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Belize: Communication Sciences &
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Belize: Communication Sciences & Disorders Program:

When Can I Travel?

Applications are currently open for December 2022, January, March, April, May, June, July, & August 2023. We have a rolling admission process, which simply means that the window for applications closes when all of the spaces are filled. We also offer discounts to students who apply early!

Where Am I Going?

Nicknamed the “Jewel” of the Caribbean, Belize is a unique Central American country nestled between Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea. Belize was previously known as British Honduras before gaining its independence from Great Britain in 1983. Labeled a developing country, Belize is working hard to bring much needed services to its special needs population. Because of Belize’s history with Great Britain, the official language of the country is English. However, there are about eight different prevalent languages spoken throughout the country. Each language comes with its own bit of history and culture. Throughout your time in Belize you’ll have the opportunity to see and learn about the varying cultures and how they all blend together to create the unique experience that is Belize

Who Should Sign Up?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates, and post-bacc students.

This award-winning program was designed to give every CSD/SLP student the opportunity to gain hands-on experience!

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2020 -2021 Winter Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)

Why Should I Travel with Therapy Abroad?

More than ever, speech-language pathology /speech therapy program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. SLP graduate programs, clinical rotations, and clinical fellowships are increasingly difficult to get into. In this program, you will work with and learn from a distinguished group of professional SLPs in a cross-cultural setting. We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with professionals in your field for formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children, adults, and families with special needs.

What Will I Do?

Your group will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, and our local community partner organization to bring services to children and adults. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals, our ASHA-certified Speech Therapists will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your field. 

During your time in Belize, you will participate in a variety of activities that may include both formal and informal assessments, group therapy (Tykes Camp), individual therapy sessions, school-based screens and assessments, caregiver training, and time working and learning from other healthcare professionals.

Therapy Abroad students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

Excursions: While you will earn observation and clinic hours, there will also be opportunities for fun, cultural excursions. You will enjoy ziplining through the rain forest, cave canoeing, snorkeling in the world’s second largest barrier reef, exploring a Mayan archeological site, and more!

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Will Get Observation, Clinic and Volunteer Hours?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming an SLP, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school and beyond. Our programs are a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation, clinical, and volunteer hours. Because you will be completing observation hours with an ASHA licensed SLP on all of our programs, these hours may also count towards clinical competencies for students planning to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology.  

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2023 Program Dates
2023 Program Dates
  • May 20 - June 2 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • June 17 - June 30 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • July 15 - July 28 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • June 3 - June 16 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • July 1 - July 14 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • July 30 - August 11 ( 14 Day Summer Program )

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What Is The Itinerary*?

  • Day 1: Fly to Belize either on a group flight (most popular choice) or on your own**

  • Day 2: Arrival Day/Orientation

  • Day 3: Team building and get to know your peers and clinical supervisors

  • Day 4-7: Tykes Therapy Camp

  • Day 8-9: Excursions

  • Day 10-11: Screenings, Evaluations, & Home Visits

  • Day 12-13: Beach excursion to Caye Caulker Island

  • Day 14: Fly home

*sample itinerary can vary based on the group and dates

**students taking their own flight will pay a $300 admin fee to cover the cost of private transportation to/from airports and a Therapy Abroad staff person.

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Where Will I Stay?

Students and faculty will stay in boutique-style hotels and guest houses (small family-run hotels) with communal areas to relax, meeting areas for group discussion, and plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces to explore with fellow students. You will be transported to different locations via a private bus and driver for the duration of your program.

Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Belizean and Western cuisine. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Belize’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home in no time!

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Free Time

Students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two week program, but we will also make sure you have down time to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff and explore. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just try something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

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Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program Include

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Tuition

9-Day Programs (Spring Break Only) are $2,700 not including international airfare.

 

14-Day Programs are $3,950 USD not including international airfare.

 

Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $600-$800. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from Houston International Airport (IAH) as soon as airfares have been published.

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What’s Included?

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people.

With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. More specifically, your program includes:

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IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will

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Communication Sciences & Disorders Program with Spanish Language Immersion

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Dominican Republic: Communication Sciences & Disorders Program with Spanish Language Immersion
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Dominican Republic: Communication Sciences & Disorders Program with Spanish Language Immersion

This program is located in the Dominican Republic! The DR has it all! It is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country and is well known for its amazing hospitality, warm people, diverse cuisine, adventure activities, and some of the world’s most well-known beaches.

