Youth International South America (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador)

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Program Description

Join a small peer group, along with two leaders, to travel through Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador for three months. It is a unique way to explore some of the world, open your mind, and challenge who you think you are.

Since 1997, Youth International has provided many people with the most exciting, fulfilling and educational experience of their life. Cultural immersion is achieved through home stays with local families and time spent in communities taking part in a variety of community service projects. There is also an exciting outdoor adventure component, which includes trekking in the Andes and in the Amazon Rainforest, exploring the Galapagos Islands, white-water rafting, and more... Participants travel using local trains and buses, carrying backpacks, and staying in simple hostels and home stays. Through this unique combination of experiences, each participant is set up to gain a first-hand understanding of a variety of different cultures and communities, and to give back to them. It is also a tremendous amount of fun!

Dates for the next South America program are: February 15 to May 9, 2018. Applications are also being accepted for the fall 2018 program: September 12 to December 4, 2018. Full daily program itineraries can be viewed on the Youth International website.

College credit options are available through a partnership with Colorado Western State University. 529 College Savings funds welcome.
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Highlights

-Give back by working on a variety of community service projects.
-Improve your Spanish language skills thorugh an Intensive 1-week Spanish language course and navigating through real life situations.
-Challenge yourself with a 4-day trek in the Andes to the spectacular Inca ruins at Machu Picchu.
-Explore diverse ecosystems, including the Galapagos Islands, the Salt Plains of Bolivia, and the Andes Mountains,
-Learn about daily life in South America by living with families in cities and villages.
-Do conservation work in the Amazon Rainforest.

Qualifications

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 15 years.

What`s Included

This program fee covers all program expenses during the semester abroad, including: all meals and lodging, all overland travel, all scheduled program activities (including all outdoor adventure activities and site-seeing, etc…), team leaders and in-country staff, all costs for orientation in the USA, educational materials, and other miscellaneous expenses related to the program.

The only other costs that the program fee does not cover are personal expenses and individual free time activities. Personal expenses include health insurance, entry visas, and transportation to orientation in Colorado at the beginning of the program.

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Program Locations

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Program Details

Provider:
Youth International
Location
  • Ecuador: Galapagos Islands
Language:
Spanish
Duration:
1-3 months
Program Type:
Adventure Travel, Gap Year Expedition
Participants:
American, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
Cost:
Spring 2018: US$10,850 / Fall 2018: US$11,350

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