Academy Semester Details

Mexico, Dominican Republic and Haiti



Fundraising goal*

Feb 28, 2025

Start Date

May 23, 2025

Last Date


For Ages


Service Hours

San Diego

Meeting Point

About Academy

The LiveDifferent Academy takes your passion to learn, serve, and grow and puts them all together into a 13-week experience in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.* You’ll leave a lasting impact on the world around you while being transformed in your thinking, your actions, and your focus for the future. Needless to say, this experience will challenge and shape you like nothing else you’ve experienced.

The Academy is a small, personal program that invites you to step out of your comfort zone and consider yourself and the world around you through a lens of care, compassion, and social justice. We offer Academy students the opportunity to be immersed in local cultures, dig into our social justice course, receive Spanish tutoring, invest in the local communities and build relationships by sharing weekly evenings with host families along the way.

The tuition for Academy 2025 is $9,100 CAD.

It is broken down into two segments…

Program Costs – $3,600

The Program Costs can be paid directly to LiveDifferent (via cheque, credit card, or Interac email transfer to and it includes the initial deposit of $500**. This amount is not eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Please email us or call our office and we can walk you through the options and our refund policy.

Charitable Project Costs – $5,500

The Charitable Project Costs support your involvement in working with local community organizations, your involvement in a building project and our ongoing community projects. This amount can be raised through your LiveDifferent fundraising page once you have registered for the Academy. Any contributions made towards the Charitable Project Costs will be eligible for a tax receipt as per our donation policy. Please note that all donations are 100% non-refundable.


Please Note:

*LiveDifferent reserves the right to adjust the travel itinerary within the 13 weeks of the program as needed in response to any instability or change in government travel advisories. The health and safety of our students, partner communities and staff are always our first priority.

**A $500 deposit is required within 2 weeks of registration and is fully refundable until LiveDifferent has confirmed the minimum number of students have registered. Students will be notified by email once the program is confirmed for the upcoming semester.

Have questions?

Contact Tyler Leighton, Coordinator of International Programs


What is the LiveDifferent Academy?


What's included?

  • All accommodations, meals, and transportation while in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
  • Social justice course textbooks and materials.
  • Introductory Spanish lessons.
  • Materials needed for a building project.
  • Program excursions.
  • Access to Wifi.
  • Return flights to and from the closest major international airport (subject to availability, terms and conditions). Please contact LiveDifferent for more information.
  • Tourist fees (if required).
  • LiveDifferent staff on-site and available 24/7.

What's not included

  • Travel to and from the closest major international airport.
  • Meals while traveling to and from each destination.
  • Any immunizations or testing required for travel (please consult your family physician or local travel clinic).
  • Emergency Travel Medical Insurance which includes Covid-19 coverage (required, please see here for important considerations outline by the Government of Canada).
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance.
  • Cost of doing laundry.
  • Extra spending money for excursions, meals, souvenirs, etc.

Help change lives—and experience something unforgettable!