Begin your Experiment in the historic city of Cork for orientation and workshops focused on building your leadership skills. You will get to know your group with an obstacle course and see a performance of traditional Irish song and dance at a local arts center. Then, it’s on to Ireland’s lush green countryside to kiss the Blarney Stone, stroll through the historic town of Cobh, and meet with local young people who have brought about positive change in their communities. Visit Killarney to soak in the spectacular scenery during a hike to Torc Waterfall or the Gap of Dunloe before you bike through the countryside.
You will then travel to County Tipperary for your homestay, where you will immerse yourself in Irish daily life, including cooking traditional meals, exploring the town with your host family, and participating in a community service project. Refresh with a day of sea kayaking off Waterford.
Throughout the program, you will have intensive leadership development training, learning how to enact societal and personal change by developing skills such as self-awareness, collaboration,
problem-solving, empathy, and relationship-building. You will also work on a team project investigating local and global issues.
You will wrap up your journey with time in Ireland’s capital, Dublin, where you will visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the city’s cultural quarter, and other places of historical and political significance as your group reflects on your extraordinary travels.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/IRP.
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.
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.