City Population: 1,741,610
Language: SPANISH (CASTILIAN)
Currency: ARGENTINE PESO
Attractions: WINE, TANGO, ANDES
Argentina is a land of contrasts – there is desert, cactus and the famous Iguazu falls in the north; glaciers, penguins and the stunning Moreno glacier in the south; the buzz of a distinctly European Buenos Aires in the east and ski-ing and trekking in the Andes to the west.
Mendoza is the perfect base from which to explore. It’s centrally located and allows easy access to all of Argentina’s sights. The city itself is beautiful, with large, leafy plazas and wide avenues. Cosmopolitan cafes pepper the streets and in the evening wine bars buzz with locals enjoying the region’s Malbec. The Andes provide a stunning backdrop to the city, and students regularly group together to go on hiking, rafting, horse-riding and skiing trips.
Food, accommodation and staff
In each of our destinations we have a large, secure Work the World house - your home for the duration of your placement. Our base in Mendoza is in an impressive, roomy three-storey property close to the beautiful San Martin Park. There are big, airy bedrooms that can accommodate up to 24 people and lovely communal areas both inside and out for you to practise your Spanish – weekly lessons are included at the house.
Each house has its own team of staff employed from the local community, available 24/7. Meals are included and we try to combine local specialities with home favourites to keep everyone happy and well fed. Specific dietary requests are catered for and the kitchen is always open for snacks and fresh drinking water. Once a week we run our legendary Work the World asado (barbecue) on the roof terrace. If you are a fan of steak and red wine then look no further… this is heaven!More about our team in Argentina
Intensive Spanish Course
Although we include basic weekly lessons, Argentina is one destination where we strongly recommend that you learn as much of the language as you can. English is not widely spoken and learning the lingo will dramatically add to your placement experience, allowing you converse with patients and staff, as well as read case notes.
We have put together a unique Intensive Spanish Course that has been structured to give you the best introduction to both social and hospital terminology. The one-week course takes place in the house before your placement starts, and includes lots of cultural activities, so is really cost effective. Courses have a maximum of 4 people and everything is tailored to your individual skill level and the prospective department of the hospital you will be working in. This is an amazing opportunity to learn one of the most widely spoken languages in the world – another positive point for your C.V.More about the Intensive Spanish Course
Working with Mendoza's hospitals and community
We strongly believe that the people who provide such wonderful support and supervision for our students should benefit from our presence in the hospital. As well as the standard fee, we join forces with any students that make a donation and buy larger equipment needed by the individual departments, which they are hugely grateful for. We also support the suburban clinics used in the family medicine placements, as these are often in the most deprived areas of the city.
In 2013, Work the World donated over $250,000 to our partner hospitals around the globe.Read more about what's included
How we tailor your placement in Argentina
Each person who joins the Mendoza programme will be assigned an Operations Manager that specialises in the Argentina placements. They will oversee your entire elective and two or three months before, will give you a call to help you decide where to specialise, whether to split your placement between two departments and which hospital setting best suits your requirements.
Once we know your requirements we then speak to the Mendoza team, who arrange meetings with the hospital and relevant departments. Your placement is structured and based on your skill-set. Every student receives supervision, and when you arrive we will introduce you to your key clinical supervisor.More about our electives
The city was beautiful and so rich in culture and the people were so warm and kind. Everyone would greet you with a "Buen Dia!" and a kiss on both cheeks.
Mariah McDaniel, Valdosta State University 2013Read More
The people at the hospital were amazing. Everyone greets each other with “hola, que tal?” regardless of rank or status.
Tayyaub Mansoor, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2013Read More
I chose Mendoza for a part of my eight-week medical elective, and boy am I glad I did; it has got to be one of the highlights of my life thus far.
Nigel Rozario, King's College London 2013Read More