A Spiritual Journey Inside Andean Culture for Adults
Jun
10
to Jun 22

A Spiritual Journey Inside Andean Culture for Adults

This pilgrimage to the ancient world and the Sacred Valley of Peru is different from all the other trips we do. GOGI (Go Outward, Grow Inward) -- is the engine driving the trip’s design. This trip is for those seeking a spiritual exploration and transformation that would be impossible to experience at home. In just 12 days, you’ll take a life-changing expedition into the heart of the Andes with the company’s founder, Peruvian Shamans, and a spiritual guide on an itinerary choreographed to support you in letting go of what no longer serves you, with radical trust in the oneness of all things, while you embrace new wisdom and a new way of being.

Not only will you explore the culture and spirituality of the sacred Apus/Andes mountains, but you’ll reclaim parts of yourself on the path to becoming more whole, as you travel physically from untracked Lake Titicaca to the most profound region of Peru. There is only one Sacred Valley; in this transformational place, you’ll work with local shamans to release extraneous energies from your body and spirit, returning with a new relationship to yourself, your life and the world around you.

This trip is designed for those who wish to serve their local communities and the global community within a paradigm of love, integrity, and balance; who seek improved health and well-being; and who crave transformation of body, mind, spirit, heart, and soul. This journey is for those who want a cultural and spiritual experience and to connect with like-minded souls. Who enjoy meditation and ceremonies as well as being open to a new culture. This is not a typical tourist trip. 

SIGN UP BEFORE NOVEMBER 15th and receive a discount!

This trip will allow you to: 

  • Feel more whole than you have in a long time

  • Call back to yourself what has been lost by allowing external, culturally defined power structures to limit you and your life

  • Discover yourself anew

  • Humble yourself to the divine

  • Work closely with a shaman to create powerful transformations within yourself

  • Walk in the Andes and learn about healing herbs and the Sacred Mountains of Los Apus and discover Lake Titicaca.

  • Get new insight into the Spanish language and Peruvian culture

  • Practice restorative yoga and meditation

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When: June 10th- June 22nd 2020

Only TEN spots are available for this adventure, so we expect it to sell out quickly.

Priority deadline: December 15th, 2019  

Save $50 if you sign up by November 15th

What’s Included:

  • All accommodations in Peru. We will be staying at four-star hostels. Each participant will share a lovely room and a bathroom.

  • We provide one meal each day, including traditional teas, juices, and water.

  • You will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. All ground transportation in Peru will be via van or taxi.

  • Craft lessons when we stay with indigenous communities.

  • Guided tours of Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca.

  • All ceremonies and guided yoga & meditation.

  • Entry to several archaeological sites.

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.

  • A train ride to Machu Picchu.

  • The flight to Puno and boat ride around Lake Titicaca.

  • Gogi guides to help translate and support you throughout the trip.

  • A shamanic ceremony in which you’ll absorb the teachings of the Sacred Valley (optional).

  • One Healing session with Marianna

  • Morning or Evening meditations and yoga

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What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare to/from Peru; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; all airport costs, including meals and drinks

  • All alcoholic beverages and water

  • Travel insurance of any kind (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip and can be purchased for $75-$150 through Travel Guard or World Nomads; details will be provided with the confirmation of your deposit) 

  • You are responsible for your lunches and dinners, except we will provide breakfast and dinner at Willka T'ika hotel. Gogi Abroad does provide snacks and all breakfasts. You can decide to eat with the group or have time for yourself during these times. (Meals range from $7 - $30 per meal. Cost of all meals = $300-$400, depending on how much you want to spend) 

  • Willka T'ika Hotel offers a range of therapeutic spa treatments, and solar baths to restore the body and these are optional to guests and not included in the price. 

  • Admission to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (optional)

  • Tips for Gogi guides and Shamans

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MEET OUR LEADERS:


Marianna Jacobs

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With her background as a student of Cultural Anthropology, Marianna has always explored her love of indigenous healing beliefs.  During thirty years of world travel as a jewelry designer she has collaborated in many cultures learning the symbology, folklore and the healing properties of stones, color and symbols.  

