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Safely able to travel alone as a 19 year old female - you can do it too!

Safely able to travel alone as a 19 year old female - you can do it too!

Author -  Gabi Arnott

Hola!
Unfortunately for me I have just finished my amazing journey that I was able to complete through the help of International Working Holidays.

The reason I wanted to go was to immerse myself in Latin American culture, as well as improve my Spanish! The programme that International Working Holidays offered was therefore perfect for me.

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I traveled to a small region in the bottom of South America called Patagonia, and in Patagonia itself into a small town called El Bolson. I was introduced into a loving, family environment where I was experiencing the lifestyle of South American's everyday!


My first four days in Argentina however were in Buenos Aires as an orientation period to settle in and relax a bit before heading on to my placement. It was AMAZING. Four days doesn't seem like a lot but I packed a lot in! I also had an oral orientation the second day that I was there. This was a massive help to assisting me get settled in and set up for my further 3 weeks in the country (thank you so much Brian!!).

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Afterwards I felt very safe and secure; Brian helped me set up a SIM card I was given an emergency number to call at anytime if I needed. The hostel that they had put me in was perfect -

my first night I had already met so many new friends who I then went on to travel around Buenos Aires with for my last few days. For me, the four days were very amazing but sufficient! If you're a big partier I would advise staying longer haha.

Afterwards I made my way to my placement on a farm in near the city of El Bolson in a place called Mallin Ahogado. My flights were booked through International Working Holidays which was awesome as they take on the majority of organising the travel. As I landed at night, I had to stay overnight in a hostel. Thanks to my orientation period in Buenos Aires, I felt confident in doing this.

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Getting around South America and sleeping overnight is quite cheap but sometimes on this trip I had to pay for a few hostels or bus trips I hadn't prepared for - so make sure you have a bit of cash at the ready! The trip to Argentina is a set rate so I was paying the same price as someone staying for longer than me as well as all the extra costs associated on top of my travels. If I could have stayed longer, it would have been very easy to do so!

I arrived the next afternoon to my farm in 25km out of the city and was absolutely speechless by it's beautiful location in the mountains.

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The community of families I was with were the most loving, caring people I had met. Day to day I was either painting, loading firewood, gardening or helping around their houses in general. I am very eco-conscious, and hence this vegetarian, solar powered, natural housing (the houses were made from mud and straw and clay and had compostable toilets!), no waste sanctuary was perfect for me. They were very, very patient with my Spanish and by the end of my stay my language skills had improved so much! I still keep in contact with them now, they have all become lifelong friends.

After two weeks on the farm I headed back to a city called Bariloche a few days before my departure. Here I met more insanely awesome people, which without this trip I wouldn't have even had the confidence now to go and meet so many new faces!
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That was the biggest advantage of the opportunity I was given: I was safely able to be a 19 year old female traveller and now my confidence has increased massively! (As has my desire to go back - watch out International Working Holidays! as I am going to start planning my next trip haha!).

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International Working Holidays offered SO much support before and after the trip. Thank you so, so much for this insane opportunity - please keep my contact as I know I will be back!



Hasta la proxima!

Ciao,

Gabi x




To find out more about Gabi’s projects check out

https://www.iwh.co.nz/south-america/argentina-working-holiday


Fill out my online form.

Safely able to travel alone as a 19 year old female - you can do it too!

Unfortunately for me I have just finished my amazing journey that I was able to complete through the help of International Working Holidays.

Hola!
Unfortunately for me I have just finished my amazing journey that I was able to complete through the help of International Working Holidays.

The reason I wanted to go was to immerse myself in Latin American culture, as well as improve my Spanish! The programme that International Working Holidays offered was therefore perfect for me.

mhS0Zerw.jpeg

pic2.jpeg

I traveled to a small region in the bottom of South America called Patagonia, and in Patagonia itself into a small town called El Bolson. I was introduced into a loving, family environment where I was experiencing the lifestyle of South American's everyday!


My first four days in Argentina however were in Buenos Aires as an orientation period to settle in and relax a bit before heading on to my placement. It was AMAZING. Four days doesn't seem like a lot but I packed a lot in! I also had an oral orientation the second day that I was there. This was a massive help to assisting me get settled in and set up for my further 3 weeks in the country (thank you so much Brian!!).

church3.jpeg

churros4.jpeg
Afterwards I felt very safe and secure; Brian helped me set up a SIM card I was given an emergency number to call at anytime if I needed. The hostel that they had put me in was perfect -

my first night I had already met so many new friends who I then went on to travel around Buenos Aires with for my last few days. For me, the four days were very amazing but sufficient! If you're a big partier I would advise staying longer haha.

Afterwards I made my way to my placement on a farm in near the city of El Bolson in a place called Mallin Ahogado. My flights were booked through International Working Holidays which was awesome as they take on the majority of organising the travel. As I landed at night, I had to stay overnight in a hostel. Thanks to my orientation period in Buenos Aires, I felt confident in doing this.

cityscene5.jpeg

countryviews6.jpeg


Getting around South America and sleeping overnight is quite cheap but sometimes on this trip I had to pay for a few hostels or bus trips I hadn't prepared for - so make sure you have a bit of cash at the ready! The trip to Argentina is a set rate so I was paying the same price as someone staying for longer than me as well as all the extra costs associated on top of my travels. If I could have stayed longer, it would have been very easy to do so!

I arrived the next afternoon to my farm in 25km out of the city and was absolutely speechless by it's beautiful location in the mountains.

friends7.jpeg

The community of families I was with were the most loving, caring people I had met. Day to day I was either painting, loading firewood, gardening or helping around their houses in general. I am very eco-conscious, and hence this vegetarian, solar powered, natural housing (the houses were made from mud and straw and clay and had compostable toilets!), no waste sanctuary was perfect for me. They were very, very patient with my Spanish and by the end of my stay my language skills had improved so much! I still keep in contact with them now, they have all become lifelong friends.

After two weeks on the farm I headed back to a city called Bariloche a few days before my departure. Here I met more insanely awesome people, which without this trip I wouldn't have even had the confidence now to go and meet so many new faces!
hike8.jpeg

That was the biggest advantage of the opportunity I was given: I was safely able to be a 19 year old female traveller and now my confidence has increased massively! (As has my desire to go back - watch out International Working Holidays! as I am going to start planning my next trip haha!).

firewood9.jpeg

viewsfromhome10.jpeg

International Working Holidays offered SO much support before and after the trip. Thank you so, so much for this insane opportunity - please keep my contact as I know I will be back!



Hasta la proxima!

Ciao,

Gabi x




To find out more about Gabi’s projects check out

https://www.iwh.co.nz/south-america/argentina-working-holiday


Fill out my online form.
Safely able to travel alone as a 19 year old female - you can do it too!

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