This two-week, Communication Science & Disorders program is based in the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic (DR) on the island of Hispaniola. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students ages 18 and up, this program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish speakers interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology (speech therapy), audiology or a related field. This is an optimal program for students who want to take advantage of learning from professional Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredited speech-language pathologists (SLPs), improve their Spanish and/or gain advanced Spanish language communication skills through an immersive program.

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More specifically, students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a custom language program designed for SLPs in an active and immersive environment, lead by bilingual practitioners. Participating students will receive focused instruction on Spanish vocabulary and linguistic constructions designed to prepare practitioners for the workplace. Additionally, students will gain hands-on experience seldom found in the classroom including professional observation hours and one-on-one time with SLPs and other professionals.
The Dominican Republic is a tropical paradise steeped in history and beauty. Participating students will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of what the DR has to offer, including a visit to a National Park and some of the most pristine beaches on the island, a city tour of the old town of Puerto Plata and several cultural activities including a boat ride up the River Yassica and, of course, plenty of dancing and delicious Caribbean meals. In addition, participating students will work with schools and other community partners to help the DR meet a huge demand for speech and language services.
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Participating students will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics and charitable organizations to bring services to families throughout the country. Focusing on grassroots community based outreach, students will work directly with ASHA licensed SLPs and other professionals including physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), social workers (SWs) and medical doctors (MDs) in small groups, learning about speech & language disorders, feeding, swallowing disorders, behavior modification, disabilities, and special needs in multicultural environments. Participating students will gain invaluable hands-on experience through fun play-based activities and will also conduct field-based speech & language screens, observe evaluations, develop and implement intervention plans and learn through focused discussions on a variety of topics.
Students applying to this program must have some have a basic level of conversational Spanish. This program will be conducted in English and Spanish with advanced instruction in Spanish for SLPS. If you are not sure about your level of Spanish, you can reach out to Therapy Abroad for further information and we can help you determine if this program is the right choice for you.
Spaces for this program are very limited and fill up quickly! All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.
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2023 Summer Program Dates
2023 Summer Program Dates
  • May 27 - June 9 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • June 10 - June 23 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • June 24 - July 7 ( 14 Day Summer Program )

Only a basic level of Spanish is required for this program. We encourage beginners, intermediate, advanced, and native speakers to apply. We will meet you where you are and make sure you get the most out of the program and out of your language ability.

2021 Winter Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)

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Program Details

The goals of this program are co-defined by working directly with the government, local communities, schools, NGOs, charities, and hospitals. Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as speech & language screenings, evaluations, and intervention as well as ongoing capacity building for local educators and practitioners. Students and staff might also run a communication learning camp for children with special needs designed around skill-based stations (learning centers): speaking, listening, learning, sensory, fine and gross motor skills. Each day students will have group discussion as well as one-on-one time with SLPs and other professionals.

In collaboration with our partner organizations, students will also take part in home-based field visits — considered an important part of the learning experience for all participating students. Students will visit with families and children living with special needs in their own homes as part of a small interdisciplinary team consisting of SLPs, social workers and medical doctors. Focusing on speech & language, swallowing disorders and special education, participating students will develop critical observation skills in a home environment.

Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice skills, and learn about Dominican culture and history. In addition, participating students will gain hands-on and observational experience working in a variety of settings, leadership experience as well as insight and discussion on applying to graduate schools and career opportunities as an SLP. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous and based on the individual skills, background, and interest of participating students, creating what we believe to be a fluid and deep learning experience for all involved.

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Observation Hours

We design all of our programs with students in mind and we know that observation is a great way to learn more about speech-language pathology (speech therapy) and related fields. Because you will be completing observation hours with an ASHA licensed SLP on all of our programs, these hours may also count towards clinical competencies for students planning to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology. Please check with your school or department to find out more information. We would also be happy to provide your undergraduate advisor or a specific professor with information. Simply provide us with their contact information or have them email us directly to request information.

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Itinerary

Most Therapy Abroad students chose to fly on one of our organized group flights and will be joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member to help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day (Saturday or Sunday), all students will be greeted by additional staff at either Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) or Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) and from there you will be driven by private bus through beautiful scenery to your accommodation just outside of Cabarete in the Northern province of Puerto Plata.

