Travel to South America to backpack, study, intern, volunteer, work or live as a digital nomad, expat or emigrant?

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Intro: life and experiences in South America

Backpacking in South America

  • Backpacking through South America is a dance past local music, personal encounters, breathtaking natural areas, exciting moments and relaxed hot spots.
  • Features: Speaking Spanish, dancing salsa, learning tango, watching your stuff, respecting local traditions, admiring immense nature and experiencing culinary diversity.

Traveling in South America

  • A trip through South America is a journey through cultures where life is celebrated, nature has a defining influence and indelible impressions are left behind.
  • Nature spotting: the Amazon regions, the Andes mountains, Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal, the Patagonian Peninsula and the beaches of Brazil and Colombia.
  • Animal spotting: from sloth to jaguar and from penguin to whale.

Internships in South America

  • Internship sectors: health care, mining, agriculture, education, technology and tourism, among others.
  • Internship cities: Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago.
  • Learning skills: communication, daring, empathy, flexibility.

Studying in South America

  • Studies: basically all subjects and forms of education can be found.
  • Study cities: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Cuenca, São Paulo, Santiago.
  • Learning Spanish: Buenos Aires, Catagena, Cuenca, Cusco, Montevideo, Mendoza, Quito, Sucre.
  • Learning Portuguese: Florianópolis, Rio, Salvador.

Volunteering in South America

  • Volunteer projects: particularly in the areas of conservation, medical care and social development.
  • Animal projects: protection of Amazonian birds, monkeys, sloths, penguins and whales.
  • Characteristics: volunteering possible from 1 or 2 weeks to several months.

Working in South America

  • Jobs: paid temporary work can be found mainly in tourism and healthcare.
  • Work skills: commitment, empathy, patience, flexibility.

Working as a digital nomad in South America

  • Favorite cities and islands: Buenos Aires, Cartagena, Florianópolis, Lima, Medellín, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Valparaíso.

Living in South America

  • Language: Without mastering Spanish (or Portuguese in Brazil), it is difficult to function. English is not widely spoken.
  • Living Climate: In general, expats in South America perceive the lifestyle as more relaxed and the warm hospitality as a major plus.
  • The local emphasis on family and community is something to consider, though.
  • Healthcare: major cities generally have excellent healthcare, outside of that the quality can sometimes drop alarmingly. Seek advice on insurance policies that provide adequate coverage for proper care and also repatriation in case of emergency.
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Arepas are corn pancakes/bread that can be eaten in all kinds of ways. If I understood correctly, arepas are mostly eaten like a kind of sandwich in Colombia (so cut open the arepa and put stuffing inside), while in Ecuador I mostly got it as a kind of thick pancake with other things on top.  ...

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  • Complex urban and cultural product
  • Adoption of the Tango
  • Exportation of Tango
  • A national identity construct
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Course: Regional orientation: history, society and culture of Latin America and the Caribbea...

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Ingredients for 4 people : -700g of White fish (eg. Seabass) -8 limes -1 onion -2 table spoons of evaporated milk -3-5 table spoons of fish stock (optional but highly recomended) -Parsley - you might put chillis if you want to spice things up   Recipe: 1- cut the onion in juliennes (thin strip...

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Taal

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Arepas are corn pancakes/bread that can be eaten in all kinds of ways. If I understood correctly, arepas are mostly eaten like a kind of sandwich in Colombia (so cut open the arepa and put stuffing inside), while in Ecuador I mostly got it as a kind of thick pancake with other things on top.  ...

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Ingredients for 4 people : -700g of White fish (eg. Seabass) -8 limes -1 onion -2 table spoons of evaporated milk -3-5 table spoons of fish stock (optional but highly recomended) -Parsley - you might put chillis if you want to spice things up   Recipe: 1- cut the onion in juliennes (thin strip...

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  • Complex urban and cultural product
  • Adoption of the Tango
  • Exportation of Tango
  • A national identity construct
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Course: Regional orientation: history, society and culture of Latin America and the Caribbea...

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