My Global City: A Summer Dance Lesson in Buenos Aires

Feb 2, 2019 10:30:00 AM / by Nora Callahan

In this week's post, Nora writes about learning how to tango at a My Global City event held at a local dance studio in Buenos Aires.

What’s was great about this study abroad experience is that we got a lot of free unstructured time to just explore the city and travel and do our own thing, but there were a few preplanned activities called “My Global City events.” The event that I think everyone was looking forward to the most, myself included, was the estancia trip. This was a trip an hour outside of the city to a ranch where we would ride horses, hear from real life gauchos, and watch live performances over a free lunch. Sounds amazing right? Unfortunately, I can’t tell you about that one. I was seriously sick all weekend. It was a huge bummer!

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Local Culture

An Introvert's Guide to Buenos Aires: 10 Ways to Recharge

Feb 1, 2019 1:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

Yes, CAPA global cities are bursting with people from around the globe and are inevitably full of social and networking opportunities. They're also home to some pretty amazing quieter places though, and are host to tons of activities that give the introverts among us a chance to recharge and perhaps discover another, more peaceful, side of a bustling metropolis. Here are 10 of our favorites in Buenos Aires:

1. ENJOY THE PARKS & PLAZAS. While Buenos Aires isn't a city particularly celebrated for its acres of green space, there are still plenty of parks and plazas that offer an opportunity for a moment of solitude among the millions of commuters and tourists filling city streets. For convenience, we love Parque Lezama in San Telmo with its proximity to the market where you can pick up a bite to eat. Jardin Botánico Carlos Thays, another favorite, is a lush oasis with plenty of shade and pretty historic greenhouses. Bring a book, sip a mate and chill. The Borderless Project shares their top 8 parks in BA, worth a read. It's not bad on a rainy day either with a visit to the Planetarium.

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Argentine Style and Volunteer Day

Jan 31, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

In this post, Niah gives us a lesson in fashion before giving back to the local community.

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The Top 5 Cultural Celebrations in Argentina

Jan 25, 2019 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

When you study abroad in Buenos Aires, there's a few cultural celebrations throughout the country that are worth looking into attending! Here are five for your list: 

1. Tango Festival

Argentine Tango is famous around the world, but no place celebrates it more than its home city of Buenos Aires. Every August, Buenos Aires hosts a tango festival that brings tourists and locals out into the street. Performances, lessons, and open air parties take place day and night in the city, and professional dancers from around the world gather to take part in the revelry.

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Meet Shivani Pandya: Official CAPA Buenos Aires Blogger Spring 2019

Jan 4, 2019 4:25:00 PM / by Shivani Pandya

Meet Shivani Pandya, an official CAPA Blogger in Buenos Aires for Spring 2019:

University: University of Pittsburgh
Major: Bioinformatics
Study abroad location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Internship or volunteer placement: TBC

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Must Do in Buenos Aires: Visit the Colorful Neighborhood of La Boca

Dec 22, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

In this post, Elizabeth talks about arriving at her homestay in Buenos Aires and her first explorations of the beautiful Recoleta neighborhood that she will call home for the semester. 

My first week here has introduced me to new foods, taught me new words, and taken me to some pretty extraordinary places.  I’ve eaten delicious milanesas and empanadas, seen more of the varied and stunning architecture of the city, and looked at beautiful works of art.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to walk around one of Buenos Aires’ most colorful neighborhoods-- La Boca.  With art in just about every corner, the streets of La Boca are imprinted with stories of immigrants, labor, poltical protest, tango, and much more. Although it’s impossible to sum up the area’s complex cultural, political, and economic heritage briefly, much of La Boca’s recent history--and its transformation from a center of industry to space for artists-- centers around one man: artist Benito Quinquela Martin.

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5 Important Skills You Can Gain from Interning Abroad

Dec 10, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Only a very small percentage of US students intern abroad. The experience alone can make you stand out from your peers in a pile of resumes once you graduate and will no doubt be a conversation starter in an interview. If you put the effort in and set goals for yourself before you begin, it can be even more than a conversation starter. You will have opportunities to learn some truly important life and career skills that you might not gain in a domestic internship.

Here are just 5 skills (out of many) you can gain from interning abroad.

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Posted in: Internships Abroad, Barcelona, Spain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China, Dublin, Ireland

How to Take Ownership of Your Personal and Professional Development Abroad

Dec 6, 2018 11:43:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Let’s be honest: studying abroad is an incredible experience, but it’s not an automatic ticket to landing a job when you graduate. Yes, listing an international internship, for example, can make your resume stand out in an inbox full of applications, but it’s not until you learn how to talk about your experience in a meaningful way that your future employer’s ears will really perk up. And it’s not until you take ownership of your experience—by learning how to recognize, pursue, and nurture the skills that are key to your personal and professional development while you’re abroad—that you’ll be able to do that.

One of CAPA’s five Student Learning and Development Outcomes(SLDOs), set for those studying abroad in all of our cities, is a focus on personal and professional development.

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Posted in: International Education, Professional Development, Internships Abroad, Study Abroad, Barcelona, Spain, Dublin, Ireland, London, England, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China

What No One Tells You about Studying Abroad in Buenos Aires

Nov 21, 2018 2:08:02 PM / by Claire Shrader

Having noticed that there aren't as many travel tips available for Buenos Aires than say...London, CAPA Alumna Claire Shrader shares her recommendations for those interested in studying abroad in Buenos Aires. 

When you go to London, they tell you to eat the fish and chips. When you go to Spain, they tell you to enjoy the paella and book the cheap RyanAir flights around Europe. So, then, what must you eat, do, and explore in Buenos Aires? I’m here with a few of the best.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Why Study Abroad, Must Do

3 Personal and Professional Perks of Study Abroad You Only Realize Once You Return Home

Nov 12, 2018 10:55:00 AM / by Claire Shrader

CAPA Alumni Claire Shrader shares 3 areas in which she's noticed a lasting benefit from studying abroad in Buenos Aires. 

Everyone has a different purpose in spending a semester abroad. For me, there were many, but one of the biggest reasons was to greatly improve my Spanish ability in a way I knew I could only do by being immersed in it 24/7. Man, did Buenos Aires totally surpass all of my hopes in that regard. It was amazing to me to watch my language ability develop from the first day, where I shyly rode the whole way back from the airport without saying a word, to two days later, where I was laughing and chatting with my host family, to two weeks after that, where I was so comfortable speaking, and could understand them most of the time, too, to two months later, when I understood almost 100% of what was said to me, and was able to articulate my thoughts and ideas in a way that made sense, and was actually, dare I say it, almost eloquent.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Why Study Abroad

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