Marianna followed her calling to Peru and Chile to become a certified Shamanic Energy Practitioner, and a graduate of the Light Body School of the Four Winds Society.  She combines the ancient energy practice of the Laika Shamans of the Q’ero lineage of Peru with indigenous techniques she has learned in Bali and India, as well as her knowledge of Reiki and Pranic healing,  to create her own unique and evolving healing practice.

Marianna acts as a conduit to clear energy that no longer serves us.  Throughout our lives we all have experiences and various forms of trauma that can become wounds that dim the radiance of our essential selves.  We are also born with genetic and ancestral information and energy that may restrict or interfere with our well being. Marianna works with us to distinguish which issues to address, intuitively helping us shift and transform to a healthier state of integrated physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. 

Marianna appreciates and honors the opportunities she has had learning with the healers that have taught and mentored her.  She views her abilities as a gift to help others reconnect with their own love and light, empowering them to continue their journey grounded and centered.  Like her mentor, Alberto Villoldo, she believes that “if we create the energetic conditions of health...we can grow new bodies that age and heal and die differently.”


Liz Jackson, Director and Founder of Gogi Abroad

Based in Putney, Vermont, Gogi Abroad was founded by Liz Jackson, a passionate educator, and traveler who has been teaching and leading international trips for over 10 years. Liz’s passions are working with indigenous communities and she feels like one of her main purposes on earth is to be a weaver of cultures and communities.

Liz has traveled extensively to Peru and worked with indigenous communities and shamans for several years now. Liz has attended workshops with the Q’ero, deep breath work and many retreats that work with spirit and meditation. She loves to bring westerners to a new land where she has deep connections and provide an authentic experience abroad. These experiences show us more about who we are inwardly and give us the opportunity to grow and transform on many levels. She is looking forward to this adult trip to Peru as we will connect with the Peruvians, and learn about the land, history and healing practices of the ancient cultures.

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Tanzania Trip for High Schoolers and Gap
Jul
14
to Jul 29

Tanzania Trip for High Schoolers and Gap

  • Longido, Tanzania Tanzania (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Elephants, Service Learning & Safari Adventures With the Maasai

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Sustainability skills and climate change: On this trip, students will see firsthand how the Maasai are adapting to climate change and diversifying their livelihoods. We will learn about the water issues in this area and how the Maasai manage their resources during a drought. While living in the village, we will become aware of the challenges facing many Maasai as they attempt to continue a pastoral way of life in an increasingly harsh and dry environment.

Service Learning: By working with others and fully engaging in a service learning project, students gain an understanding of the Maasai culture and language. And hearing the sounds of an unfamiliar language exposes us to another way of expression, opening up a new world. Cultural immersion is always a part of Gogi Abroad programs! We have found that this is the best way to feel fully connected to a place.  

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 Safari Adventures: Tanzania welcomes Gogi Abroad students with safaris featuring beautiful zebras, giraffes, and lions! During a weekend excursion, students will experience the raw beauty of Tanzania as we embark on a safari adventure to the Ngorongoro Crater and live with a tribe at their boma. By continuing to go outward, we will then discover the waterfalls near Mount Kilimanjaro and observe practices of sustainable farming in the area.

gap year with Gogi Abroad
gap year with Gogi Abroad

Sign up before December 15th, 2019 and receive $100 off the trip!

This trip includes all in-country travel, accommodations, and a variety of activities. As a group we will be staying together in the town of Longido at a homestay. Students will be sharing a room and bathroom. Three meals each day are provided by Nancy Francis, the owner of La-Mamaa Cafe. Her food is safe and delicious. A weekend of living at a boma (village) near the famous Ngorongoro Crater plus a weekend safari of exploring the 10-mile-wide Ngorongoro Crater.  

In-country travel: All group transportation expenses upon arriving in Tanzania are included in the cost of this program.  

Food: While in Tanzania, students will be provided three square meals that consist of traditional Tanzanian fare including rice and beans, goat, chicken, tortillas, and fresh fruits and vegetables, whenever available.  

Lodging: We will stay at a homestay as a group. Francis and his wife Glory own a restaurant in the village of Longido and a homestay that is attached to their home.

