Blyth Academy International Summers offers over 20 programs in more than 30 countries that provide students with the opportunity to earn a high school credit during the summer. We also offer Community Service programs where students can earn their high school involvement hours in Costa Rica!
For the past 43 years, Blyth Academy has been leading students out of the classroom and into the world, providing exceptional study-abroad and meaningful community service experiences. With programs lasting 12 to 40 days, students are able to earn high school credits while broadening their horizons in ways that can only come from worldwide travel. With caring and empathetic staff members who focus on personalized learning and experiential education in very small classes, students are inspired to explore their cultural surroundings and excel in their academic courses. Blyth Academy’s on-site teams provide outstanding leadership and teaching, as well as 24/7 support. Staff-chaperoned flights and airport transfers are included in the program fee.
Our students begin each day together with breakfast and then spend the morning with their class, studying subjects such as English, Math, Science or Photography (just to name a few!). With a focus on experiential learning, the classroom can be anywhere – at a historical site, in a park, or even on a boat. At lunch, we encourage our students to explore their surroundings together so that they can experience the local culture and cuisine. Afternoons are spent taking part in a variety of organized activities, which may include snorkelling, surfing, hiking, or a cultural excursion to places like Pompeii or the Palace of Versailles. Dinner is eaten together as a group every night, and time is allotted for homework, preparation for the following day and social activities. A farewell banquet is always organized to mark the end of each amazing program.
While the teens on our Community Service programs spend part of each day work with various NGOs, students in our academic programs are also offered an optional community service activity so that can give back. Students will work with organizations doing environmental and educational projects, which may include serving at a Soup Kitchen, helping at an orphanage, working at an animal shelter or performing reforestation work.
For students entering Grade 9 or 10
Students will earn one high school credit on each program. This summer, we have Grade 9/10 programs travelling to Costa Rica and the U.K.! To view all programs offered, please visit our website at https://blythsummers.ca/programs-offered/
To see a full list of courses being offered, please our website at https://blythsummers.ca/courses-offered/
What you should know: Students will be supervised at all times. All meals, accommodations and select excursions and outings are included, and afternoons and evenings are fully supervised and spent with staff doing academic and fun extra-curricular activities.
For students entering Grade 11 or 12
Students will earn one Ontario high school credit on each program. This summer we have programs travelling to Central America, Oceania, Asia, and select countries all over Europe. To view all programs offered, please visit our website at https://blythsummers.ca/programs-offered/
To see a full list of courses being offered, please our website at https://blythsummers.ca/courses-offered/
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS (March Break and Summer)
We offer students the opportunity to complete their community service hours on programs running in the summer and during March Break. To view the programs offered during March Break, please visit our website at https://blythmarchbreak.ca/
For students in Grades 10 - 12, and 15-19 years old.
The safety and security of all students is our top priority. With the highest staff-to-student ratio of any educational travel program. Blyth Academy provides students with the support they need while away from home. A carefully structured supervision process is designed to ensure the safety of all students while providing parents with peace of mind.
Blyth Academy program fees include round-trip airfare from Toronto, Ontario. Option to make own travel arrangements available. Students will be met at the destination by Blyth Academy Staff.
Our popular online Travel Journal is available to all parents and features regular program updates. Please visit https://blythsummers.ca/travel-journal/ to see entries from previous years. You will be able to see pictures and read journal blogs that feature everyone on your child’s program, documenting their excursions and experiences as they enjoy their program.
Upon successful completion of the course, a report card will be sent to the student as well as to the student’s home school by registered mail. Blyth Academy is a private school, registered, inspected and certified by the Ontario Ministry of Education. These credits are easily transferred into the U.S. high school system, and course outlines are available upon request. If your child takes part in a Community Service program, you will receive a formal letter from Blyth Academy documenting his or her contribution and hours of service.
Blyth Academy strongly believes in the value of educational travel and the impact it has on students' academic and professional futures. We believe in making our programs accessible to all students and therefore provide financial aid to families who have demonstrated financial need. The Financial Aid Application Form can be found at https://blythsummers.ca/financial-aid/
How to Register
Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST. Please call us at 1-866-960-3552 ext 803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you are ready, you can submit your application using our secure online registration system.
Jennifer Boughner (Program Participant, Rome & the Greek Islands, 2014)
I chose a Blyth Academy International Summers Program to allow me to lighten my course load for the next year while having fun and broadening my horizons. I also wanted to push myself to meet some amazing new friends while learning to travel independently. Blyth Academy gave me one of the most amazing experiences of my life! On my program, I made lifelong memories and friendships. The teachers were passionate and involved, and they made class fun and interesting. I was able to appreciate how big the world is and was inspired to study and travel abroad again in the future, including through university. The program also allowed me to meet new friends from around the world, and we all remain in close contact.
