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 December 12th of 2017 , 02:15 hs. Argentine Time (GMT -3:00)

 FAQ

1) Why should I choose to Connecting Worlds in comparison to other cultural exchange organizations?

We are an Argentinean organization that promotes responsible tourism, care of the environment and authentic cultural experiences. Using our knowledge and local experience, we will provide you with an unforgettable exposure to the best of everything in our country at the best possible prices. Our office staff, local coordinators and partners all work in close cooperation to ensure your peace of mind, cultural orientation, in-depth training and 24 hour support throughout your stay. We consider and treat our participants as not just valued customers and clients, but also consider them as our friends from the start. You’ll quickly become part of our family. Everyone here at Connecting Worlds works hard to ensure that each participant’s needs and requests are met. This combination results in high quality intercultural programs with a personal touch.

2)  Why are Connecting Worlds’ prices lower than other cultural exchange organizations? Will I still receiving a quality experience?

We are able to offer affordable intercultural programs because we are a local organization and we work directly with our partners. This means that we combine the best alternatives to give you the best available prices without losing sight of the quality of services.

3) Will I meet other participants if I travel alone?

One of our goals is to foster integration among all our participants (i.e., you) and therefore we generate different opportunities to meet other people. Moreover, we organize cultural activities, trips, tours and meetings for you to see local people and of course, the Connecting Worlds team.

4) Why I have to complete the Survey that you sent me during and after the program?

Upon receipt of each response to our survey we assess our own performance, that of our partners and your level of satisfaction. This is very important for us to continuously improve and provide quality service.

5)What help will I have during my stay in Argentina?

From the moment you land at your destination you're not alone.  In all the places in which we offer our programs we have coordinators and representatives who are responsible for assisting our participants.  This service is included in the price of our programs and available to use during your stay in Argentina, regardless of how long you stay.

6) Do you have offices in Buenos Aires and in other cities?

Yes, our Head Office is situated in Mar del Plata but in Buenos Aires our office, is located on the Marcelo T. Alvear Street 1459. In the other cities where we offer programs, we have coordinators and representatives that will help you in everything you need, in addition to our ongoing support.

FAQs: Internships:

1)  What requirements must I meet to apply for a Professional Internship in Argentina?

To undertake a Professional Internship you will be required to have the following:

  • You must be either an undergraduate university student, graduate or professional.
  • You must be able to speak intermediate to advanced Spanish.
  • A curriculum vitae and a cover letter of introduction.
  • International insurance valid in Argentina against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability.
  • Valid passport and meeting the necessary immigration requirements before applying to the program.

2) What is the process to apply to be a Trainee?

Step I. Sending form and CV / cover letter 
 
1) Complete our online form and enclose your Resume and a Letter of Introduction in Spanish (if possible) as attachments. If you are unsure of how to prepare either, here are samples of a Resume and Letter of Introduction.  

2) After we have evaluated your documents, we will then contact you to discuss the information you provided us, your expectations and objectives, our recommendations and answer all your questions.  

3) At this stage we will inform you on the likelihood of success in finding an internship according to your profile and requirements. It is usually 95%, but it also depends upon location and your particular skills. For example, the availability of an Internship in the Pharmaceutical Sales is not always the same in Bariloche as it is in Buenos Aires.  
 
Step II. Confirmation of the Internship search 
 
1) You confirm your interest by sending the Registration Fee and a copy of your passport.  

2) Upon receipt of your Registration Fee and the copy of your passport, we edit your Resume putting it a format based upon Argentinean standards and, when necessary, translate it into Spanish.  
  
Step III. Internships Opportunities 
 
1) In the event we do not have offers available in our database matching your skills, it generally takes us between four and eight weeks to discover opportunities suitable for you.  

2) We evaluate the offers that fit your profile and after discussing them with you, you select one of them and we submit your application with the company you have selected.

Step IV. Acceptance as a Trainee

1) The Company will report to us on its decision regarding your acceptance as a trainee. If this application is not successful, we will then schedule another application with the next company. If the next application is successful, we proceed to the next stage.  
 
Step V. Formalizing the Internship and final steps  
 
1) Once you receive an offer of a position by a company, we answer any questions you may have and before you accept the offer.  

2) Upon your acceptance of the offer, your payment for Connecting Worlds’ services is due. A member of our team will advise you at that time.

3) Following your payment, we send the necessary documents to formalize your acceptance of the offer, as a university agreement, etc. to be signed by the company and will thereafter provide you with the signed document.  

4) Remember that an Internship in Argentina requires that you have health insurance against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability. Once you provide us a copy of this insurance, you can begin your internship in Argentina. Our Connecting Worlds team will be with you before, during and after your visit to Argentina, so you get the most out of this great experience!

3) What does Connecting Worlds guarantee?

