China: Cultural Diversity in the North

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China: Cultural Diversity in the North

Please visit our website for more information. Explore traditional and ancient sites in central and northern China on this high school summer abroad program as you travel from the bustling city of Beijing to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Learn or expand upon your Chinese language skills through formal language study and conversations with Chinese people you meet throughout the program. Experience contrasting Chinese-speaking Han communities, particularly during the program’s two very different homestays. Attend performances of Chinese folk music and acrobatics, buy fresh food in local markets, and prepare a Chinese meal. Learn even more about China through close interaction with Chinese peers. The program begins in China’s capital city, Beijing, where you immediately begin deepening your understanding of China’s history through visits to important cultural and historical sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. Travel to Inner Mongolia, where you’ll meet herdsmen, enjoy Mongolian food, and learn about Mongolian culture. Your China Experiment continues in the city of Chengde, where you have Chinese lessons and a six-day homestay. Your group is then joined by Chinese high school students for part of the program. Gain new and entirely different perspectives on daily life in China during your stay in the Han rural village Buyang-zhuang, accompanied by your Chinese peers. Hike up nearby mountains and participate in farming activities such as plowing. Continue on to the historic city of Qufu, the hometown of Confucius, before saying goodbye to your new Chinese friends. The program concludes with three days of exploration and reflection in Shanghai, where you will visit a number of important sites such as Yuyuan Garden, Old City, Longhua Temple, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing Road, or The Bund. Orientation: Beijing 3–4 days Homestay: Chengde, 6–8 days; Buyang-zhuang, 5 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, hostels, and yurts

Subjects

  • Chinese Language
  • Community Service

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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.

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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
Other Accommodations: Hotels, student residence, camping lodge

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Spain: Regional Cultures

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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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