After checking into your rooms, students will have a home cooked dinner and then attend a short orientation and safety briefing that will set you up for success. The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentor Project), our strategic partner in the Dominican Republic, is a not-for-profit education organization that provides high-quality education, youth development and comprehensive community enrichment programs for children and families across the Dominican Republic. The DREAM Center, located in El Callejón de la Loma, Cabarete, offers a welcoming and central setting for participating students and staff to collaborate, and an excellent entry point into the surrounding communities and schools. Through our partnership with DREAM Project, we hope that Therapy Abroad students will not only gain a deep understanding of communication sciences and disorders in the bilingual context but also develop a unique perspective into wonderful culture of the Dominican Republic.

Monday through Friday will consist of a variety of activities that might include running a learning camp, providing speech & language screens at local schools, visiting and working with other private practice and charitable organizations, specialized Spanish instruction for SLP classes, group discussions, and other fun group activities as listed in the program details section above.

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Program Life

You will stay in a comfortable, Western-style accommodation (with a Dominican touch) near the beach with communal areas to relax, meeting areas for group discussion, and plenty of beautiful coastal spaces to explore with fellow students. Every day students will have access to Wi-Fi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, laundry services and plenty of restaurants and cafes within walking distance. Meals will be home cooked Dominican and Western cuisine consisting of rice and beans, chicken, fish, pasta, seafood, other meats, salads, and fresh vegetables and fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to the scenic charm of the North Coast, the warmth and hospitality of the Dominican people and culture will make every adventure a pleasure.

Over the weekends, the group will experience the best of the Dominican Republic’s North coast with included trips to the Playa Grande, Laguna Gri Gri, El Choco National Park, Puerto Plata as well as several stops at local markets and towns along the north coast. Optional surfing lessons on one of the best beginner breaks in the Caribbean can be arranged!

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Free Time

Students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure you have down time to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff and explore. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just try something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

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Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program Include

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Tuition

$3,950 USD not including international airfare. Airfare from the Continental USA is estimated at $550. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights departing from Miami International Airport (MIA).

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What’s Included

We know that travel and study abroad is a big investment and our promise to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience, best staff, tastiest meals, an excellent itinerary full of the best activities and the meaningful hands-on experience that you are expecting.

With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that are advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want all of our students to arrive and participate fully in every activity and every learning experience without ever thinking about how much money they are going to spend.

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Pre -Occupational & Speech Therapy Program

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Bulgaria & Greece: Pre -Occupational & Speech Therapy Program

When Can I Travel?

Applications are currently open for June and July of 2023. We have a rolling admission process, which simply means that the window for applications closes when all of the spaces are filled. We also offer discounts to students who apply early!

Where Am I Going?

Start your adventure in the Eastern European country of Bulgaria, located on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. It is one of the oldest states in Europe founded in the 7th century. Bulgaria joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2004 and of the European Union (EU) in 2007. The country is a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures, which can be seen through its cuisine, its architecture, and its religious heritage. Bulgaria will be your home base for the clinical portion of your program. Finish your journey by traveling to the neighboring country of Greece and spending 4 days taking in the sites of Athens & Santorini. Taste your way through traditional markets and wonder the historical cities, explore the ancient town of Akrotiri, explore the acropolis and more!
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Who Should Sign Up?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates and post-bacc students. There are no prerequisites to join.

Why Should I Travel with Therapy Abroad?

More than ever, Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. You will work with and learn from a distinguished group of professional Therapists in a cross-cultural setting.
We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with OTs, SLPs, and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs.

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What Will I Do?

Your group will collaborate with our local community partners to bring services to children and adults in the town of Sevlievo. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals, our AOTA licensed Occupational Therapists and ASHA-licensed SLPs will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your field. Our community partners have developed a brand new health clinic that will offer occupational therapy services and also include a fully functioning pharmacy. Students will work directly in the pediatric clinic for the majority of their time, providing services and running a camp for kids with special needs. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit and provide services in a local long term care geriatric facility. You will also be working directly with patients in the main hospital in Sevlievo. In addition to your supervisors, you will have interpreters and guides with you during your entire trip.

Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screenings, direct rehabilitation, referral and/or care to promote fitness, health and wellness and capacity building in the provision of occupational therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. You will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

Excursions: While you will earn observation and clinic hours, there will also be opportunities for fun, cultural excursions. Places you may visit in Bulgaria include the Devetashka Cave and Krushina Waterfalls, city tour of the capital of Sofia, the Veliko Tarnovo and Tsarevets Fortress, a monastery, and an oasis.

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2023 Program Dates
2023 Program Dates
  • June 30 - July 15
  • July 14 - July 29

Will I Get Observation And Volunteer Hours?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming a future OT or SLP, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school. Our service program in Bulgaria is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation and volunteer hours.

