- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: South Korea
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June
- Session Length: Four Weeks
- Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Credit Awarded: No
Experience South Korea’s culture, visit national parks and Buddhist temples, and learn about peacemaking efforts on this high school summer abroad program.
Journey through Korea’s past and present during a summer of peace studies and cultural immersion. The program’s different components and travel to different regions provide you with diverse perspectives on contemporary life in Korea and the country’s ongoing challenges related to peace and development. Deepen your knowledge of Korea’s sociopolitical development by engaging with historians, economists, and prominent members of civil society.
Throughout the program, you are immersed in South Korean contemporary life and culture. Following the multiday orientation in Seoul—the country’s political, economic, and cultural center—live with a Korean host family in Jeonju, participating in their daily activities. Learn about religious traditions and the art of meditation alongside Buddhist monks during the program’s temple stay. Near the end of the program, experience the beautiful landscapes, coastal towns, and national parks of mountainous Gangwon province during an exploration of the country’s northeast.
The program includes formal Korean language instruction, visits to important historical and cultural sites such as palaces and museums, a community service project arranged by a local organization, and numerous opportunities to experience Korean food and popular culture.
Orientation in Seoul
- Learn about the history and culture of South Korea and about its relations with North Korea
- Get to know other members of your group during activities and group discussions
- Visit famous sites and museums throughout the city
- Explore diverse neighborhoods and sample Korean cuisine
- Begin survival Korean language lessons and practice your skills with Korean university students
- Visit the DMZ, watch films about the history of the social-political development of the country, and engage in discussions with local historians
- Explore the city with South Korean university students studying North and South Korean relations
- Participate in community service projects such as volunteering at a soup kitchen that serves the elderly
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located guest house.
Buddhist Temple Stay
- Learn about Buddhism and Buddhist religious traditions
- Live, work, and meditate with the temple’s monks
During this period, you and your group will stay at a Buddhist temple.
- Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Korean family and community
- Do activities with your host family
- Explore your host community and the surrounding area with your group
- Participate in cultural activities to learn more about Korean culture and traditions
- Spend a day at Korea’s famous Mud Festival
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Seongnam, Jeonju, Hwacheon
Excursion to Busan
- Enjoy a traditional Korean barbeque
- Picnic and swim at the beach
- Meet with Korean students at a local youth camp and do a scavenger hunt with them around Busan
During this period, you and your group will stay in hotels.
Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Seoul
Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
- During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hostel.
About The Experiment
The Experiment in International Living is a nonprofit organization that has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Today, The Experiment offers three-, four-, and five-week summer programs for high school students in more than 20 countries around the world.
Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.
The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.
The Experiment places the highest priority on health, safety, and security. Each program follows a comprehensive structure designed to maximize the well-being of all participants while they engage in dynamic cross-cultural experiences. We have implemented specific risk management strategies that include a 24-hour emergency on-call service and regular safety reviews. We hire and train experienced adult group leaders and maintain longstanding partnerships with in-country offices to support each of our programs.