Voluntario Global in partnership with a prestigious Spanish School can accredit the highest quality language programs for groups in Argentina. Our personal approach, knowledge and professionalism guarantee that all your expectations will be met. We have received groups of all nationalities and will be happy to provide references upon request or help you tailoring your Project.
Spanish & Argentinian Culture
The course is characterized by the combination of teaching strategies for deepening the management of Spanish as a foreign language, along with the exhibition, analysis and discussion of topics of cultural interest concerning the past and present of Argentina and its relationship with the continent and the world: history, society, literature, politics, music, etc. Plus the incorporation of writing practices, and critical reading of texts of different registers (formal and informal correspondence, fictional and non-fictional texts, academics, and more. The objective of the course is that participants acquire knowledge about the target culture, grow in understanding of their own culture and expand their intercultural skills. It is also expected that this learning process accompanies and enhances the development and improvement in the domain of the target language (listening and reading comprehension and oral and written) as it consolidates and deepens the knowledge of the content offered by the course.
Spanish & Argentinian History
The course articulates communicative and grammatical language with historical content. It also proposes to introduce the knowledge of the different processes and stages in Argentina's history in a clear and simple way, and to present and develop a comprehensive and basic overview of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political history of Argentina. In this way, the understanding and analysis of the main processes and national historical events will be a tool for cultural integration in our society. In order to achieve this, we work with reading and discussion of historical texts to strengthen reading comprehension, plus other materials such as videos, documentaries, etc., (used to enhance listening skills). Finally, there will be exhibitions proposed in the classroom for speaking practice.
Spanish & Latin American Literature
The American Literature course is aimed for students who have passed level 5 ABA (MCRE B2); as we believe reading these texts is essential to complement the critical and theoretical literature for the student. This course will also incorporate linguistic and pragmatic content of levels 6 (B2 +), 7 (C1) and 8 (C1 +), depending on the level of mastery of the language of the group or student. During class, mainly, we will work on the analysis and discussion of literary texts in relation to their contexts of production and critical production. The proposal aims at: a) enhance the knowledge on Latin American authors; b) increase knowledge about the political and geographical situation of Latin America; c) read literary texts critically considering the context of production; d) expanding the literary vocabulary, especially in the different Latin American variants; e) reflect on the representations of the Latin American universe. The leading idea is to create a dynamic of reflection and debate in order to achieve the active participation of all students.
The course offers an approach to the history of tango within the framework of the typical Argentinian culture. Tango, as a representation of popular music, is presented from its origins to the innovations inspired in musical vanguards. Given its strong inclusion in mass culture, relationships between urban music and film sets are also studied. The student will be introduced to the most important authors and composers of tango. Overall, the course aims to: a) bring the public closer to the history of tango; b) explain its development from the thematic aspect and its musical evolution; c) explain its connection with other cultural areas such as film and the theatre in Buenos Aires; d) analyze its transformations after Astor Piazzolla and along with its effect today.
Spanish & Sustainable Tourism
This course is oriented towards students of tourism, hospitality management or related disciplines. It deals with the ways in which tourism can be responsable / sustainable, referring its social, cultural, natural and economic implications. Students are first given an overview of the tourism sector in Argentina, its actors, regulation and public policy, followed by a historic account of the surge of sustainable tourism in Argentina and the region. At the core of the course lie a series of case studies of institutions and policies, successful and less so, that illustrate the field of sustainable tourism in Argentina. Depending on the orientation of the students, the course can be complemented with a research agenda and accompanied field work or with an internship/volunteer work in organizations of the sustainable tourism sector. Weekly parallel Spanish classes are recommended before starting field work.
This course is aimed at students of any areas who are interested in complementing their spanish lessons with community work. It deals with the ways in which volunteering can enrich your experience of learning the language and culture in Argentina. Classes will focus on social, cultural, and linguistic contexts, and students will have the opportunity of practicing the acquired skills while volunteering at their assigned community project. Volunteering will take place at least twice a week and a follow up of the improvements in language skills will be addressed during the week with the teachers. This is possible due to our extended knowledge of volunteering programs and how volunteers can benefit from this pratice. Depending on the orientation of the students, the course can be complemented with a research agenda. Each lesson can be a set for discussing the situations they find problematic/difficult while volunteering, among typical situations volunteers tend to have.
Spanish & Solidarity Economy
The course offers an approach to the social and solidarity economy that is strongly emerging in Argentina after the economic crisis of 2001. This situation initiated a period of popular markets and fairs where producers and social entrepreneurs sold their products directly to consumers or in exchange for other goods. And this stage continues to grow in the present time, where working cooperatives and social entrepreneurship multiply in order to solve issues of employment, social coherence and local development. Their activities support solidarity, social inclusion and growth of capital, mainly at local level, respecting sustainable development and being economically competitive. The course contents are defined according to the needs of students, they can range from the history of the cooperative movement (which emerged in England), the economies of american natives, to the present EU and Laatin America economy, in terms of an economic development harmony with nature and fair trade. The theoretical contents are enriched with visits to cooperatives, social enterprises and small and medium size "fábricas recuperadas" from different areas where we work daily.
It is recommended that course participants have passed levels 4 ABA (B1 + of MCRE), so during the course they can incorporate linguistic and pragmatic contents of levels 5 (B2), 6 (B2 +), 7 (C1).