What is the Itinerary*?

*sample itinerary can vary based on the group and dates

 

**students taking their own flight will pay a $300 admin fee to cover the cost of private transportation to/from airports and a Therapy Abroad staff person.

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Where Will I Stay?

The “Center” is a cultural retreat center located in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains in Stolat, Bulgaria. Spread over 2,200 acres, it is geared towards bringing together people from around the world to share in all the rich heritage that Bulgaria and Eastern Europe have to offer. You won’t find a better place to enjoy the rich heritage of Bulgaria in a safe, supported, and comfortable way.

 

 

Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Bulgarian and Western cuisine. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Bulgaria’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home in no time!

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Benefits For Students Who Participate In This Program:

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Tuition:

15- Day Program price is $3,950 USD not including *international airfare.

 

*Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from New York, JFK International Airport as soon as airfares have been published.

What’s Included with your tuition?

Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. All domestic transport, meals, accommodation, all activities, supervision, and all excursions. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. More specifically, your program includes:
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.
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Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) College Prep Program

Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) College Prep Program
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Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) College Prep Program

Why: More than ever, DPT program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Our Thailand Pre-PT College Pre Program is the ultimate graduate school prep program for undergraduate and post-bacc students who want to work with (and learn from) a distinguished group of professional Physical Therapists, gain valuable skills, and build your resume.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with PTs and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs.

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How: Your cohort will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, universities and charitable organizations to bring services to children in northern Thailand. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals (and other students from Thailand), our APTA licensed PTs will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your respective field. Through the design and implementation of a play-based “health camp”, hosted locally for families and children with disabilities, you will inevitably benefit from (and contribute to) this unique opportunity and all involved.

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Students will also become familiar with international approaches to public health as well as innovative therapy practices that address local healthcare issues. Lastly, students will also have the opportunity to explore Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking (or rock climbing) through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.

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2023 Spring Break Program Dates
2023 Spring Break Program Dates
  • November 30 - November 30

2023 Summer Program Dates
2023 Summer Program Dates
  • June 24 - July 8 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • July 11 - July 25 ( 14 Day Summer Program )

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Program Details

What: The goals and priorities of this program are co-defined on a needs-basis in partnership with local communities, schools, NGOs, universities, and public and private hospitals. Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screening, direct rehabilitation, referral and/or care to promote fitness, health and wellness and capacity building in the provision of physical therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. Students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

The program will challenge participants, staff and local partners to design and host a health camp using skill-based stations (learning centers) that assess speaking, listening, learning, sensory, fine and gross motor needs of the attending children and families. Parent and caregiver sessions will also be hosted in conjunction with our local partners, professors and qualified staff as well as home health care where needed and/or necessary.

Each day, students will have group reflections as well as one-on-one time with PTs and other professionals. As part of our commitment to working at the local level, students will also work directly with Thai PT and OT university students on the design and facilitation of the health camps.

Collaboration with Thai universities is an incredibly important part of the learning experience for all of our students. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history. Students can expect plenty of observational hours in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight on applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our PT staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of students, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

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Observation and Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our students in mind and we know that observing and volunteering are both great ways to learn more about Physical Therapy while building skills. If you are interested in becoming a future PT, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with a first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school. Our Pre-PT College Prep program in Thailand is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation and volunteer hours.

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Itinerary

People-centered: Most Therapy Abroad students choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco, California, joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all students will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, and private practices; interacting with a range of different care providers at each location and in the home setting. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, you will learn from your PT supervisors in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, learn hands-on at local clinics and universities, observe and shadow professionals and volunteer with kids who have special needs.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking (or rock climbing), Thai cooking classes and a visit to an elephant sanctuary.

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Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: your program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, you will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.


Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

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Free Time

Make it yours: students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure you have downtime to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

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Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

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Tuition

14-Day Program $3,850 USD not including international airfare.

Group airfare from San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), or John F Kennedy International (JFK) as soon as airfares have been published.

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What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

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We cannot be alone and still be happy if others around us are suffering. Instead we should share their suffering and ease their troubles according to our ability and capability.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX

Sports, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences Program

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Thailand: Sports, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences Program

This two-week program is based in Thailand and is intended for undergraduate college students ages 18 and up who are studying kinesiology, sports management, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, nutrition, physical education, and fitness and health promotion, and other related fields. This program is ideal for students looking for a short-term study abroad experience that introduces basic concepts of sports, exercise, and nutritional sciences within a global public health context.

