Academy is a cross-cultural, immersive-learning, gap-semester experience unlike anything else. You’ll spend a cumulative 13 weeks between beautiful Mexico, Dominican Republic and Haiti, learning about others and yourself. You’ll experience local cultures, practice some new language skills, and become more aware of how people around the world live.
Surrounded by like-minded people, you’ll be challenged and supported as you grow and take part in new experiences while caring for others. During this time, you will explore the world and just how big of a difference you can make within it.
Join us in Sept. 2024 for a three-month, cross-cultural experience in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.
You’ll spend time volunteering on various local projects and learn about the work of other organizations serving local communities.
Being fully immersed in the culture, you’ll not only study Spanish but live it as you spend time with a local host family once a week.
As you travel through three beautiful countries, you’ll explore dormant volcanoes, beaches, local cultural attractions, historical sites and more.
You’ll complete a building project alongside community members—but don’t worry! No previous building experience is necessary.
Spend the week alongside community members and experience what a work week is like for many in the area: basic shelter, working in the area and providing for yourself with the typical wages a local labourer would earn.
You’ll learn about social justice issues and work on developing yourself through a mixture of class time, experiences and mentoring.
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. Donations are not refundable.
A peek at the 2024 Schedule Sept. 8th – Fly to San Diego, CA
Sept. 10th – Drive to Guest House in Vicente Guerrero, Baja California, Mexico
Week 1-2 (Mexico) – Orientation, Spanish classes and meet host families
Weeks 3-5 (Mexico) – Volunteering and coursework
Week 6-7 (Mexico) – Build Project and a Week-in-the-Life experience
Week 8 (Mexico) – Volunteering, coursework and travel to Puerto Plata, DR
Week 9 (DR) – Volunteering and coursework
Week 10-11 (Haiti) – Volunteering and coursework
Week 12 (DR) – Travel Back to the Dominican Republic, wrap up and graduation
Dec. 5th – Fly home from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic