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 Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Spanish school in Buenos Aires

Note; this school also has schools in Bariloche, Patagonia, Santiago de Chile, and Lima Peru, if you are interested in any of these locations, please mail us.

The school is located in the beautiful neighbourhood Recoleta, a safe and cosy residential area with broad lanes and lots of trees. It is only a short walk to the centre of Buenos Aires.
You can choose between four hours of private- group lessons (1 hour of lessons is 50 minutes). The groups are a maximum of six students. Group lessons are given in the morning from 09.00 to 13.00 or from 14.00 till 18.00. Private lessons can be given in the morning or afternoon.
The school offers free Internet to their students and there is a wire-less network, so take your laptop!
This school has a general of 80 to a 100 students at the same time but you’re certainly not a ‘number’ here. All personnel (teachers, the young ladies behind the reception, the voluntary work coordinator and the activity coordinator) have the same principal objective: the wellbeing of the individual student. At less then 5 minutes away is a subway station and in 10 minutes you are in the centre of Buenos Aires.

DELE preparation classes; if you are studying for the DELE exam, this school also offers private DELE preparation classes. Please mail us what level you are at and how long you would like to study and we will send you the price.

If you are an absolute beginner in Spanish you will need to start the group course on one of the following dates:
Start dates group lessons 2007: , November 5-19, December 3-17 2007.

Start dates group lessons 2008: January 14-28, February 11-25, March 10-24, April 7-21, May 5-19, June 2-16-30, July 14-28, August 11-25, September 8-22, October 6-20, November 3-17, December 1-15-29 2008.

Activities

The school offers a different activity many days per week. On Monday, for instance, there is a city tour, where every Monday another neighbourhood is explored. You can participate in a walking tour in San Telmo or other neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. There are salsa dance classes, collective meals, visits to games of River Plate (soccer), concerts, tango shows or the ecological reserve Casteñera Sur.
In the weekends you can participate in convenient prized excursions of two or three days to for example Tigre, Mendoza, Salta or Bariloche. These are places to mountain bike, hike, white water rafting, horseback riding or skiing.

Tango

The school has contact with a very professional Tango school, managed by Elsa Maria who formed with her husband, Mayoral a Tango champion couple. They give classes in a colonial building with wooden floors and with mirrors covered walls. The classes are two hours private and two hours of group tuition per week for $ 80. Groups are small and there are different professional teachers. After classes you can stay practicing with other students for a few hours. This is perhaps not the cheapest but certainly one of the most professional tango schools in town. You will get free entrance to the best tango clubs in Buenos Aires. The Internet site of this famous Tango - legend is to be found at: Http:/www.mayoralyelsamaria.com.ar/ingles/index.html

Argentinean Spanish

The Spanish spoken in Argentina, Castellano, differs in pronunciation from the Spanish in the rest of Latin America and Spain. The "ll" and the "y" are pronounced as "ssj"; it sounds similar to Brazilian with lots of soft vowels. You learn proper Spanish in school but you might pick up the Argentinean accent in the streets when practicing. You will still be understood perfectly by Spanish speaking people from elsewhere but they might here that you learned your Spanish in Argentina.

The different accommodation possibilities:

Apartment

There are different possibilities in Buenos Aires for your lodging. If you’re travelling together you can stay in a double room in an apartment with Argentineans. You can cook yourself or with the other people in the house. The kitchen, bathroom and living room are shared. When travelling alone you can stay in a private room. The accommodation starts on the Sunday before classes.

Host family

The host families are located either on walking distance of the school or in the beautiful green neighbourhood Belgrano, a metro ride of 15 to 20 minutes to the school.
You can let us know if you prefer a host family nearby or in Belgrano to the school in our reservation. Areas where the school has host families: Recoleta, Palermo, Barrio Norte, Centro and Belgrano. Families are from the local higher middle class. You will receive two meals a day: breakfast and dinner. Most students have lunch at or near school.

Private apartment

The beautiful and modern apartment of Claudi and Piet, a very friendly Dutch couple (35 and 40 years of age) is located in Belgrano and has all the modern facilities. They have a double room and two single rooms for rent. The stylish apartment has Internet access, a terrace, a well equipped kitchen, two bath rooms and a big living area. Bed linen and towels are inclusive and once a week the apartment is cleaned. For a small fee your clothes are washed. A metro trip of 20 minutes brings you to school.
Ask us for the prices for your stay; let us know ow many people, how many rooms, the dates and how long you would like to stay.

