Below is a small sample of what people are saying about Connecting Worlds and our Staff. If you would like to talk to some of our participants, just contact us and we will be happy to put you in touch with some of them.
Katherine from USA, volunteer program in Buenos Aires
''I recently got back home after spending a month in Argentina. It was life-changing experience which has allowed me to broaden my understanding about culture and poverty. I was able to work with a NGO in Buenos Aires, a program which works in impoverished neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and aims to give kids some leisure time and normalcy in their lives. Volunteers work with kids, somethimes teaching English, playing games, jumping rope, coloring, and drawing in comedors throughout the Villa. I also was able to experience the culture of an indigenous tribe in rural Argentina, the Perutí tribe.''
Alejandro García from Colombia, Organic farm in San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
''Un paraíso verde lleno de paz y tranquilidad, rodeado de hermosos paisajes y con muchas opciones para todo tipo de planes. La amabilidad y atención de los anfitriones y hasta de sus mascotas hacen que te sientas como en casa. Fueron dos semanas de disfrute, aprendizaje, naturaleza y paz.
A Cris y Ale les estoy muy agradecido por dejarme hacer parte de este espacio que nos acerca a nuestra esencia, a lo que somos y a lo que algún día tendremos que volver, admiro y exalto su labor y espero que muchas mas personas apoyen y disfruten lo que han construido en todo este tiempo de dedicación.
En lo que les pueda ayudar desde Colombia, o si algún día pasan por acá por cualquier motivo, con mucho gusto estoy a su disposición.''
Jessica from USA - Argentina Medical Program
Hello future volunteers! If you are looking to gain more clinical experience while perfecting your Spanish, than this program is definitely for you! I am a pre-medical student at the University of Pittsburgh who decided to spend two weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina volunteering at one of the largest Hospitals in Buenos Aires. That decision was one of the best I have ever made. I worked in the departments of pediatrics and gynecology for the majority of my time. I got to shadow a variety of physicians in clinical scenarios, interact with patients, attend medical lectures, tour the medical school, and so much more in my short time abroad.
One of the best parts of my experience was building connections with the medical personnel in Argentina. I truly grew close to the staff and felt very comfortable around them. All of the physicians were very receptive to my questions and were willing to teach me a variety of things. We had discussions ranging from the human anatomy to the Argentinian healthcare system. Conversing with them everyday really improved my Spanish, especially my medical terminology. By the end of my two weeks I was able to better assist physicians by providing medical tools, supplies, and anything else they required.
Working directly with the patients was an extremely enriching opportunity. I got to play with kids prior to their appointments with the physician, but more importantly I got to teach them to feel comfortable at the doctor's. Interacting with the kids one on one gave me the chance to teach them valuable lessons such as the importance of check-ups, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. In the gynecology department, I was able to oversee consultations and various clinical procedures. I met a variety of patients, each with a different situation that exposed me to treatment plans and healthcare issues. Since I have already shadowed and worked in both departments in the United States, I was able to see many differences, but more interestingly I was able to see many similarities!
Beyond the medical aspect of this program, there are many other great opportunities that you should take advantage of. For one, I worked closely with the Spanish School near my hostel in order to perfect my Spanish and better get to know the natives. Additionally, I became close friends with fellow volunteers that I was able to share my experience with. These are friends that I am sure to have for a lifetime. Since I only volunteered mornings to mid afternoons I had the opportunity to go out at explore the beautiful city of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is truly "the Paris of South America." The food, people, culture, music, architecture, and overall liveliness of the city was energizing.
While I wish that I could have extended my stay, I know I will be back! I am forever grateful to Connecting Worlds for giving me this invaluable experience! I am happy to recommend this program! Best of luck,
Hannah from UK - Argentina Teaching english program
'After finishing University the thing I wanted to do most was travel and learn a second language. I came across Connecting Worlds which offered me the perfect internship, an affordable, well organised program abroad that allowed me to get the full cultural experience I was looking for. They even arranged an intensive course in Spanish for when I arrived! My first week was incredible, the perfect introduction to Argentina, I felt at home straight away thanks to Cristina and Connecting Worlds.
Living with a family was another aspect that really made my trip authentic! Connecting Worlds placed me with an amazing family, who have now become my second and I know I will return and visit.
My experience in Argentina was incredible, my Spanish really improved, the sights were beautiful, the people are amazing and ate my weight in steak!''
Hannah from UK participated in our Teach program in Argentina
Julien Leblay from France - Gap Year
''From september 2007 to march 2008 I made a bike trip from Lima (Peru) to Ushuaia (Argentina) in order to promote blood donation. I was in touch with María before starting this trip, and she made a huge job for me, specialy for the end of the trip. She organised everything from Mar del Plata and thanks to her we succeded to make a huge promotion on TV and radio (I was for 20 minutes on Fox Sport for exemple). That allowed me to promote my cause, to speak about the importance of blood donation in all the world.
Finaly, I met María in her place, in Mar del Plata. I discovered a very friendly girl, who does her best to make your travel the best as posible. She made everything she was able to do to make our stay in her city, and in her country, the best we could hope.
Knowing María is certainly one of the best thing of my six month's trip. As you can trust her as your best friend, it makes the trip safe and cool.
