✈️ Airport Pick Up and Welcome Orientation
Upon your arrival to Buenos Aires, you will be welcomed at the airport by the Puentes driver and transported to your Buenos Aires home. You will participate in a Welcome Orientation with the Puentes staff to tell you all about Buenos Aires and the Puentes program. You will be provided with a Welcome Packet with important Buenos Aires information, maps, a local public transportation card, and local cell phone SIM card. During your first days in Argentina, you also go on a city tour to see the stunning sights of Buenos Aires and start to get to know your new home city.
The core component of the Puentes experience is an engaging internship at a high-performing nonprofit or business in Buenos Aires, in which you undertake meaningful work with close supervision. Throughout the internship, you have regular check in meetings with your internship supervisor in order to review recent and upcoming work. Additionally, you, the Puentes staff, and your internship supervisor have an initial meeting and a mid-internship site visit meeting to provide a space to review your project work plan and communicate learnings, challenges, successes, and goals. At the end of the internship, you and your internship supervisor have a closing meeting to reflect on your internship experience.
📝 Professional Enrichment
During the course of your internship, you have one-on-one professional development sessions with Puentes staff to refine your professional resume and to sharpen your professional interviewing skills. Additionally, Puentes hosts exclusive “Puentes Presenta” talks with local leaders in their fields. Through these seminar style meetings held in offices throughout Buenos Aires, you will learn from the professional experiences of the heads of nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses, and you will have the chance to ask questions and network.
🏛 Cultural Immersion
Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, full of countless cultural and social activities. Buenos Aires’s cultural offerings are an integral backdrop to your Puentes experience. As part of the Puentes program, you learn to dance the tango in a lesson, you explore the stunning sights of Buenos Aires on a city tour, and you enjoy a day trip to an “estancia” (Argentine ranch). You are also invited to additional, optional outings in Buenos Aires.
🗣 Spanish Jumpstart (optional)
You have the option of beginning your adventure in Buenos Aires with one to two weeks of intensive Spanish classes that will jumpstart your integration into your new home country. If you choose to do the Spanish Jumpstart, you will take a placement test on the Monday after your arrival and will be placed in a class according to your Spanish level. The language classes are taught strictly in Spanish so that you are fully immersed in the language for four hours per day, five days a week during your language training. Spanish Jumpstart has a cost of US$250 per week. If you opt to do Spanish Jumpstart, please plan your flights and internship dates accordingly.
We arrange your housing so that you will be settled into comfortable, pre-screened, and well-located accommodations during your time in Buenos Aires. All Puentes housing includes bedding, towels, weekly cleaning, and Wi-Fi access. To help you select the best housing option for you, we have created a Housing Guide.
📞 On-Site Support
The Puentes team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the ground, in person in Buenos Aires. You also have regular, scheduled contact in person with the Puentes staff in Buenos Aires through the internship site visits, professional development sessions, and cultural programming.
👣 Lasting Impact
Your Puentes experience doesn’t end in Buenos Aires. After completing your Puentes adventure, you will join the Puentes Alumni Network. You will continue to be supported via the mentorship of the Puentes staff. And you will be eligible to receive letters of recommendation from Puentes for your future professional and academic endeavors. We are committed to continuing to build bridges for your future.