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.
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.
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.