The organization fee is only charged when we are able to offer you an internship placement. If we are unable to find a placement, we will reimburse the registration fee. This only happens very rarely however, as we have a success rate of 95%!

4)  Internships are paid?

Unfortunately, due to strict regulations of the Argentine Government regarding the work of foreigners in local companies, the Internships are unpaid. The other reason is that the main objective of the Internship is the international education and the learning experience. However, this experience compensates in ways money cannot buy:

  • Professional internship abroad for your resume
  • Access to job openings which require international experience         
  • Greatly improved Spanish fluency
  • Profound understanding of a foreign culture, which translates to personal growth and professional gain.
  • Sense of accomplishment for having challenged yourself to take on something very few ever attempt...and succeeded!

5) What if I am not happy during the Internship?

Thankfully, this seldom happens as we have an extensive pre-trip process. However, there can be some bumps in the road at first, and that’s OK. For this reason, a tutor from Connecting Worlds will be in constant contact with you and the company to ensure a smooth run. Our priority is that our participants (i.e., you) are satisfied and happy with our programs. In addition, the participant is responsible for notifying Connecting Worlds in writing if in case of any problem that could occur during their program within 72 hours, so that we can give you advice on how to best approach the situation from a cultural and linguistic standpoint.

6) Do I need a passport, visa or work permit?

It is your duty to have a valid passport and in some cases it is necessary to obtain a visa according to your country of origin. Professional Internships we offer are considered within cultural exchange programs, so you do not need a work permit. Note that you shouldn’t receive a scheduled payment not related to a job while you are doing the Internship.

7) Can I get academic credit with the Internship?

Yes. We will organize the required hours according to what is requested by your university to support them as points.

8) When can I start with the Internship?

One of our advantages is that our Professional Internships are flexible and you can choose when to start.

9) What happens if my application is not successful?

Connecting Worlds can not guarantee acceptance of the applicant as it depends on their individual skills, experience and the decision of the host organization. If, for any reason your application was not successful, Connecting Worlds will continue to seek a new opportunity that is in the interest of the applicant. 

10) Can I do an internship if my level of Spanish is not good?

In this case, we first would organize a Spanish course for your level that allows you to refine the language to be able to make the most of your internship or you can take our Spanish course online to be programmed according to your needs, and you can take it anywhere with Internet access.

11) How long does it take Connecting Worlds to organize an Internship?

If we do not have an internship available in our database according to your profile, we usually take between 4 and 8 weeks to find a customized internship. This service has no extra cost. We want to offer you the best opportunities available for an unforgettable experience.

12) What is the difference between an internship and a Working Holiday program?

A professional internship in Argentina is focused on the practical application of theoretical knowledge, the gaining of international work experience and the emphasis on a specific area. Many universities often require internships abroad for a successful graduation. Working Holiday programs, on the contrary, do not have a professional aim. They are a good opportunity to work abroad during your holidays and to get free board and lodging in return for your motivation and manpower.

13) Is it required to procure insurance against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability?

Yes. To make an Internship in Argentina you are required to have this kind of insurance. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. We have on offer, for our participants, the best coverage with the prestigious Insurance Caremed to provide the best Solutions to Connecting Worlds’ travelers. You can find more information about this plan under the “Plan your trip’’ section. Connecting Worlds is not responsible for any costs incurred by the participant in relation to illness, accident or any other reason that result in early return.

 

14) What is the minimum and maximum duration of an Internship?  And the work day?

The minimum is 2 months and maximum of 6.  On average a work day can consist of generally three - five hours.  In some cases it may be more or less time.  We will inform you in advance of the time you must work.  It is also possible to advise us of your preferred work hours in your application.

15) Does Connecting Worlds monitor the Internship and have contact with me during and after it?

Yes. One of our goals is to provide a high quality service between that who elect us and that is why it is extremely important for us to know about your performance in your internship, accompany you and advise you on everything you need for this unforgettable experience. Similarly we will contact you and the company weekly to check that everything runs smoothly.

16) Will I receive a certificate of my Internship from the company?

Yes.  After the Internship you will receive from the company a certificate stating your completion as well as an evaluation.

17) Does the organization where I will do my Internship provide shelter, food and transport, etc.?

This depends on the company and their individual arrangements. For example Hospitality companies may provide accommodation and / or food, as in the Working Holiday program.

FAQs Volunteer:

1) What are the requirements for a volunteer?

• Have at least a basic level of Spanish. 
• Be 18 years. There is no upper age limit. 
• Have a 3rd party liability, accident and illness insurance.
• Resume and Letter of Introduction, explaining the reasons you are applying for volunteering. 
• Have a valid passport and meet the necessary immigration requirements before applying to the program. 
• Adapt and respect the local culture. 

 

2) What is the process to apply to be a volunteer?

