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.
Start your journey with orientation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital. There, you’ll experience urban Mongolia, where you will take lessons in throat singing and playing the morin khuur. You will also get to know the city and take Mongolian language lessons. Visit important Buddhist pilgrimage sites and study traditional Mongolian arts. In the mountainous province of Khövsgöl, complete a community service project, such as teaching English to local students or painting a school. You will trek on horseback to the ancient, pristine Lake Khövsgöl, the secondlargest freshwater lake in Asia. Witness horsemanship, wrestling, and archery competitions at the Naadam festival, the largest national festival in Mongolia.
The program will take you to Mongolia’s vast grasslands to experience rural life during a homestay with a nomadic family, where you will live in a traditional ger, a round, felt-lined tent. Help your host family tend livestock and learn how to cook traditional meals, prepare various dairy products, and ride on horseback.
Your Experiment will draw to a close at the edge of the Gobi Desert, where you’ll see Buddhist temples and meditation caves and learn about Danzan Ravjaa, known as the Lama of the Gobi, at the important pilgrimage site, Hamriin Hiid. Wrap up your journey as you venture into the desert on camelback and spend the night sleeping in a ger under the desert sky.
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At the conclusion of this program, students will earn a community service certificate noting the hours of community service completed.
Experience Japanese culture through anime and manga. Work with professional artists from the Japanese art scene as well as student animators in Tokyo. Take introductory classes at a local anime school to practice your character development, animation, manga techniques, voiceover recording, and animate your own character in the process. Immerse yourself in Japan’s vibrant pop culture through visits to museums and neighborhoods synonymous with “Cool Japan.” Broaden your perspective on Japanese culture during your homestay on Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island, known for its natural beauty and the Ainu culture. Take a cooking class with local college students and create a Japanese family crest. Visit a Buddhist temple and study the art of Japanese calligraphy as you share daily life with your host family.
The program begins and ends in Tokyo, one of the world’s most populous and vibrant cities. Play games in the arcades in Akihabara, the city’s anime, manga, and tech district. Wander through the busy market streets of Ameyoko, ride the escalators at Ginza’s skyscraping
department stores, and peer into your future as you consult the (written) oracle at Sensō-ji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Discover more Japanese history by visiting shrines and hot springs or participating in a traditional tea ceremony.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/JLN.