I hope you will enjoy Mar del Plata, which is a very pretty town south of Buenos Aires. And I hope too that you will be able to meet María, who is a really good person to know there, so Mar del Plata will appear as a very nice and uncommon place ! ''
Julien L,a traveler from Clermont Ferrand. France: http://www.voyage-grand-coeur.org/
Selina from Spain, medical internship program in Buenos Aires
''The team at CW Argentina were helpful from start to finish with the organisation of my final year medical elective in orthopaedics and plastic surgery. It was a privilege to be welcomed so warmly into the team of medics and health care professionals at the hospital, and an excellent opportunity to experience Argentinian culture and language. Pre-departure, my questions were answered via at least 2 Skype meetings, and I was given detailed information and advice about my upcoming placement. During my stay, CW Argentina regularly checked in via email and message to make sure I was doing okay, and I always felt well looked after. ''
Kiara from USA, volunteer program in Buenos Aires
''The Working Holiday Program by CW Abroad is a fantastic program. I went to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 8 weeks before starting my PhD program in the fall. I did my program at a Hostel, in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires. Preparing for the trip, the administrators, Cristina & Maria, were very helpful and knowledgeable. I talked with them via Skype as well to check out the program a bit more closely. Once there, they were still helpful with suggesting things to do and answering any further questions I had.''
David from Spain, volunteer program in Buenos Aires
''Mi participación en el programa de voluntariado de CW Argentina en Buenos Aires ha sido una experiencia única. Aparte de entablar amistades con los miembros de la organización, la familia que me hospedó, el resto de los voluntarios y otras personas que conocí en Argentina, llegué a integrarme en la cultura del país completamente. Además pude visitar todos los barrios de la ciudad y otros lugares del país, aprender su historia y habiturarme a sus costumbres.''
Lan Pham from Canada, Volunteer program in Buenos Aires
''I volunteered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the organization CW for one month from mid-July to mid-August, 2017. It was without a doubt one of the greatest, fulfilling, and memorable experiences of my entire life. I had the privilege of volunteering with underprivileged children in an area called Ciudad Oculta, 45 minutes from BA. I also had the immense pleasure of learning Spanish at the VOS language school in BA. I believe that both experiences will serve me well as a lawyer. I must mention CW's professionalism, timeliness, and devotion in setting all of this up for me. I benefited from their support every step of the way and they also set me up with a host family that was simply phenomenal. I would recommend CW to anyone who is looking for some adventure, education, and to add an enriching experience to their lives! ''
Clara Thomann, Colombia Teaching Program
''I found Connecting Worlds when searching for paid English teaching fellowships at public secondary schools, and am grateful for having chosen this recruiting office over the other options. Listening to other fellows, Cristina's attention to detail and constant information made the process easier. Even when government plans and dates changed, Ms. Acuna provided emails and an explanation which helped me arrive in Colombia feeling at ease for the coming five months. Thank you!''
Jake from USA - Argentina Internship Program
I can't thank you and CW enough for the amazing situation you set me up with. My internship is very engaging and I am meeting and working with a very genuine and interesting group of co-workers at the office. Lilian has been an amazing host and has not hesitated with helping me figure out my direction around the city. Last weekend, I visited el Tigre with Irene, and it was an incredible experience.
Thank you very much for connecting us because it has been very nice having a companion to travel with. For the remainder of my time here during my internship, I intend to stay in Buenos Aires. I would love it if you or Daniela would inform me if the school is having any other cultural activities that I could be a part of! I thought the 25 de Mayo was a very fun experience!
Gracias por todo!
Jake, USA, Washington and Lee University
Soukaina from France - Argentina Internship program
An international experience is very rewarding, as one discovers a new culture, another way of life, new habits. Every day is a discovery. We learn a lot about others, and in particular about ourselves.
Connecting Worlds has been the way for me to achieve all this and reach Argentina, and without its help, I couldn't organize my exchange. In particular, Connecting Worlds is the best way to obtain a complete coordination with all included, good advices and good prices.Nowadays I am very happy to have chosen Connecting Worlds and very thankful!
Soukaina L. a student from Dauphine University, Paris.
Chris from USA - Argentina Teaching english program
''Mi experiencia con Connecting Worlds Argentina fue una experiencia enriquecedora que contribuyó a mucho crecimiento en mi vida personal y profesional. Mi experiencia en San Javier fue exactamente la que yo necesitaba en este punto en mi vida, y ahora tengo un sentido de dirección en mi vida. Germán Junges fue un guía y mentor excelente, y él contribuyó inmensamente al éxito de mi experiencia. Él me proveía sugerencias y devoluciones para mejorar mi actuación como un profesor. Su academia de Ingles es lleno de estudiantes energéticas, respetuosos y que tienen un deseo a aprender. Sin duda, aprendí mucho gracias a mis varios alumnos. San Javier es una cuidad mi hermosa donde encontré gente amigable y acogedora, y sentía como un parte de su comunidad. Vos fue muy servicial con mis preguntas y dudas, y en total, soy absolutamente satisfecho con my experiencia con CW, y repetiría esta experiencia de nuevo, sin cambiar una cosa. ''
Chris. C. USA. He participated in the Teach program in San Javier, Entre Ríos.
Sarah French from USA - Colombia Teaching program
I truly have to thank Connecting Worlds for their continued support during my year-long adventure here in Colombia. Cris and the entire CW team truly care about their candidates as people and not just as names of applicants on sheets of paper. Traveling and actually living abroad is scary and not a small task for anyone as it entails a large list of “news”: new language, new environment, and a completely new culture. After discussing a few different options with Cris last September I decided to officially apply for the English Teaching Fellowship in Colombia. After completely the relatively brief application I had a series of two hour-long interviews. Within a week after the interviews I received the great news that would change my life, I was going to Colombia! CW helped with all the logistics from the paperwork to applying for a visa via Colombian government. I talk with Cristina often here in Colombia sharing my experiences and travels with her. A well-traveled woman herself, I consider Cristina a dear friend now. I would highly recommend traveling with Connecting Worlds! They offer a variety of programs throughout South America and assist every kind of traveler in each step of the way.Thank you CW for making my abroad dreams a reality!