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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Peru: Ancient and Contemporary Cultures

Please visit our website for more information. Experience the diverse communities, historical complexity, and geographic diversity of Peru during a month of cultural exploration on this immersive high school summer abroad program. Immediately begin learning about Peru’s history and different ethnic communities during the orientation in Lima — Peru’s capital and largest city, overlooking the Pacific coast — while visiting the Larco Museum, the city’s colonial areas, and other important sites. In the city of Trujillo, in northern Peru, spend two weeks living with a Peruvian family. Once the center of Chimú culture, Trujillo is known as the capital of marinera dance and the land of the Peruvian Paso horse. During this period, you and your group have music and dance workshops while learning about the unique culture, Afro-Peruvian rhythms, and artistic heritage of the region. Meet with local students to engage in English-Spanish language study exchanges, and go on an excursion to Cajamarca to explore pre-Inca archaeological sites and artifacts. During your daylong excursion to Pacasmayo harbor, work with local residents on a volunteer project, such as helping to paint and repair community buildings or working at a soup kitchen. Your Peruvian exploration continues as you travel to Cuzco, a fascinating mix of pre-Columbian and colonial history, art, and architecture and long considered the archaeological capital of the Americas. Visit the temple Coricancha, the walled complex Sacsayhuamán, and the archaeological site Tambomachay. From Ollataytambo — an ancient Incan mountain town — take a two-hour train ride to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” to experience one of the most treasured historical and archaeological sites in the world. Orientation: Lima, 5 days Homestay: Trujillo, 15 days Other Accommodations: Hotels

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Spain: Language and Cultural Traditions

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Rapidly improve your Spanish through a month of immersive language study and historical and contemporary exploration through Spain. Begin your month of language immersion in Spain’s capital — Madrid — as you spend time at the city’s famous sites and museums, explore its neighborhoods, and sample Spanish cuisine. Then, travel to southern Spain, to the province of Andalucía, where you will engage in intensive Spanish language training.

This high school summer abroad program has two separate language groups. One group has Spanish training in the historic city of Granada, where, for four hours each day, the group attends small-group, interactive language classes divided by language level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. Learn inside and outside the classroom through music, film, city scavenger hunts, and field trips. After class, take advantage of opportunities to meet up with Spanish students learning English and join them for sporting or cultural events. The program’s other group has language classes and immersive arts training in Guadix. This group participates in workshops focused on flamenco, ceramics, theatrical performance, and other arts, in addition to the language training. In Guadix, there are opportunities to learn about Romani culture and Gitano identity and to perform flamenco and traditional village dances with local community members.

Both groups explore Granada’s sites — including the Alhambra, city gardens, and local museums — to better understand the city’s historical layers and contemporary culture. All students also have a homestay in an Andalusian town. Enjoy family meals and visit local markets, beaches, and cafés as you continue to enhance your Spanish through constant conversation with host family members. The program incorporates some outdoor activities such as camping, trekking, and excursions to the beach. Students return to Madrid for final reflection and language practice before departing for home.

Language Certificate: At the conclusion of this program, each participant will earn a language certificate noting how many hours of language classes s/he completed.

Orientation: Madrid, 3 days
Homestay: Guadix, Priego, or Motril, 10–12 days
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