Tuition does not include:

  • Airfare (approx. $1,500 - $1,900)

  • Visa ($100)

  • Mandatory international travel insurance ($75 - $150)

  • Personal expenses and souvenirs (each student $300)

  • Entrance Tickets to the Crater ($100)

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SERVICE LEARNING AND ACTIVITIES IN TANZANIA INCLUDE:

Language lessons:  Language is the bridge for connecting to a culture, so each day Gogi Abroad students will have mini language lessons to learn how to communicate with our new friends from the village. The oral history of a tribe is handed down through generations, but just like the Maasai on the Tanzanian plains, oral tradition is becoming endangered. It is said that when a tribal leader dies so does a volume of history, so tribe members must pass down this knowledge to preserve it. With this in mind, our language study does not focus on academic language but rather on the spoken language. The daily classes learning Kimaasai and Kiswahili will provide a unique connection and help students engage more thoroughly with the people of Tanzania.

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Beading at the women's cooperative: Gogi Abroad students will observe the ways different cultures create art that as a means of self-expression. As we work alongside Maasai women at a beading cooperative, students will soon realize that the experience reaches beyond the basic beading of an ankle bracelet. There is a sense of sisterhood, cooperation, and meditation that weaves into the experience as well as the art forms.

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I never expected to gain so much from an afternoon as we worked together. There was intention in each bead, as if each bead had its own consciousness, and I was swept away into their sincerity, their world of scent, energy and call and response. This art form is deeply representative of their culture, and beading with the women brought up a lot of questions about the world we live in and how one discovers a sense of place and identity in tribe.” -Student

 

Learning sustainability skills: We will have the opportunity to observe sustainable models of managing essential resources such as water, food, and animals among tribes in Tanzania. Students learn firsthand about how the Maasai adapt to the climate change and how they are diversifying their livelihoods. During our stay with a Maasai tribe in Longido, we will have the option to eat roasted goat in a tent at their weekly cattle market – a culinary experience that will take many of us far out of our comfort zones.

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Hand dyeing with Mama Ola: Clothing and adornment represent a sense of pride in tradition and cultural heritage. Despite growing Western influence, many people in Tanzania continue to dress in traditional styles of clothing. The cloth is often made of hand-dyed materials. Gogi Abroad students will learn how to tie-dye cloth with famous Mama Ola of Longido.

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Traditional cooking: Culinary arts are an enriching part of the Gogi Abroad adventure. Students will get to know a lot about the local diet and learn to cook with a wide variety of ingredients. Meal preparation is a time for joyous connection with our new Tanzanian friends. We will learn to prepare all sorts of wonderful dishes and local specialties. Our time spent on the local culinary arts also provides an enriching opportunity to connect with people using our new language skills! Students will cook with Leyeyo’s foster grandmother and share their food with the children at school. Students will also learn basic cooking and tribal cooking techniques unique to this area of Tanzania. Through hands-on learning, students will explore the cultural uniqueness of food and learn about sustainability.

The Maasai are a shepherding people, and their animals are an incredibly rich part of their heritage as well as the cuisine. As such we will spend time learning about the goats, including how to prepare one for a meal. Most people never have the opportunity to get this close to their food or understand the sacred relationships that can exist between a tribe and its food.

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Hiking to see waterfalls and visit sustainable coffee plantations: The Moshi area is full of coffee plantations, and when Gogi students go outward to hike the paths to the waterfalls, they will walk through both banana and coffee farms. Visiting a private coffee plantation is truly a coffee lover's dream because students get to experience the way Tanzanians roast and brew coffee from scratch over an open fire! It may just be the freshest cup of organic coffee you ever have!

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Service learning at the MELOC School in Longido: Gogi students will work on a variety of initiatives at the MELOC school in Longido. Projects include helping to build the school and working with the children directly on variety of different subjects. The MELOC Academy is still in the building phase, but when complete will be an Integrated Special Education School with three tracks supporting mainstream students as well as those who are deaf, mentally impaired, and visually impaired. The main building of the school will be partitioned into five rooms large enough to accommodate 15-20 students per class. One classroom will be for deaf students, and the second classroom for those who are mentally impaired. The third classroom is intended for mainstream students and those who are blind. The fourth room initially will be used as a bookstore, and the fifth room will be a temporary administration office.

 

 

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Chocolate Farm and Amazon Rafting Adventures in Ecuador
Aug
7
to Aug 21

Chocolate Farm and Amazon Rafting Adventures in Ecuador

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Life is a tree:

A journey of service and simple wilderness living in the highlands and Amazon of Ecuador

Age: High School (14-18)

August 7-21, 2020 (15 days)


Gogi Abroad and Nahual Expediciones come together to offer a unique experience of travel and giving back to the earth and its inhabitants. 