STEP 1: 
1. Search through our volunteer section of the programs we have available, by area of interest, place and duration.
2. When you have found a volunteer program you like, you then apply for it by notifying us through our website. Include with that notice, as an attachment, your Resume and a Letter of Introduction where you tell us why you are applying for the program.
STEP 2:
1. When all the requirements of Step 1 have been met, we will personally contact you. As part of that contact, we go into detail about the program you have chosen in order to assure both you and Connecting Worlds that this is the ideal program for you. If not, we will then proceed to find the best program that fits what you want. Once you accept a program, your Volunteer Program fee, a copy of your passport and your international insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability must then be submitted to us.  
STEP 3:  
1. Once the dates of Volunteer Program have been established, Connecting Worlds will be in contact with you, arrange your arrival to Argentina, as well as continuing to assist you before, during and after the Volunteer Program, to make your experience unforgettable!

3) Why do a volunteer program with Connecting Worlds?

Making a difference: Wherever they go, our volunteers leave a great positive impact in the community where they do volunteer work, instead of increasing the carbon footprint as a result of their trip around the world.
Gaining experience and knowledge: If you are looking to gain experience before entering the workplace or considering a change in your career, a volunteer position will give you the opportunity to learn new skills while improving your Resume.
Personal Growth: On average, people work about 40 years in their life. Volunteer experience is an ideal opportunity to take a break, do something different and think about what you want to do in your life.
Learning Spanish: The best way to improve your foreign language skills is to spend time in a country where that language is spoken. Becoming a volunteer with Connecting Worlds is one of the best ways to learn or improve your Spanish within a cultural immersion field.
Real immersion experience: When you are traveling from place to place, it is very difficult to truly know about the local culture. To spend several months helping abroad, particularly in South America, you can really get to know the culture and appreciate it.
New friends: By participating in our program you will make new friends from around the world, volunteering just like you, as well as locals. It’s likely that you will communicate with many of these same people long after your trip. 

4) Why pay for volunteering?

Connecting Worlds is a cultural exchange organization that receives no government subsidies or financial funding of any kind. We work hard to give all our participants, high-quality programs in different regions of Argentina. We consider our volunteer programs to be both interesting and useful for our local communities and Connecting World volunteers. It takes a great deal of time and effort on our part to find programs appropriate for you.  
 
We donate a considerable portion of the Volunteer Fee to the local volunteer programs in turn make available to you. The purpose of these donations is twofold. It ensures the sustainability of the local programs involved and facilitates the ability of these programs to continue functioning through the use of our donation for the purchase of tools and other necessary equipment.
Connecting Worlds also does not operate in a vacuum. The maintenance of the Connecting Worlds website; regular transportation costs to places where we are developing our volunteer projects; and monthly administrative costs, just to name a few are expenses which we must meet in order to continue operating for you. During your volunteer period, you’ll likely see a Connecting Worlds representative regularly checking that the programs work properly, are reliable, safe and appropriate for our participants. In short, any successful program requires, time, oversight and money.

5) When can I start with the Volunteer program?

One of our advantages is that our Volunteer programs are flexible and you can choose when to start.

6) Can I get academic credit with the Volunteer?

Yes. We will organize the required hours according to what is requested by your university to support them as points.

7) Can I do a Volunteer program if my level of Spanish is not good?

In this case, we first would organize a Spanish course for your level that allows you to refine the language to be able to make the most of your volunteer program or you can take our Spanish course online to be programmed according to your needs, and you can take it anywhere with Internet access.

8) What if I am not happy during the Volunteer?

An advisor of Connecting Worlds will be in frequent contact with you and the organization to verify everything is running accordingly. Our priority is that participants are satisfied and happy with our programs. In addition, the participant is responsible for notifying Connecting Worlds in writing of any kind of problem that could occur during their program within a period of 72 hours after the problem, so we can give you honest advice on how to best approach the situation from a cultural and linguistic standpoint.

9) What about transportation to the project site?

It is expected that each volunteer will be independent and experienced enough to get to the project site on his own. Never fear, however, it is relatively simple to reach the project sites and we will give you detailed information about how to get there. Additionally, the in-site staff is always available for further advice once you have arrived in the target region. Some projects do provide transportation from the airport to the site. In order to use this service, you should inform us in advance about your travel itinerary in order to make the necessary arrangements. 

10) Is there an emergency number 24 hours 7 days a week?

Yes, each project has a volunteer support in the destination and an emergency number operates 24 hours 7 days a week. This will all be included in our pre-trip information pack.

11) Is it required to procure insurance against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability?

Yes. To make a volunteer in Argentina you are required to have this kind of insurance. We have on offer, for our participants, the best coverage with the prestigious Insurance Caremed to provide the best Solutions to Connecting Worlds’ travelers. You can find more information about this plan under the “Plan your trip’’ section. Connecting Worlds is not responsible for any costs incurred by the participant in relation to illness, accident or any other reason that result in early return.

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