Costa Rica: Biodiversity, Ecology & Sustainability
The program begins in the country’s capital, San José, where you learn about Costa Rican history and culture with visits to museums and markets. From there, you will visit nature reserves and national parks, kayak in the Golfo Dulce or along the Osa Peninsula, and take in the splendor of Costa Rica’s coastline. A remote biological station nestled in the rain forest will be your classroom as you learn about Costa Rica’s efforts to protect rare tropical birds, indigenous animals, and plants. After ziplining and hiking your way through the rain forest’s dense canopy, you will visit a cacao farm engaged in sustainable agriculture practices and learn about chocolate production. An experienced Costa Rican naturalist will guide you throughout the program.
You will learn more about Costa Rica’s culture and communities during a twoweek homestay with a local host family. There, you will take Spanish language classes, enjoy nature hikes, eat meals of gallo pinto, and partake in other activities, such as a community service project that focuses on rural development and
ecological sustainability. Following your homestay, you will visit the Ostional Turtle Lodge to learn about the olive ridley sea turtle conservation effort and sail the Pacific on a catamaran. Your Experiment ends with final exploration and reflection in San José.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/CSS.
At the conclusion of this program, students will earn a community service certificate noting the number of community service hours completed.
Discover the environmental and cultural diversity of Brazil, one of the world’s fastest growing economies. On this high school summer abroad program, explore contemporary opportunities and challenges facing Brazil, particularly in the areas of sustainability and environmental conservation, while experiencing many of Brazil’s different cultures and communities. Visit coastlines, mountains, and forests to see the unique species inhabiting some of the most biodiverse locations in the southern hemisphere.
Cananéia, a historic coastal town founded in the sixteenth century, will be your base for exploring the Atlantic Forest, home to diverse species, many of which are endemic to the area. Visit fishing villages and trek through the forest and pristine beaches of Cardoso Island State Park. Spend time in an indigenous Caiçara community and quilombo communities, originally formed in the nineteenth century by escaped slaves. Learn about conservation and sustainability efforts in the area.
A 13-day homestay, which will allow you to become part of a Brazilian family, will take place in Monte Alegre do Sul, a town nestled within the Mantiqueira mountain range. Share in the daily activities of your host family. Start learning Portuguese and practice your new language skills over home-cooked meals. See colonial architecture while strolling down cobblestone streets and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains while sipping coffee in local cafés. Visit nearby waterfalls and mountain forests and see toucans and parakeets in their natural habitats. During the program, you and your group will participate in community service projects.
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.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/MNN.
At the conclusion of this program, students will earn a community service certificate noting the hours of community service completed.