Buenos Aires is the dynamic metropolis of Argentina. It offers a charming combination of European tradition and Latin attitude. Often called the "Paris of South America" for its wide boulevards and active sidewalk cafe life, Buenos Aires is one of the world's greatest cities. Portenõs like to boast that their city is home to over 300 theaters, 100 plus galleries, and at least 70 museums. It is also the home of tango! Buenos Aires is definitely one of the most culturally creative cities of the southern hemisphere. The Pepperdine facilities are located in the northern, upper-middle class Belgrano neighborhood.
Though students live with various homestay families, there is a central location for them to Casa Holden, the University-owned facility in Buenos Aires, is located in the embassy district of the city. It houses a student center with sofas and cable T.V., an auditorium, and a computer lab connected to the Internet. This facility also contains the visiting faculty’s living quarters as well as the program office. There is a swimming pool and BBQ in the backyard. The Casa is near public transportation including bus and subway.
Adjacent to Casa Holden is another Pepperdine facility, Casa Olleros, where students will take their classes. Casa Olleros features the Patagonia Library, four classrooms: Pampa, Cuyo, Noroeste and Mesopotamia, and a large study area on the bottom floor.
For more information on Pepperdine in Buenos Aires, visit www.bawaves.com.
Breakfast and dinner are provided seven days a week at the students' homestays. Punctuality is always appreciated for dinner, since this is the time of the day when the whole family gathers. Dinnertime generally starts around 9:00pm. Students will be given Stored Value Cards with funds for lunch and transportation during school days.
Some locations students have visited in the past include Salta and Jujuy, Calafate, and Rio. In the Fall of 2009, the Buenos Aires program visited Salta and Jujuy, and will visit Patagonia in the Spring of 2010. The Educational Field Trips have not been determined for the 2010-2011 academic year.
In all of our International Programs, students are encouraged to join local organizations or participate in activities that allow them to meet and interact with locals for a more intensive intercultural experience. In Buenos Aires, students have numerous opportunities to serve others in the local community and to engage with the Argentine culture. For example, one of the service opportunities students have is to volunteer for Luchando por una Infancia Feliz y con Esperanza (L.I.F.E.) Argentina, an organization that provides children's art classes, homework help and organizes sporting activities in low income neighborhoods in Capital Federal and the Province of Buenos Aires. Another service project that students have really grasped onto is helping with community development projects and microloans in the rural community of Adulum; this is inteded to help local people start their own businesses. To see the other opportunities Pepperdine students in Buenos Aires have, visit the Service Learning Opportunities page of their website.