It’s time to come together in Mexico.
Join us for a 13-week, cross-cultural experience that will change your life.
The Academy is for individuals looking for an experience unlike anything else. Through 13 weeks of being fully immersed in beautiful Mexican culture, you’ll learn a ton about the lives of others and even more about yourself in the process. Surrounded by like-minded people, you’ll be challenged and supported as you grow and take part in new experiences while caring for others. And when you leave, you and the lives of local families and communities will never be the same.
Volunteer with neighbouring families and in the local community.
Being fully immersed in the culture, you’ll study Spanish and spend time with a local host family once a week.
While you’re here, you’ll check out volcanoes, beaches, and local cultural attractions.
On top of volunteering, you’ll work to complete a building project alongside the community.
Gain insights and experience as you labour with local workers and become aware of the tough decisions they face daily—from housing to food and everything in-between.
You’ll spend time studying social justice and international development.
Our residence is nestled in rural Mexico, about 30 minutes from the beach. It is here where you’ll experience family-style living—with shared meals, games, and the internet. You’re just a short walk away from a local store for snacks and close to public transportation, giving you access to local coffee shops, markets, and taco stands. (If you’re into those sorts of things.)
The Baja is dry, so expect hot days and cool nights. Unlike a tourist-filled vacation spot, you’ll be introduced to (and become part of) the community. Each week, you’ll spend time with local families and sharing meals together which helps deepen your understanding (and your Spanish). It’s home away from home!
*Saturdays are considered excursion days, Sundays are OFF (Subject to change) ** Spanish and weekly visits with host families are on-going
Quick note: The schedule may change from year to year and even during the Academy.
Live Different Academy was the best choice I ever made in my entire life. I believe in Live Different because it has shaped me into the person I have always dreamed to be.
LisaFormer Academy Student
The Academy is an awesome program and it is something that everyone should experience. The experiences and learning that you get is crazy and life-changing. This program changes you as a person for the better.
GraceFormer Academy Student
Live Different Academy made me realize that I have potential beyond measure, and my personal story is the most powerful tool I will ever possess. Academy was a push in the right direction at times, and it was a reassuring hug telling me I’m doing the right thing when I needed it.
BrittanyFormer Academy Student
Since it’s a unique program that blends personal growth with the opportunity to give back and make a difference, the cost can be broken down into two parts—one to cover your stay and the other to help others during your time in Mexico.
This portion covers everything that benefits you directly, like the curriculum, food and accommodations.
This part is used to help others and goes towards project costs. As a result, we’re able to issue tax receipts for funds raised**.
*LiveDifferent will provide all Academy Students with return flights with WestJet. Certain restrictions apply, so contact us for more details.
**There are certain restrictions when issuing tax receipts. Full details available upon request.
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