Take an immersive journey through urban and rural landscapes of Thailand on this immersive high school summer abroad program. Experience the cultural sights, markets, and ancient temples of major Thai cities; live with host families in rural villages; participate in community service projects organized by local organizations; and explore northern Thailand by foot, raft, and elephant. Learn introductory Thai through formal and informal language study and through time with host family members and others.
The program begins in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, home to hundreds of ancient temples and surrounded by mountains. Visit the city’s famous sites and museums and explore bustling street markets and Buddhist temples as you get to know the other members of your group. As your Thai journey continues, you live with a Kon Mueang host family in a lowland Northern Thai village in Chiang Mai province and then with a Lisu host family in a hill tribe village in Chiang Rai province. Join host family members and others in working on a service project such as helping to build a natural water dam or assisting with reforestation work. Other service opportunities could include teaching English to young children.
Experience the northern region’s tropical valleys and highlands as you participate in outdoor activities such as trekking, zip lining, and rafting. Conclude your Thailand exploration with five days in Bangkok, visiting sites of cultural and historical importance such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Koh Ket.
Orientation: Chiang Mai, 5–7 days
Homestays: Northern Thai village, Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province, 8–10 days; Baan Doi Lan (Lisu hill tribe community), Chiang Rai province, 4–5 days
Other Accommodations: Guest houses
Please visit our website for more information. Embark on a culinary and language journey through France on a high school summer abroad program. Explore multiple regions of the country known for their culinary specialties. Learn about French cheeses, sweets, and pastries. Take culinary classes at a cooking school such as the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon. Engage with professional chefs, meet with farmers and producers, visit local markets, and learn how to cook local recipes such as macarons and nougat. Study French during a week of formal language instruction. Put your language skills to use during the program’s homestay, which ranges from 11 to 16 days depending on the length of the program. The program begins and ends in Paris, giving you time to explore France’s beautiful and historic capital. Together with your group, join local residents in a café for a morning croissant before navigating the streets of Paris to the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, or Louvre. Sample traditional baguettes, cheeses, and local specialties and enjoy a picnic on the Seine’s famous left bank. Explore the Montmartre art district beneath the spires of Sacré Coeur and dine at tiny cafés that serve regional specialties from across France. Format Options: This program is offered in three-week and four-week formats. Please see program duration and date options to the right for more details. Language Certificate: Students who complete the four-week program will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed. Orientation: Paris, 2–4 days Homestay: Les Baux de Provence, Pierrelatte, Vannes, Saint malo, Nantes, or Blois, 11–16 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, manior (manor)
Please visit our website for more information. 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