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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Experience the differences in regions and cultures across Spain on this high school summer abroad program. Your journey begins with an immersive orientation in Spain’s capital and largest city, Madrid. Immediately begin practicing your Spanish as you navigate the city’s medieval streets, visit the Prado Museum on Madrid’s “museum mile,” order tapas and other Spanish cuisine in local cafés, and visit the Habsburg district. Take a full-day excursion to historic Toledo as your knowledge of Spain’s history and culture deepens.

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Your exploration of Spain’s cultures and regional differences continues as you and your group travel to Barcelona — Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. Visit Barcelona’s numerous World Heritage sites, parks, the Picasso Museum, and the Olympic Harbor. See the architecture of Gaudí, taste tapas on La Rambla, and get introduced to the regional language of Catalan. Return to Madrid for a final day of exploration and reflection.

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Other Accommodations: Hotels

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