Location
Multiple Locations +2
  • Italy
  • Greece
Length
12 - 26 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel Arts College Credit Conservation Cultural Immersion Hands-On Learning Language Immersion Social Justice Study Abroad Volunteer Abroad Wilderness +1
Need-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans
Health & Safety

Program Details

Activities
Animal Viewing City Exploring Farming
Timeframe
Fall Spring
Housing
Guesthouse Hostel
Primary Language
Italian
Age Min.
17
Age Max
22

Pricing

Starting Price
15900
Price Details
Fall 2024 (70 days): $19,400

Spring 2025 (56 days): $15,900

Program tuition includes all food, accommodations, scheduled program activities, and international travel insurance for the duration of the program. International airfare and spending money are extra. International airfare is estimated at $1600 - $2000.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Equipment Meals Park Fees Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Some Equipment SIM cards
May 30, 2024
May 20, 2024
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About Program

Spend a gap semester exploring rich traditions and modern cultural identity in Italy and Greece. These two nations have a significant influence on how the Western world thinks about philosophy, art, religion, economics, and politics. Throughout their histories, they have shown resilience in adapting to social, political, and environmental change, and today they continue to maintain a connection with traditional ways of living while also proactively addressing modern challenges associated with the environmental and economic consequences of climate change.

Italy and Greece provide rich historical context as to how societies have evolved to meet the demands of the modern era while remaining deeply rooted in cultural identity, tradition, and heritage. Carpe Diem Education takes you to Italy and Greece to engage with communities proactively addressing climate change through the lens of resilience and regeneration.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We recognize that we are a long way from the diversity we aim for within our students, staff, and partners. We want and need more diversity to truly become the organization we would like to be. We recognize that this will not happen overnight or without dedicating time, attention, and resources. To that end, we have created a strategic plan to address our current shortfalls and to make significant improvements, which you can see on our Diversity & Inclusion page.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Neurodivergent Support

At Carpe Diem, each applicant reads through our extensive Essential Eligibility Criteria prior to enrollment. This criteria allows applicants to determine if the organization is an appropriate fit for their gap semester/year goals and their individual needs. During the interview and application process, we have honest and direct conversations with students and families about the support that our staff is able to provide throughout the program experience. We are committed to creating a culture of acceptance and support. To that end, our Overseas Educators and local leaders are selected for their skill in group facilitation and promoting inclusive group dynamics.

Accessibility Support

At Carpe Diem, each applicant reads through our extensive Essential Eligibility Criteria prior to enrollment. This criteria allows applicants to determine if the organization is an appropriate fit for their gap semester/year goals and their individual needs. We have honest and open conversations with applicants about our ability to support individual needs on each program, with the ultimate goal of a healthy and successful experience for all students. In the past, we have worked with students with severe allergies, diabetes, chronic injuries, and mental health diagnoses. We know each student's journey is individual and we work with families to support these individual needs where possible to help determine if the program is a good fit for their gap semester goals.

Impact

Sustainability

We are committed to maximizing the net positive impact while minimizing the carbon footprint of every program. In our office, on our programs, and through our carbon offset match, our programs are geared toward environmental education to empower future leaders to move their communities to take action. During our programs, students learn more about their impact as individuals and a travel community - then take a solution-oriented lens to tackling key issues. We also contribute to and amplify the voices of organizations and partners who focus on permaculture, natural building, and sustainable solutions.

Ethical Impact

Our programs are designed to connect to our local communities and provide reciprocal exchange and engagement. Through engaging in experiential education, community engagement, and intercultural exchange, our students develop enhanced perspectives, deeper cultural understanding, and a profound sense of self-discovery and personal growth. We work with vetted local providers to build their businesses as they provide value to our students and programming. With our homestay families, we ensure we minimize our footprint by regularly rotating the communities we work with and evaluating our social impact alongside their community leaders.

Program Highlights

  • Live and learn from local experts while connecting with Italians living sustainably and becoming part of a beloved intentional living community outside of Rome.
  • Plant, harvest, and learn alongside sustainability experts from all over the world.
  • Trek through Tuscany for 5 days—culminating with a deep dive into Firenze (Florence), working with an urban garden project, visiting local NGOs, and exploring the “birthplace of the Renaissance.”
  • Travel to the southern province of Matera where you engage with a local NGO focusing on social issues related to climate change and access to resources.
  • Island hop to the island of Crete in Greece where you explore Greek language and culture and archaeological sites, and stop at small farms along the way.

Program Dates

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Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.67%
  • 4 rating 0%
  • 3 rating 8.33%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Housing 4.75
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 5
Showing 1 - 8 of 12 reviews
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Ryan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Two Months of my Life!!!!

The eight weeks I spent with Carpe Diem in Italy and Greece was the best experience of my life and the best decision I have ever made. Our program leaders (shoutout Megan and Ariana) were the absolute greatest people ever and made our trip as easy and enjoyable as it could have been. All the places we went, from Rome and Athens to rural Tuscany and the Peloponnese, were so amazing and fun. However, my favorite part of traveling with Carpe Diem was the people we met. Carpe Diem has partners located across both countries in every place we stayed. They are such incredible, interesting people with different backgrounds and inspiring stories. Overall, in every aspect, my semester with Carpe Diem was everything I could've hoped for and more. I would strongly recommend this program, as it will teach you many valuable lessons, have you coming out as a better version of yourself, and give you experiences you would never have otherwise.

