Widely considered a gateway to Patagonia, Bariloche is an international intern’s dream, filled with charming Swiss-style architecture and historical buildings. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains and Lago Nahuel Huapi, outdoor activities and admiring nature’s beauty are popular activities once you clock out of your internship. Known for its delicious chocolate, home-brewed beer, and five-star cuisine–you will certainly never struggle to satiate your taste buds! Internships in Bariloche are a good fit for adventurous individuals who value international work experience. Explore everything that Bariloche has to offer while interning in Argentina!
Internships in Bariloche
Whether you are heeding the call of the mountains or are inexplicably drawn to Argentina internships, don’t fear! You won’t have to sacrifice your personal or professional goals to score an amazing professional experience here. Between the opportunities to teach English, to work in all aspects of hospitality management, or to build an individually tailored internship, you will feel right at home while gaining first hand experience in your field.
Education. If you like sharing your cultural identity with others, enjoy spending time with people, and have native or fluent level English, then teaching English is a wonderful option. Obtaining the international certification to teach English abroad (TEFL/TESOL) will set you up to teach English not only while interning in Bariloche, but anywhere in the world. This certification requires taking classes, but sets you up for success in your worldly teaching endeavors. Interns typically work 20 to 25 hours a week and can stay for anywhere between six and 12 months.
Hospitality. The tourist heavy city of Bariloche is filled with possibilities to find internships in Argentina in the hospitality industry. With internships in culinary arts, cooking, and hospitality (to name a few), you can be sure to make impressive progress on your career goals. Whether you’re interested in working with people in reception or with food in the restaurant or kitchen, there is an internship for you. Interns typically work 20 hours a week, which works out to be four hours a day five days a week, for anywhere between one to six months. This type of internship is a great way to gain international work experience in a predominant field across the world. Having an intermediate level of Spanish is preferred, but not required, and can give you access to higher level positions.
NGO’s & Private Enterprises. If you are looking for an internship in a specific field or industry to kickstart your career, many companies are willing to do the footwork of finding you the perfect internship. These companies are frequently local, incredibly well connected in Bariloche, and are always looking for students or young working professionals who want to find professional experience in their field. Many of these companies require you to have intermediate or advanced Spanish skills in order to find you the best internship and to help you get the most out of your internship experience.
Life in Bariloche
The possibilities for adventure in Bariloche are endless. Outdoor activities are a popular choice year round. Bariloche has a mix of a cool Mediterranean climate and an oceanic climate, giving it four distinctive seasons, including dry windy summers and rainy/snowy winters. Home to a little over 100,000 people, this southern Argentinian gem, just a short flight from Buenos Aires, is widely known and visited — a secret gem for internships in Argentina.
Tourism is the main economic activity in Bariloche, drawing large groups of tourists twice a year for summer and winter activities. In the summer you can enjoy hiking through the dense forests, fly fishing in the gushing rivers, mountain biking, horseback riding, or relaxing on the beach. Winter comes with snow in the 2,000 meter high mountains, allowing for skiing, snowboarding, and winter climbing. Bariloche is home to Cerro Catedral, the largest ski resort in South America.
Outdoor activities are not the only draw for locals and tourists. Bariloche is also known for it’s gastronomía, or the art of good eating. Restaurants and cafes utilize fresh ingredients and ancient recipes to serve you the unique flavors of Patagonia. Also known for it’s home brewed beer, Bariloche produces more than one million liters of beer every year. If you are of age, be sure to try the numerous types of beer handmade at most restaurants. And, to top it all off, Bariloche is Argentina’s chocolate capital. With chocolate shops on almost every corner, what more could you want?
Salaries & Costs
At this point you’re probably sold on going south for a wondrous internship in Bariloche, and you might be wondering: Can I afford it? The good news is that there are paid internships as well as internships that offer alternate benefits in place of, or in addition to, a stipend or salary. Another benefit is that the cost of living in Bariloche is inexpensive and is therefore very livable.
Internships in Bariloche that typically offer a salary or a stipend are in the education or hospitality industries. They will pay you enough to cover your living expenses, but not much more than that. Hospitality internships sometimes offer free accommodation and free meals. If housing is not included, most companies have procedures to help you find a safe and affordable place to live for a small fee.
Internships in other fields are typically unpaid due to the complicated laws Argentina has for paying international employees. Additionally, as an intern, you will gain international education and exceptional professional experience. Other benefits companies offer interns in lieu of or in addition to a stipend are: job placement assistance, orientation upon arrival, a certificate and reference upon completion, language classes, and 24/7 support.
As with most cities, the cost of living just outside the city center is considerably cheaper than in the heart of Bariloche. However, prices are still very reasonable wherever you choose to live. The public transportation is excellent and it’s fairly easy to get from the outskirts of town to the city center without a car. You can find a reasonably priced room in a shared apartment in the city center, or if you're looking for more space, you can find long-term one-two bedroom rental homes just outside of town for a similar price. A reasonable monthly budget for life in Bariloche is $600-$800 including rent. In addition, transportation and food costs are very reasonable and will allow you to try some famous Patagonian cuisines.
Accommodation & Visas
As briefly mentioned earlier, most internships in Bariloche do not provide housing. This means that you can find the ideal living situation for your personal needs, whether that be a shared apartment with locals or other interns, a room in a home stay, or a studio apartment.
Living with other people will allow you to make friends, but comes at the cost of not having alone time or a place to call your own. On the other hand, living alone can be isolating, but is an important place for introverts to recharge. The most ideal living situation will depend on what you’re looking to get out of the trip and how you like to live. Keep in mind that a homestay is typically the ideal way to learn Spanish and to become fully immersed in Argentine culture.
In order to stay in Argentina for your internship in Bariloche for longer than 90 days, you will need to obtain a valid visa. You will need to contact the embassy of Argentina to figure out whether you need a visa for tourism or business. The company you choose to intern through usually helps you through this process. Sometimes it is also necessary to obtain a temporary residence permit through the National Management of Migration in Argentina, a DNI national identification card for employment, and a Cuil or a unique code for working in Argentina. Visit GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory for more information.
Benefits & Challenges
Year Round Adventure. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or simply enjoy the sense of calm that comes from taking in beautiful scenery, internships in Bariloche could be the right adventure for you. When you’re not at your internship placement, you will find that there is no shortage of exciting new activities to participate in. You will have a striking balance between work and play that will make you never want to leave your new home!
Cuisine. Whatever your secret (or not so secret) indulgence may be, Bariloche is sure to leave you satisfied! Between the excellent meals, home brewed beer, and infamous chocolate, there will never be a dull moment for your taste buds. You are sure to try something new and fall in love with this local cuisine.
Unpaid Internships. Tough regulations on getting paid while working abroad in Argentina make paid internships in Bariloche, outside of the education or hospitality management industries, far and few between. It can be tough and expensive to go to a new country without financial support, but luckily, life in Bariloche is extremely affordable. If you can work hard and budget accordingly, this adventure of a lifetime is well worth it. You will be rewarded in beautiful views, work experience, and a strong resume booster!
What are you waiting for? Bring your chocolate-loving tastebuds and your favorite professional get-up and meet us in Bariloche!