During my last semester at Millersville University I conducted a research project on cross cultural communication between Americans and Argentines. My research targets American volunteers going to Buenos Aires. My final product was a blog.
How different could American and Argentine culture really be? Well, you’ll find out.
The first mistake you can make is to assume that everybody views the world the same way you do. This opinion will hinder communication across cultures. Although the information contained in this blog can help anyone going to Argentina, I’ve geared it towards volunteers; people who ABSOLUTELY need to learn proper communication skills in order to provide adequate aid work. Research has shown there to be a high failure rate among those who have a low cultural competence of the country in which they are working.
I’m assuming that all volunteers (humanitarian aid workers, human rights activists, etc.) have reached the conclusion about themselves that they care about others and wish to help them. The organization that you volunteer with will have its own procedures and ideas about how to provide services (whether it is education, healthcare, etc.). But my blog will help you learn critical elements of Argentine culture and communication styles that are very different from our own, yet quite essential to understand in order to build intercultural relationships and trust. Increasing your cultural competence of Argentina will also lower your anxiety when experiencing culture shock.
If you are interested in cross cultural communication in Argentina please check out my blog: