Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and the country’s largest city, though it has a laid-back feel. It has a rich culture and is consistently ranked as having the highest quality of life in Latin America. Montevideo’s old town (Ciudad Vieja) is a great place to stroll around, taking in a well-preserved peek into the past.
Uruguay has a reputation as a peaceful democratic country. Almost all of the country’s electricity comes from renewable energy! Understated Uruguay is an excellent spot to spend a few months and become part of the community.
Montevideo has cool winters and hot summers, but since it’s in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed!
The city is situated between the wide Rio de la Plata (which serves as a border with Argentina) and the Atlantic Ocean.
bo = friend (used like che in Argentina)
bondi = bus
re = very
Wake up and share coffee and breakfast with your host family before heading to your Spanish class with other gap volunteers. Head back to your host family for lunch before working on a design project for your internship in the afternoon. Stop by the market for a few local treats and then meet up with some friends to dance salsa. Then, rest up for another day!
*Dates subject to change.
August 26–31 – Pre-departure training in Houston and in-country briefing in Uruguay.
September – Daily: morning Spanish classes, afternoon Spanish activities. First group workshop takes place.
October – Internship begins. Second group workshop takes place. First excursion with your group. Begin planning your community service project.
November – Internship daily. Third group workshop takes place. Continue working on community service project. Thanksgiving dinner with your group.
December – Internship daily. Second group excursion.
December 21 – Gap semester participants depart. Gap Year students start winter vacation.
January 20 – 25 – Assist with training spring semester gap volunteers. Workshop with full year gap volunteers.
February – Continue internship. Workshop with all gap volunteers. Group excursion.
March – Group workshop. Group excursion. Continue internship.
April – Internship daily. Another group workshop takes place. Continue working on community service project. Semana Santa – spring break.
May – Internship daily. Group excursion. Despedidas and debriefing.
End of May – Fly home!