The accommodation starts on the Sunday before classes and finishes Saturday after classes.

Transfer

We can arrange that you will be picked up at the airport on arrival and brought to your accommodation for $ 25. The trip to the centre of Buenos Aires takes around one hour, depending on the traffic

Included in the standard package in Buenos Aires

  • Private or shared lessons of 4 hours per day, five days a week.
  • Study material.
  • Registration fee.
  • Lodging in a shared room in an apartment, no meals included, during the study period from Sunday to Saturday. Check prices below for other types of possible accommodation.
  • Optional: Transfer from the airport to the accommodation ($ 25).
Prices 2007/2008. All prices are in $ US Dollars. hpd = hours/day. n/a= not available
Argentina Classes hpd 1 wk 2 wks 3 wks 4 wks extra week extra night transfer
Buenos Aires
shared room ap.
group 4  n/a $ 635 $ 915 $ 1195 $ 280 $ 25 $ 25
Buenos Aires
private room ap.
group 4  n/a $ 715 $ 1035 $ 1355 $ 320 $ 30 $ 25
Buenos Aires
family + 2 meals
group 4  n/a $ 795 $ 1155 $ 1515 $ 360  n/a $ 25
Buenos Aires
shared room ap.
private 4 $ 485 $ 895 $ 1305 $ 1715 $ 400 $ 25 $ 25
Buenos Aires
private room ap.
private 4 $ 525 $ 975 $ 1425 $ 1875 $ 440 $ 30 $ 25
Buenos Aires
family + 2 meals
private 4 $ 565 $ 1055 $ 1545 $ 2035 $ 470  n/a $ 25
Tango lessons pr + gr 4/wk $ 90            

COUNTRY INFO

Argentina is, after Brazil, the largest country of South America and has a very diverse landscape: tropical rain forest, desert, savannas, mountains and the typical Argentinean pampa. The country has more than thirty national parks, most of which are on the west side of the Andes. One can take walks there, go mountaineering or skiing. On the pampas and in the Andes one will see a lot of guanaco's and vicuñas, members of the lama family. But Argentina has more than just beautiful nature; the Tango, tough cowboys (Gauchos) on the pampas, the legendary Carlos Gardel and of course Eva Perón who was portrayed by Madonna in 'Evita'.

An absolute highlight in Argentina is the Iguazú waterfalls (Foz do Iguacu), which are situated on the nexus of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It is spectacular to see the 70 meters high and two kilometres broad waterfalls. It is possible, via catwalks, to get close enough to get very wet. From Puerto Iguazú in Argentina you can take a 30 minute bus trip to Brazil to see the waterfalls from another side.
When the sun shines, there are rainbows everywhere and you can see little black birds diving in and out of the water very quickly. With a little luck you can also see toucans and it is possible to do a jungle tour here. On weekends you can taste a little of Gaucho life on the pampas by going to San Antonio de Areco. This is a trip of one and a half hour from Buenos Aires.

Another interesting sight outside of Buenos Aires is the pilgrimage town of Luján, where there is a painting of the patron saint of Argentina in a Gothic Basilica. Annually over four million Argentineans visit this holy place. From Buenos Aires you can take a boat and within three hours you arrive in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Garbage here is still collected by horse carts and most cars are over 50 years old.
Argentina has become really cheap after the devaluation of the Argentinean Peso that followed the economical crises of 2002. There is no other cosmopolitan capital in the world where one can go to the theatre and international shows so cheaply. At this moment (March 2007) 1 us $ = 3,1 Argentinean pesos. A good mid-range hotel will cost you about ± $ 16, a room in a typical backpackers hostel ± $  5 and a good meal with a beer or glass of wine will put you back ± $ 5 but is also possible for ± $  3. Horseback riding is very cheap you can rent a horse with guide for ± $  3,50 per hour! Internet is available all over the country and one hour will cost you ± $ 0,33. To make a long story short, Argentina is after Bolivia probably the cheapest destination in Latin America.

