Ethnic and cultural Argentines are a mixture of Latin American and European heritage. Over 90% of the population comes from European immigrants, especially Italians, Spaniards and Germans. Only a very small proportion of the population are descendants of the original Native American population.
If there is something Argentina is known for, it is meat! There great beef is known in many parts of the world. Try for example, Asado or Parillada. You can also try Mate, a local drink, reminiscent of strong tea, it is made from dried leaves of the plant yerba mate. It is often served in a dried, hollowed gourd called a calabash. Beyond their food and drink, Argentines love to dance and celebrate the tango. The dance originated in Argentina in 1800. The Argentine tangi is an improvised dance with may changes of pace, and it is said that tango is danced with feeling. Around the world there are associations that dance the tango and celebrate the beautiful dance and the music.
The Argentine national sport is Pato, which takes place on horseback and combines elements of both polo and basketball. As you may also know, the Argentineans are also known for football and rugby.
If you choose to take a high school year in Argentina, you will meet welcoming people who are curious to learn about other nationalities. This makes it easy for exchange students to settle in. The school day is typically from 8am to 1pm and at many schools, uniform is required. Argentines are very social so you will be able to walk with schoolmated and participate in various sports and cultural activities while living there.