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A Local Asks Me About My Overall Experience in Buenos Aires

Jun 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire gets interviewed by an Argentine local and shares 5 reasons why you need to visit this country.

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I sat down with Reynaldo, my Argentine dad (I stayed with him and his family in high school and spent a lot of time with them this semester, too) and he asked me a few questions about Argentina. Enjoy!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader -Loving ArgentinaI love Argentina!

REYNALDO: Hi, Claire. How long were you in Argentina?
CLAIRE SHRADER: I was here for four months.

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Interview with Buenos Aires Locals

Mar 26, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPA_Claire Shrader_Buenos Aires_Headshot.jpgClaire Shrader is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Pre-Occupational Therapy major at Mississippi College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Claire meets with local Argentinian friends, Andres and Fernanda, and introduces us to them in this interview.

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Hola! Today’s post is brought to you by two of my dear friends. Andres/Andy was my mentor in a church retreat here in Buenos Aires in 2012. I remember having conversations about the wonderful Fernanda he wanted to marry back then, and tonight I got to go to their home to enjoy some delicious empanadas and to hear the rest of their story. It was truly a delightful night, and we laughed so hard. I hope you enjoy this interview they were gracious enough to participate in! Mil gracias, Fer y Andy!!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Buenos Aires_Spring2018_From Claire Shrader - With Andres and Fernanda_1.jpgFernanda, me, and Andres/Andy.

CLAIRE SHRADER: Can you introduce yourselves?

FERNANDA: Okay, I’m Fernanda, I love to laugh *laughs* I’m a teacher, I work in an evangelical Christian school, and I teach art. I’m 28 years old and I live in Floresta with Andres, my husband, who’s here beside me.

ANDRES: Floresta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, that is. The people from [Claire's] university probably don’t know where Floresta is. I work in digital marketing advertisement, in a huge industry referral here in Argentina. I’m the digital coordinator for the ABInBev client.

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An Interview: Meet my Roommate!

Jun 12, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth interviews her roommate, Alejandra, discussing various cultures and art.

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During my stay in Buenos Aires I’ve met students, travelers, and expatriates from all over the world.  Coming from Pittsburgh, a fairly small, provincial city, I’ve been amazed by this city’s diverse, cosmopolitan population. Walking down the Av. 9th of July or sitting in a cafe I’ve heard people speaking French, English, German, Russian, Mandarin, and much more. Attending an international school like Austral has opened my eyes to new perspectives, and has taught me a little about how the US differs from and is perceived by other parts of the world.

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Photo:  Alejandra in front of her University, holding El Salvador’s flag.

In my homestay, I’ve been lucky enough to meet many travelers and students who stayed with my host. As of the past few months, my roommate Alejandra and I have been the only boarders, and we’ve had a great time going out dancing, studying (okay, maybe not a "great time" studying), and watching netflix at home. So without further introduction, meet Alejandra! (A little more about her- Alejandra is 21 years old and is from El Salvador).

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An Interview with Erwin Luchtenberg, Professor of Sociology at Universidad Austral

Jun 5, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth interviews professor Erwin Luchtenberg, who teaches a class about ways to conduct sociological research.

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This week I interviewed Erwin Luchtenberg, one of my favorite professors here at Austral University in Buenos Aires.  The interview is below, but I’ll first give some background information about the University and the nature of the course Erwin teaches together with Paola Salgado.

The course is called Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research Methodology, and it provides an overview of the different ways of thinking about and conducting sociological research.  The class has been really informative, and also one of the most fun classes I’ve ever taken!  Our coursework involves a research project about tango, and so Erwin and Paola have taken students on trips to Milongas for fieldwork.

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_From Elizabeth Withers Interview 1.pngPhoto: here's one of the Milonga's we attended as a part of my sociology class.  It was in a community center far away from the downtown are where I live, and it was nice to see one of the city's quieter, less bustling neighborhoods. 

Austral University is a private university, with a large main campus in Pilar, 45 minutes outside of Buenos Aires.  I attend a small branch campus in the city center, where many classes are taught in English, and most of the students are international.  With that said, below is a condensed version of my interview with Erwin. 

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