Have you ever heard of Couchsurfing? It is a platform here you can travel and stay as guest free at someone´s house as if you were at home. It is a platform of services and inter-assistance between travelers and it´s really interesting!
“Couchsurfing is a vibrant travel community of over 14 million locals and travelers. Use Couchsurfing to find accomodations, meetup with nearby locals, learn new language…”
Couchsurfing is one of the largest communities of travelers ! The first thing to know is : this system is completely free because it is based on the philosophy of mutual assistance between travelers. The advantages between host and guest are many : connect and exchange experiences, receive a stranger at home to make friends, discover new cultures, practice a foreign language! This is a great way for travelers to discover a destination through this resourceful host and save on hosting! We explain in this article the true meaning of a Couchsurfing trip!
“My first experience was on a CouchSurfing trip to Sao Paulo (Brazil) to practice Portuguese after an intensive course. As I had no friends in the city, I was welcomed into Dennis’s house … This trip has changed the way I travel, because this host received me with more than 50 varieties of fruit in his refrigerator because he had read about my description on the Couchsurfing website that I was a lover of the “fine cuisine”. It made me understand that there are experiences that cannot be bought. To meet this kind of unique and sincere people is simply priceless … ”
It is important to note that you can also meet a friend in the country without having to stay at his or her home, in fact, the platform offers a space of forums / events that allow you to connect to other traveler or hosts so you can discover the city, do something together or simply go out to have a drink …
“Personally, when I travel, I use it a lot to meet someone for jogging or tennis and to have a drink, of course!
Everything is done through the platform Couchsurfing.com (also available as an app). In this article, I briefly explain how it works!
The first thing to do is to create an account on the site. It is important to create a profile as complete as possible: description of your personality, your passions, your tastes … when a host contacts you he will have confidence in your profile and in you, so we avoid bad surprises!
Secondly, take the time to describe the trips you have made or that you wish to make in the near future! Of course, it is also advisable to offer your house to your host, it is a fair system. Will you soon be ready to host a Couchsurfer at your house? We are confident that you will be an excellent host, won’t you?
Finally, when you meet someone, it is important to leave references in order to reinforce the credibility of some hosts. Thus, the higher the confidence level, the more reliable the profile of the host. The comments are part of the virtual meetings for both the hosts and the guests. Many people are afraid to stay at unreliable places or have a crazy host ! It is therefore important to check your host profile before you arrive! This advice is to be taken seriously for women traveling alone 😉
“Personally, when the person doesn´t have many recommendations, I start a discussion via Facebook or WhatsApp. It’s a good way to know the host before meeting him or her. Thanks to Couchsurfing, I have been able to make wonderful experiences and meet new friends all over the world!”
To learn more about the site, I invite you to visit Couchsurfing and start creating your profile.
If you have any questions, you can write me in the comments of this article and / or add me through my profile CS Enzo
It’s important to mention that this article is alive, updating itself and growing as I keep traveling and exchanging ideas with other travelers.
It was after traveling and living in different countries that I could distinguish more and more the differences between the local cultures of each country, and to differentiate the type of people each of us meet according to what type of travel we are doing.
My first experience of living abroad was in Greece, as soon as I finished High School I decided I needed to discover the world, and discover myself (*this require a whole other post) in a new environment. I started to understand the concept of culture from another country the moment I landed in Athens, from the “Γεια σας”, which means “Hello” in greek, to the way people moved their bodies or the “screaming” way of expressing yourself… at the same time I understood that this set of characteristics that made the greek people, greek, I was also able to understand and discover many aspects of the culture of my own country, Argentina, which until then I hadn’t, since I thought that is was the natural way of people behaving and being genuine to themselves.
Each travel is different and it allows us to connect with our destination in different ways, it’s not the same going on an all-inclusive vacation or to a backpack trip using couchsurfing (couchsurfing.org), or a business travel to an exchange program abroad. Another key factor that is very important is the duration of the travel and our way to interact and connect with people. *We will be making another post about “DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRAVELS”
To focus on the main purpose of this article, I’ll describe what I call the “Local Internationals and the Locals”, in accordance to how we travel and the possibilities to connect with each local.
