The Republic of Argentina covers the biggest part of the Southern Cone of Latin America. With 2 780 000 km2 (without counting 11 400 km2 of the Falkland Islands and 996 000 km2 of the Antarctic, regions that Argentina claims), it is the second biggest country in South America, after Brazil, which borders it. Spreading form the Tropic of Capricorn to Tierra del Fuego, the other countries that border it are Uruguay to the East, Bolivia to the North-West and Chile to the West.
Its territory is mainly composed of the Pampas, but also includes large tropical forests and high Andean massifs. The Pampas provide the main resources of the country, through farming and grain agriculture that are exported on global markets. The industry is mainly located along the river coast, in the region of Buenos Aires.
The country stretches along its length over 3700 km and these are divided into 5 main regions : Patagonia (where Tierra del Fuego is located), the Pampas (where 2/3 of the population live around big cities like Santa Fe and Buenos Aires), the Northwestern Andes (the most traditional part of the country), the central Andes (where the Aconcagua peaks) and the Northeast Plains (wetland and forest area).
Inflation is soaring in Argentina (in 2015, more than 35% higher than in 2014), and there is a significant annual increase in accommodation, food, transport and tourist excursion prices. Here are some price examples in June 2016 :
|Basic products||Price in Euros /Argentine pesos|
|1L of water (bottle)||1,12 € / 17 ARS|
|1 meal (2 dishes)||9 € / 140 ARS|
|1 bus ticket||0,39 € / 6 ARS|
Argentina is a country that has long been dreamed of with its vast deserts. It represents the hope for thousands of Europeans seeking to make a fortune in Latin America after the economic crises and famines of the 20th century, thus explaining the famous saying whose origin is unknown: “Mexicans come from the Aztecs, Peruvians from the Incas and Argentines… from ships”.
It is true that once there, and especially in Buenos Aires, one can be surprised by the Europeanization of the country and that one ends up quickly understanding why the Argentinean is often mocked by being described as “an Italian who speaks Spanish, has been educated by a Frenchman, and wants to look like an Englishman”.
This ethnic mix is reflected in the most practiced art of Argentina, tango. It is both a dance and a musical style that has its origins in the Latin American black community that emerged from slavery and the mixing with salon dances from Europe such as the mazurka and the waltz. Among other famous cultural aspects, the traditional mate of the Guarani, an infusion of leaves that promotes good mood and drives away fatigue and is drunk daily, with friends, family… The asado (a culinary technique for cooking meat, a kind of barbecue) is also part of the convivial moments of life in Argentina. There is also the dulce de leche, a milk jam, which Argentines love and sometimes put everywhere (cakes, cookies…). There are a lot of other particularities that are worth discovering. You will quickly fall in love with this country that seems so familiar but whose nature will completely surprise you.
Vaccines and specific advice:
Find out about the vaccines you should make before going to this country and about the preventive and/or treatment measures for local diseases.
- Vaccine updates, specific vaccines: 1-3 months before departure
- Visit your doctor for any health problem, prescription renewal, contraception, etc. In addition, you will need to send your coordinator a certificate from your doctor certifying that you are well suited to take part in an international volunteering project.
- Dentist: a dental check-up can be useful before going!
We advise you to visit the website of your country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry to consult the advice for every country.
Advice for American travellers here
Advice for Canadian travellers here
Advice for English travellers here
Argentina travel advice
(dernière mise à jour faite le 2018-11-23T14:53:26+00:00)
Latest update: Summary – addition of information and advice on likely disruption in Buenos Aires from 29 November to 2 December due to the G20 Leaders’ Summit
Able Spanish was first a language school in Cordoba. Today, the organization also has some volunteer projects with various themes (activities for children, cultural projects…), which allows volunteers to discover a new culture, a new language in a different way than formal school curriculum.
Subir al Sur (SAS) is a non-profit organization based in Buenos Aires. Its main mission is to contribute to the training of conscious and active youth in the fight against injustice and inequality in the world. Volunteering is considered by SAS as a strategy to promote intercultural education based on a new culture of peace. That is why it organizes various projects (social, cultural and environmental), workshops and cultural events with the support of local and international organizations.
PROCEDURE TO OBTAIN A VISA
We advise you to visit the website of the embassy in order to be informed about visa requirements and any changes in legislation.
- Embassy of Argentina in the UK
65 Brook Street London (CP:W1K 4AH)
- Embassy of Argentina in the USA
1600 New Hampshire Avenue N.W.
Website URL http://www.embassyofargentina.us/
- Embassy of Argentina in Canada
81 Metcalfe 7th. Floor