Botswana: Wildlife, Ecology, and Culture

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Botswana: Wildlife, Ecology, and Culture

Please visit our website for more information. Travel to one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas — the Kalahari Desert — and the lush marshes, rivers, and islands that make up the Okavango Delta. Experience Botswana’s big game and complex ecosystems and its traditional cultures and contemporary life. Visit wildlife and nature reserves, go on game drives, camp in the wilds of Chobe National Park, and spend multiple days at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. As part of the program’s eco-travel component and camping safari, your group travels across the Kalahari and into the Okavango Delta, which is teeming with wildebeest, elephants, zebras, hippos, lions, and numerous other species. During this excursion, learn to paddle a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, while learning about the plants and animals of this inland waterway from local guides. In addition to its numerous outdoor components, this high school summer abroad program includes a two-week homestay in a rural village, which fully immerses you in the daily life of a Balete family and community. During this time, your group might undertake day trips to nearby villages or visit a diamond mine. You'll also participate in a community service project such as helping to renovate a village school or building a community vegetable garden. To help you gain comparative perspectives on rural versus urban life, the program spends multiple days in the capital, Gaborone. Visit the city’s markets and cultural sites, explore Botswana’s history, and learn introductory Setswana through the program’s survival language classes. Orientation: Gaborone, 4–5 days Homestay: Otse or Mmankgodi, 21–23 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, lodges, cabins and/or campsites

Subjects

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Community Service

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Spain: Language and Cultural Traditions

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Rapidly improve your Spanish through a month of immersive language study and historical and contemporary exploration through Spain. Begin your month of language immersion in Spain’s capital — Madrid — as you spend time at the city’s famous sites and museums, explore its neighborhoods, and sample Spanish cuisine. Then, travel to southern Spain, to the province of Andalucía, where you will engage in intensive Spanish language training.

This high school summer abroad program has two separate language groups. One group has Spanish training in the historic city of Granada, where, for four hours each day, the group attends small-group, interactive language classes divided by language level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. Learn inside and outside the classroom through music, film, city scavenger hunts, and field trips. After class, take advantage of opportunities to meet up with Spanish students learning English and join them for sporting or cultural events. The program’s other group has language classes and immersive arts training in Guadix. This group participates in workshops focused on flamenco, ceramics, theatrical performance, and other arts, in addition to the language training. In Guadix, there are opportunities to learn about Romani culture and Gitano identity and to perform flamenco and traditional village dances with local community members.

Both groups explore Granada’s sites — including the Alhambra, city gardens, and local museums — to better understand the city’s historical layers and contemporary culture. All students also have a homestay in an Andalusian town. Enjoy family meals and visit local markets, beaches, and cafés as you continue to enhance your Spanish through constant conversation with host family members. The program incorporates some outdoor activities such as camping, trekking, and excursions to the beach. Students return to Madrid for final reflection and language practice before departing for home.

Language Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed.

Orientation: Madrid, 3 days
Homestay: Guadix, Priego, or Motril, 10–12 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels, student residence, camping lodge

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Mexico: Marine Biology on the Baja Peninsula

Please visit our website for more information. Spend a summer abroad experiencing different marine environments and regional cultures as you travel from the coastal city of La Paz — situated between desert mountains and the Gulf of California — to the Yucatán Peninsula on this program for high school students. Meet with marine biologists, researchers, and guides in La Paz. Learn about the history of human and animal habitation in the peninsula. Snorkel among coral reefs, observing sea lions in their natural habitats, on the beautiful island of Espíritu Santo, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. During this period, you live with a Mexican family, which opens up amazing windows into Mexican culture. Take advantage of continuous opportunities for Spanish language study while experiencing the region’s incredible natural environments and regional culture with host family members. As the program moves to the Yucatán in southeastern Mexico — from desert to jungle — you experience a completely different natural environment. Learn about pearl farming on the island of Cozumel and witness ongoing ecosystem restoration efforts through the installation of artificial reefs. Take a late-night beach walk to watch giant sea turtles laying eggs on the sand. Travel to Akumal beach for a guided snorkel excursion with sea turtles and manta rays. Witness the region’s strong Maya cultural influence, and visit the Maya archaeological ruins at Coba or Tulum. The program begins and ends in Mexico City, giving you time to deepen your knowledge of Mexico’s culture, history, and food from the vantage point of the country’s expansive capital city. Visit the Zócalo, Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, or Frida Kahlo Museum, or take a walking tour of the old city. Orientation: Mexico City, 3–4 days Homestay: La Paz, 11–12 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, eco-lodge, ranch

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