From expansive deserts to subtropical rain forests, penguin inhabited glaciers to flourishing vineyards, sky-scraping mountain peaks to buzzing metropolitan cities; this is a country full of intrigue and variety. In the northeast region of Argentina is Iguazu National Park, a stark contrast to the southernmost region of Argentina, which is home to over 356 snow-capped glaciers. On the western border, Argentina shares the Andes mountain range with Chile. Across the center of the country and all the way to the capital city of Buenos Aires are vast plains, the Pampas, considered some of the most fertile in the world.

Buenos Aires is often referred to as the Paris of South America. Its European heritage coupled with its vibrant and passionate culture creates a truly magical atmosphere . Whether watching a tango show, exploring one of Buenos Aires’ world famous museums, or simply wandering the bustling streets, you can feel the unique energy of this city.

Argentina is not immune to the effects of the economic crisis and is dealing with unemployment, inflation, and a significant amount of the population living under the poverty line. Over the past few years Argentina has once again become a desirable travel destination, and in turn sustainable development has become increasingly popular as new non-profit and non-governmental organizations are developing around the country.

Facts about Argentina
  • Nationality: Argentine(s)
  • Population: ~40.3 million people
  • Capital: Buenos Aires
  • Language (s): Predominantly Spanish; other languages include English, Italian, German and French.
  • Geography: Argentina shares the southern part of South American with Chile to the west. It is also neighboured by Paraguay and Bolivia to the north and Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast. Buenos Aires is situated on the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Terrain: Northern Argentina boasts plains, pampas and tropical forest. The Andes Mountains sit in the west and the magnificent landscapes of Patagonia take over the south.
  • Currency: Argentine Peso
  • Climate: Argentina is in the south hemisphere so the seasons are the reverse of North America. Their summer months, November through May, will reach 80+ degrees Fahrenheit, and the winter months, May through September, the temperature averages 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The southern region of Patagonia rarely stretches above 50 degrees Fahrenheit since it is so close to Antarctica.
  • Did you know? Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world.

Argentina Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Depart home city
  • Day 2 - Arrive in Buenos Aires and explore the city
  • Day 3 - Travel to host community
  • Day 4 - Host community and service project
  • Day 5 - Host community and service project
  • Day 6 - Host community and service project
  • Day 7 - Host community and service project
  • Day 8 - Host community and service project
  • Day 9 - Travel back to Buenos Aires
  • Day 10 - Explore Buenos Aires
  • Day 11 - Depart Buenos Aires
  • Day 12 - Arrive in home city