A 13 week cross-cultural experience that will
change your life

About Live Different Academy

The Live Different Academy takes your passion to learn, serve, and grow and puts them all together into a 13 week experience that will challenge and shape you like nothing else. You’ll bring positive change to the world while being transformed in your thinking, your actions, and your focus for the future.

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 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

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

Volunteer with neighbouring families and in the local community

Study Spanish and spend time with a local host family

Explore volcanoes, beaches and local cultural attractions

Experience a ‘Week in the Life’ of a Mexican migrant worker

Complete a building project with the community

Study social justice and international development

This intense and rewarding adventure will give you practical cross­-cultural experience, which will result in a growing understanding of poverty and its effects. As you continue to learn we will also help you explore the part you play in changing and shaping the world around you.

Cost Breakdown for 2017

(Prices for 2018 may be different)

Academy tuition

$ 3,245

Due Aug 1st This can be paid directly to Live Different (via cheque, credit card, or interac email transfer to donate@livedifferent.com) and includes the initial $300 deposit. The $3245 tuition is not eligible for a charitable tax-receipt.

Charitable Project Costs

$ 3,250

Due Sept 1st

During your Academy, you will be involved in building homes, working in the local community and contributing towards our ongoing community projects. This amount can be raised/donated on your Live Different fundraising page once you have been accepted. Because Live Different is a charity, any portion of the $3,250 fundraising goal that is raised is eligible for a tax-receipt but not refundable.

Total Cost

$ 6,495

Total Cost of 2017 Academy was $6,495.

For more information, call our office or fill out the form below.

Other Details

Pricing Details

This price includes:

  • All accommodations in San Diego and in Mexico.
  • Academy course texts and materials.
  • Introductory Spanish lessons.
  • All meals while in Mexico.
  • All transportation while in San Diego and in Mexico.
  • Build project and materials.
  • Program excursions.
  • Access to WiFi (access hours vary based on location and reception).
  • Laundry facilities.


The price does not include:

  • Flights to and from San Diego, CA.
  • Extra excursions, meals, souvenirs, etc.
  • Emergency medical travel insurance.


2018 Schedule (may be subject to change)

  • September 10th – Fly to San Diego, CA (Airport Code: SAN)
  • September 11th – Drive to Vicente Guerrero, Baja California, Mexico.
  • One Week – Orientation
  • Two Weeks – Spanish Classes and host families
  • One Week – Week in the Life experience
  • Six Weeks – Volunteering and course work
  • One Week – Live Different Build Project
  • One Week – Travel/Debrief
  • December 9th – All students fly home from San Diego, CA.

Interested in Academy 2018?

Tentative dates are September 10th, 2018 – December 9th 2018

Fill out the form below and we will be in touch.