In an era where sustainability is no longer just a concept, but now a need in all our actions, we merge the opportunity of travel with leaving good traces and exploring new cultures and knowledge. Through outdoor adventure and sustainable living: we will visit permaculture farms both in the highlands and the Amazon basin; we will work with the locals and indigenous communities; experience world class rafting; and get to connect with the land and its people, in deep and meaningful ways!

The Amazon Rainforest has the ability to capture the imagination like no other place on earth. The river is a classic descent through breathtaking jungle scenery with traditional homes along the shore. The combination of wildlife,  impressive waterfalls and engaging Gogi/Nahual guides will ensure the trip of a lifetime!

SIGN UP BEFORE DECEMBER 15TH AND RECEIVE $100 OFF

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In a Service Learning situation, the effort or service to a community, while needing hands, plans, muscles, and thought, benefits the students and faculty directly. The students and faculty are involved in helping others, but what we get out of our efforts far outweighs the benefit to the recipient of the work. We learn a new skill, use a talent in a new way, or are allowed to grow in thought and creativity as we work. We are encouraged to try new, unexplored avenues to engineer a walkway or build an adobe wall. The end result is that Service Learning benefits the worker as much, if not more than the receiver.  

In a Service Learning environment, the emphasis is on what we are learning. Our personal growth comes from the perspective that we are all students, being allowed an education by doing. We walk away richer, wiser, and thankful.
— Laurie Fichter
We fully believe that through service learning we are able to immerse and learn about ourselves and make meaningful connections.

We fully believe that through service learning we are able to immerse and learn about ourselves and make meaningful connections.


Trip highlights

  • Arrive to Palugo Farm and take part in the rhythm of a permaculture farm. Prepare for expedition through food preparation, community building and farm work 

  • Experience the Azhanga Permaculture Chocolate Farm.  Here we will learn the process of “plant to truffle” for making chocolate as well as spend days working with the local Kichwa community in education and reforestation

  • Rafting on the spectacular amazon and see the jungle scenery in nature reserves and national parks

  • Explore caves and beautiful rock formations, swim in natural river pools

  • Discover and be immersed in a new culture with Kichwa communities promoting self sufficiency and eco tourism initiatives

  • Learn from experienced Nahual rafting guides who will ensure that your adventure is safe and exciting

  • Explore Quito with its fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art; walk the narrow cobblestone streets, buy souvenirs, and take in the architecture.

  • End your journey by relaxing and rejuvenating in the mineral-rich, Papallacta hot springs

Gogi has nurtured a relationship with Nahual (https://nahual.com.ec/) and Palugo Farm for a decade. Our own families have developed a relationship, we’ve connected with the indigenous people and the land, and created an important sisterhood to help students and adults transform and grow while traveling. The Gogi-Nahual sisterhood is based on the common goal of seeing the world and all its cultural wonders through the lens of exchange, empowerment, education, and environmental awareness.

The Gogi Abroad-Nahual sisterhood is grounded in the common goal of seeing the world, its wonders, diverse cultures and realities through the eyes of empowerment, education and environmental awareness. www.gogiabroad.com and https://nahual.com.ec/

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Our homebase: Palugo Farm

An hour from Quito, Palugo Farm is an agricultural oasis. A year-round CSA, the farm is nestled on 240 beautiful acres and employs ecological building principles. Fresh, local fruits, veggies, meat, and dairy nourish us and wildlife viewing enhances our stay. Palugo is an ideal place for the group to get acclimated to the altitude (2800m above sea level) and to Ecuadorian Culture.

 An immersion into simple living begins as soon as you arrive at the Palugo farm in Ecuador. Palugo is a 4th generation family farm dedicated to sustainable practices and providing a space for learning directly from the land and its people. Here, the organic gardens, dairy cows, llamas and chickens help us to understand ancient farming techniques while participating in engaging hands-on work.

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Life at the farm involves a wide range of projects and daily chores. You will process your own food, learn native crafts and work on service-learning projects. Whether making drums, traditional flutes, “esteras” mattresses or adobe structures, our projects will start from scratch and be guided by the help of native craftsmen unveiling traditions that have lasted many centuries. 