In the first group there are the International Locals, those are the people like me, and probably like you, if you are reading this article. The International Locals are those people that had the possibility to travel and live abroad alone, meaning, without family and friends to surround them. The ones that had to force themselves to adapt to the local culture, to create a new routine and how to socialize in a different environment. I never get tired of reading or hearing from young people after their first experiences of living in a different country describing their immersion in a new culture as the best experience in their life. Definitely an experience of exchange, growth and self-discovery, which I call the process of becoming an International Person. The international person gathers some personal characteristics and others that grow deeper with each international experience, among those I highlight: Stronger confidence in yourself, tolerance and respect for what is different, adapt easily to changes and many other things. This constant desire to continue traveling and discovering people and places.
The international people are the ones that when back to their own country I denominate as “Local Internationals” , and practically in every known case, maintain the constant inclination to help those travelers they encounter along the way. The local internationals are the first ones we will encounter in any travel, as most likely they will come to our encounter too. They are in the couchsurfing platforms, they are the ones that rent us rooms on AIRBNB, the ones in international thematic events, in meeting in exchange programs or casually in one way or the other they will show up when we need them. Those are the ones that can give us the best welcoming and make our first steps in a new destination easier, but it’s also important to know who are the non-international locals, the ones that make us discover a new culture in its real form. And that is why it is important to know the difference.
The Locals non- Internationals or “Local locals”, are those people that didn’t have the opportunity to experience an immersion in a new culture, keeping the set of values and behavior typical from their own country. *Varying from country to country as well social class, but in general the local locals maintain the same routine and have their own circle of friendship formed, motive that makes it harder to meet them. If we don’t speak the local language the possibility to connect with them reduces itself practically to zero. Time, as well the continuous interaction is the recipe to be in contact with the locals, that’s why the type of travels that really put you in contact with them are the work/business travel and exchange/study travels, in each case is necessary to share activities with locals in order to get the chance to connect with them.
Even though I love meeting new international people to share experiences and exchange ideas, we have many characteristics in common that makes us people of the world, and when I want to discover a culture and its deepest values the best way to do so is by connecting with local locals, they represent the highest number of the population in the destination and are the image of the culture of the country, the strongest elements of its customs and its way of seeing the world.
Although I can distinguish clearly the types of sub-cultures in each country, it’s also important not to forget that “each person is a world” and that we always encounter during our travels closed people with several worlds, and local people that are incredibly open-minded.
If you already had the opportunity to travel abroad, I would like to hear your opinion about the international people and the local people from your country!
We offer you the opportunity to prepare the DELE exam in one of the best Spanish schools selected by Courconnect.
The DELE (Diplomas de español como lengua extranjera) is a certificate of linguistic competence organized by the Cervantes Institute.
It is aimed at all people whose Spanish is not their mother tongue and who wish to leave in a Spanish-speaking country, whether to study in a university, to do an internship or even to work. It opens you the gates of Spain but also of all the South American continent (except Brazil).
This diploma justifies an advanced level of Spanish. This B2 level Spanish certificate certifies that the student can “communicate with Spanish speakers with sufficient fluidity and naturalness, so that the conversation takes place without any of the interlocutors having to make any effort. Clear and detailed texts on various topics, as well as a point of view on general themes, indicating the advantages and disadvantages of the different options. Including if they are of a technical nature, provided they belong to its field of specialty. ” Read more information at dele.org
The duration of the examination and its degree of difficulty depend of course on the level. Thus for the A1 test, the writing lasts 90 minutes whereas for the B2 it lasts 210 minutes. Several exercises or questions of vocabulary and grammar allow to verify the acquired.
For example, the B2 level exam consists of four tests: reading comprehension, written expression and interaction, listening comprehension and oral expression and interaction. Successful completion of the examination requires a sufficient mark to obtain “APTE” approval.
