Prepare for bold tastes and aromas as you embark on an Italian culinary adventure and learn about the communities, traditions, and cultures that produce the country’s legendary cuisine. You will take Italian language classes and practice your skills in a gorgeous Tuscan town, where you will also explore the arts scene and take in the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding area. This program will focus on the Slow Food movement and the importance of seasonal, organic, and locally grown foods in different regions. Your culinary exploration will include the food cultures of Florence, Rome, and Venice.
You will have the opportunity to practice your Italian as you share daily life with a local family during your homestay and while buying fresh food in outdoor markets. Discover the stories behind the unique foods of different regions of Italy while having hands-on culinary experiences. Whether it’s making pizza, tasting olive oil, or sampling homemade desserts, you will deepen your understanding of the intimate
connections between food, sustainability, and culture within the context of Italy and beyond.
After your homestay, you will travel to Asti, where you will spend eight days at a prestigious cooking school preparing traditional Italian dishes under the guidance of a skilled chef. The program’s culinary excursions include visits to organic farms, the famous University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, and an agrigelateria to see how artisanal gelato is made.
Finally, you will move to Venice to explore the canals and reflect on your time in the country.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/ITC.
At the conclusion of this program, each student will earn a language certificate noting the number of hours of language classes completed.
Embark on your immersive journey at the southern tip of continental Africa in stunning Cape Town, where you will learn about South Africa’s complex past and explore breathtaking sites, such as Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope. You will visit the country’s historical landmarks, such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.
From there, continue to either Kranshoek, an Afrikaans-speaking community, or Kwanokuthula, a Xhosaspeaking community, for a homestay with a South African family. During the homestay, you will work on a service project alongside members of the community, take Afrikaans or Xhosa language lessons, and participate in hands-on music and drumming workshops. As you travel north, you will experience the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the natural splendor of Mpumalanga, and a two-day safari in Kruger National Park, where you might spot elephants, lions, zebras, and rhinos in their natural habitat.
Your Experiment concludes in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, where you will intensify the focus
on leadership and social change. Visit important historic landmarks and the Apartheid Museum to better understand the country’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Explore the arty and business-forward neighborhoods of modern Johannesburg and complete a project on social or ethical entrepreneurship.
To learn more and view a sample itinerary, visit experiment.org/ZAM.
At the conclusion of this program, each student will earn a community service certificate noting the number of hours of community service completed.
Experience Japanese culture through anime and manga. Work with professional artists from the Japanese art scene as well as student animators in Tokyo. Take introductory classes at a local anime school to practice your character development, animation, manga techniques, voiceover recording, and animate your own character in the process. Immerse yourself in Japan’s vibrant pop culture through visits to museums and neighborhoods synonymous with “Cool Japan.” Broaden your perspective on Japanese culture during your homestay on Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island, known for its natural beauty and the Ainu culture. Take a cooking class with local college students and create a Japanese family crest. Visit a Buddhist temple and study the art of Japanese calligraphy as you share daily life with your host family.
The program begins and ends in Tokyo, one of the world’s most populous and vibrant cities. Play games in the arcades in Akihabara, the city’s anime, manga, and tech district. Wander through the busy market streets of Ameyoko, ride the escalators at Ginza’s skyscraping
department stores, and peer into your future as you consult the (written) oracle at Sensō-ji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. Discover more Japanese history by visiting shrines and hot springs or participating in a traditional tea ceremony.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/JLN.