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Azhanga Chakra Chocolate Farm and Community!  

This is a special permaculture project nurtured by an older couple from the city who decided to go back to the land and regenerate farm land into secondary and productive edible forest. Here you will learn about their farming practices and make delicious organic chocolate from harvest, fermentation to roasting and elaborating your own truffles. There are native trees, a beautiful river, and growing cacao trees to host our stay as well as the opportunity to connect with the local community in sustainability projects.

CACAO ……CHOCOLATE….

CACAO ……CHOCOLATE….

What’s included:

  • All ground transportation in Ecuador, including pick up from the airport 

  • All accommodations in Ecuador 

  • Three daily meals (made from locally grown, organic food), including water, tea, and juice

  • Craft supplies and instruction

  • Guided tours

  • Excursion to hot springs 

  • Gogi/Nahual guides to educate, and connect students to another culture and family. 

What’s NOT included:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Quito ($400-$800)

  • Excess baggage charges 

  • Food and drinks at the airport

  • Food and meals in addition to the three daily meals provided

  • Personal expenses, such as gifts 

  • Travel insurance (around $65-$100)

  • Tips ($20-$50 per student) 

For more information please contact: info@gogiabroad.com or 802-275-2948

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Family Adventure to Ecuador
Jul
17
to Jul 25

Family Adventure to Ecuador

Imagine traveling by bike from village to village with your family, in the care of local, English speaking guides who are dedicated to sustainable practices and outdoor education. You have found yourself on a Gogi Abroad Family Bike Packing trip.


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Tanzania Trip for High Schoolers and Gap
Jul
14
to Jul 29

Tanzania Trip for High Schoolers and Gap

  • Longido, Tanzania Tanzania (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Elephants, Service Learning & Safari Adventures With the Maasai

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Sustainability skills and climate change: On this trip, students will see firsthand how the Maasai are adapting to climate change and diversifying their livelihoods. We will learn about the water issues in this area and how the Maasai manage their resources during a drought. While living in the village, we will become aware of the challenges facing many Maasai as they attempt to continue a pastoral way of life in an increasingly harsh and dry environment.

Service Learning: By working with others and fully engaging in a service learning project, students gain an understanding of the Maasai culture and language. And hearing the sounds of an unfamiliar language exposes us to another way of expression, opening up a new world. Cultural immersion is always a part of Gogi Abroad programs! We have found that this is the best way to feel fully connected to a place.  

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 Safari Adventures: Tanzania welcomes Gogi Abroad students with safaris featuring beautiful zebras, giraffes, and lions! During a weekend excursion, students will experience the raw beauty of Tanzania as we embark on a safari adventure to the Ngorongoro Crater and live with a tribe at their boma. By continuing to go outward, we will then discover the waterfalls near Mount Kilimanjaro and observe practices of sustainable farming in the area.

gap year with Gogi Abroad
gap year with Gogi Abroad

What is included in the cost of the program?

This three week trip working with the Maasai and animals is $3,000. This trip includes all in-country travel, accommodations, and a variety of activities. As a group we will be staying together in the town of Longido at a homestay. Students will be sharing a room and bathroom. Three meals each day are provided by Nancy Francis, the owner of La-Mamaa Cafe. Her food is safe and delicious. A weekend of living at a boma (village) near the famous Ngorongoro Crater plus a weekend safari of exploring the 10-mile-wide Ngorongoro Crater.  

In-country travel: All group transportation expenses upon arriving in Tanzania are included in the cost of this program.  

Food: While in Tanzania, students will be provided three square meals that consist of traditional Tanzanian fare including rice and beans, goat, chicken, tortillas, and fresh fruits and vegetables, whenever available.  

Lodging: We will stay at a homestay as a group. Francis and his wife Glory own a restaurant in the village of Longido and a homestay that is attached to their home.

