Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union

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Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union

Please visit our website for more information. Gain fascinating insight into the European Union, a Nobel Peace Prize–winning institution, and the role Germany has played in advancing peace, democracy, and human rights in Europe on this summer abroad program for high school students. Study Germany’s political system and get a taste of German life in Berlin. Visit the major seats of EU governance in Brussels and discuss youth issues in Bonn. Attend workshops that explore topics related to peacekeeping, antidiscrimination, politics, and the EU’s institutional structure. As you travel from north to south, and across national borders, you'll spend time in Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Bonn, Munich, and Maastricht. The program begins with a six-day stay in Berlin that includes German language instruction, a visit to a German NGO, and a meeting with a member of the German Bundestag. You'll continue on to Bavaria, where you get to share daily life with a German family during a homestay in Niederalteich and attend school with German students. Spend a day exploring the city of Munich with your group. Continue on to Brussels, where you visit the European Parliament and other EU councils and gain important insight into how the EU works. Participate in a youth-rights workshop in Bonn and discuss youth issues in Germany and around the world with “Youth for Europe” members. Excursion highlights include a daylong visit to the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, a boat ride on the river Rhine, and visits to Deutsche Welle TV and Haus der Geschichte. Cross the border into the Netherlands for a full-day excursion in the historic city of Maastricht, where the Treaty on European Union was signed. The program concludes in Frankfurt. Orientation: Berlin, 6 days Homestay: Niederalteich, 10–12 days Other Accommodations: Hostels

Subjects

  • German Language Literature And Studies
  • European Studies

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Mexico: Marine Biology on the Baja Peninsula

Please visit our website for more information. Spend a summer abroad experiencing different marine environments and regional cultures as you travel from the coastal city of La Paz — situated between desert mountains and the Gulf of California — to the Yucatán Peninsula on this program for high school students. Meet with marine biologists, researchers, and guides in La Paz. Learn about the history of human and animal habitation in the peninsula. Snorkel among coral reefs, observing sea lions in their natural habitats, on the beautiful island of Espíritu Santo, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. During this period, you live with a Mexican family, which opens up amazing windows into Mexican culture. Take advantage of continuous opportunities for Spanish language study while experiencing the region’s incredible natural environments and regional culture with host family members. As the program moves to the Yucatán in southeastern Mexico — from desert to jungle — you experience a completely different natural environment. Learn about pearl farming on the island of Cozumel and witness ongoing ecosystem restoration efforts through the installation of artificial reefs. Take a late-night beach walk to watch giant sea turtles laying eggs on the sand. Travel to Akumal beach for a guided snorkel excursion with sea turtles and manta rays. Witness the region’s strong Maya cultural influence, and visit the Maya archaeological ruins at Coba or Tulum. The program begins and ends in Mexico City, giving you time to deepen your knowledge of Mexico’s culture, history, and food from the vantage point of the country’s expansive capital city. Visit the Zócalo, Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, or Frida Kahlo Museum, or take a walking tour of the old city. Orientation: Mexico City, 3–4 days Homestay: La Paz, 11–12 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, eco-lodge, ranch

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Spain: Contemporary and Historic Cultural Diversity

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Trace the historical and cultural influences of Spain’s different religious and ethnic communities while traveling from Madrid to Spain’s southern coast, then to Basque country in the north and ultimately to Catalonia. Learn about the coexistence of Christians, Jews, and Muslims from historical perspectives, and discuss the conditions necessary to fostering a tolerant, multicultural society in Spain today. Consider key issues presently being debated across Spain, such as those related to immigration, environmental conservation, community development, peace, and human rights.

Your high school summer abroad in Spain commences with an immersive orientation in Madrid and Toledo. Visit famous sites and museums throughout the capital, including the Prado museum and the Bourbon district. Explore Madrid’s diverse neighborhoods, meet with Spanish youth at a Jewish community center, and study Spanish language and practice it with locals. Alongside a group of Spanish youth, visit famous sites and museums throughout Toledo, including the Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo. Become better acquainted with the historical and cultural influences important in laying the groundwork for multiculturalism and tolerance in Spain.

Following orientation, live with a host family in a small community along Spain’s southern coast. Visit Arab baths and Roman ruins. Relax on the beach with members of your host family or Experiment group. Following the homestay, you travel to Basque country for a week of regional exploration in the north; activities include community service in the mornings and cultural exchanges with local teenagers in the afternoons. Your journey through multicultural Spain concludes with a stay in the heart of Catalonia. Visit famous sites and museums throughout Barcelona, including the Olympic Harbor and the Picasso Museum. See the architecture of Gaudí and sample tapas on La Rambla, as your knowledge of and experience with Spain’s diverse communities and cultures further deepens.

Orientation: Madrid and Toledo, 3 days
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