Begin your Experiment in Valparaíso, a coastal city known for its colorful hillside homes, where you will get to know your group and take Spanish language classes. You will develop global awareness and understanding of environmental challenges as you traverse the country from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes mountains. Visit a local farmers’ market and take a cooking class before a group bike ride through lush valleys and hiking through La Campana National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Continue practicing your Spanish as you become immersed in the daily life of a Chilean family during your homestay. Learn about the country’s history and traditions, such as dance and craft making. You will participate in a community service project to learn about traditional and sustainable agricultural practices. Depart for the Chiloé Archipelago, a chain of 40 majestic islands, where you will live with another Chilean family and learn about local history and myths.
Experience distinct architecture, such as the churches of Chiloé, known for their fusion of indigenous and European culture. 16 of these churches are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Travel to mysterious Easter Island, one of the most unique places on Earth, to explore its rare geography and natural beauty. You will enjoy walks on the beach and visit the moai, the legendary stone statues carved by the indigenous Rapa Nui people. Wrap up your journey by visiting Santiago, Chile’s capital city, to explore the city by bike or foot and reflect with your group.
Experience the rich cultural diversity of China on a high school study abroad program that will introduce you to remote ethnic minority cultures in China, including Miao, Dong, Buyi, and Zhuang communities. Learn about the history of these cultures and current government policies affecting these minority communities. Spend time in the beautiful and remote rural landscape of southern China. You will be introduced to field plowing and rice production and will learn about traditional crafts and trades such as papermaking, watercolor painting, batik, embroidery, weaving, and blacksmithing. Contrast daily life in rural communities with life in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Luoyang, and Xi’an.
Begin your exploration of China’s cultures in the capital city, Beijing, where you’ll see important sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. Next, discover the rich history of Luoyang, one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Visit temples and learn about the history of Buddhism in China. Spend time in Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities. Take Chinese language lessons and see important historical and cultural sites, including the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors. Two homestay experiences—one in a city and one in a rural village—will allow you to experience daily life in China in very different contexts.
Throughout the program, you’ll attend performances of traditional dancing and singing and see stunning natural sites such as Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park and Moon Hill. End your experience in China with three days of exploration and reflection in Shanghai, where you will visit a number of important sites such as Yuyuan Garden, Old City, Longhua Temple, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing Road, and The Bund. Chinese high school students will accompany you during portion of the program.
Get to know your group in Mexico City before beginning your journey to La Paz, where you will meet with researchers and work closely with a marine biologist. Snorkel among colorful schools of fish and observe sea lions in their natural habitats on the beautiful island of Espíritu Santo, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. During your homestay, live with a Mexican family and experience daily life. Practice your Spanish as you explore the region’s incredible natural wonders and culture with your host family.
As the program moves to the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico, you will experience a totally new natural environment. On the island of Cozumel, learn about pearl farming and witness ecosystem restoration efforts through the installation of artificial reefs. Do the night shift of turtle nest patrol to hopefully watch giant sea turtles laying eggs in the sand. See the starfish at El Cielo to learn why they call it “the sky.” Back on land, you will discover the region’s strong Mayan cultural influence through visits to the archaeological ruins at Coba or Tulum.
Your Experiment concludes in Mexico City, where you will deepen your knowledge of Mexico’s culture, history, and cuisine from the vantage point of the country’s expansive capital city. Taste authentic tacos, visit the famous cathedral in el Zócalo, and stroll through the Frida Kahlo Museum.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/MXM.