Embark on an immersive journey through multicultural South Africa on this summer abroad program for high school students. Learn about the country’s historic transition from apartheid to democracy, its cultural diversity and arts, and its ongoing efforts to advance civil society and human rights. Visit key historical sites, such as the Apartheid Museum and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison.
You will witness ongoing community development efforts and work on service projects with local residents. Projects could include assisting at a local school or soup kitchen, or helping to establish a community vegetable garden. Participate in Afrikaans language study and hands-on workshops focused on dance, music, and drumming.
The program’s broad geographic reach uncovers South Africa’s numerous cultures, languages, and landscapes. The program begins at the southern tip of the country in Cape Town, journeys east to historic Grahamstown for the city’s world-renowned arts festival, and spends two weeks in Kranshoek, an Afrikaans-speaking Griqua community, where you live with a host family. As the program travels north, you experience the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Mpumalanga, and a three-day safari in Kruger National Park. The program concludes in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg.
Orientation: Cape Town, 4 days
Homestay: Kranshoek, 10–12 days
Other Accommodations: Guest houses, dormitories, lodges, and chalets/houses
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
Please visit our website for more information. Experience the natural beauty of Argentina through a month of cultural immersion, outdoor activities, and community service. Begin your high school summer abroad in Argentina’s capital, where you and your group will explore the city’s art galleries, theaters, and boulevards and start practicing your Spanish. Sail by catamaran to the city’s surrounding islands to learn about the region’s ecology and biosystems. From Buenos Aires, travel to colonial Salta La Linda, capital of the Salta province, on Argentina’s northern frontier, where you'll spend two weeks sharing day-to-day life with an Argentine host family. During this period, work on a community service project such as volunteering at a center for children with developmental disabil­ities or helping to renovate an orphanage or kindergarten. Study Spanish in language classes with other members of your group and learn about local gaucho culture. Go hiking or white-water rafting. Continue on to the small town of Chicoana, just south of the city of Salta, where you'll assist on service learning activities such as painting or landscaping. Then, embark on a week of outdoor exploration with your group and leaders. Ride horseback, stay on a large ranch, and enjoy traditional barbeque. Travel through the mountains to the city of Cafayate, stopping at famous rock formations. In Cafayate, take a bike tour of the city and then ride to the sand dunes. Return to Buenos Aires for a final day of exploration and reflection. Orientation: Buenos Aires, 4 days Homestay: Salta,* 14 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, campsite, hostels