Host Families

You can be placed anywhere in Argentina. It is not important what the family looks like or where they live, we think it is important they are willing to open their house and heart for you. Families are very different, mostly according to the region. They will be the one to help you adjust to a new Argentine way of life.
Your host family will be a very important part of your exchange experience. Your home activities with them will take up a lot of your daily life. Argentineans can be best described as affectionate, warm, outgoing people and very family oriented.

Schools

Even though Public Schools have no cost, YFU Students usually attend Private Schools. The school system is tuition-free, including the universities. YFU is the responsible of the fees payment.

School system is divided in: Initial level or Kindergarten (3-5 years old); Primaria or Primary level (6-12 years old); Secundaria, High school or Secondary level (13-17 years old); Higher education or university level. Primary and secondary level attendance is compulsory.

In high schools, there are from 12 to 15 subjects, all of them compulsory. In the last 3 years of high school, students may be able to choose a more specific field of studies: Social studies, Science, Business or Technical areas (each one with specific subjects).

School holidays (Vacations)

Summer holidays:12 weeks in December, January and February
Winter holidays: 2 weeks in July/August
National holidays: there about a dozen non working (and study free) days during the year.

Free time

Argentinean people love playing sports, going out, visit relatives, going to the movies and relax.

Sports are also very popular among Argentineans. The most important is soccer/fútbol (video), but rugby, tennis, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, paddle, car racing, swimming and cycling are also popular. For almost every sport there is a sport club and every town has at least one football team. Argentine passion is football: not only our national football team, but also our local football leagues join millions of fans. The best known clubs are River Plate, Boca Juniors, Independiente, Racing Club and San Lorenzo.

During the weekends, young people often go to a pub or a disco. They also gather at a friend’s place and organize some parties, watch movies, shoot some pool and have some fun.

Some good Argentinean products


MOVIES
El secreto de sus ojos (2009) Oscar winner!
El hijo de la novia (2001) Oscar nominee!
La historia oficial (1980) Oscar winner!
MUSIC
Seminare by Serú Girán Nacional Rock
Sólo le pido a Dios by Mercedes Sosa Folklore
Por una cabeza by Carlos Gardel Tango
BOOKS
The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges
Martín Fierro by José Hernández

What kind of food do Argentineans eat?

Argentine food is very famous around the world, specially for our meat. However, we do not leave forgotten other tasty plates. Our cuisine shows the influence of both European and Native dishes: the first is mainly Italian, evident in many dishes, such as pasta, milanesas, pizza, etc; them, there is a wide variety of indigenous creations, which include empanadas (pic)locro (a mixture of corn, beans, meat, bacon, onion, and gourd), humitas and mate(traditional infusion). Other popular items include chorizo (a spicy sausage),medialunas (similar to French croissants) and Dulce de Leche (milk jam).

The country is the fifth most important wine producer in the world, with the annual per capita consumption of wine among the highest. Malbec grape, a discardable varietal in France, has found in the Province of Mendoza an ideal environment to successfully develop and turn itself into the world’s best Malbec, the emblematic red wine of Argentina.

The daily meals

Breakfast includes coffee, tea or milk with toasts, butter, jam, cookies or cereal. Cookies are very common here in Argentina at any time of the day. For lunch Argentineans will take more time and have meat, poultry, sometimes fish, soup, vegetables, rice and desert, fruit or yogurt. Tea time, after school, is similar to breakfast but it is common to gather with friends to eat some medialunas and mate (pic). Dinner is the most important meal of the day. The whole family is together and it is the time of the day when you can catch up with daily events. It is similar to lunch but with a greater preparation. Lunchtimes on weekends are a tradition in Argentina, specially on Sundays. Usually all relatives gather to enjoy a bigasado (barbecue).

Did you know that…
  • the name Argentina comes from the Latin argentum, which means silver?
    The origin of the name goes back to the expeditions made by the first Spanish conquerors to the Río de la Plata were they thought that in these lands there were many silver mines.
  • Argentines have the highest consumption of red meat in the world?
  • tango was originally danced among men?
  • in spite of speaking in Spanish, Argentineans are not mainly from Spain, but from Italy?
  • Argentina has a literacy rate of about 97.6%?
  • People go out very late at night? Night clubs are open from about 1 to 7 am during the weekends.
  • Argentineans are known for the warm and effusive nature?
  • we have a wide variety of climates, going from subtropical in the north to sub polar far south?
  • Argentines are the largest Spanish-speaking society that universally employs what is known as voseo (the use of the pronoun «vos» instead of «tú» (you)?