Please visit our website for more information. Embark on a culinary exploration through central Mexico as you look at sustainable practices and entrepreneurship in the food industry on this summer abroad program for high school students. Advance your knowledge of local and regional foods, learn how to critique food from a professional food critic, and discover differences between corporate and locally owned restaurants. Participate in culinary workshops led by professional chefs, learn traditional cooking methods anchored in the history of specific regions, and experience the importance of and variation in different food systems. The program begins and ends in Mexico City, where you explore important historical and cultural sites, such as the Zócalo, the Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, the Frida Kahlo Museum, and the pyramids of Teotihuacan. While in the capital, enjoy exploring one of the world’s largest outdoor markets, and learn how restaurant owners and chefs examine the quality and source of food, how they identify farmers to work with, and how they budget. Take advantage of continuous opportunities for Spanish language study — particularly during the program’s weeklong homestay, as you share daily life with a host family in Oaxaca. During this time, discuss with local restaurant owners how they have worked to cultivate Oaxaca as Mexico’s culinary capital and the ways in which they have maintained traditional cooking methods and practices of wide appeal in the restaurant industry in Mexico and worldwide. In the town of El Chico, enjoy making traditional foods such as tortillas and trout under the mentorship of a renowned chef, and learn from university instructors at state-of-the-art kitchens during your stay in Puebla. Together with your group, run a farm-to-table restaurant in Mexico City under the guidance of a head chef or owner, applying the culinary, cultural, and language skills you gained throughout the program. Other activities may include designing a marketing plan as part of a group discussion related to marketing and food presentation. Orientation: Mexico City, 3–4 days Homestay: Oaxaca, 1 week Other Accommodations: University dormitory, hotels, hostels, and a ranch
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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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.
Then, experience an entirely different region of Spain as you and your group travel from Madrid to your homestay location. Spend two weeks immersed in a Spanish community as you come to experience Spain’s regional differences. Your Spanish language skills grow through study and daily interactions with your host family. Take day trips to explore the surrounding area with your Experiment group. Participate in flamenco classes, attend workshops with a local NGO that works with youth, and learn how to cook regional specialties. The homestay community varies each year.
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.
Orientation: Madrid, 3 days
Homestays: Valencia, Vilagarcia (Galicia), Ubeda (Andalucía), or Logrono (La Rioja), 13 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels and apartments
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