[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Stephanie is originally from New York and is with us for 8 weeks participating in a public health 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): My public health foundation is the Argentine branch of an interamerican NGO. They work to promote better public policy on prominent health issues, particularly the harmful effects of tobacco, the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity, and better education about NCD’s (i.e. cancer, diabetes) through research and public projects.
Describe a typical day in your business consulting internship: Well, my internship is mostly online work so everyday is really different. My day varies between days in the office, looking for grant opportunities and discussing them with my supervisor, or joking around with the other intern there; days in café’s, sipping a té con leche and exploring new parts of the city; or spending time at my old university, NYU in Buenos Aires, catching up with old friends and taking advantage of killer wifi. My internship work is mainly searching for and gathering information on different grant opportunities and translating them into Spanish, along with other tasks here and there, and so gives me a good amount of free time in my schedule to explore the city.
The most valuable thing you have learned in your internship: Ask questions, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The greatest challenge you’ve faced in Argentina: ..is keeping my anger in check with people who hug or lean on the poles on the subway and buses. It’s taking up a handhold for like 4 people and making it only available to one person. I am short and cannot properly support myself on the higher handles!! I need those poles!!
Your goal before leaving: Find out if Iced Tea is possible here and if it’s any good. Also finally mastering rolling my “r”’s, nobody ever understands when I’m talking about dogs (perros) and there are just too many cute dogs everywhere, I need people to understand me when I’m pointing one out. .
Your biggest accomplishment since arriving: Someone thinking that my Spanish was so good that they asked me if I was from Colombia or Venezuela.
One fun fact about Buenos Aires (and you): Even though 50ºF/10ºC normally would feel like nothing to me in New York, somehow here it feels wayyy colder. Fun fact about me: Despite my small frame, my body does not hold onto heat the way I thought I did and it has been incredibly disappointing.
Advice to future Roadies: Listen and be open. Listening is so important, you can learn so much from listening; especially when it comes to your Spanish. Don’t be afraid to talk to people and don’t turn away from a friendly conversation; random conversations with strangers is how I’ve made some of my best memories here. Let go.
Why choose Road2Argentina: The free food, of course. Will and Simon are also pretty cool.
Ready to embark on an adventure of your own? Contact us now for more information!
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