Please complete the following four steps by April 1. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us any time by phone or email.
*Important Note on your flight DATES*
As you book your flights, take into consideration that the official IIP in Argentina arrival date is Saturday, June 1, and you must arrive to the Buenos Aires Ezeiza international airport (airport code EZE) before 12:30pm on this date (note that there will be one group transfer, so early morning arrivals will await the later morning arrivals). Keep in mind that most flights from the U.S. to Argentina are overnight, departing from the U.S. in the evening and arriving to Argentina the next morning, which means that you would look for a flight departing from the U.S. the evening of Friday, May 31. We will have orientation activities on June 1 and 2, and then you will begin your internships (or Spanish Jumpstart classes) on Monday, June 3. Through GRIP, you are required to intern full-time for at least eight consecutive weeks, but you may choose to stay longer if you'd like, by signing up for the housing weekly fee for however many extra weeks you’d like. Note that, if you opt to do one or two weeks of Spanish Jumpstart classes, your internship should still be at least eight weeks, so please plan your flights accordingly.
1. pre-departure form
To help us prepare for your arrival, please complete the Pre-Departure Information Request Form by clicking the button below.
2. Commitment Form
We will send to you by email a link to a Commitment Form, which we ask you to complete together with your internship supervisor. The Commitment Form includes information on expected dates for the internship and anticipated project work and outcomes. We want to ensure that your work plan and internship expectations are clearly defined in advance of your arrival to Argentina so that you can hit the ground running when you land here and dive into your internship experience.
3. Code of Conduct
We believe that some simple rules and guidelines can go a long way to set a great tone for your Puentes experience. Please take a minute to review and agree to the Puentes Participant Code of Conduct.
4. WhatsApp Messenger
In Argentina, everyone uses WhatsApp to communicate, so please set yourself up for communication success by doing the following:
Download WhatsApp, add the Puentes staff as contacts, and send us each a WhatsApp test message with your “First Name Last Name PUENTES.” Puentes staff contacts to add: Ann +54 9 11 4196 5400; Alicia +54 9 11 5578 6848; Curt +54 9 11 6152 8134. When adding new WhatsApp contacts, be sure to include the plus sign (+), the country code (54 for Argentina), and the area code (9 11 for Buenos Aires).
Join the Puentes WhatsApp Group for Summer 2019. This is a group for you to be in touch with all Puentes program participants who will be in Argentina from May to August 2019. This group does not include Puentes staff.
Please continue to contact Puentes staff by email or phone for any non-urgent matters as you prepare for your time in Argentina. We will use WhatsApp as a way to connect in the case of urgent matters.
ADDITIONAL STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE TRAVELING
Set up one of the following two cell phone options for your local communication in Buenos Aires.
Unlock your U.S. cell phone and use a local Argentina SIM card. Contact your U.S. cell phone provider before your departure for Argentina and request that your phone be unlocked. In the Puentes Welcome Pack that you receive upon arrival to Argentina, we will give you a local SIM card, which you can use in your unlocked cell phone. With the local SIM card, you can buy cell phone credit to be used as needed for your local calls, texting, and data, and you can also rely on widely available Wi-Fi for free over-the-internet messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and FaceTime.
Set up an international cell phone plan with your U.S. cell provider. Contact your U.S. cell phone provider to check cell service rates for Argentina, and then change your current cell phone plan to one that allows for temporary international service.
Notify your credit and debit card banks about the dates during which you will be out of the country so that you will not be flagged for fraudulent activities. Also ask your bank to waive the ATM withdrawal fee as an exception during the time that you are abroad; some banks will do this and others will not, but it is always worth it to ask.
Make sure that passport is valid for at least six months after your last planned date in Argentina.
For U.S. citizens and nationals, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which is a free service to register your trip with the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires so that you will receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in the city during your stay. The registration is simple and can be done on the STEP website in a few minutes with your passport number, emergency contact information, and flight itinerary.
Leave the Puentes contact information with your family or point of contact.
Your passport and any other important travel documentation (Put these in your carry on bag - not in your checked bag.)
Clothes for winter, including layers and rain gear (Note that office attire is often less formal in Argentina, but you should discuss this with your internship supervisor.)
Prescription medication (Bring more than enough for your entire stay in Argentina.)
Preferred toiletries (If you use tampons with applicators, those are hard to find here.)
Debit card, credit card, some U.S. dollars in cash (Perhaps US$400 in US$100 bills; no need to bring Argentine pesos since you can withdraw them from ATMs upon arrival. Do review the Money section of the Living in Argentina page to consider which peso cash access option is best for you.)
Your own laptop (You will be expected to bring your own laptop to your internship.)
Electronics (Argentine electricity is 220 V, 50 Hz, which is different than the 110V in many countries. When using a computer, generally there is a voltage converter on the plug that protects your computer, but with bigger electronics like hairdryers and hair straighteners, you might need a 220 to 110 volt transformer. Argentina uses a mix of European and Australian plugs: either a plug with two circular prongs or one with two flat blades in a V shape with or without a third blade below. You can either bring adaptors or buy them upon arrival in Buenos Aires.)
Medical certificate if you plan to join a gym (This can be a simple note from a doctor stating that you are in good health to undertake physical exercise in a gym.)
Suitcase lock to store any valuables while traveling
Foods you simply cannot live without
No need to pack towels or sheets; your housing provides them. We also recommend that you do not bring any expensive or irreplaceable jewelry or personal items so that you do not have to fret about them while adventuring.
A Note on Reciprocity Entrance Fee and Visas
As of March 2016, the Reciprocity Entrance Fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended. Thus, if you are traveling with your U.S. passport and staying no longer than 90 days, you can simply enter Argentina as a tourist without a visa. If you are entering Argentina on a passport from a country other then the U.S., please contact us right away so that we can check on any visa requirements for your time in Argentina.