Organizing an internship for Natalie was quite a challenge: She looked exclusively for a company that offers and works with „SAP HR“. After some weeks she received our internship offer and decided to come to Argentina for 6 months!
Where did you live in Argentina? For how long?
I lived half a year in Córdoba together with a very nice and lovely lady. We had a very familiar atmosphere. Although the lady was like a grandma for me, she left me freedom and the distance I wanted to have. An important aspect was that I knew that somebody would help me if I had a problem. Firstly, the people of NICE and secondly the “grandma”.
What did you do in Argentina? If you did an internship… In which company/organization?
I studied Spanish (before I did not speak a single word!!) and I did an internship in an international company for my studies in Germany. The company is specialized in consultation for SAP. I was the first intern of this company and I was totally involved. Moreover, they entrusted one part of a large project to me. They never treated me like an intern for half a year; I always felt like an employee. After a short time I could already take actively part in conversations during lunchtime!
What most impressed you when you first arrived?
What impressed me the most was the “cariño” of all the people in Córdoba. Everyone helps you and gives you the feeling of being happy that you have come to Córdoba – probably all the Germans say that… we cannot imagine this “cariño”! One of the 1000 arguments to visit Córdoba!
During my first months I noticed that I was really relaxed! The Argentines are slow in everything –sometimes too slow for a German structured person with a time table. But this had such a positive effect on me; I could totally enjoy my stay in Córdoba, despite of the stress concerning my studies sometime.
What was your favorite food?
Most people now would say:“Meat and Empanadas!” Since I don’t eat much meat, I say biscuits, Alfajores and Facturas…mhhhhmmmmm
What do you like most?
I liked the whole atmosphere in Argentina, the beaming people full of positive energy and happiness of life. For them, the social life is so important; they helped me to change my principles. The night life was amazing, too! Going out is so easy in Córdoba! You leave your home, take a taxi or walk and you are already there!
Also the Spanisch course with my teachers Iria and Romina influenced my life there.
I always had so much fun with both of them and I enjoyed taking classes! I arrived without speaking any Spanish word at Córdoba and very very fast I was able to talk to Argentine people, so highest praise for both of them!! In the beginning, I had to tell about my new experiences during the courses and that is the reason why I was so amazed, that they always could listen to me, could give me recommendations, and teached me in the perfect way. In the end, I left Córdoba with the level B2 and you have to keep in mind that I arrived with zero…
What was the most beautiful place you visited?
For me there is no “most beautiful place”. I tried to visit many different places:
West: National park, Salinas
East: Buenos Aires
South: Patagonia (I saw animals like whales and common seals)
I went to many cities of the province Córdoba, to the mountains and I saw a typical horse racing in the city of Córdoba!
What are the main differences that you found between life in your country and life in Argentina?
Argentina: The social life, lovely people, a free and flexible life, the passion and temperament.
Germany: The structure, the reliability, the stress, the planned life, security, the time schedules for busses
Would you recommend visit Argentina? Why?
I definitely would recommend visiting South America, especially Argentina!! It is such a different country in comparison to Europe, especially the beautiful and unique nature! You cannot describe it in a few words because everything that I’ve just written helped me to feel comfortable there, from the first day on! For me Argentina is my second home and family.
This is what I would like to recommend persons who are going to visit Argentina: In order to get to know the culture and the life of the locals you have to try to live completely in Argentina. This means that the moments with the Argentines are important. They invite you to every event and if you like and if you show interest! You won’t find hospitality like this in many places.
All in all, you have to open yourself for new things and accept the life and (missing) structure in Argentina. With this attitude you will fully enjoy, you will have positive energy and you will have an unforgettable time!!