Pamela and Michael McDermott (Son Spencer participated in the Amazon & Galapagos program, as well as a Community Service program in Bhutan)
Spencer first went to the Amazon & Galapagos to earn a credit in Grade 12 Biology. Once he was gone, it was like letting a firefly free from a jar. He came home a different person - more independent and filled with the joy and excitement of learning. He excelled and achieved a fantastic mark in Grade 12 Biology. The Spring Break Program to Bhutan was another important milestone for Spencer. To have travelled to such an isolated and magical country was such an education for him - a gift, really. His community service was interesting and varied, and he really connected with a different culture there. The Program Manager was fantastic and the other students who went with him were similar in heart and soul. Spencer matured emotionally and learned that giving of yourself is truly wonderful and that it makes you feel so good.
Rachel Cundari (Participated in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji program in 2013, and the Community Service program in Costa Rica in 2014)
My two programs were definitely trips of a lifetime. I loved how I got to travel the world, make new friends, learn new things, help out people, and just so much more. It seriously was the best. One thing that really stuck out the most for me was the teachers on the programs. They really wanted the best for us and were always willing to help whenever we needed it. Blyth Academy helped me academically because my teachers would help me out 24/7. I could ask them questions at dinner and they would help. I really understood what we were learning about because the teachers were so passionate about our education. Also, Blyth Academy allowed me to make so many new friends. We still keep in touch today!
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So I just came back from the Italy trip, here I go. I would recommend this trip to anyone I meet, but I do have some quibbles. Those will be addressed later. The experience is great. You will meet lots of great people, but please, BE SOCIAL!! You shouldn't lock yourself in your room because you feel a bit awkward. I did that on multiple occasions (and regret it), but I still had a great time. I observed that many people came in groups of two, three, four. There were a few groups of people from schools and there were almost 10 (+) girls from Burlington. It can be a little tough when you come alone initially, but I made friends easily enough. Now, I will address each location individually. Siena: Nice enough town, though there isn't much to do aside from walk around, eat, and get drunk. Still, I liked Siena. Food and drinks were not too expensive, and you can get a lot of exercise there. The experience with your friends walking around can be very fun. It is a very pretty town, and if you are interested in photography, you'll love it. The hotel, Palace Due Ponti, was adequate. The shower was clean and worked well, though the tap on the sink was moody, taking a long time to get cold water. The beds were not very comfortable and the WiFi was terrible. The quality of the food varied on different days and there were never enough outlets in the room. The walls were paper thin and you could hear almost everyone next to and below you. Still, it never pretended to be what it wasn't. The rooms were clean and there were not many bugs, which you can't say for some hotels I've been in that were much more expensive. I preferred it to the one in Rome, but that's on a whole new level, and not in a good way. Florence: Tourist trap...okay, not really. The city was nice enough. The landmarks were pretty, but I don't really think that the area we were in was. Expensive food and drinks, but hey, the food was way better than Siena. Watch out for scammers that give you useless stuff and then demand money. Usually accompanied by a terrible sob story. Hotel Leonardo Da Vinci was where we stayed, and it was pretty good. Modern, nice rooms, nice hallways. However, our sink did not drain until we got it fixed. It is VERY quiet, which can be considered a blessing and a curse. You won't hear anyone else, but in can feel rather isolating. Great food, but as far as I know they only served breakfast. Sardinia: I'm unable to comment on the town we were close to, as I stayed in my room the entire time (regret it). The hotel, Geovillage Resort, is beautiful. The aircon did not work though. Good breakfast and dinner. However, I found the staff to be cold and having a short fuse. They were kind of difficult to deal with. Rome: Beautiful city center. Expensive down there. The area that we stayed in was kind of ugly in my opinion, but food and drinks were all cheap. 8 Euros for a full buffet? Yeah, give it to me. That was amazing. The hotel, Parco Tirreno, was not very good. Our room had dents, my bed broke twice, the lampshades were smashed, and the bathroom was horrifying. The white tiles had brown streaks, and you had to stand at the back of the tub because the front kept flexing for some reason. Ugh. Classes: I took Grade 12 English. We took it with a mixed 11/12 class, two teachers. The teachers were amazing. The work wasn't too difficult, but it was a lot of it. Anyhow, I feel like I did well.
