[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Brooke is originally from Washington DC, USA and was with us for 2 months participating in a public relations internship here in Buenos Aires! Hear what she has to say about her rewarding and unforgettable experience with Road2Argentina!
Where do you intern in Buenos Aires (what does the organization do): I am going a public relations internship at an NGO in Buenos Aires. Most succinctly, the NGO is a volunteering organization that draws people to do community service work mainly in Buenos Aires, but also in Bolivia and Mexico. We offer many different programs for the volunteers, from teaching English, helping children in an orphanage to even medical service. I work for the PR, communications and marketing team; I focus on linking our volunteers to social events, current news, and popular culture both in Buenos Aires and in Argentina.
Describe a typical day in your public relations internship: There really isn’t a typical day for me. My position is very flexible and I enjoy the fact that every day is different. For example, the communications team has recently been working on two promotional videos, one about the World Cup, the other focusing on the historic district of San Telmo, which have both drawn us out of the office and on to the streets of Buenos Aires for filming. Other days, I’ll do more bureaucratic and office work, such as writing the blog or promoting our organization on volunteering host websites.
What makes Buenos Aires a special place to intern: Buenos Aires is a unique place to intern in that it pushes you past your limits of cultural expectation. When I came to Argentina I knew I needed to be ready to lean into the discomfort of living in a foreign country and understanding new social norms. I was shocked by how different BA is from the rest of South America, and even how different this city is from the rest of Argentina. Buenos Aires offers something for everyone, not only in terms of interest for interning and working, but also in the sense that this city will make you grow both as an individual and as a citizen of the world.
The most interesting thing you have done as an intern: I have really loved shooting the promotional videos, especially the one about San Telmo. Before I left the States, I was expecting my internship to solely be writing, reading, and translating, but this more journalistic assignment was a pleasant surprise for me. The best part of filming this video was getting to be creative and diving into the culture of San Telmo. I was in front of the camera for our last scene of the film and was supposed to be standing in front of a tango show reciting some basic lines. However, one of the dancers scooped me up and brought me on the dance floor. It was a moment of filmic genius and we shot the last scene as I was dancing the tango right on the streets of San Telmo! I love how exciting and fresh this city is and how excited the locals are to be a part of our experiences.
The greatest challenge you face as an intern: The biggest challenge has been to adjust to the working hours and style. I’m accustomed to the daily 9-5 grind where every moment should be productive. In Buenos Aires, there has been a really large change in lifestyle for me to adjust to. The natives are a lot more laid back then people in the States when it comes to most everything, especially work. It seems to me that Argentine’s value more than just productivity, the aim of work is not only to produce something but also to enjoy the journey of doing so and to be reflective on the way. I’ve realized my culture has different values than that of Argentina so it has been a big challenge for me to change the way I look at work culture.
The most valuable thing you’ve learned in Buenos Aires: This may sound so cliche, but it is completely true; I’ve learned that you need to take a moment and enjoy the small things, if you don’t you’ll be missing out. Sure, this is true in a more spiritual sense, but in BA, I’ve realized that it is incredibly significant in a real sense as well. If you’re walking down the street in a hurry with your head ducked and only your destination on your mind, you’ll be sure to miss the real charm of this city. Whether you’re inhaling the scent of the flower stands, admiring the abundant street art, or discovering the gorgeous architecture of a building, it’s imperative to keep your eyes peeled and alert here. Even more, it’s betterto go slow and enjoy the journey, not just the end goal.
Your biggest accomplishment since arriving: Since arriving in BA, I’ve learned a lot about myself as an individual but the thing I consider my greatest accomplishment is the development of my independence. Back home I’d be nervous to go out alone, feel uneasy in solidarity and constantly long to be with others. This is not to say that I’m not a social person or that wanting to hang out with other people is a bad thing, it’s definitely not and I love the time I spend with my friends here and back home. But, I have noticed a change in myself where I am confident and happy to explore the city alone. I treasure the moments where I’ve discovered new locations by myself and take pride in the confidence I have in my independence.
One fun fact about Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires has fabulous street markets every weekend in just about every neighborhood. These are the best places to buy non-traditional souvenirs, talk with locals, listen to live music and eat tasty local food!
Your favorite memory of your time in BA: I was lucky enough to be in BA during the World Cup. In San Martin Plaza, the city has set up a huge TV where a ton of locals go to watch the games. My friends and I have really loved going to the plaza, watching the games in an environment of such excitement, learning the songs, and getting to experience the games as natives!
Advice to future Roadies: Don’t be afraid to lean into the discomfort of being in a new place; it’s going to make you grow and improve the way you see the world.
Why choose Road2Argentina: Road is an awesome program that is informative, inclusive, and caring. The coordinators are always telling us about cool things that are going on in the city, inviting us to different cultural experiences, and sharing their culture with us. Even more, Road isn’t just a company, they truly care about the well-being of their participants. I had a bad encounter with my initial home stay and the coordinators were sympathetic, willing to lend an ear, and quick to help me find a place where I would be more comfortable.
Ready to embark on an adventure of your own? Contact us now for more information!
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