The population of Argentina

About 85 percent of the Argentinean population is Caucasian, mostly descendant from Spanish and Italian immigrants. In the sixteenth century, Spanish colonialists came to the New World, bringing diseases and bacteria which killed a large part of the indigenous population, who being isolated for so long, could not physically cope with these diseases. In 1850, only half a million Indians remained in Argentina, mostly in Tierra del Fuego, in the utmost South. But these Indians were then made to wear Western clothing that had been collected in England. In the earlier days they walked around naked, even in the cold. Unfortunately, these clothes were infected with bacteria. This, together with having to wear clothes in the first place, affected their natural resilience and killed many of them. Now only a very small group of Indians are left in Argentina, mostly in Tierra del Fuego.

Activities Argentina

  • Learn to dance the tango.
  • Visit the waterfalls of Iguazú.
  • Visit the heart of the Lake District in the Andes: San Carlos de Bariloche. Here you can ski, take a boat ride, go fishing, take walks and go mountain climbing.
  • The ski area of Gran Catedral has a height difference of 1000 meters; the best period to come here is between the middle of June and the end of September. A ski pass and the rental of ski gear is much cheaper as in Europe or the US.
  • Visit the Nature Reserve on the peninsula of Valdéz (Patagonia) with penguins, sea lions and walruses.
  • Go to the beach of Mar del Plata from November to April.
  • If you like to go hiking go to Córdoba where one can make great hikes through the mountains and visit quaint villages. Click here http://www.aldealasperdices.com.ar/ for a typical 'estancia', a former farm where you can stay a few days and hike, do horseback riding, relax and enjoy the wonderful food served.
  • Go to the worlds most southern city: Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego.
  • Transport: Public bus, taxi or plane. Taxies are very cheap!

CITY INFO: BUENOS AIRES

Forty percent of the population of Argentina lives here and, because of its strong grip on the rest of the country, it is called 'el pulpo'; the octopus. It is a very lively city and because of the influx of European immigrants it is a very cosmopolitan city. Most foreign embassies and universities are situated in the classy neighbourhood of Belgrano. The stately houses are build in colonial style and there are some very interesting museums in the area (entrance fee usually ± $ 1 with guide). Every neighbourhood has its own charm, like 'La Boca', where the houses have very bright colours and where artists paint on the street and have their work exhibited. In 'San Telmo', they still dance the Tango on the streets. Here you will also find great antique shops and many artists live here. On the left side you see a platform of the perfect working subway system in Buenos Aires called 'Subte', ± $ 0,20 per ride.
the upper-class neighbourhood  ' La Recoleta" is the grave of Eva Perón in the Cementerio de Recoleta, which is adorned by crazy, but beautiful, miniature churches and statues. If you want to get away from the stress of the city you can take a bus to the town of Tigre, situated at the river Río de la Plata. From here, you can get the boat to the isle of Martín García, where you can spend a quiet weekend.

Activities Buenos Aires

  • The throbbing heart of the city is called the Microcenter and here one can find many 19th century buildings that give one the feeling of walking around a European city.
  • There are many interesting museums like the Museo de Arte Hispano-Americano Isaac Fernández Blanco, Museo Histórico and the Museo de la Dirección Nacional del Antartico.
  • The theatre district is situated around Corrientes where one can also find many bookstores and the famous obelisk.
  • Visit the traditional Café Tortoni on Av. de Mayo 829 see foto on right side.
  • Stroll around San Telmo and encounter musicians and tango dancer’s right in the streets. See photo on the left side.
  • Walk through the classy neighbourhood of Recoleta where you can visit the cemetery where Eva Perón is buried.
  • If you want to escape the rush of the city go to the Palermo Park.
  • Transport: subway and bus; taxis are a little bit more expensive but still dead cheap.

School holidays

January 1, March 2, May 1, July 9, December 25. 2008

CLIMATE

Argentina is situated in a moderate climate zone but large local differences do occur because of differences in altitude. In Buenos Aires, the average temperature in January is 23ºC and in July 10ºC. Córdoba has the perfect climate but avoid the winter months (June, July and August when temperatures don’t reach the 10ºC! The other months of the year the temperature will be between the 25ºC and 30ºC without much rain.

Links Buenos Aires and Argentina

Internal flights http://www.aerolineas.com.ar

Taxi and bus schedules: http://www.tiendaleon.com.ar/

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