Experience the melting pot of African, Middle Eastern, and European influences on Moroccan culture. The program begins in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, where you’ll explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, street markets, and ancient medina. Learn about Amazigh (also known as Berber) and Arab cultures while you explore the nation’s rich history and modern society. Take formal Moroccan Arabic — also known as Darija — language lessons, learn to cook traditional meals, and try your hand at time-honored Moroccan arts, such as music and dance, tapestry weaving, and tablet writing. Discover ancient ruins and meander through the markets in the cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakesh. Ride camels across the sandy dunes of the Sahara.
Your Experiment continues to unfold as you spend two weeks in a rural community, immersed in the daily life of a Moroccan family. Share couscous and mint tea with your family and play soccer with local youth. During this period, you and your group will participate in a community service project, such as planting trees, painting a school, or teaching English to children. Local experts will introduce your group to aspects of current Moroccan society, including religion and gender roles.
Travel the country and meet with artists in Fez on your way to Marrakesh, where you will see storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats, and other street performers in the famous Jamaa el Fna Square. Explore ancient port cities along Morocco’s coast and enjoy a picnic at the ruins of the first-century Roman city of Volubilis. Stroll sandy beaches, hike in the Todgha Gorge, and visit remote villages in the High and Middle Atlas mountains. Return to Rabat for a final day of exploration and reflection.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/MAM.
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.
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.