Argentina The most visited country in South America, Argentina is a lively fusion of tango culture, soccer fanatics,
wine and food enthusiasts, world-renowned artists, and stunning natural wonders.
Argentina benefits from a highly literate populace which places a premium on education—including English language instruction. Once among the wealthiest countries in South America, Argentina has had its fair share of economic woes in recent years. The good news is that since 2002 the economy has grown, poverty has declined, and there has been a strong rebound of the middle class. As the nation forges ahead, more and more people are realizing the importance of—and are able to afford—English language classes.
Nearly half of Argentina’s population lives in the province of Buenos Aires, and many of the nation’s English teaching jobs can be found there. As a TEFL teacher in Buenos Aires, you will likely find the most work teaching English to professionals and business executives. However, you may also have the opportunity to tutor students studying for exams, families preparing for a trip abroad, or others looking to improve their English skills.
Argentina is the most visited country on the continent, and for good reason. It is a land that entices and thrills with its fantastic beauty. Encompassing a large portion of the southern half of South America, the country boasts a variety of geography ranging from deserts in the north to deep forests and magnificent glaciers in the south. Argentina's natural attractions also include the immense pampas, the majestic Andean Cordillera, the wild splendor of Patagonia, and the world-famous Iguazú Falls.
Besides its outdoor appeal, Argentina is known for its culture and class. The capital Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of South America,” and offers elegant architecture, exquisite cuisine, a legendary nightlife, and fashionable shopping. Argentina has become famous for being rich in European flavor, while maintaining the unique identity of a South American country.
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Argentina at a Glance
Capital:Buenos Aires Population:38,592,000 Currency:Argentine Peso Language(s): Spanish Literacy Rate:97% Life Expectancy:74 years
Argentina Fun Facts
• Argentina is home to the highest mountain in South America, Cerro Aconcagua. • One of the only glaciers in the world that is still growing is Perito Moreno in southern Argentina. • Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires is the widest street in the world at 16 lanes. • Ushuaia in southern Argentina is the southernmost city in the world. • Argentina is named after “Argentum,” which is the Latin word for the metal silver.
Regions & Weather
Argentina’s climate is generally temperate, but due to the country’s size, geographical location, and varying latitudes and altitudes, weather can differ greatly from one region to another. The northeast is subtropical with rain throughout the year, the northwest is warm and sunny, and Tierra del Fuego in the south has a sub-arctic climate. The main central area is temperate, but can be hot and humid with longer days during summer (December to February) and cool with shorter, rainier days in the winter (July-October). The sea regulates temperatures in most costal cities—including Buenos Aires, which averages temperatures between 41°F (5°C) and 84°F (29°C)