Puentes : “Bridges” in Spanish
We are an international education company, designing and implementing excellent internship, study abroad, and short immersion programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay, for universities and their students. We build bridges between students and professional, academic, and cultural immersion opportunities.
Since 2014, we specialize in building and implementing comprehensive and customized internship programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2020, we are launching a pilot internship program in neighboring Montevideo, Uruguay. We are also an excellent partner to oversee boutique study abroad programs for universities that are looking for a more hands-on, personalized, cohort experience for their students, instead of the multinational study abroad providers’ cookie cutter programs. Finally, we work with partners to design, plan, and manage highly personalized short immersion programs of one to three weeks.
How we Partner with Universities
Puentes partners with universities and institutions to conceptualize, build, and manage dynamic and engaging internship, study abroad, and short immersion programs, which may be complemented by cultural activities, professional development, housing, participant support, and program evaluation.
All of the program components can be customized to fit your unique objectives and processes. Puentes sees each partner as just that – a true partner in all steps along the way. We work closely with each partner to understand your current state of international programs and future objectives, to seamlessly integrate Puentes and our services, and to implement a cohesive and turnkey solution to meet – or better yet, exceed – your expectations. We have successfully partnered with universities and institutions to build new programs and expand existing ones, to transition their program management from in-house to third party providers, and to replace previous providers in program management; in other words, we know how to come in as a partner at different stages in your program development, and we understand the intricacies of each scenario.
Our partners pay Puentes a per student program fee that includes the services selected and designed for each program. Some partners also choose to provide students with extra funding to cover airfare and living expenses, especially if students are on financial aid or high-need, so that all students regardless of financial situation can participate and benefit from the immersion experience. We are nimble in working within each partner’s budget, and our goal is to offer services at competitive and reasonable costs.
Puentes provides a customized and meaningful internship, study abroad, or short immersion experience, together with personalized professional development, engaging cultural activities, housing, and constant support before, during, and after the adventure. The following are examples of services that we provide, which can be chosen, combined, and assembled as you see fit.
Internship development, placement, and oversight
Preparation of engaging internships at high-performing businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies with project-based work and close supervision. Our internships range from human rights and educational nonprofits to marketing agencies and tech startups, with many other high-performing nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses in between.
Management of internship interviewing and placement process to match students with internship sites.
Internship oversight with commitment form, initial meeting, and mid-internship meeting.
Cultural and professional immersion
City tour of Buenos Aires and cultural activities in Buenos Aires, such as a tango lesson or graffiti tour.
Day trips to nearby destinations like a typical Argentine ranch. Community Impact Day to volunteer with local nonprofits.
Overnight excursions to stunning destinations, like Iguazú Falls in northeast Argentina.
Welcome reception with your university’s alumni in Argentina for networking and social engagement.
Professional development seminar speaker series with top leaders in their fields.
One-on-one professional development workshops with students on resumes and interviewing.
Comfortable, pre-screened, and well-located housing in homestays, shared apartments, or student residences.
Bedding, towels, weekly cleaning, and Wi-Fi. For homestays, breakfast daily and dinner fives times per week.
Pre-departure information and webinar, plus a customized online Portal with resources on living in Argentina/Uruguay.
Airport reception and transfer to housing.
Orientation meeting, with welcome pack including local SIM card, transport card, and tote bag.
On the ground general and emergency support in Buenos Aires or Montevideo 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Study abroad coordination
Liaison with Argentine university staff and administration.
Partner in academic program conceptualization and development.
Identification, interviewing, and hiring of local faculty as needed.
Management of student application and registration in local university.
Advising for students on academic course selection.
Facilitation of student integration in local university’s sports, clubs, and extracurricular activities.
Monitoring of students’ attendance and academic progress to ensure successful program completion.
Coordination of academic transcripts from local Argentine university.
Program promotion and student selection
Preparation of promotional materials for online program brochures and for information sessions.
Informational webinars to help recruit potential applicants.
Processing of student applications, ranking og candidates on agreed upon selection criteria, and selection of students for the program.
Quantitative and qualitative evaluations by students, presented in mid-program and end of program reports, together with recommendations for future programs.
Why Partner with Puentes
Stellar client proof. A good indicator of future success is past performance. Our current clients are top universities and institutions, such as Princeton University, Yale College, University of Pennsylvania, and New Zealand's Latin America CAPE. Through extensive and thorough selection processes, these partners have chosen Puentes as their exclusive provider in Argentina, and each year they renew their partnership with Puentes, based on prior years’ successes.
Cross-cultural know-how. We have a deep understanding of the needs, interests, and energies of undergraduate students and young professionals. We also master the particularities, dynamics, and day-to-day workings of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. We are based in Buenos Aires, and our bilingual and bicultural team is from Argentina and the United States.
Meticulous and cheerful organization. We are highly organized, detail oriented, punctual, and ridiculously prepared. We approach programming in a cheerful way, as we strive for the highest standard of professionalism in all we do.
Speak with Us
The first step in working together is a phone call. So that we can introduce ourselves a bit more, find out about your objectives for international immersion programming, and begin to brainstorm how we can partner, please sign up for a brief phone conversation with our CEO and Founder Ann Noguer. Then after our conversation, we can assemble an initial proposal for your consideration.
You can also email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask further questions or tell us about how we can help to bring professional and cultural immersion programming to your students.