Embark on a creative journey through French art and culture from the majestic “City of Light,” Paris, to the lavenderfilled French countryside. You will take in the art at galleries and worldrenowned museums, such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. Develop your drawing, painting, and photography skills through workshops and projects under the guidance of French artists. Learn to set up a photoshoot near the graves of Oscar Wilde and Dominique Vivant (the first director of the Louvre appointed by Napoleon) in the famous Père Lachaise cemetery or the Belleville Market, and train your lens on Parisian neighborhoods with a professional photographer at your side. Then, travel to the countryside and trace the footsteps of famous artists who have been inspired by the region of Provence, including Van Gogh and Cézanne.
During your homestay in Les Baux-deProvence, you will get your hands dirty in a pottery workshop and delight in the regional food while immersing yourself in la vie quotidienne, or daily life, of a French family. Take day trips with your host family to nearby cities of historical and artistic significance, such as Marseille,
Avignon, or Arles. As your artistic journey unfolds, you will have continual opportunities to enhance your French language skills and knowledge of French culture. You will rendezvous in Paris to reflect on your journey and mount an exhibition of your work.
Note: Participants should bring a working digital camera. A drawing kit will be supplied once in France.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/FRD.
Your Experiment begins in the northern mountain city of Chiang Mai, home to hundreds of ancient temples. You will visit the city’s famous sites, explore lively street markets, and discover Buddhist temples as you get to know your group. A cooking instructor will help you shop for the freshest ingredients at a local market, then teach you how to whip up traditional Thai dishes with the items you buy. You will stay overnight at a Buddhist temple and learn about the cultural importance of the art of meditation. Introductory Thai language lessons will prepare you to communicate with your host family during your homestays.
As your Thai journey continues, you will live with a Kon Muang family in a lowland northern village in Chiang Mai province, and then with a Lisu family in a hill tribe in Chiang Rai province. Together, you will work on a community service project, such as teaching English to young children, helping build a natural water dam, or assisting with reforestation work. You will continue to develop your Thai language skills as you interact with locals.
The northern region’s lush tropical valleys and highlands will be your backdrop as you embark on outdoor activities such as trekking, zip lining, and visiting an elephant park. You will also visit Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before traveling to the seaside town of Hua Hin to explore the breathtaking beaches. Your Thailand exploration wraps up in Bangkok, where you will visit sites of cultural and historical importance, such as the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
To learn more and view a sample itinerary, visit experiment.org/THS.
At the conclusion of this program, each student will earn a language certificate noting the number of hours of community service completed.
You will start your journey with an immersive introduction to French history and culture in Paris, “The City of Light.” You will visit the city’s most iconic sites and museums, including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and ChampsÉlysées. Explore diverse neighborhoods, navigate the Metro, and sample French cuisine in quaint street-side cafés as you deepen your understanding of Parisian culture and the city’s role within France.
You will discover la vie quotidienne, or daily life, of a French family during a 10-day homestay, where you will get an intimate look at French life and the unique culture specific to the region, usually near the border of your next destination.
After saying goodbye to your host family, you will cross the French border with your group into either Italy, Germany, or Spain to explore the landscapes and culture of a French neighbor. You might find yourself strolling through Germany’s picturesque towns and picnicking in the Black Forest, exploring the villages of Italy’s stunning Cinque Terre, or taking in Spanish art in Barcelona. As you close the program in Paris, you’ll reflect on the deeper insights you’ve gained into the diversity of France and the culture of neighboring countries.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/FRR.