How to prepare?
There is a need for time to prepare for this review. You have to train under the same conditions as the final exam (limited time and real subjects). It is advisable to prepare 3 to 6 months before the exam (depending on the learning of each one) in order to integrate the form of the tests and to be ready for D-Day.
You can find annals on the official website of DELE in order to train you correctly. But we advise you to immerse yourself in the language without waiting. Watch Spanish movies, listen to music in Spanish, read books or surf on Spanish-speaking websites, … You can also participate in meetings / language exchanges near you or find a Spanish native binomial for Make a tandem! However, one of the best ways is still to combine all these learning tips with courses in language school. Indeed, the efforts will be concentrated and the immersion in a country will allow you to multiply by two your work! Click here to see all the Spanish courses offered on our Courconnect platform, language school comparators.
DELE examen center
In France, there are about 75 different examination centers in several cities. You can find the exam center nearest you by clicking here
The period between April and November offers different exam sessions each year. However, we advise you to register 2 to 3 months in advance because the places are expensive! Check out the DELE exam calendar calendar by clicking here!
If you are looking for fast and efficient DELE exam preparation courses, in order to graduate DELE in the near future, we offer courses directly in Spain or South America! Immersion in a Spanish-speaking country is one of the most effective ways to study quickly.
On the Courconnect platform, you can search, compare and book the DELE preparation course in one of the establishments available in Spain or South America. We propose you below 3 ideas of destinations in Spain and Argentina + courses with different intensities of learning (note: prices are subject to change):
Propuesta Indecente from Romeo Santos was the Bachata that exploded internationally over the last years. If you haven’t heard it yet, hit play!
Darte un Beso was later recorded with Michel Telo, and they both singed together in the 2014 Latin America Billboard Awards.
Eres Mia is another hit from the BachataStar Romeo Santos. Check out this amazing videoclip production. Lyrics here link.
Latin America’s Hip Hop, Reggaeton is the most played rhythm in clubs from Buenos Aires to Mexico DF. There are so many good songs that is hard to list only a few. But here they go:
2016 summer hit, Picky is that catchy song that everyone learned how to sing and dance. Lyrics here link.
J Balvin makes everyone shake with Ay Vamos. Lyrics here link
Travesuras was the hot song that caught everyone last year. Another big hit from Nicky Jam (You remember “Bailando” from the World Cup, don’t you?)
You know Rick Martin, right? You can’t say “un pasito p’adelante Maria”… Mordidita is his most recent single. Sing with him link
Going southern, we have the most loved rhythm in River Plate. Their videos don’t reach 300 millions from Caribean Reggaeton, but 50 million views is a lot for Uruguayan bands, in a country with 3 million people.
Marama and Rombai are THE bands nowadays, launching one hit after another. Noche Loca was a song recorded by both bands together. Lyrics here aqui.
Biggest Marama’s hit, Loquita has also hit the 50 million milestone in a few weeks. Lyrics here link.
The video that made Rombai famous, Locuras Contigo shows a little bit of the Uruguayan summer party. Lyrics here aqui.
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On Friday March 17, the Buenos Aires City Tourist Board will throw an unmissable welcome party for visiting international students.
Friday March 17, 4.00pm – 8.00pm
Centro Cultural Recoleta, Junín 1930
Follow the link and input your starting location: mapa.buenosaires.gob.ar
If you’ve recently arrived in Buenos Aires to study, come along to Es Tu Dia to meet young Argentines and international students from all over the world.
You’ll meet new friends, learn Argentine customs, and participate in an exchange of cultures. Last year’s event attracted 2,000 young people from 55 different countries.
Live DJs will be playing from early on, plus there’ll be food trucks, raffles, tango classes, talks, live arts interventions, and quickfire language classes and language exchanges.
Internship and Training program:
Title: Marketing, Social Media and Internet Internships.
Location: Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Duration: 2 – 6 month.
Vacancies: 3 interns
Courconnect interns will be part of the marketing and social media Team. (more…)