Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainability

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Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Sustainability

Please visit our website for more information. Hike, paddle, and zip-line through Costa Rica’s diverse regions and ecosystems, and witness firsthand the country’s environmental sustainability efforts. Spend time in nature reserves and national parks, kayak in the Golfo Dulce, and witness the beauty of Costa Rica’s coastline. Visit rain forests and learn about Costa Rica’s tropical birds, indigenous animals, and plants. Study a local community’s ongoing conservation initiatives related to sea turtles. Visit a farm engaged in sustainable agriculture practices. An experienced Costa Rican naturalist accompanies your group throughout the program. Gain new and unique perspectives on Costa Rica’s culture and communities while living for two weeks with a host family. Work alongside host family members and other local residents on a community service learning project that focuses on rural development and ecological sustainability. Practice your Spanish through daily interactions with your host family. Enjoy nature hikes, meals of gallo pinto, and cultural exchange activities with host family members and your Experiment group. Throughout this high school summer abroad program, you and your group will participate in outdoor, experiential activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and tubing. The program begins and ends in the country’s capital, San José where you can learn more about Costa Rican history and culture with visits to museums and San José Central market. Orientation: San José, 2–3 days Homestay: Pejivaye, 12–14 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, lodges, cabins

Subjects

  • Spanish
  • Community Service
  • Environmental Management

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Nicaragua and Cuba: Arts and Social Change

Please visit our website for more information. Delve into the creative arts in Nicaragua and Cuba and examine how people in both countries have used the arts to promote social transformations. In Nicaragua, where this immersive high school summer abroad program is based, experience daily life and culture from several different perspectives. Live with a host family in the working-class Máximo Jérez neighborhood of Managua, where supporters of the Sandinista Revolution lived during the 1980s. Witness how Nicaraguans today are using the arts for economic sustainability and to express their aspirations for the future. Participate in workshops and visit artists’ studios and communities as you learn about art, poetry, and music as mediums for social change. Stay in the coffee-producing rural community of San Ramón, in the mountains outside of Matagalpa. While there, experience a second homestay, with a campesino family, and witness the campo-city differences in Nicaragua. Visit a coffee cooperative, and hike through the lush vegetation of this cloud-covered area. Create “socio-dramas” with members of a community organization, make jewelry with seeds, take a poetry workshop, and learn how to prepare multiple dishes incorporating exotic fruits from Nicaragua. Your journey continues as you travel with your group to Cuba. Learn about Cuba’s significance in Latin American history and the multiple connections between Cuba and Nicaragua. Spend a comparative week in the city of Havana exploring the arts in a different social and cultural context. Visit associations of young artists and African-Cuban community-based arts centers. Participate in a community workshop transformation project (Talleres de Transformación), and dialog with Cubans about their aspirations. Learn about Ernest Hemingway’s life in Cuba at his home in Cojímar and visit other historical sites in Old Havana. Orientation: Managua, 3 days Homestay: Managua, 10 days; San Ramon, Matagalpa,* 7 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
Other Accommodations: Hotels, student residence, camping lodge

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