As the largest and most populous country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is known for its ecological and cultural treasures. With its winding Atlantic coastline, expansive agricultural regions, and the Amazon River basin and rainforest, Brazil’s landscape is as diverse as its people and their culture. Despite its natural resources and beauty there is a great need for volunteers to support social and environmental causes in Brazil. Millions of Brazilians live below the poverty line, mostly due to social injustice and uneven economic growth. Volunteering in Brazil offers participants the opportunity to support local communities at the grassroots level.
Germany is home to one of the best educational systems in the world, but the classroom isn’t the only place students will gain knowledge. Wandering the streets of Berlin is like turning the pages of a history book. Eclectic architecture, thought-provoking monuments, and fascinating museums can be found throughout Berlin. Travel outside the modern, metropolitan city and you will find beautiful, cobblestoned towns and fairytale castles in picturesque settings. There is truly something for everyone here. Students will find that traveling to Germany is the absolute best way to become immersed in the language. Studying here is a great chance to experience the culture and learn what it is like to live as a local.
The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major public universities, with a comprehensive range of courses in many fields. It’s renowned for its diverse student body and the high quality of its academic offerings, including business, sciences, and Maori studies. Waikato has a higher percentage of Maori students than any other university in New Zealand, so it is an ideal place to learn about the original culture of these islands. The academic system is based on the British university tradition. All professors are active researchers in their fields, and students get a high degree of personal attention from their instructors. The welcoming local culture, beautiful natural setting, and highly international student body make this program a great opportunity to explore all New Zealand has to offer.