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
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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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