Begin your environmental and language studies in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s bustling capital, before traveling to mangrove forests, the Central Highlands, and the Mekong Delta to explore jungle and coastal areas. Acquire firsthand knowledge of Vietnam’s ecology while discovering the threats, including climate change and development pressures, affecting the country’s natural environments and indigenous communities.
During an excursion to the mangrove forests in Can Gio, you will canoe down the Dong Nai River for an intimate view of monkeys and birds in their natural habitats. You will visit an endangered primate rescue center and learn about conservation e orts and challenges at Cat Tien National Park, home to mammals such as elephants and sun bears. You will attend seminars on climate change, visit the floating markets on the Mekong River, discover local ecology and bike, trek, and snorkel on the beautiful Côn Đao islands , which boasts numerous coral reefs and seagrass beds.
Immerse yourself in the daily lives of two Vietnamese families during homestays in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat. During the program’s college stay in Hoa An village, you will participate in a community service project, such as building a biogas system or farming with local families. Travel to the Central Highlands, learn about indigenous traditions, attend workshops on Vietnamese folk music, and practice Zen meditation. You will meet with local NGOs working to advance the quality of life of vulnerable people and communities. Continue learning about Vietnam’s history and culture through visits to historical sites such as the Cu Chi tunnels, one of the longest systems of underground tunnels from the Vietnam War. Your trip concludes with an overnight visit to the gorgeous white sand beaches on the Côn Đao islands while en route back to the capital for final exploration and reflection.
To learn more and view a sample itinerary, visit experiment.org/VNS
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.
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.