Why: More than ever, the Sports Science field is in need of well-rounded professionals who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Sports, Exercise, & Nutrition is designed for undergraduate students who want to gain a broad interdisciplinary perspective of sports, exercise, and nutrition through a global public health lens.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only build awareness of the various careers and workplace options, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom. Focusing specifically on the body, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, sports management, rehabilitation and traditional healing –students will learn from public health, fitness experts and sports managers in formal and informal settings, and will gain a behind-the-scenes look into why Thailand is leading the way in global public health and how sports and exercise science contributes to this body of knowledge.

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How: If it is to bring continued health benefits, physical activity needs to be embedded in the daily lives of many more people. Sports, exercise, and nutritional science is one of the most undervalued interventions to improve public health. Its benefits are great. Physical activity is closely associated with better health and reduced mortality, including reduced mortality from coronary heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, and reduced fatality after a heart attack. It is within this context that sports and exercise science + nutrition provides opportunities for working with people—to make them stronger, faster, more efficient, better able to deal with stress, and less susceptible to injury.

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Participants will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking and rock climbing through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, muay Thai kickboxing, hiking and rock climbing through the jungle, traditional Thai massage and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis.

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2023 Winter & Spring Break Program Dates
2023 Winter & Spring Break Program Dates

2023 Summer Program Dates
2023 Summer Program Dates
  • June 24 - July 8 ( 14 Day Summer Program )
  • July 15 - July 29 ( 14 Day Summer Program )

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Program Details

Starting at Chiang Mai University Department of Sports and Rehabilitation Sciences and public health, students will participate in an exchange-based workshop focused around a topic of mutual interest. Topics might include: Sports Management, Rehabilitation Sciences in Practice, Thai Traditional Healing Methods, or Wellness and Exercise Science in a Cultural-Comparative Perspective.

Participants can expect plenty of practical exchanges in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight into applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of participants, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Observation and Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our participants in mind. If you are interested in becoming a Sports & Exercise Science or Nutrition professional, plenty of observation is essential, but a first-hand experience and inside look into these fields with an understanding of public health will set you apart from your peers. Understanding how public health and sports and exercise science are related will help you to not only become a better-rounded student but also a more empathetic and compassionate person

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Itinerary

Most Therapy Abroad participants choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco, California, joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all participants will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, fitness centers, sports management institutions and private practices. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, participants will learn in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, observe and learn how to shadow professionals and learn from public health professionals.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking, rock climbing, Thai cooking classes, Thai Boxing Class, and a visit to an elephant sanctuary.

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Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: this program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, participants will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.


Every day, participants will have access to Wi-Fi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that participants will have plenty of amazing food!


We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

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Free Time

Make it yours: participants on Therapy Abroad programs will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure everyone has downtime to relax, write in a journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help everyone make the most of their time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

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Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

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Tuition

10-Day Program $2,270 USD not including international airfare.

 

14- Day Program $3,550 USD not including international airfare.

 

Group airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as soon as airfares have been published.

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What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

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Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying i will try again tomorrow.

Mary Anne Radmacher

Nursing & Global Public Health

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Belize: Nursing & Global Public Health

When Can I Travel?

Applications are currently open for summer 2023. We have a rolling admission process, which simply means that the window for applications closes when all of the spaces are filled. We also offer discounts to students who apply early!

Where Am I Going?

Nicknamed the “Jewel” of the Caribbean, Belize is a unique Central American country nestled between Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea. Belize was previously known as British Honduras before gaining its independence from Great Britain in 1983. Labeled a developing country, Belize is working hard to bring much needed services to its special needs population. Because of Belize’s history with Great Britain, the official language of the country is English. However, there are about eight different prevalent languages spoken throughout the country. Each language comes with its own bit of history and culture. Throughout your time in Belize you’ll have the opportunity to see and learn about the varying cultures and how they all blend together to create the unique experience that is Belize

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Who Should Sign Up?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates and post-bacc students who seek practical and clinical experience. Students review theory and clinical procedures with program faculty, then apply this in a clincal setting. Clinical settings include schools, nursing homes and rural community health centers. Clinical work focuses on cpreventative care and assessments for children, women and elderly. Clinics can also include public health awareness and client education. 

Why Should I Travel with Therapy Abroad?

Therapy Abroad is the world leader in providing study abroad opportunities for students interested in health and human services. Our nursing and global public health program is the perfect combination of travel and service. Both nursing and global public health are important fields that play a vital role in improving the health and well-being of people around the world.