My summer in Cozumel was truly one of the best experiences I've had. I went without knowing anyone which was initally a little scary. I was put into a room with another girl who didn't know anyone either. Within a couple of days, I knew everyone, many of which I am still friends with. I was able to get my PADI license, go wreck diving as well as night diving. We spent an afternoon at the Humane Society in Cozumel which was incredibly rewarding and really fun. The teachers on the program were wonderful. I was able to have individual attention and personalized learning which helped my success in the course. Blyth has a unique approach to learning while traveling. The organization and detail that went into the program made myself and my parents feel completely at ease. I highly recommend these programs.
I travelled to Cozumel with Blyth during July 2014. I not only earned my math grade 12 high school credit, I also obtained my scuba license and saw some amazing underwater marine life. It was an awesome experience. The highlight of the program was swimming with whale sharks although I am so relieved and happy to have learned the math over the summer as it frees up a block in my schedule this year to take an extra science course
Last summer was truly one to remember. I got the wonderful opportunity to travel through Rome, Southern Italy, Athens, and many of the Greek islands. I had the time of my life, and yet I was studying the entire time. Personally, I found highschool a bit boring, the curriculum was too standardized, there was no opportunity to express myself or think/learn freely. I felt constricted. This all changed when I left to Rome and Greece to study Ancient Civilizations. For the first time in a very long time I felt happy about studying, the fact that I was studying historical events whilst experiencing these places first hand helped. I felt like I never wanted to leave, and my motivation increased immensely coming into the next school year. My favourite part of the entire trip was not the trip itself but the people I shared it with. I have never had a more caring, fun, motivational, and passionate teacher. I have never met anyone that I have become as close with in under a month than my classmates on the trip, I still keep in touch with them regularly, even though a lot of us are on opposite sides of the country. I would recommend a Blyth trip, whether it be Global High School or an International Summers to anyone. So they too can feel giddy about the trip more than a year later.
This past summer, I went on the Amazon and Galapagos trip, taking grade eleven biology. I really enjoyed the set-up of classes. Class material was well-prepared and organized. Being able to do my culminating assignment before the trip departed was also very helpful as it gave me more time to prepare for it. Being in the Galapagos Islands made the evolution unit come alive; our class was able to see the examples from the textbook firsthand. Having the balance of classes with fun activities that related to what we were learning in class helped us connect more to the material. I highly recommend the Blyth International Summers programs.
Response from Blyth Academy: International Summers:
Thank you for this fantastic review! We appreciate your feedback and hope that in sharing your experience, more students will think about taking a journey with Blyth to the Amazon and Galapagos!
My trip with Blyth was a truly amazing experience. I was a part of the Grand Tour Europe trip of July 2013 and haven’t been the same since.? My trip was defiantly an active one; we visited 6 countries in 4 weeks! It was a wild ride that’s for sure but it never felt rushed and because everyone you are with is on this crazy European adventure with you, they generally are the same kind of person you are, bold and game for anything. The nature of my trip also required the teachers to be the same kind of people as the students and very adaptable and understanding. Instead of being taught like you are in a normal classroom environment the teachers would use different teaching methods that really brought the curriculum to life. I can remember reading Macbeth outside a British Museum and to help us understand the placement of the characters in Macbeth’s manor my teacher used different windows of the museum to give us an idea of what the layout might have been in real life. On the trip I got to see, hear and experience countless different things that had I not gone on away with Blyth I would never have been able to. Hot air balloon rides at sunrise, beach days in Cinque Terre, hiking the Swiss Alps, visiting The Globe theatre and making lifelong friends. All of these opportunities have helped me learn more about my interests and who I am as a person as well as heightened my desire to learn and travel.
Response from Blyth Academy: International Summers:
Thank you so much for sharing the incredible experience you had in Europe with Blyth. It's true that experiential learning really brings textbooks to life, and I'm sure that studying Macbeth at the Globe Theatre made Shakespeare a lot more interesting! The Grand Tour of Europe is definitely one of our most popular programs for a reason.
Last summer I spent three weeks in Cozumel, Mexico taking Grade 11 Biology with the Blyth International Summers Program. Before taking part in the trip, biology was one of my worst subjects and my least favourite science, but this learning experience helped me engage in the subject matter. Because I was taking biology in a region known for its biodiversity and ecology, the subject matter being taught in class was brought to life in the real world. We went on a few class excursions snorkelling and observing the wildlife and also went to a ecological reserved whose objective is to save to baby turtles from predators. The optional excursions were also very cool! I did three of them: visiting Chichen Itza, swimming with whale sharks and receiving my scuba diving certification (PADI). Even on the optional excursions I had amazing learning opportunities. Since Blyth's main goal is providing an academic experience, there are many other benefits to studying abroad. I went to a country that I had never been to before with people I had never met. That in itself is a challenge, but the Blyth staff and teachers are so supportive and amazing. I met so many new friends including my best friend who lives in Toronto while I live in Ottawa. I had experiences with those people that I would never have with my friends from home and I cherish those memories so much. I also praise the teachers for the work that they do: teaching a course in three weeks in another county is really difficult and they do an amazing job. They understand that the students want to explore the city and relax but the academic part is always the priority: Blyth summers are not a vacation. I really appreciate what Blyth does because I believe it's really important for young people to explore the world in their own way: why not do it while studying a high school course? I had the time of my life and I hope I will have the opportunity to do it again.