What was your funniest moment?
As a group, we had so many hilarious moments that had my stomach hurting from all the laughter. A general funny moment that stands out is the second-hand embarrassment I felt from seeing all the tourists taking pictures of themselves "holding up" the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Pros
  • Immense opportunities/causes for self-growth and eye-opening new perspectives
  • Some of the funniest times you will ever have
  • Incredible, inspiring, interesting people from all over the world you meet along the way
Cons
  • Three weeks without technology can be tough at times, but it is actually very rewarding/enjoyable and facilitates group bonding
2 people found this review helpful.
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Tai
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Carpe diem rating

Was a great experience. I travelled across Italy and Greece which was such an amazing experience. We met so many lovely people from so many different countries and learned all about their cultures. We had some farm stays which were very engaging and some city stays which were fun because we had lots of free time. It was a great mix of working and exploring. I think if you are looking for a trip where you can explore and also learn about other cultures. Overall I highly recommend carpe diem gap year and the Italy and Greece semester especially.

Pros
  • Travel across 2 different countries
  • Great Cultural experience
  • Met so many amazing people from different countries
Cons
  • Don’t really have any cons from my experience
52 people found this review helpful.
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Anne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Italy/Greece Fall Semester

I loved my experience in Italy and Greece! I realized by the end of the trip that I had learned and grown so much every day, even in small ways. I loved experiencing it with a group of like-minded individuals and I loved meeting so many other people on the trip, from sustainable farmers to tour guides to volunteers. There were so many experiences I had that I would have never expected to have in my lifetime, and although there were good and bad personal days, getting to travel around Italy and Greece for two months brought daily joy into my life.

63 people found this review helpful.
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Cedar
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventures Abroad

I absolutely loved my experience in Italy and Greece with Carpe Diem. The program is a beautiful blend of city and rural living, and the contacts we met along the way were truly amazing. This program is an excellent way to experience Europe in a diverse way, in a manner that would have been impossible for me to do on my own. The Oversee Educators were supportive and fun, and it was beautiful to connect deeply with a group of students from across the United States. My one critique of the program is that our travels weren't framed through the lens of environmentalism or climate change. There were some places and people who framed it that way (Regreen, Carly the Archeobotanist) but for a program advertised as environmentally focused it could have leaned more heavily that way. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone looking to expand their horizons and take a hiatus from the USA.

90 people found this review helpful.
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Sam
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

What an amazing trip!

This trip was amazing! The programming could barely have been better. All the parters we worked with were so interesting and showed different perspectives on issues in one way or another. Xeno was so fun the first two weeks. Living in a half abandoned village, being cooked for by a greek woman for every meal. The trek we did in tuscany was so rewarding and beautiful. We loved our guides Lauren and Luca and all the parters we met along the way! (bread making, learning about medieval living and more!) There a very good balance between cities and country (although i would have liked a couple more days in rome) and it was staggered city, country, city, etc. I got so lucky with my group and OEs and have made friends for life!

Pros
  • amazing partners
  • Great activities
91 people found this review helpful.
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Vivienne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Trip!

I’m so thankful for this experience because the collection of local contacts allowed me to experience and interact with a variety of unique perspectives and lifestyles that I otherwise would have never been able to encounter. I feel that in particular this experience was perfect for the transition between high school and college and adulthood because it opened my eyes to a plethora of different future paths and highlighted my values in a profound way. I loved all of the group members and leaders, and I felt that it was such a supportive community where I could try new things and challenge myself without judgment. The OEs did a fantastic job supporting us and I felt like I learned so much about travel from both of them.

What would you improve about this program?
If I were to change anything about the program, I would have us spend more time on the farms and in rural areas. While our time in the cities was wonderful and we were able to see and do incredible things, I loved getting to be immersed in the communities on the farms and connecting with people there because it was a great way to hear different perspectives and get an authentic experience with the local culture. I would’ve loved more time to really integrate into the pace in those communities and deepen those connections.
92 people found this review helpful.
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David
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable experience

This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s difficult to really put into words how greatly this trip impacted me. When I found out I wasn’t starting college until January, I was really anxious about what I was going to do until then. This trip exceeded all of my expectations and completely changed my perspective on life. Both of my OE’s were very supportive of me and structured the program very well. It was the first time I felt like I was surrounded by people with the same mindset as me. It was such a refreshing and enlightening experience. The highlight of the itinerary was easily the time spent in local communities in the countryside. This is where we learned the most and got to meet the most people. If you’re thinking of doing this trip next semester, GO FOR IT!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
At a farm in Matera, Italy, we had the opportunity to interact with a lot of volunteers from around Europe. At the end of our stay, we ended up cooking a huge Thanksgiving feast for all of them. It was their first time participating in a Thanksgiving celebration and it was just a beautiful moment watching all of us from around the world eat delicious food and share our gratitudes with each other.
94 people found this review helpful.
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Chloe
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

10/10

I wasn’t sure exactly sure what I was getting myself into I kinda just picked Greece and Italy cause it looked dope but Boy howdy was I impressed! You do so much on this trip it’s nonstop you’ll be hiking in the beautiful mountains of Italy, swimming in the good-looking Mediterranean Sea, and getting hands on real farm experiences. And some days you might just be hanging w local contacts/new friends. Choosing to go on this trip was one of the best decisions of my life! Take a chance do it Kaliméra

What was your funniest moment?
Funnest moment when we were in Greece we decided to make up a Greek tragedy/performance and showed it off to people we meet how to b there haahha
97 people found this review helpful.

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