Summer High School Programs in Central America

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Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Everyday in paradise!
Snorkelling in Caye Caulker
Snorkelling in Caye Caulker
Placencia
Placencia

About

Travelling through Costa Rica and Belize to see, first-hand, some of the world's most diverse ecosystems is the perfect way to make rainforests, reefs and beaches your classroom. Snorkelling Shark Alley, zip-lining through rainforests, trekking through jungles, hiking volcanoes, and swimming the coastlines of Central America make these programs an outdoor adventure infused with scientific exploration and learning.

Biology in Costa Rica | Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Tamarindo
Courses Offered: Grade 11 Biology, Grade 12 Biology

Backpackers: Central America | Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Placencia
Courses Offered: Grade 12 Biology, Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Studies in Literature, Grade 12 Writer's Craft

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Reviews

96%
based on 20 reviews
  • Growth 9.6
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.6
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Ali
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most amazing experiences.. all put into one trip!

My MEI experience through the Backpackers Central America program was one worth sharing. So many items checked off on my bucket list, while simultaneously learning and excelling in two complex subjects, made effortlessly enjoyable throughout this trip. Going into the adventure, not knowing a single person, and coming home after a month or so having made 30+ new best friends was gratifying beyond comparison. It was important for me to see the person in myself that was able to make friends easily, and have fun while doing it. This will impact my life in new ways to come as I will be willingly open to new experiences and meeting new people. If you decide to go on this amazing adventure, take time for your work, your success, and yourself!!

Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great mixture of fun and learning

This trip is perfectly paced between academic learning and having fun where you are. The teachers used new and exciting locations to enhance the schooling experience. That, mixed with tons of time for fun, either organized by the teachers or with your friends, assures that this trip is one of a lifetime! The trip is action packed with activities everywhere you go. Being able to get two high school courses done like this is the best way to do it!

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Taryn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience on MEI's Backpackers: Central America Trip

Let me tell you, MEI truly changed me.
The thought of a 35 day trek in the middle of Central America was both trilling and nerve-wracking to me before I left. Ive always had a passion for travelling, so I wasn't new to it, but had never travelled anywhere without my parents. When they dropped me off at the Sheraton Hotel to meet the group, I was so nervous, but as soon as I met my everyone on the trip, I was instantly relaxed and so excited! The fun started in the hotel and didn't stop until we got home. All the experiences we had, snorkelling, zip-lining, white water rafting, spelunking, climbing Myan Ruins and so so many more all were so cool. The school work was fine too! Doing work in the summer may not seem too exciting at first, but the way it was taught and delivered was so cool, and how our biology lessons related to everything around us was so cool. The friends I are now life-long friends, and we all talk everyday. We all have a group chat and lots of us have met up so many times too!! MEI was an amazing experience and has shaped me into a better person. It is truly life changing.

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Logan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience Ever

This MEI Trip to Belize and Costa Rica was the best experience of my life. I have been to many countries around the world on many different trips but this was by far the best. Not only being gone for a whole month but being able to do English and Biology over the summer was awesome! But it’s not just the traveling and the courses that make it awesome, it’s the community that’s built on the trip and how you really develop a family with not only the other kids doing the program but teachers as well. This experience was truly life changing and if I could do it again I would.

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Carina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mei Central America Summer Trip

The MEI trip I did this summer was the most incredible experience I have ever been through. Learning in exotic locations with incredible and dedicated teachers made learning fun and intruiging. I made friends I know I will have in my life forever, and share incredible memories with them. It is an adventure I wish every student could experience and prepared me for grade 12! I would highly reccomend doing this trip if you have the opportunity to do so.

What would you improve about this program?
Making the before departure biology work on a different less challenging unit so that we have the teachers around to help us with it.