While travelling around Europe for 6 weeks I was introduced to some of the most incredible people I have met in my entire life. If it weren't for my summer trip I wouldn't have met some of the people I now call my best friends. Since we were from all different places we were all very interested in getting to know each other and quickly became the best of friends. With everyone having different interests we all got to try new things and discovered new talents that were hidden within ourselves. From climbing up the Eiffel Tower to wandering the streets of Barcelona I made unforgettable memories with unforgettable people!
My 2014 International Summers program to Eastern Europe and Scandinavia was one of the best experiences I have ever had! Being able to travel to five different countries and earn a credit while I was there was definitely an opportunity I have never had before. Even though I went by myself, I was able to make friends right away because most of the students also went alone. My group was really small, only sixteen, so we were really able to connect with each other and become good friends! We have already had multiple reunions! One aspect that I really enjoyed on this trip was the way academics were taught. While we were in Poland, we went to Jewish memorials, Schindler's factory and Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp where we had classes, while touring the area. It was incredible to be standing at the desk where heroic figures like Oskar Schindler sat and created a list of people he eventually saved. As well, it was incredibly overwhelming to be walking the grounds where thousands of innocent prisoners were tortured. Equally, it was amazing to be sitting and learning about royalty and power, while standing in such detailed and beautiful palaces. My teacher really took the time to teach his students about the history that surrounded us. He planned extra excursions to learn about communism while riding in travants and about the Russian Revolution in a Russian submarine! This way of learning really allowed me to understand the content and remember it, even months later. The teachers, staff, students and places we went to were incredible and I felt very safe and comfortable. Overall, my international summers experience was the best trip I could have ever had!
I caught the travel bug in the ninth grade after I took part in a school trip to Europe. I had never traveled before and I had such a desire to see the world, try new food and experience new things. My school trip was only ten days and I really wanted to travel for a longer period of time. I had thought about a three month exchange however the potential of needing to stay back a year in high school did not impress me. After coming across Blyth International Summers, I knew that it was the fit for me. I loved the idea of being able to travel for a month, gain a school credit and meet new friends from all over. After spending a week abroad, I had made what I feel will be life long friends. Not only with my fellow classmates but also with the incredible teachers. The teachers go out of their way to incorporate the class studies into the history and landscape of the countries you travel to. Although they are always a phone call away they also give you a large sense of independence. I absolutely loved my travels with Blyth and if I could, I would be a life long participant. Throughout my experience I gained insight into different cultures around the world, met incredible individuals and made memories that will last a lifetime. One of my personal favourites was hot air ballooning over the vineyards’ in Dijon, France. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would recommend a Blyth trip to any student with the desire to be pushed out of their comfort zone, see the world and have one of the best months of their life.
When I heard about Blyth's International Summers programs, I jumped at the chance to go on the Grand Tour Europe program. The course I chose to take was Grade 11 English, which was the bet decision I made. Not only did we get to have classes in remarkable locations such as the parks of Zermatt or in front of the British Museum, but we got to write a journal entry at every location as part of our culminating assignment, which was something I really enjoyed. I learned a lot in that class and a lot of it was due to the smaller number of students in the class. I went on the trip by myself, which was by far the best decision I made. I made so many friends that I am still in contact with today. It was the best experience I could have ever had and I'm so glad I took this opportunity.
Studying French with Blyth was one of the best choices I’ve made recently! Not only was I able to travel around France, I learned more skills in the language, and became more confident with my ability to speak, read, and understand what people were saying to me. After classes in the morning, my teacher would walk with us to buy a newspaper, a sandwich, or visit a museum. The fact that I was constantly learning new things was so exciting and by the end of the trip I was mostly fluent! Blyth has the right idea using experiential learning. The same experiences can happen with any course, in any part of the world, because it is so much more exciting visiting the site of a battle than reading about it, or reading a Shakespeare poem while sitting beside his theatre! The last thing I have to say about Blyth is that the program is not only about learning things for school, but for life. I matured so much on the trip, and met amazing friends in amazing places!