Meet this weeks Roadie, Katherine! Katherine is from Pitsburgh, Pennsylvania and is here in Buenos Aires with us for 2 months participating in a Marketing and Social Media Internship while staying in a Homestay. Listen to what Katherine has to say about her time here in Argentina!
Where do you intern in Buenos Aires (what does the organization do): I intern for Latin America’s biggest social media website. It’s kind of a combination of Buzzfeed, Reddit, and 9gag… it’s pretty cool 🙂
Describe a typical day in your internship: My job is to generate more traffic to the website by posting intriguing content on the companies social media accounts. I am also helping my boss run an email marketing experiment. So every day I come in to the office and start searching for particularly funny or interesting posts. Once we get the software working, I will also be composing the emails and sending them to test groups in Mexico. Occaisonally, someone will also pass me something to translate into English.
What makes Buenos Aires a special place to intern: Buenos Aires is a very international city. When you intern here, you have the potential to meet people from all over the world. I also like how the office culture is different from the office culture that I experienced in the USA. Instead of suits or business casual, people wear casual clothes that they feel comfortable in to conduct business. It’s more relaxed than what I’m used to, and I’m glad to have experienced this different way of working!
The most interesting thing you have done as an intern: I attended a Social Media conference with everyone in the Marketing department! It is a professional conference for companies all over Argentina to learn more about how businesses can utilize social media.
The greatest challenge you face as an intern: The cultural and language barriers are really challenging for me as a marketing intern. I once posted an image on our Facebook account that we had to take down because I didn’t realize that it had an offensive caption. In general, it’s hard to know whether something that appeals to me will appeal to the thousands of Latin-American users, because of our different cultural backgrounds!
The most valuable thing you’ve learned in Buenos Aires: I’m learning the importance of topics discussed in my Marketing classes at my university about protecting a business’s image.
Your biggest accomplishment since arriving: Every time I have a complete conversation with somebody in Spanish I feel very accomplished. Once someone asked me if I was from Venezuela. Even though I am not Venezuelan, the fact that I fooled someone into thinking that I was a native Spanish speaker was pretty darn cool. However, my proudest accomplishment happened around 2am last week. I went up to a kiosco and told the cashier that I was very hungry, but only had 15 pesos (I literally said “tengo mucho hambre y 15 pesos”). I walked away with a 20 peso sandwich thank you very much.
One fun fact about Buenos Aires: You’re never a block away from a café! Or, more importantly, I don’t think you can walk more than two or three blocks without seeing Lionel Messi’s face. He’s on almost every billboard, and every bag of Lays potato chips.
Your favorite memory of your time in BA: Even though we lost the final match, my favorite memory is watching the World Cup Final in a bar with the locals. In America, I don’t think anyone celebrates any sport like the people here celebrate fútbol. I almost felt like a local myself after singing countless rounds of “Brasil decíme que se siente” and “Vamos Vamos Argentina” in my Messi jersey.
Advice to future Roadies: Don’t stay in if you can help it! There’s so much to see and do in this city. Although I do enjoy chilling with my host family, there are lots of events like Mate Club and Mundo Lingo where you can go to practice your Spanish (or English). There are also a lot of museums to see and different barrios to explore, so get out there! Also, if you find a huge group of friends through Road, try to practice your Spanish with them. OH, and most importantly, try to bring American dollars so you can exchange money at the best rate possible! And finally, eat lots of alfajores.
Why choose Road2Argentina: Road provides such a great support network. They’ve helped me and my friends tackle every obstacle we’ve met here in Argentina. Do you have a bad living situation? Do you have to call your foreign bank because an ATM ate your debit card? Do you have really bad bronchitis and need to go to the doctor? Do you need a recommendation for a good bar or restaurant? Road has helped me and my friends find solutions to all of these issues. Oh, and they have mate y medialunas and organize cultural events for you to attend. I ccouldn’timagine my experience here without them.
Like what you hear? Check out Road2Argentina.com or contact us directly (below) to see how you can take part in this amazing adventure in Buenos Aires! We look forward to hearing from you![/vc_column_text][mk_contact_form style=”modern” skin=”dark” email=”email@example.com” phone=”false” el_class=”Blog Post Contact Form”][/vc_column][/vc_row]