Matthew Helfond

2018 Ambassador of the Year
Santa Clara University

Matthew Helfond is a recent Santa Clara University graduate, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & International Business. As a junior, Matthew studied abroad on the IES Abroad Latin American Societies & Cultures program in Fall 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Matthew then promoted study abroad on campus for the rest of his junior year and for his senior year. He wanted to better prepare students for studying abroad and answer any questions they had, whether it was about the application process or specific details about their program. He had such an amazing experience on his program that he wanted to share it with students and prepare them for success on their programs.

Read below to find out a bit more about Matthew:

Where have you studied or lived abroad?

Buenos Aires, Argentina

What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?

My favorite place I've traveled to is Argentina because I was exposed to a different culture for 4 months where I improved my Spanish language skills and self confidence.

Best piece of advice you've ever received?

Be present in the moment and take advantage of opportunities you have to go outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

Weekend trip visiting Iguazu Falls and Hito Tres Fronteras (Three Frontiers Landmark)