As with any new location, citizens of a certain area are known for their positive and negative stereotypes. Meet the CEA Buenos Aires Staff and learn what they have to say about porteños, the people from Buenos Aires. The staff members in this video speak in their native tongue, so watching is a great way to practice your Spanish skills!       Elena P. is the Spring 2018 MOJO Photographer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a Junior studying Media Production at Ithaca College.

Meat, meat, and more meat! If you’re ever invited to an asado in Argentina, arrive with an empty stomach and wear a pair of loose fitting pants. The closest equivalent to an Argentina asado is an American barbecue. But, this event is so much more than a basic backyard festivity with cheap meats. As The Real Argentina blog writes, “Asado is cooking in its purest form – just fire, grill and meat – so it’s important that you get it right. Otherwise, you’ve got yourself a barbecue.” Switching out…

My name is Pranav Raj and I am a student at the University of Michigan, studying Business and Spanish. I chose to study abroad this semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina to challenge myself intellectually in a new environment and to improve my Spanish skills. After living in Buenos Aires for about a month, I began to love the city and its people, and I decided I wanted to get involved with the community. So, I started volunteering at a local homeless shelter, Fundación Pobre de Asis, twice a…

Some CEA Study Abroad programs give students the chance to enroll in an Early Start option. These programs typically occur two weeks before the initial program start date of your semester abroad and CEA says this option “allows you to arrive early and hone your language skills before the program begins.” As someone who had taken Spanish courses in high school and middle school, but not college, I thought the Early Start program would be the perfect way to refresh my foreign language skills. I had an incredibly positive experience with my…

Students studying abroad during their spring semester have to take advantage of the Carnaval celebrations. Celebrated throughout some parts of South America and Europe, Carnaval is a pre-Lent celebration that encourages individuals to unite and bend social norms. In the United States, the celebration which most mirrors this mentality would be New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. From the large festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to the beach parties in Montevideo, Uruguay, most of Latin America’s Carnaval celebrations occur throughout January and February. Located only a few hours away from Buenos Aires,…

Get to know the CEA Buenos Aires Center. The center is located on the second floor of the Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa, a school offering English courses to Argentine citizens of any age and educational background. Taking classes in this building gives CEA students the opportunity to interact with native Spanish speakers. Take a virtual tour and get to know the CEA Center in Buenos Aires. To get the best experience, please view this 360-degree video in the most updated version of the YouTube mobile app, on Google…

Porteños seem to be some of the most welcoming people in the world. Whether I need directions or I want an excuse to practice Spanish, Argentinians are always willing to help. A prime example of this would be my interaction with Gloria Esperanza. I met Gloria during my  first weekend in Argentina. While walking by a busy street corner in Palermo, I paused to admire a group of six various sized dogs. Although my attention was on the dogs, my camera caught the focus of the woman walking the animals. Within seconds, the woman asked me to take a photo…

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, students can choose to homestay with a local host family or live in apartments. Some fall 2017 CEA students give the reasons why they chose to homestay, and present the highlights of their experience. Quinn K. is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Blogger in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently a Junior studying Professional Writing at Champlain College. Royalty Free Music from Bensound

Buenos Aires was the birthplace of Argentine Tango, and experiencing the dance is an essential part of any visitor’s experience in the city. You could do this through seeing a tango show—there are plenty constantly being marketed to tourists—but the best way to experience tango is to do so first-hand by attending a milonga. A milonga is a club for dancing tango, and there’s pretty much at least one happening every night of the week from early evening to early into the following morning. Some have cover fees;…

As a Sociology major studying in Buenos Aires, I have been observing and learning the cultural norms here, specifically in comparison to the norms in the United States. Understanding the people, the life, and the values in this city has greatly broadened my personal perspective in the field I am captivated by. As I have written previously in blogs, I am not a city girl, but I have enjoyed this immersion into Argentine culture for the insight it has brought me, both in my major and my personal life. From the cafes…