Your Experiment begins in London, where you will discover major landmarks, such as Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster (home of the British Parliament), and Buckingham Palace. Begin your media training with a visit to the British Film Institute, then start to develop your filmmaking, interviewing, and presentation skills. You will take part in discussions and workshops on rules and ethics in journalism; the role of the press, including accountability and politics; privacy, regulations, and freedom of speech; the effects of social media; and living in the era of “fake news.” You will participate in numerous journalism projects and receive expert training from creative writers and members of the press.
Depart London for Southport, where you will immerse yourself in daily British life during your homestay. You can practice your public speaking skills as you interview a Member of Parliament, actors at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and local celebrities during day trips. Draw inspiration as you travel to Liverpool to visit The Beatles Story museum, and Manchester to tour British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
studios, one of the world’s top news sources, where you will practice giving your own report. Continue traveling to Chelsea to learn about specific facets of broadcasting, such as sports media, as you visit the Chelsea Football Club. You will continue meeting with journalists and other field experts during debates and visits to local TV stations.
Perfect your skills during hands-on activities, such as creating your own newspaper or animated short film while you travel to meet your new host family in Worcester. You will present your film, newspaper, photo, and writing creations before returning to London for final reflection and exploration.
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.
Your Experiment begins in the northern mountain city of Chiang Mai, home to hundreds of ancient temples. You will visit the city’s famous sites, explore lively street markets, and discover Buddhist temples as you get to know your group. A cooking instructor will help you shop for the freshest ingredients at a local market, then teach you how to whip up traditional Thai dishes with the items you buy. You will stay overnight at a Buddhist temple and learn about the cultural importance of the art of meditation. Introductory Thai language lessons will prepare you to communicate with your host family during your homestays.
As your Thai journey continues, you will live with a Kon Muang family in a lowland northern village in Chiang Mai province, and then with a Lisu family in a hill tribe in Chiang Rai province. Together, you will work on a community service project, such as teaching English to young children, helping build a natural water dam, or assisting with reforestation work. You will continue to develop your Thai language skills as you interact with locals.
The northern region’s lush tropical valleys and highlands will be your backdrop as you embark on outdoor activities such as trekking, zip lining, and visiting an elephant park. You will also visit Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before traveling to the seaside town of Hua Hin to explore the breathtaking beaches. Your Thailand exploration wraps up in Bangkok, where you will visit sites of cultural and historical importance, such as the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
To learn more and view a sample itinerary, visit experiment.org/THS.
At the conclusion of this program, each student will earn a language certificate noting the number of hours of community service completed.