and social welfare.
- Hone your Spanish skills through homestays and classroom and field instruction.
- Get a firsthand look at Argentina’s prolific and dynamic social movements.
- A Patagonia excursion looks at human involvement in the natural environment.
Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in social work, political economy, development studies, or Latin American studies, as assessed by SIT. Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.