Please visit our website for more information. Embark on a culinary exploration through central Mexico as you look at sustainable practices and entrepreneurship in the food industry on this summer abroad program for high school students. Advance your knowledge of local and regional foods, learn how to critique food from a professional food critic, and discover differences between corporate and locally owned restaurants. Participate in culinary workshops led by professional chefs, learn traditional cooking methods anchored in the history of specific regions, and experience the importance of and variation in different food systems. The program begins and ends in Mexico City, where you explore important historical and cultural sites, such as the Zócalo, the Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, the Frida Kahlo Museum, and the pyramids of Teotihuacan. While in the capital, enjoy exploring one of the world’s largest outdoor markets, and learn how restaurant owners and chefs examine the quality and source of food, how they identify farmers to work with, and how they budget. Take advantage of continuous opportunities for Spanish language study — particularly during the program’s weeklong homestay, as you share daily life with a host family in Oaxaca. During this time, discuss with local restaurant owners how they have worked to cultivate Oaxaca as Mexico’s culinary capital and the ways in which they have maintained traditional cooking methods and practices of wide appeal in the restaurant industry in Mexico and worldwide. In the town of El Chico, enjoy making traditional foods such as tortillas and trout under the mentorship of a renowned chef, and learn from university instructors at state-of-the-art kitchens during your stay in Puebla. Together with your group, run a farm-to-table restaurant in Mexico City under the guidance of a head chef or owner, applying the culinary, cultural, and language skills you gained throughout the program. Other activities may include designing a marketing plan as part of a group discussion related to marketing and food presentation. Orientation: Mexico City, 3–4 days Homestay: Oaxaca, 1 week Other Accommodations: University dormitory, hotels, hostels, and a ranch
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Trace the historical and cultural influences of Spain’s different religious and ethnic communities while traveling from Madrid to Spain’s southern coast, then to Basque country in the north and ultimately to Catalonia. Learn about the coexistence of Christians, Jews, and Muslims from historical perspectives, and discuss the conditions necessary to fostering a tolerant, multicultural society in Spain today. Consider key issues presently being debated across Spain, such as those related to immigration, environmental conservation, community development, peace, and human rights.
Your high school summer abroad in Spain commences with an immersive orientation in Madrid and Toledo. Visit famous sites and museums throughout the capital, including the Prado museum and the Bourbon district. Explore Madrid’s diverse neighborhoods, meet with Spanish youth at a Jewish community center, and study Spanish language and practice it with locals. Alongside a group of Spanish youth, visit famous sites and museums throughout Toledo, including the Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo. Become better acquainted with the historical and cultural influences important in laying the groundwork for multiculturalism and tolerance in Spain.
Following orientation, live with a host family in a small community along Spain’s southern coast. Visit Arab baths and Roman ruins. Relax on the beach with members of your host family or Experiment group. Following the homestay, you travel to Basque country for a week of regional exploration in the north; activities include community service in the mornings and cultural exchanges with local teenagers in the afternoons. Your journey through multicultural Spain concludes with a stay in the heart of Catalonia. Visit famous sites and museums throughout Barcelona, including the Olympic Harbor and the Picasso Museum. See the architecture of Gaudí and sample tapas on La Rambla, as your knowledge of and experience with Spain’s diverse communities and cultures further deepens.
Orientation: Madrid and Toledo, 3 days
Homestay: Arcos de la Frontera, 11 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels
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