Argentina: Development pathways in Latin America
With bountiful natural resources, a highly educated and diverse population, and an industrialized economy, Argentina can be considered a case study for success. Moreover, as the birthplace of the tango, Che Guevara, and Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina’s cultural legacies have impacts that spread far beyond its borders. However, Argentina is also a case study in ‘should haves’. Since reaching a peak of the world’s seventh- wealthiest nation in 1920, the twentieth century has seen Argentina follow an often-tortuous path of political turmoil and economic crisis. Traveling through and experiencing this vital and vibrant nation provides the perfect context for considering development models and the role of external forces in mitigating (or exacerbating) crisis.
Goals and Objectives
Learn about the breakdown of trust in institutions caused by Argentina’s debt crises
Inspire a connection to Argentina’s people, culture, and country that goes beyond classroom learning
Evaluate the tangible and intangible effects of the debt crises on Argentina, comparing urban and rural areas
Act as knowledgeable and informed citizens who can provide fact-based arguments regarding international trade, capital ows, and other aspects of the global political economy
We engage with one of the world’s greatest cities, moving through the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Colon Theatre, and other noteworthy areas. Students use their observations to discuss the extent to which a country’s financial history can be evidenced (or masked) by its urban infrastructure and landmarks.
We visit the grassland region surrounding the capital city, beginning with a visit to a typical farm, where we witness traditional ways of living from the land and interview rural farmworkers. During an ‘Fiesta Gaucha’, we practice our tango skills, gaining a real connection to Argentinian culture.
We visit the Museum of Foreign Debt where we will make connections with our earlier studies about the Argentine economic crisis. Afterwards, we participate in a on responsibilities for the crisis, going all the way back in history to the first endeavor of independence in the early 1800’s.
We work with youth organizations that focus on the informal settlements or slums in Buenos Aires known as La Villa. We spend time engaging with our local peers, and work together on a project-based learning initiative seeking solutions to social justice problems in both societies.
We delve into two of Argentinia’s national sources of pride; futbol and tango. We have the unique opportunity to visit the famed ‘La Bombonera” soccer stadium, home of Argentina’s national team, Boca Juniors. In the evening, we take on the challenge of a tango dance lesson, demonstrating our own cultural flair.
The largest waterfall system in the world, the mighty Iguazu Falls represent a true wonder of the world. We take the Rainforest Ecological Train to the entrance of the Devil’s Throat and witness the spectacular torrent raging around us.