Your journey begins in New Delhi, India’s capital, where you will attend Hindi language classes, visit the Gandhi memorial, and explore Dilli Haat, a famous open-air food market. You will visit a healthcare NGO to begin learning about public health in India. Gain important insight into state-administered and grassroots approaches to improving access to public healthcare, especially in relation to women, children, tribes, and other marginalized communities.
Travel west with your group to Bahraich, a rural community near the Nepal border, where you will spend time in tribal villages and meet with village health workers and other community members to learn about local medicinal practices. You will investigate the realities of public health services in India and learn how health-focused NGOs throughout the country are working to educate communities and actively engage the government on matters of social justice and policy advocacy. Then, continue to bustling Agra to see the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You’ll travel to the rural Himalayan town of Palampur to participate in Ayurveda,
a holistic approach to medicine, and yoga workshops. A highlight of the program will be your homestay with a Tibetan family in Dharamsala, the residence of the Dalai Lama. You will experience day-to-day life with your host family and engage in activities with local youth groups to learn about Tibetan culture and healing practices. You will discuss Tibetan diagnosis and treatment systems with local doctors at Men-Tsee-Khang (the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute), and meet with the Dalai Lama’s representatives at the Tibetan government headquarters in exile. After a month of learning about public health, social justice, and traditional medicine within a variety of Indian communities, you will return to New Delhi for a final day of exploration and reflection.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/EIH.
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.
This Experiment takes you from vibrant Beijing to the grasslands of inner China. In Beijing, you will deepen your understanding of China’s history through visits to important cultural sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. You’ll have the opportunity to mingle with locals, sharpen your Chinese language skills through formal classes, check out folk music and acrobatic performances, taste fresh foods in local markets, and prepare a typical Chinese meal. You’ll learn even more about China through close interaction with Chinese peers who will join you for part of the program.
Travel by overnight train to inner China, also known as Inner Mongolia, where you’ll see the sun rise over the grasslands, meet herdsmen, taste Mongolian food, and learn about Mongolian culture. Your Experiment continues in the city of Chengde, where you will take Chinese (Mandarin) lessons and bike to nearby palaces and temples during your homestay.
Then, practice your Chinese language skills during your stay in the Han rural village, Buyang-zhuang, accompanied by your Chinese peers. Together, you will hike scenic mountains and visit the historic city of Qufu, the hometown of Confucius. The program concludes with three days of exploration and reflection in Shanghai, where you will visit sites such as the nearly 500-yearold Yuyuan Garden, Old City, Longhua Buddhist Temple, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/CHD.
At the conclusion of this program, each student will earn a language certificate noting the number of hours of language classes completed.