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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 peers from Argentina and other communities in our our global network.

Together you’ll experience bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life, 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 rainforest by zip line, boat, and on foot
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary, including confirmed accommodations, is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York, Atlanta, or Miami on a supervised flight (optional)
    Spend the night in the sky en route to Argentina

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome 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 accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • 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: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options 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 Havdalah
  • Overnight: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #10 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #11 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activites
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

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
  • 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. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. 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. 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 an armed 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 an armed 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 and other global teens).

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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.

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.

  • *CLTC #8 (Camp Chi) + Ambassadors to Argentina
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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 peers from Argentina and other communities in our our global network.

Together you’ll experience bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life, 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 rainforest by zip line, boat, and on foot
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary, including confirmed accommodations, is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York, Atlanta, or Miami on a supervised flight (optional)
    Spend the night in the sky en route to Argentina

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome 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 accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • 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: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options 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 Havdalah
  • Overnight: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #10 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #11 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activites
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

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
  • 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. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. 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. 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 an armed 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 an armed 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 and other global teens).

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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.

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.

  • *CLTC #8 (Camp Chi) + Ambassadors to Argentina
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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 peers from Argentina and other communities in our our global network.

Together you’ll experience bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life, 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 rainforest by zip line, boat, and on foot
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary, including confirmed accommodations, is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York, Atlanta, or Miami on a supervised flight (optional)
    Spend the night in the sky en route to Argentina

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome 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 accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • 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: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options 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 Havdalah
  • Overnight: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #10 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #11 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activites
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

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
  • 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. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. 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. 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 an armed 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 an armed 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 and other global teens).

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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.

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.

  • *CLTC #8 (Camp Chi) + Ambassadors to Argentina
    27 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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 peers from Argentina and other communities in our our global network.

Together you’ll experience bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life, 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 rainforest by zip line, boat, and on foot
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires

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. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary, including confirmed accommodations, is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday | Take Off!

  • Depart from New York, Atlanta, or Miami on a supervised flight (optional)
    Spend the night in the sky en route to Argentina

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Welcome 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 accommodations, get settled and relax
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #3 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #4 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • 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: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options 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 Havdalah
  • Overnight: TBA- Pilar, Argentina

DAY #6 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #7 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group
  • Overnight: TBA – Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #10 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #11 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activites
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party
  • Overnight: TBA – Recoleta, Argentina

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
  • 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. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. 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. 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 an armed 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 an armed 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 and other global teens).

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and 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.

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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*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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