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.
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.
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.