Today we are introducing: Laura! She hails from Maui, Hawaii and is nearly at the end of her one month here in Buenos Aires.
What are you doing here in the city: I’m volunteering as a substitute English teacher and teacher’s assistant at a local private school. I mainly work with 5th, 6th and 7th graders who need special help in English.
Why Buenos Aires: I have always wanted to come to Buenos Aires because I’ve heard that it’s a very dynamic city that is a mix of Latin America and Europe. I’d heard so many wonderful things about the culture and the food, and it had been on the top of my list for years!
Tell us about your homestay: I live in a homestay in Recoleta with a wonderful host mother and father. They have three adult daughters who often come over for dinner, and I love spending time with all of them. I very much feel like a member of their family and I’m going to really miss them!
Favorite thing to do in the city: One of my favorite things to do is go to El Ateneo, a giant bookstore in an old theater and spend time reading in a theater box. I also love writing in cafes and exploring the city with friends!
Favorite Spanish word: I love the term “bárbaro”–my host mom uses it all the time and I’ve adopted it into my vocabulary.
Goal before leaving: My goals are to find the most delicious dulce de leche and alfajores to take home, finally make it over to the MALBA and check out the vintage stores around the city.
Biggest accomplishment while here: Aside from my work in the school, I’d say my biggest accomplishment was blending in and feeling like a local. People have asked me for directions!
Favorite cafe: It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but Florencio, with its dulce de leche and chocolate cake, is excellent. I also adore the beautiful Cafe Tortoni, and nothing beats the cafe con leche and medialunas at the place down the block. The pastries here, as well as dulce de leche, are my favorite things to eat for sure!
Best memory: My best memory from my homestay is the big Father’s Day dinner that we had with the whole family, and my favorite memory from the Roadhouse is the weekend that I first met the other Roadies — I had the best time getting to know them while watching movies and going out dancing.
What skill you’ll take back with you: I’ll definitely take back the skill of really trying to go with the flow, in life and in a new places. My first week here I didn’t know many people, but I tried to make the best of my time on my own. At first, I was overwhelmed by the size of the city, but I found that when I simply went out and conquered my worries, I ended up turning the city into another home. I’d definitely like to apply that attitude to all new situations that I face.
Biggest tip to newcomers: My biggest tip to newcomers is don’t be afraid to dive right into the city. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, go for it! Make time to get lost in the city and discover new places. Also, be sure to try dulce de leche, medialunas and submarinos!
Why choose Road2Argentina: I chose R2A because it looked like it would provide real cultural immersion, a great volunteer experience and a chance to meet people from all around the world. I couldn’t have been more correct! I’ve loved the program — it’s helped me to truly feel like I live in the city, has provided me with the best volunteer experience yet, and has helped me meet some of the most amazing people ever!