Michael O'Neill says he views Northern Ireland's friendly against Uruguay on May 30 as a massive learning experience for his players.
The Northern Ireland boss is excited to be pitting his wits against South American opponents and the Irish FA is hopeful of arranging another friendly game in the region against a Fifa World Cup finals participant.
"This will be a good opportunity for the team to play against top class opposition," said O'Neill.
"It will be a great experience for the players and also a chance for them to play in South America – something which doesn't happen often happen in a player's career.
"It will be a difficult challenge, but a great one for both the team and for me as a manager."
Irish FA president Jim Shaw added: "There is no friendly date in August this year, so the Uruguay friendly will be an important game looking ahead to the European qualifiers."
Northern Ireland lost that game 1-0 but they did triumph in the two previous occasions the sides have met – in April, 1964 with a 3-0 victory in Belfast and May, 1990 with Kevin Wilson netting in a 1-0 home win.
Northern Ireland are also scheduled to take on Cyprus on Wednesday, March 5 at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.