Traveling the world has been a goal of mine since I can remember. I’m a firm believer in “if there’s a will, there’s a way.” So now, nearing the end of my college career, I’ve decided to take advantage of this precious in-between time–no job (yet), no school come May—and travel to South America.
I’m officially moving to Argentina in July, and I’ll be there until December. There I will be getting ESL (English as a second language) certified in Buenos Aires and will be teaching English in one of the small villages in the country! My good friend, Katie, told me about this program and after applying, I got accepted, and I’ve decided I’m going!
The mission behind the program I’ll be working with is so inspiring. The creator of the program, Cristina, started it 10 years ago after realizing the importance of intercultural communication and exposure. As an Argentinian-American woman living in Argentina, she wanted her people in smaller villages to have an opportunity to interact with people from all over the world, just like she had growing up.
And knowing the importance of learning English, Cristina decided to start this program that combines all of her passions.
I’m so grateful (and excited!) for the opportunity to really immerse myself in Argentinian culture and learn from the people I’ll be with day-to-day. Plus, there’s a good chance I’ll return bilingual, a goal I’ve been working towards since high school. (so, yay!)
**Also, I’m planning on backpacking in South America a month before the program starts. Where exactly? Well, I’m still hashing out the details. But Peru, Bolivia and Chile are high up on my list of places to visit.**
I’m thrilled that I’ll be in South America so soon! It’s a place I’ve been wanting to explore forever. So, seeing as I leave in about 3.5 months, this is crunch time, people. I need all the help I can get.
Do any of you have any suggestions for me? Have you ever been to Argentina or even South America? Taught English? Been away from home for 5+ months?
Help a sista out!