Buenos Aires has been amazing! It’s already the end of the work week, and we only have two more days until we return home to our normal lifestyles for summer. There’s so much that I’ve learned from staying here, and I’ll post all pictures at the very end! The city is so enchanting, and even though it’s not as developed as the other countries, I feel like those that live in Buenos Aires have bright futures ahead of them.
From below, you can see that we visited many successful companies in various industries and learned so much from them about the Argentine economy and about globalization as a whole. Of course, that’s the whole point of going on a LINC trip anyways, right?
Argentina has rich resources, intelligent and highly educated human capital, and a very large market that results in huge business opportunities to make millions of pesos (and of dollars). However, through the week it became apparent to all of us that the government is not helping its middle class at all, and as the poor are getting handouts from welfare and other public services like that, and as the rich always are getting richer, the middle class is slowly being squeezed out of society. It’s sad to see so many sophisticated people and buildings in the midst of a very underdeveloped infrastructure and other architecture that has eroded.
The Argentine government definitely has a lot of work to do if they want to improve their economy and the quality of living for its citizens. Even then, though, many businesses are thriving even though they have to handle an extremely ephemeral economic situation that changes on a day to day basis. Nothing is every guaranteed when you wake up in the morning, and 100 pesos might not be 100 pesos within a few days.
It does, however, allow me, and hopefully the other students as well, to really experience how uncertainty is such a large part of daily living in Argentina, especially compared to the United States. We always take tomorrow for granted, but it’s important to remember that nothing is granted to us. We have to fight, we have to adapt, and we have to survive.