U.S. Embassy In Argentina Aims To Bridge Cultural Gap

By: Ben Dobbs

The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina is trying to bridge the gap between the two countries by educating Argentines about the United States.

The Embassy offers many chances for citizens of Argentina to learn about the U.S.  Opportunities such as cultural immersion trips to the U.S. are just one of the many programs that the embassy has to offer.

Because news about the U.S. can sometimes be taken out of context, the Embassy is using innovative forms of news broadcasting to inform Argentines about what is really going on.

With the rise of high-speed media, the Embassy also uses social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to correctly inform Argentines of what is going on in the U.S. and around the world.

Along with the use of social networking sites, traditional media outlets such as newspapers in Argentina are beginning to cater their papers towards the younger generation.

Besides social networking sites, the Embassy offers many hands-on opportunities for Argentines to experience American culture.

“We use our press and cultural programs to enhance foreign affairs and knowledge by offering events in sports, art and music,” U.S. Public Affairs Officer, Robert Howes said.

The Embassy’s Information Resource Center (IRC) provides citizens of Argentina with information on U.S. government and its policies, both foreign and domestic.  The IRC interacts with residents by constantly putting data online and answering personal information requests.

The Public Affairs Department of the Embassy is one of the offices that provide cultural immersion opportunities for Argentines.

Study abroad programs, work exchange visas and employment opportunities are some of the programs that the department offers to increase Argentines’ understanding of the U.S. http://argentina.usembassy.gov/study_in_the_u.s

Argentines have the chance to go to places such as Washington, D.C., and other cities in the U.S. to experience the actual culture of America.  One of the areas many Argentines like to visit is the South, and Jackson, Miss., is a preferred destination.

The Embassy also provides many job opportunities not only for Argentines but for U.S. citizens as well.

Jobs in public service are popular options for people seeking work in international affairs.

Not only does the Embassy provide chances for Argentines to go to the U.S., but they also provide opportunities for U.S. citizens to study in Argentina.  Every year, over 5,000 U.S. citizens study abroad in universities throughout Argentina.

The Embassy hopes that through these programs a greater understanding will be reached between the United States and Argentina.

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