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    • Arcos Journeys: Spanish Language & Mexican Culture
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Anna Cook

      This trip was the most amazing experience of my life. I explored the beautiful city of Oaxaca, saw amazing places and tasted great food. Arcos coordinators made me feel completely safe and taken care of at all times.

    • Arcos Journeys: Tropical Discovery, Blue Zones & Spanish
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Gianna Vara

      I had the best time on this trip! Our days were packed with the best excursions and it was all thoroughly planned out. Communication before the trip was great everything was very well organized and safe. Would recommend this program 100000/10!

    • Arcos Journeys: Spanish Language & Culture in Granada, Spain
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by tealtessmann

      Incredible experience!! I enjoyed the food and culture and could not think of a better way to learn a language! My host mom and our program directors did an amazing job at showing us around the city and making sure we accomplished our goals for the trip (travel, learn a language or about a culture, etc.) Would 100% go back!!

    • Arcos Journeys: Spanish Language & Mexican Culture
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by kdilday

      This was my daughter's second trip with Arcos which already says how pleased we are. She went to Oaxaca with the teen program this summer and had a wonderful experience. The pre-departure communication and responsiveness is great and the country directors are great. She had a great time, improved her Spanish, made good friends and we felt assured that she was safe and well-cared for. We highly recommend the Arcos programs.

    • Arcos Journeys: Community Service & Spanish in Buenos Aires
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Eric McGee

      Safe and well run for me. Life changing for my daughter.

    • Arcos Journeys: Spanish Language & Argentine Culture
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Amy Carstensen

      Five STARS!!!!!! I can't say enough about Arcos. My 15-year-old son spent the whole month of July in Argentina living with a family, taking Spanish classes, making new like-minded friends and participating in cultural activities like cooking classes, horseback riding, Tango lessons, Mate Club, visiting Uruguay. He absolutely loved the experience, and we loved the program for him. Since he doesn't drive yet and doesn't want to go to camps anymore this was the ideal experience for him. Arcos is extremely professional, and they are good communicators. The program director in Buenos Aires was very communicative with us while our son was there. I can't say enough positive things about this program and experience for my son. We originally were looking at him doing an 8 week program with another program, but we decided the application process was too laborious and 8 weeks was too long for his first experience abroad by himself. My son made some great friends while he was there, they were social and did a lot of activities hanging out in Buenos Aires. He loved the freedom and taking the metro. One day he even walked 10 miles just around town. He always felt safe, but he said he had to be aware of his surroundings, he did have someone try and pick pocket him however they weren't successful. Go do this program if you are flexible, have a sense of curiosity and adventure about the world!!!!!!! Also, my son is glad he stayed for a month and not just two weeks.

    • Arcos Journeys: Community Service & Eco Adventure
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Erin Childre

      I could not be happier with our Arcos experience. The communication with the staff was reliable and consistent from beginning to end. My daughter felt welcomed and safe at her home stay. The community service opportunities were rewarding. The eco adventures were thrilling and educational. She made friendships that will last a lifetime and came home with a more confident and independent spirit. 10/10 recommend.

    • Arcos Journeys: Community Service & Eco Adventure
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Felix Juves

      My Arcos experience was amazing!! The organizers were extremely helpful and fun to be around. Our activities were entertaining and my host family was very kind and accepting. I would 100% recommend this to anyone trying to learn Spanish or anyone that wants to learn more about different cultures.

    • Arcos Journeys: Ancestral Flavors: a Oaxacan Culinary Journey
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Melissa Brown

      Great program in Oaxaca Mexico. Ancestral Flavors- cooking culture and language. My son already speaks Spanish so that was less of a focus for him, but he had a fabulous family for the homestay loved the cooking lessons and excursions- especially camping in the mountains. This is a great, well run program.

    • Arcos Journeys: Active Mexico! Hike & Surf Camp
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by Basia T

      Both Adri and Alex had an amazing time in Mexico in the Arcos program. They enjoyed all of the sport excursions and cultural activities. Surfing and beach were particularly fun. They had a chance to practice their Spanish and learn about the local culture. They met new friends and had a great time with them. They are also very thankful to Pamela who took care of them and helped them through some challenging situations. Although Adrian's phone and some money were stolen, he looks back at this as a learning experience and knows to pay more attention to his surroundings. Both boys loved every minute in Mexico. I am extremely happy with Arcos and how well everything was organized at the local level. The on-site director and admins are extremely supportive, honest, dependable, with superior conflict resolution skills. They took very good care of our children. We look forward to booking another trip with Arcos. Cheers! Basia

    • Amazing experience!!!
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      Reviewed on Feb/02/2024 by dana-russ

      I had so much fun and I am SO glad I went!!! At first I wasn't sure I wanted to go. I was super nervous because I didn't know anyone and I've never traveled alone. But I felt very safe and well taken of the whole time I was away. I met so many awesome new friends who I hope to keep in touch with. I stayed with a super nice host family and had a great experience even though it was awkward at first. My host mom was very welcoming and cooked yummy food. I loved being in Costa Rica, even though it was a bit rainy. It's so pretty and everything is so lush. Atenas was a perfect size town to be in. I loved the open air language school. I was glad the classes were low key. We had some fun and creative assignments. There were cool cultural activities and also fun adventures. 2 weeks was a perfect amount of time for my 1st experience being away like this. I was really happy I did it.

    • Great Program!
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      Reviewed on Oct/29/2021 by thenelsonfamilyassistant

      Our son was incredibly happy and came back with significantly enhanced Spanish, and a cultural experience he will carry with him for the rest of his life


    • The Arcos directors are great! They are always finding ways to share the Argentine culture with us and truly take advantage of every learning opportunity.

      - Alyssa R. - January 24, 2024
    • The Arcos staff were always responsive and the Argentine weather in the summer was refreshing compared to the heat in the United States. My daughter had an incredible time in Buenos Aires and we're looking forward to signing up for another program abroad with Arcos next summer.

      - Jason S. - August 24, 2023
    • As a mom, I am extremely pleased with how my son's program with Arcos went. He grew so much and became comfortable exploring Buenos Aires with the new friends he made on the program. I can't think of a single thing that could be improved. I am happy to serve as a reference for other parents.

      - Cristina L. - August 5, 2023
    • Enjoy every moment! Time flies by so fast. I fully recommend this program!

      - K.J. - November 22, 2023
    • I couldn't have been happier to be on this program. Go! It's an adventure of a lifetime.

      - S.D. - October 7, 2023
    • Our Arcos director was fun and relatable. I appreciated making new friends and experiencing a new culture. 10 out of 10!

      - Alexander L. - July 16, 2023
    • My Arcos director was amazing! Lots of fun, funny, creative, helpful and supportive. Everything was well-organized and accommodations were great. I really enjoyed practicing my Spanish. I highly recommend this program!

      - Adrian L. - July 15, 2023
    • I had an amazing experience studying in Argentina. The teachers at the school we attended during the week were eager to help me improve my Spanish-speaking skills. The cultural excursions we went on such as visiting museums, going to a gaucho ranch, and taking cooking and dancing classes were both fun and educational. I stayed with an incredibly kind host family, and my program leaders Beatriz Barragan and Kevin Williams were both very supportive, informative, and helpful. After I returned home from Argentina, my Spanish had greatly improved (I even developed an Argentinian accent while away), and I had gained a much greater knowledge of Argentinian culture. If you are considering study abroad programs in Argentina, definitely choose Arcos Journeys Abroad - you will have an amazing experience!

      - Alexa - January 15, 2019
    • My trip to Oaxaca was one of the greatest adventures I've ever been on in the summer. The housing was wonderful and the family's were very nice and supportive. Me, personally I only knew the basics of Spanish, but just being in Mexico and actually having to speak it every day was a huge help with learning the language. I enjoyed the city, and the different trips we went on were so interesting: we learned about weaving and the use the natural pigments, we had a cooking class, we went to different ruins near Oaxaca city, we had a cool dance class, and we hiked to a spectacular spring. We also took a trip to the coast where we snorkeled and took a boat trip to amazing, isolated beaches. I would highly recommend this program because it was very well organized, and the staff and families were extremely friendly. We volunteered at a a community garden and a hospital as well, which was a nice way to give back to the community. We also had a lot of freedom to explore in the city, which I really appreciated and enjoyed.

      - Gabe - September 4, 2018
    • Highly recommended. Fantastic program, very easy to work with. Would absolutely use them again. My daughter did the three week Mexico trip and had a great experience. She really enjoyed the class that she took, her host family was so very nice and helpful and took great care of her. The group of students she was with got along great and really enjoyed each other's company. They did several fun excursions and got to enjoy some very cool Mexican traditions. The staff was incredibly helpful through the whole process. Great experience all around!

      - Kelli - September 12, 2018
    • Overall this was the most amazing experience. I met so many amazing people who were also going on the trip. the host families were all so sweet and generous and it was amazing to see how they live differently than me. The excursions and activities we did were so much fun and most of it was stuff I probably won't get an opportunity to do again. I will remember this experience and the people I met for my entire life.

      - Lindsey - September 23, 2018
    • Buenos Aires surpassed all of my expectations a million times over. The city is beautiful, the host families are excellent, and the activities are extremely informative and entertaining. I had some reservations about the city safety wise, which I realized were unfounded when I arrived. In addition the porte~no accent is difficult to understand so beginners may have a hard time at first, but the accent is super unique and after a while it's quirks will become second nature. I would definitely recommend traveling to Buenos Aires through Arcos Journeys Abroad.

      - Seth - October 22, 2018
    • It was one of the best experiences of my life. Ena, the director, was amazing. She was so kind and funny. She made everything 100 times better. I made amazing friends who I will never forget. I also experienced once in a life time opportunities. I learned so much about the local culture and increased my ability to speak Spanish, which is a very weak area for me. The program really struck the right balance between school work and studying and fun activities. I always felt safe and well supported. Words cannot express how happy I am that I did this program. I had so much fun and I would do it again if I could.

      - Arvilla - November 5, 2018
    • I really enjoyed my time in Argentina. I'll never forget the experience. I built many relationships with many people and I hope that we remain in contact with each other! The experience that I got made me feel comfortable, almost like I was home, even though I was a continent away. One of the reasons why I participated in the program was because I really wanted to improve my Spanish, and I truly believe that I accomplished my goal. If anyone is interested in the Argentina program, definitely do it!!

      - Tyson - October 3, 2018
    • My time spent in Buenos Aires, Argentina with this program was genuinely one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I felt very safe in every situation, which allowed me to enjoy everyday without worries. Moreover, I was able to developer an amazing connection with my host mom, who provided the most comfortable stay I could've asked for. The school was never boring, and every class was very engaging and helpful. My program director, Kevin Williams, was one of the most fun-loving and responsible people I have ever met, and is truly one of the reasons my trip was so good. I would recommend that anybody interested in studying abroad chooses Arcos, because not only is it less expensive than other programs, it's more immersive and enriching.

      - Alejandro - January 15, 2019