We live in changing times where, for many, the long held traditions and institutions of democracy are being eroded. Managing to navigate these turbulent times, by understanding where we have come from, why we make the choices we do, and how we can create a better society, will be a vital skill as students move forward into the world. Imagine retracing the steps of Odysseus and the very first western civilizations in the Greek isles, or debating politics in the Roman Forum, just as Caesar did. The Empires program investigates the origins of our modern world through art, architecture, literature, myth, and modern media. Our 50 day schedule through Greece and Italy allows for an extended exploration of Pompeii, Olympia, Rome, and Athens, as well as dynamic investigations into Florence and Tuscany where western art, finance, and government emerged anew following the Dark Ages. Through a study of the ancients, Empires will bring students face-to-face with the world they live in today, through some of the most cutting-edge and interactive learning methods.
Imagine snorkelling with shark rays along the second largest coral reef in the world in Caye Caulker, Belize, or hiking through the Costa Rican Cloud Forest for Biology class. Imagine studying Maya foundation myths while visiting the ruins outside of San Ignacio, Belize and Tikal, Guatemala, or kicking back along the beachfront stops of Placencia and Montezuma to write papers and study. The Bioinquiry: Discovering Central America program allows students to complete senior level courses in biodiverse and culturally diverse regions of Central America. The 50-day schedule allows for an even balance of reading and writing, exploration and reporting, and experiencing the region’s challenges through a volunteer project with the community of Antigua. Though our focus is the biological world, students will consider human interaction with local land and water resources throughout our journey.
Imagine seeing the royalty of the animal kingdom face to face in their natural habitat, learning about the impact of globalization in the rural communities it’s leaving behind, and building relationships with local people through shared work and community outreach. Expedition in Tanzania gives students a first-hand perspective of the socio-political and economic challenges of regional development in Africa. Self-directed community service projects take centre stage and are geared towards offering students opportunities to engage in community building and development. The 50-day duration of the trimester program leaves breathing room while allowing students to participate in many hands on activities: collaborating on alternative income generating projects, promoting health education and engaging with local youth. On the scenic side, students reside at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, hike to Mount Meru Falls and go on safari in the open plains of the Serengeti.
Imagine climbing along the Great Wall of China, learning about the ingenuity of the Chinese people who built the ‘10,000 mile long wall’ to defend their borders and culture from invading nomadic groups. Imagine walking beneath the towering, neon-lit skyscrapers of Hong Kong on your way to class overlooking the Victoria Harbour, or tracing your way through the serene temple gardens in Kyoto, Japan. MEI’s China & Japan Trimester program gives students the opportunity to explore two North Asian powerhouses that, while close in proximity, diverge greatly in culture and tradition. The 50-day duration of the trimester program allows students to participate in the production of impressive media projects in the teeming cities of Beijing and Tokyo, and reflect on the themes of war and recovery in Hong Kong and Hiroshima. On the scenic side, students will be amazed by the Japanese countryside as they ride high speed trains with natural vistas and a snowcapped Mount Fuji in the distance.
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