Tuition does not include:

  • Airfare (approx. $1,500 - $1,900)

  • Visa ($100)

  • Mandatory international travel insurance ($75 - $150)

  • Personal expenses and souvenirs (each student $300)

  • Entrance Tickets to the Crater ($100)

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SERVICE LEARNING AND ACTIVITIES IN TANZANIA INCLUDE:

Language lessons:  Language is the bridge for connecting to a culture, so each day Gogi Abroad students will have mini language lessons to learn how to communicate with our new friends from the village. The oral history of a tribe is handed down through generations, but just like the Maasai on the Tanzanian plains, oral tradition is becoming endangered. It is said that when a tribal leader dies so does a volume of history, so tribe members must pass down this knowledge to preserve it. With this in mind, our language study does not focus on academic language but rather on the spoken language. The daily classes learning Kimaasai and Kiswahili will provide a unique connection and help students engage more thoroughly with the people of Tanzania.

gap year with Gogi Abroad

Beading at the women's cooperative: Gogi Abroad students will observe the ways different cultures create art that as a means of self-expression. As we work alongside Maasai women at a beading cooperative, students will soon realize that the experience reaches beyond the basic beading of an ankle bracelet. There is a sense of sisterhood, cooperation, and meditation that weaves into the experience as well as the art forms.

I never expected to gain so much from an afternoon as we worked together. There was intention in each bead, as if each bead had its own consciousness, and I was swept away into their sincerity, their world of scent, energy and call and response. This art form is deeply representative of their culture, and beading with the women brought up a lot of questions about the world we live in and how one discovers a sense of place and identity in tribe.” -Student

 

Learning sustainability skills: We will have the opportunity to observe sustainable models of managing essential resources such as water, food, and animals among tribes in Tanzania. Students learn firsthand about how the Maasai adapt to the climate change and how they are diversifying their livelihoods. During our stay with a Maasai tribe in Longido, we will have the option to eat roasted goat in a tent at their weekly cattle market – a culinary experience that will take many of us far out of our comfort zones.

gap year with Gogi Abroad

Hand dyeing with Mama Ola: Clothing and adornment represent a sense of pride in tradition and cultural heritage. Despite growing Western influence, many people in Tanzania continue to dress in traditional styles of clothing. The cloth is often made of hand-dyed materials. Gogi Abroad students will learn how to tie-dye cloth with famous Mama Ola of Longido.

Traditional cooking: Culinary arts are an enriching part of the Gogi Abroad adventure. Students will get to know a lot about the local diet and learn to cook with a wide variety of ingredients. Meal preparation is a time for joyous connection with our new Tanzanian friends. We will learn to prepare all sorts of wonderful dishes and local specialties. Our time spent on the local culinary arts also provides an enriching opportunity to connect with people using our new language skills! Students will cook with Leyeyo’s foster grandmother and share their food with the children at school. Students will also learn basic cooking and tribal cooking techniques unique to this area of Tanzania. Through hands-on learning, students will explore the cultural uniqueness of food and learn about sustainability.

The Maasai are a shepherding people, and their animals are an incredibly rich part of their heritage as well as the cuisine. As such we will spend time learning about the goats, including how to prepare one for a meal. Most people never have the opportunity to get this close to their food or understand the sacred relationships that can exist between a tribe and its food.

Hiking to see waterfalls and visit sustainable coffee plantations: The Moshi area is full of coffee plantations, and when Gogi students go outward to hike the paths to the waterfalls, they will walk through both banana and coffee farms. Visiting a private coffee plantation is truly a coffee lover's dream because students get to experience the way Tanzanians roast and brew coffee from scratch over an open fire! It may just be the freshest cup of organic coffee you ever have!

gap year with Gogi Abroad

 

Service learning at the MELOC School in Longido: Gogi students will work on a variety of initiatives at the MELOC school in Longido. Projects include helping to build the school and working with the children directly on variety of different subjects. The MELOC Academy is still in the building phase, but when complete will be an Integrated Special Education School with three tracks supporting mainstream students as well as those who are deaf, mentally impaired, and visually impaired. The main building of the school will be partitioned into five rooms large enough to accommodate 15-20 students per class. One classroom will be for deaf students, and the second classroom for those who are mentally impaired. The third classroom is intended for mainstream students and those who are blind. The fourth room initially will be used as a bookstore, and the fifth room will be a temporary administration office.

 

 

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Surf and Spanish in Spain for Teens
Jun
23
to Jul 7

Surf and Spanish in Spain for Teens

Open to students age 13-16. this is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and language in Cádiz, the oldest city in Europe. We will begin our trip with a homestay before we travel to the typical villages of Andalucia. There we will be living and working within an interesting network of permaculture projects, doing a range of activities.

