Some benefits which come from Teaching English in Argentina, or any foreign country, are fairly obvious. Teaching experience abroad makes for an excellent addition to your curriculum and it can also be a great way of finding out where you want to teach, in which kind of institution and to which age group.
However, there’s a full range of other, unexpected benefits to be had from a teaching practice abroad that are not always the first considerations, but which can have a really positive impact on your life. Five of these unexpected benefits are those which can be specifically applied to a Teaching English Experience in Argentina.
1. Living abroad forces you to develop positive life-skills.
Nothing can really ever prepare you for the challenges of living abroad, even if you know it’s only going to be for a matter of months. It might seem like an awesome experience on paper, but in reality it can be very tough. Only once you return home will you notice the strength, patience and emotional intelligence you’ve developed along the way. You’ll be learning to fit in with foreign ways of doing things and foreign ways of having fun. Even the simplest of tasks can seem like mountains to climb in a foreign place. Argentina can be particularly problematic because of a lack of infrastructure, a history of doing things slightly outside of the law, and economic instability. Living in Argentina will test you in stressful, frustrating situations. It will teach you how to relax and not lose faith.
2. Developing skills in other areas is invigorating and might even open new doors.
Argentina has more to offer than English teaching opportunities. Many teachers choose to combine their teaching program with tango classes, surfing lessons, horse-riding excursions, and even trips to some of the country’s best wineries. As well as being fantastic social and opportunities, the extra skills you develop in Argentina might spark a long-term interest and even turn into an employment opportunity in the future. You might arrive to Argentina as an English teacher, but leave with aspirations to become a tango instructor, or a farm-hand specialising in horses.
3. Travel opportunities will refresh your body, mind and spirit.
You’ll have the opportunity to explore and travel across the seventh largest country in the world. Argentina is famous for its spectacular cities, incredible mountain landscapes, exciting adventure sports, long-stretching plains, and picturesque canyons. In the far south you’re liable to come into close contact with whales, sea lions and penguins. In the north you’ll be amazed by gigantic ants and tropical plant life in the rainforests close surrounding Iguazú. Travel is any part of the world is a fun activity to spend your time and money on, but Argentina is something special. You’ll return home feeling vitalised. Your body, mind and spirit will have all received a good injection of positive energy. Most English teachers who choose Argentina as their teaching location travel for a couple of months or so, once their teaching practice comes to an end. It’s difficult to get around during your teaching placement because it’s a large country and the distances between most destinations of interest are at least five hours.
4. You will be in the perfect environment to learn Spanish.
Argentines speak with a charming accent. It has a certainly Italian emphasis about it and it’s undeniably distinctive from the rest of the Spanish-speaking world. The English Teaching Programs organized by Connecting Worlds always include Spanish lessons. It’s one of the perks of the position. We do all the necessary investigation to ensure that the Spanish teachers are highly qualified and very experienced. A few months of Spanish lessons in Argentina will be far more effective in the long run than years of lessons back home You’ll be able to practice the Spanish you learn with the people you meet during your stay and the family with whom you board. It’s an unbeatable opportunity that will give you the kind of Spanish training you can only receive when living abroad.
5. You will return home with a different perspective on life.
Whether your teaching experience in Argentina leads to a deepened love for your homeland or an excruciating desire to continue traveling and working abroad, your perspective on life will have changed by the time you come to the end of the teaching program. You’ll know more about what you want from life, you’ll find a new appreciation for certain aspects of life at home and you’ll feel a strange longing for some of the things that you miss from Argentina. Having lived in Latin America for seven years, and in Buenos Aires for five, I can safely say that whenever I return home to London for a visit I enjoy hearing the British accent and I do all that I can to explain how wonderful the British National Health System is. However, I never return to London without my mate and a large quantity of yerba and I always miss the social aspects of life in Argentina – even when I know I will be returning to Buenos Aires within a few weeks. It’s hard to put into words in this short post how living and working abroad will change the way you views things forever, and it’s impossible to predict how you will be affected, but the changes will occur. That I can promise for certain and, in my opinion, they’re always changes for the better. If you are looking for Immersion programs or Responsible Tours in Argentina, visit our official website. Join our Facebook FAN PAGE to stay updated, interact with the other fans and much more!