From your base in Nicaragua, experience daily life and culture from different perspectives. Live with a campesino host family in El Lagartillo, a rural community in León, located within the northern mountains of Nicaragua’s central region. There you will receive 20 hours of formal Spanish language training; visit an artisan pottery studio; participate in daily activities of the cooperative community, including commercial activities such as producing honey, sesame oil, and fruit jelly; and you’ll also do a service project. Then, travel to San Juan del Oriente to visit a coffee cooperative to explore the lush vegetation of this cloud-covered area and hike a volcano. You will also discover how Nicaraguans use the arts for economic sustainability and to express their aspirations for the future. Participate in workshops and visit local artists’ studios and communities as you learn about art, poetry, music, and dance as means for social change.
You will have a second homestay in Managua, where you will live in the neighborhood of Máximo Jerez, a community deeply involved in the Sandinista revolution, and observe the
differences between rural and city life in Nicaragua. Visit local markets and participate in spoken-word poetry workshops with writers inspired by the revolution. Learn how to prepare traditional dishes incorporating exotic fruits from Nicaragua.
Your journey continues as you travel to Cuba. Learn about Cuba’s significance in Latin American history and its many connections to Nicaragua, including a comparison of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and the Cuban revolution. Spend a week in the city of Havana exploring the arts in a different social and cultural context. Visit associations of young artists and African-Cuban arts centers. Participate in a community workshop transformation project, Talleres de Transformación, and talk to Cubans about their aspirations. Visit Old Havana and learn about Ernest Hemingway’s life in Cuba at his home in Cojímar before returning to Nicaragua for final reflections.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/NUA.
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.
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.