VOLUNTEER INTERVIEW: NATALIE BARRETT – ARGENTINA LEARN SPANISH AND COMMUNITY PROJECT IN BUENOS AIRES
Today we speak to a future Frontier volunteer, Natalie Barrett, to discover what she is anticipating on her upcoming trip to Buenos Aires.
Frontier: Why did you choose the Learn Spanish and Community Project in Buenos Aires?
Natalie: I have been wanting to learn Spanish and the best way to learn is in a Spanish speaking country where you can practice what you've learnt. I am also interested in volunteering and helping others less fortunate than myself.
Frontier: What do you hope to achieve in your time abroad?
Natalie: I hope to come away with a reasonable understanding of Spanish that I can build on and also get the most out of the experience and the culture of Argentina.
Frontier: Have you done much travelling up to now?
Natalie: Not really, I haven’t had the opportunity to take a gap year or anything. I’ve been to Costa Rica on holiday and have always been interested in South America.
Frontier: Besides Argentina, which other countries would you like to visit?
Natalie: I’m one of those people who have got the bug for travelling, but it’s all about having the time off work and being able to afford it. There are many countries I would like to visit but here is a list of a few: Belize, Brazil, Peru, Canada, Australia, Thailand.
Frontier: What do you think will be the most important item in your backpack?
Natalie: I think definitely a torch as I’ve heard there are power cuts in Buenos Aries.
Frontier: Which music will you listen to while you’re away?
Natalie: I think some Latin American music, although that’s obviously not the kind of music I normally listen to when I’m at home. I’ve got quite a diverse taste in music, for example indie, popular music, reggae or classical music.
Frontier: Do you have a good book to take?
Natalie: One of my work colleagues just lent me a book that I’ve got in my drawer at the moment, it’s called Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese. I think it’s kind of psychology and biology. I haven’t had the chance to flick through it yet, but that’s what I’ll be taking.
Frontier: What’s your favourite holiday memory?
Natalie: It would probably have to be in Costa Rica, when we stayed near the Arenal Volcano. We stayed at a hotel with a view of the volcano. The memory of that was just amazing: sitting there, chilling out and looking at the views. I think that would be up there with one of my best holiday memories.
Beach or forest? Beach
Tigers or sharks? Tigers
Kanye West or Jay Z? Jay Z
Beyonce or Rihanna? Rihanna
Skins or Misfits? Skins
Club or Gig? Gig
Mac or PC? PC