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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Ambassadors to Argentina

Discover Argentina alongside local Jewish teens from Buenos Aires on a program that combines educational travel, hands-on service projects, outdoor adventures and cross-cultural Jewish experiences.

Travel to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires

Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

JEWISH HISTORY IN ARGENTINA
Jewish settlement in what is now Argentina dates back to the early 1,500s as Sephardi Jews from Spain sought safe havens beyond the reach of the Inquisition. Organized Jewish life was not truly established till Argentina achieved independence from Spain in 1816. The country soon became a favored destination for waves of European Jews fleeing hardship and persecution, including many who reached Argentina during the Holocaust. Today, Argentina hosts the highest Jewish population in South America, and Buenos Aires is home to more Jewish people than any other city outside of Israel, the USA and Paris.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

Our Partner

Ambassadors to Argentina is organized in partnership with the Sociedad Hebraica Argentina (Hebraica) and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Hebraica is a JCC-equivalent organization in Buenos Aires with a year-round connection to BBYO International. The Argentinian teens and staff that accompany this experience are all active in Hebraica programming, and many of them attend BBYO International programming as well!

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from NYC or Atlanta on a supervised flight (optional – one choice offered)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Orientation to Argentina!

  • Arrive in the morning to Ezeiza International Airport outside of Buenos Aires
  • Begin your day with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into our accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Visit the Pink house, San Telmo and Puerto Madero
  • Tour Jewish Buenos Aires – The AMIA Memorial
  • Afternoon service project at the L’Dar v’Dor center for aged
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify tons of food to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen to play with their kids
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar
  • Overnight: Hebraica Dormitories

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat experience and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities and free time
  • Close Shabbat with tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdallah
  • Overnight: Host Families

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with our host families
  •  Lunch in Hebraica
  • Head to the local airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Navigate a network of catwalk close to the massive falls
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Zip line into the jungle and fly through the trees like one of Iguazu’s Toucans!
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Free time visiting Palermo
  • Evening: Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #10 | Thursday | Ranch Day

  • Drive out of the city and visit a traditional Argentinian ranch estate
  • Discover the gaucho (Latin American cowboy) culture and enjoy a kosher BBQ party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #11 | Friday | Tigre

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding area
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community.
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat experience
  • Walk to Recoleta
  • Evening: Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Evening: Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered – often from Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Buenos Aires. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) from North America and from Argentina. They are joined by an Argentinian tour leader, a bus driver, and a guard. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens).

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Argentina.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past teen travelers.

Travel to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires

Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

JEWISH HISTORY IN ARGENTINA
Jewish settlement in what is now Argentina dates back to the early 1,500s as Sephardi Jews from Spain sought safe havens beyond the reach of the Inquisition. Organized Jewish life was not truly established till Argentina achieved independence from Spain in 1816. The country soon became a favored destination for waves of European Jews fleeing hardship and persecution, including many who reached Argentina during the Holocaust. Today, Argentina hosts the highest Jewish population in South America, and Buenos Aires is home to more Jewish people than any other city outside of Israel, the USA and Paris.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

Our Partner

Ambassadors to Argentina is organized in partnership with the Sociedad Hebraica Argentina (Hebraica) and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Hebraica is a JCC-equivalent organization in Buenos Aires with a year-round connection to BBYO International. The Argentinian teens and staff that accompany this experience are all active in Hebraica programming, and many of them attend BBYO International programming as well!

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from NYC or Atlanta on a supervised flight (optional – one choice offered)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Orientation to Argentina!

  • Arrive in the morning to Ezeiza International Airport outside of Buenos Aires
  • Begin your day with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into our accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Visit the Pink house, San Telmo and Puerto Madero
  • Tour Jewish Buenos Aires – The AMIA Memorial
  • Afternoon service project at the L’Dar v’Dor center for aged
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify tons of food to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen to play with their kids
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar
  • Overnight: Hebraica Dormitories

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat experience and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities and free time
  • Close Shabbat with tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdallah
  • Overnight: Host Families

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with our host families
  •  Lunch in Hebraica
  • Head to the local airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Navigate a network of catwalk close to the massive falls
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Zip line into the jungle and fly through the trees like one of Iguazu’s Toucans!
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Free time visiting Palermo
  • Evening: Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #10 | Thursday | Ranch Day

  • Drive out of the city and visit a traditional Argentinian ranch estate
  • Discover the gaucho (Latin American cowboy) culture and enjoy a kosher BBQ party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #11 | Friday | Tigre

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding area
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community.
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat experience
  • Walk to Recoleta
  • Evening: Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Evening: Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered – often from Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Buenos Aires. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) from North America and from Argentina. They are joined by an Argentinian tour leader, a bus driver, and a guard. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens).

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Argentina.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Ambassadors to Argentina

Discover Argentina alongside local Jewish teens from Buenos Aires on a program that combines educational travel, hands-on service projects, outdoor adventures and cross-cultural Jewish experiences.

Ambassadors to Argentina

Discover Argentina alongside local Jewish teens from Buenos Aires on a program that combines educational travel, hands-on service projects, outdoor adventures and cross-cultural Jewish experiences.

Travel to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires

Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

JEWISH HISTORY IN ARGENTINA
Jewish settlement in what is now Argentina dates back to the early 1,500s as Sephardi Jews from Spain sought safe havens beyond the reach of the Inquisition. Organized Jewish life was not truly established till Argentina achieved independence from Spain in 1816. The country soon became a favored destination for waves of European Jews fleeing hardship and persecution, including many who reached Argentina during the Holocaust. Today, Argentina hosts the highest Jewish population in South America, and Buenos Aires is home to more Jewish people than any other city outside of Israel, the USA and Paris.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

Our Partner

Ambassadors to Argentina is organized in partnership with the Sociedad Hebraica Argentina (Hebraica) and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Hebraica is a JCC-equivalent organization in Buenos Aires with a year-round connection to BBYO International. The Argentinian teens and staff that accompany this experience are all active in Hebraica programming, and many of them attend BBYO International programming as well!

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from NYC or Atlanta on a supervised flight (optional – one choice offered)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Orientation to Argentina!

  • Arrive in the morning to Ezeiza International Airport outside of Buenos Aires
  • Begin your day with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into our accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Visit the Pink house, San Telmo and Puerto Madero
  • Tour Jewish Buenos Aires – The AMIA Memorial
  • Afternoon service project at the L’Dar v’Dor center for aged
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify tons of food to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen to play with their kids
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar
  • Overnight: Hebraica Dormitories

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat experience and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities and free time
  • Close Shabbat with tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdallah
  • Overnight: Host Families

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with our host families
  •  Lunch in Hebraica
  • Head to the local airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Navigate a network of catwalk close to the massive falls
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Zip line into the jungle and fly through the trees like one of Iguazu’s Toucans!
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Free time visiting Palermo
  • Evening: Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #10 | Thursday | Ranch Day

  • Drive out of the city and visit a traditional Argentinian ranch estate
  • Discover the gaucho (Latin American cowboy) culture and enjoy a kosher BBQ party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #11 | Friday | Tigre

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding area
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community.
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat experience
  • Walk to Recoleta
  • Evening: Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Evening: Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered – often from Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Buenos Aires. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) from North America and from Argentina. They are joined by an Argentinian tour leader, a bus driver, and a guard. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens).

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Argentina.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past teen travelers.

Travel to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires

Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

JEWISH HISTORY IN ARGENTINA
Jewish settlement in what is now Argentina dates back to the early 1,500s as Sephardi Jews from Spain sought safe havens beyond the reach of the Inquisition. Organized Jewish life was not truly established till Argentina achieved independence from Spain in 1816. The country soon became a favored destination for waves of European Jews fleeing hardship and persecution, including many who reached Argentina during the Holocaust. Today, Argentina hosts the highest Jewish population in South America, and Buenos Aires is home to more Jewish people than any other city outside of Israel, the USA and Paris.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

Our Partner

Ambassadors to Argentina is organized in partnership with the Sociedad Hebraica Argentina (Hebraica) and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Hebraica is a JCC-equivalent organization in Buenos Aires with a year-round connection to BBYO International. The Argentinian teens and staff that accompany this experience are all active in Hebraica programming, and many of them attend BBYO International programming as well!

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from NYC or Atlanta on a supervised flight (optional – one choice offered)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Orientation to Argentina!

  • Arrive in the morning to Ezeiza International Airport outside of Buenos Aires
  • Begin your day with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into our accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Visit the Pink house, San Telmo and Puerto Madero
  • Tour Jewish Buenos Aires – The AMIA Memorial
  • Afternoon service project at the L’Dar v’Dor center for aged
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify tons of food to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen to play with their kids
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar
  • Overnight: Hebraica Dormitories

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat experience and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities and free time
  • Close Shabbat with tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdallah
  • Overnight: Host Families

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with our host families
  •  Lunch in Hebraica
  • Head to the local airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Navigate a network of catwalk close to the massive falls
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Zip line into the jungle and fly through the trees like one of Iguazu’s Toucans!
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: Misiones El Pueblito Hotel, Iguazu

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Free time visiting Palermo
  • Evening: Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #10 | Thursday | Ranch Day

  • Drive out of the city and visit a traditional Argentinian ranch estate
  • Discover the gaucho (Latin American cowboy) culture and enjoy a kosher BBQ party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #11 | Friday | Tigre

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding area
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community.
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat experience
  • Walk to Recoleta
  • Evening: Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: Cyan Hotel, Recoleta

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Evening: Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #14 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered – often from Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to the supervised flight departure city. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary or book separate flight itineraries entirely and make arrangements to meet our staff in Buenos Aires. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) from North America and from Argentina. They are joined by an Argentinian tour leader, a bus driver, and a guard. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens).

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter Argentina.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

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