This new and highly competitive Experiment in International Living summer abroad program for high school students is specifically focused on leadership development. Participation for accepted students is fully funded.
Students receive intensive leadership training in Washington, DC, followed by a four-week experience focused on Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights in South Africa. Finally, students return to the US for debriefings, synthesis and reflection sessions, and reentry workshops on the School for International Training campus in southern Vermont.
Program Key Features:
Intensive leadership and activism training in Washington, DC
Discussion on youth leadership at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (South Africa)
Participation in the workshop “Young Voices in Conflict Resolution” hosted by The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)—the largest conflict resolution center in Africa
Visit to the UKZN Leadership Center (South Africa)
Workshop on gender roles facilitated by a local NGO focused on developing young women leaders (South Africa)
Homestays with two South African families in contrasting areas of the country
Reentry and synthesis sessions in Vermont
Action-oriented project to be implemented after the program’s conclusion
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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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Experience the diverse communities, historical complexity, and geographic diversity of Peru during a month of cultural exploration on this immersive high school summer abroad program. Immediately begin learning about Peru’s history and different ethnic communities during the orientation in Lima — Peru’s capital and largest city, overlooking the Pacific coast — while visiting the Larco Museum, the city’s colonial areas, and other important sites.
In the city of Trujillo, in northern Peru, spend two weeks living with a Peruvian family. Once the center of Chimú culture, Trujillo is known as the capital of marinera dance and the land of the Peruvian Paso horse. During this period, you and your group have music and dance workshops while learning about the unique culture, Afro-Peruvian rhythms, and artistic heritage of the region. Meet with local students to engage in English-Spanish language study exchanges, and go on an excursion to Cajamarca to explore pre-Inca archaeological sites and artifacts. During your daylong excursion to Pacasmayo harbor, work with local residents on a volunteer project, such as helping to paint and repair community buildings or working at a soup kitchen.
Your Peruvian exploration continues as you travel to Cuzco, a fascinating mix of pre-Columbian and colonial history, art, and architecture and long considered the archaeological capital of the Americas. Visit the temple Coricancha, the walled complex Sacsayhuamán, and the archaeological site Tambomachay. From Ollataytambo — an ancient Incan mountain town — take a two-hour train ride to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” to experience one of the most treasured historical and archaeological sites in the world.
Orientation: Lima, 5 days
Homestay: Trujillo, 15 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels