[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Markham is originally from Corpus Christi (Texas), USA, and is with us for 10 weeks participating in a transparency & democracy internship and staying in a shared apartment here in Buenos Aires! Hear what he has to say about his rewarding and unforgettable experience with Road2Argentina!
Where do you intern in Buenos Aires (what does the organization do): My transparency & democracy NGO promotes government transparency and voter awareness in Argentina.
Describe a typical day in your transparency & democracy internship: Typical day, I work on my current assignment from 10-4 or so, take a lunch break with the fellow Americans. If I’m lucky jump in during the morning mate pass-around.
The most valuable thing you have learned in your internship: Some of the intricacies of Argentine political/cultural history from the perspective of natives. Also people in Argentina’s sense of showing up on time is radically different then that in the States, something I’ve taken full advantage of.
Your biggest accomplishment at your internship so far: Showing one of my co-workers how to type the @ symbol the keyboard (it’s tricky here at first).
The greatest challenge you face as an intern: Staying motivated on days where no one brings mate.
The greatest challenge you have faced in Buenos Aires: Finding the best tasting milk at the nearby Chino/using “vos” instead of “Tu”.
Your goal before leaving: To find the best tasting milk at the nearby Chino.
Your best memory at your housing: My roommate playing the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack while he meticulously cleans the apartment (which he does religiously every Saturday).
The most valuable thing you’ve learned in Argentina: Having a government you can trust is not a luxury most other places share (although that may no longer be the case in the US).
Your biggest accomplishment since arriving: Mastering the local bus system.
One fun fact about Buenos Aires: In the last decade, Argentina has been home to several discoveries of big dinosaurs!
Advice to future Roadies: If you’re not great at Spanish, be mentally prepped to immerse yourself in it and hopefully learn a bit of it. If you are great at Spanish you should be fine.
Why choose Road2Argentina: Great support system from Will and Simon. They have answers to all your questions and also set up solid events..
Ready to embark on an adventure of your own? Contact us now for more information!
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