Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Internship in Argentina

Argentina has many resources, but no silver. The Spanish explorers who discovered it did not know this when they named the country (“argentum” is the Latin word for silver). This valuable ore is found in abundance to the north in Bolivia and Peru, but despite this Argentina has kept its name. Argentina is a huge country. It is the eighth largest in the world and the second largest, after Brazil, in South America. It comprises 22 provinces and the territory of Tierra del Fuego, and includes some south Atlantic islands and a 49-degree wedge of the Antarctic, ending at the South Pole. Excluding the disputed areas, Argentina covers 2.8 million square kilometres. The islands and the area of the Antarctic together spread over 1.2 million square kilometres. The country is 3500 km long and up to 1400 km wide.

DiversityAs you can imagine, a country of such enormous size has a very diverse topography and different climates. Although most of Argentina lies within the climate zone of the Southern Hemisphere, the climatic conditions range from tropical in the north to sub-arctic in the south. The climate of the country is moderated by the influence of the two oceans, one on each side. This influence is enforced the farther south you go, where South America becomes smaller and smaller and the two oceans finally meet. As a high cloud barrier against the west, the Andes also play an important role. Thanks to the diversity of its landscape, Argentina has a rich variety of animals and plants.

Except for the small tropical region in the northeast and in the subtropical Gran Chaco in the north, the prevailing climate conditions in Argentina are temperate. In the area around Buenos Aires the average annual temperature is 16.1°C. The mean temperature for January and July is between 23.3 and 10 °C. In the higher regions of the Andes, Patagonia, and Terra del Fuego, colder temperatures prevail. In the western section of Patagonia, the average winter temperature is 0 °C. In most of the coastal areas the influence of the ocean creates a more moderate climate.

There are huge regional differences in the rainfall in Argentina. More than 1500 millimetres of rain fall annually in the extreme north; in the south and west the conditions are semi-arid. In the area around Buenos Aires, the average annual rainfall is 950 millimetres, and near San Miguel de Tucumán about 970 millimetres.

Culinary Specialities
" Alfajores" (a cake sandwich with dulce de leche) are available all over Argentina, and go perfect with cafe con leche. The Argentines love dulce de leche, which is a cream caramel, and put it on almost anything sweet. Medialunas (mini-croissants) and dulce de leche are a staple breakfast.

One thing you should definitely try is mate-tea, the very bitter and caffeinated but addictive beverage.

A selection of Argentinean and other South- and Central-American products (including alfajores, dulche de leche and mate-tea) can be bought online from our sister-company at

If you would like to go to Argentina to experience the culture whilst improving your Spanish through an internship, we can help.
With our extensive network of companies and contacts we are in the perfect position to offer you all the support you need in your application for an internship in Argentina.

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