On the farm, we will help design and plant a bee-friendly garden and get our creative juices going as we paint and do other artistic activities. The farm is based in a rural area where traditional knowledge and farming practices are still used.

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Cádiz is an open port city with a thriving Spanish culture. Flamenco began in Cádiz, and the city also has many of the cleanest beaches in Spain. Its small size is perfect for students in this age group! It truly is a hidden jewel.

You will experience the vibrant culture that Cádiz is known for as we visit the many beautiful beaches and historical sites of the city and region. Each day will be filled with fun activities for teens, such as sea kayaking, flamenco dancing lessons, music classes, and tons of time exploring the cobblestone streets and white sand beaches.

Improve your Spanish skills through conversations with locals, your host family, and new friends. There are only a few American students here but many students from Europe. At K2 Internacional School, you will not be just another student. Small class sizes (around 10 students) mean you will receive personal attention from friendly teachers who lead interesting, interactive classes. You will have three hours of classroom Spanish as well as opportunities to practice your new skills in real-life situations.

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Includes: All accommodations in Spain are included and each student will live with a welcoming host family. Two students will share a room and a bathroom. After eight days in Cadiz, we will be staying in a small village and work with Beetime in Santa Luica. Students are provided with three traditional and delicious meals each day; all transportation within Spain; craft activities; guided tours of Roman ruins on the beaches; and an archaeological site in Cadiz; one week of Spanish classes at K2 Internacional School, three days of surfing lessons in El Palmar, and a Gogi leader to guide, support, educate and help translate throughout the trip.

Does not include: Airfare to/from Spain ($800-$1,000); mandatory international travel insurance (emergency medical and evacuation insurance can be purchased for  $75 – $150 through Travel Guard or Nomad Travel. Details will be provided with confirmation of deposit).

Learn Spanish at K2 Internacional School: In the mornings from 9:00-1:00 during the week students will improve their language proficiency as they settle in with their host family and open up more and more in class. By living in Cadiz students have the opportunity to improve language skills, meet new friends, and learn about this historic European city in an engaging and meaningful way.

Surfing en El Palmar:  Students will travel down the coast after their cultural week in Cadiz to the unspoiled countryside. There are sand dunes, pine groves and crystal clear waters. This is the ideal place for surfing and taking part in a service learning project. Students will stay in in a small village near the beach and learn how to work together cooking, living and being in a Spanish community. There are endless beaches of fine white sand and in the afternoons it is common to see a local riding on his Andalusian horse on the beach.

Sustainability & Service Learning in Santa Lucia :  Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as they take part in a service learning project with BeeTime. The BeeTime Project developed in an effort to engage in a social-ecological problem-solving approach to the current adversities facing the honeybee. Working with local people, it cultivates a community of natural beekeepers who see their hives as an integral part of their permaculture projects or smallholding gardens, and with artists to raise awareness to the fascinating stories hidden within the hive.

Flamenco, music and dance:  Students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on learning from flamenco to satirical “chirigota” tunes and drumming. Andalucía has always been a very musical land! This is a place of music and dancing! We will watch the amazing guitar strings being played with the snapping of fingers and clicking castanets!  Experience the stamping of feet and the crowd yelling “ole, ole”, all of which mold together to create this wonderful culture we know as flamenco.

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Beach excursions: Cadiz is full of sandy beaches and beautiful spots not to be missed. Students will spend many afternoons exploring the city beaches as well as a day at Bolonia. We will visit the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia. The beaches of Andalucia are filled with brilliant mixes of local color. Students and families will have an evening together on the beach that was featured in the James Bond movie Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry.

Spanish food and a cooking class:  Spaniards love to cook and they love their food! The food of Spain is packed with flavor and character. Students will learn about the local dishes, from tasty tapas to superb seafood and traditional roasts. Students will have the opportunity to purchase ingredients (in Spanish) at the local market and as a group learn how to cook a large paella for our fiesta!

Living with a host family: This is the best way to really understand more about the culture and learn Spanish! By being immersed in the culture each student will gain a new perspective of themselves and the world with empathy and compassion. Gogi Abroad and K2 have been working with these host families for over 10 years and the host families welcome everyone with open arms!

gap year with Gogi Abroad
gap year with Gogi Abroad
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