We created this program specifically to help students gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: gain clinical hours, one-on-one time with healthcare professionals, and a chance to support local children, adults, and families where it is most needed. Your time in Belize will be a defining moment in your education and one that you will not forget.

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What Will I Do?

Your group will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, and our local community partner organization to bring services to children and adults. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals.  Clinical settings include schools, nursing homes and rural community health centers. Clinical work focuses on preventative care and assessments for children, women, and the elderly. Clinics can also include public health awareness and client education. 

You will work at pop-up clinics, work directly in the hospital, and work in the local schools. You’ll also experience being out in the community going door to door to meet families and check on them. You will have Therapy Abroad staff and guides with you during your entire trip.

Therapy Abroad students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

Excursions: While you will earn observation and clinic hours, there will also be opportunities for fun, cultural excursions. You will enjoy ziplining through the rain forest, cave canoeing, snorkeling in the world’s second largest barrier reef, exploring a Mayan archeological site, and more!

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Will I Get Observation, Clinic, And Volunteer Hours?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming a nurse or working in global public health, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school and beyond. Our service program in Belize is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation, clinical, and volunteer hours.

What is the Itinerary*?

*sample itinerary can vary based on the group and dates **students taking their own flight will pay a $300 admin fee to cover the cost of private transportation to/from airports and a Therapy Abroad staff person.
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  • July 29 - August 11

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Benefits For Students Who Participate In This Program:

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Tuition:

14- Day Program price is $3,350 USD not including *international airfare.

*Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $600. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from Houston or Dallas, TX International Airport as soon as airfares have been published.

What’s Included?

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. 

 

With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. More specifically, your program includes:

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.

 

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Graduate Health Sciences Adventure: Speech, Occupational, Physical & Behavioral Therapy

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Graduate Health Sciences Adventure: Speech, Occupational, Physical & Behavioral Therapy

When Can I Travel?

Applications are currently open for 2023. We have a rolling admission process, which simply means that the window for applications closes when all of the spaces are filled. We also offer discounts to students who apply early!

Where Am I Going?

Turks and Caicos is a territory of the United Kingdom located near the southeastern end of the Bahamas. TCI is comprised of 40 islands and cays. Ninety percent of the population is of African heritage while English is the official language. TCI has a rich blend of religions, beliefs, and customs that originate from the native Taíno and Lucayan people, African slaves, and the French and Spanish explorers.
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Who Should Sign Up?

Graduate students and students enrolled for graduate school 

Why Should I Travel with Therapy Abroad?

More than ever, OT, PT, SLP, and Behavioral Therapy employers are looking for well-rounded graduates who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. You will work with and learn from a distinguished group of licensed, professional occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists in a cross-cultural setting.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with OTs, PTs, SLPs, Behavioral Therapists and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs. 

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What Will I Do?

Your cohort will work directly with the Ministry of Health to bring services to children in Providenciales and/or Grand Turk. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals, our licensed professionals will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your field. Students will work directly with pediatric and adult clients. 

 

Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screenings, direct rehabilitation, evaluations, referral and/or care to promote fitness, health and wellness and capacity building in the provision of occupational, physical, and speech therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. You will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

 

Excursions: While you will earn clinical hours, there will also be opportunities for fun, cultural excursions. Some activities planned include snorkeling and swimming at the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will also learn about the history of the islands on a locally guided tour.

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2023 Program Dates
  • March 11 - March 18 ( University of Kansas )
  • May 27 - June 3 ( San Jose State University )
  • August 11 - August 18 ( UNI & Allen College )

Will I Get Observation And Volunteer Hours?

Yes! Our TCI program is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed clinical and volunteer hours. The experience working in an interdisciplinary setting will set you apart from others on your resume as well as prepare you for real-world settings. The bulk of your hours will come from running our award-winning Adventure Camp for kids with special needs.

What is the Itinerary*?

*sample itinerary can vary based on the group and dates **students taking their own flight will pay a $300 admin fee to cover the cost of private transportation to/from airports and a Therapy Abroad staff person.
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Where Will I Stay?

You will stay in nice, 3-star hotels on the island walking distance to the beach. Every day you will have access to Wifi. Meals will be a combination of local and Western cuisine. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to TCI’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home in no time!

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Benefits For Students Who Participate In This Program:

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Tuition:

7 Day Program price is $1,900 USD not including *international airfare.

*Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $600. 

What’s Included?

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. 

 

With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. More specifically, your program includes: