Greer - AIM Overseas Public Policy and Community Development

B Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Hons)
February 2019

My experience

I have always loved travel, and I didn't want to miss an opportunity to see the world and gain credit towards my program at the same time. I also thought it would be a great warm up for my future exchange.

How has the experience changed you?

The experience forced me to grow academically through the intensive nature of the program, and I found myself deeply engaged with both the content of the course and extra debates that arose in the lecturer's area of interest. Personally, I had to deal with the usual challenges of travelling and travelling alone, which I loved. Professionally, I feel as though deeply engaging with the policy and governance of Argentina as a foreigner gave me a clarity that I can apply to my public policy studies back home in Australia.

Favourite memory

My favourite memory was probably visiting the Centro Integral de la Mujer Marcelina, which was a community centre dedicated to promoting the plight of women and indigenous minorities in Greater Buenos Aires. I felt very privileged to be welcomed into their headquarters; it was very humble, intimate, and eye-opening. The entire experience brought home the true purpose of policy change and community development. Plus, we were offered traditional Argentine pastries and maté, a strong shared tea, so the experience was very authentic and one that will stay with me.

Top tips

Don't waste a single hour! The schedule is jam-packed, so it's easy to give in to a lazy afternoon, but if you really need to chill-out, do it in on the grass in Parque Las Heras or a cafe in San Telmo (buy one cup of coffee and you've bought at least 3 hours at a table!). Absorb yourself in the culture as much as possible. Buenos Aires is super welcoming and metropolitan but still definitively Argentine; learn a little Spanish and use it as much as possible.