Carpe Diem Education
96% Rating
(50 Reviews)

Carpe Diem Education

Our programs are designed to safely challenge every student. Through service, travel, community and cultural exchange – our students receive a unique and personal insight into themselves and the cultures they live within. Our Overseas Educators are trained to facilitate personal growth and learning within the structure of an academic semester. This combination has proven to be the best way to open the eyes of Carpe Diem students to the various perspectives of the people and environments across the world. We challenge our students by consciously teaching them how to be better group leaders and better self-leaders – and how to safely travel independently anywhere in the world.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Grace
Female
18 years old
United States
Other

A life changing semester

9/10

My three months traveling as a student with Carpe Diem education were the happiest, most challenging, and most rewarding in my life. I discovered a profound love for international travel and gained the skills to travel the world alone or with friends. Carpe Diem's practice of education through independence promotes self-reliant young travelers and open-minded adults. They combine cultural immersion, service projects, and foreign sightseeing into a comprehensive immersive experience. I highly recommend this program for young adventurers looking to break out of the mainstream college experience.

How can this program be improved?

Improved communication and assistance for students looking to do the Latitudes program. I was planning on participating in their Focused Volunteer Placement semester but rescinded my plans due to lack of support.

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Katherine
Female
18 years old
United States
University of Maryland

An Incredible Experience

10/10

Carpe Diem's Southeast Asia semester was an incredible, life changing experience. We did so many things that I never imagined I'd get to experience, like living on an organic farm for a week and learning how to build bricks out of clay, to living in a Buddhist monastery, to scuba diving on an island in Vietnam, and so much more. This semester completely changed my perception of the world and helped me grow and learn so much. It created a love for travel that will never go away, and I now feel very confident as a savvy traveler. The group was amazing and I made some of my best friends. If you're considering a gap year, this is an opportunity that you don't want to pass up. It will truly change your life and you will make so many incredible memories.

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Emmy
Female
19 years old
Columbus, Ohio
Brandeis University

The most amazing semester of your life!

10/10

Carpe Diem Education gave me the most incredible semester filled with fun, service, experiential-learning, and life-long friends. I did service projects, took Spanish classes, lived with home-stay families, hiked volcanoes, made chocolate, went SCUBA diving, helped with sea turtle conservation, went surfing, and experienced the beautiful nature and landscapes of Central America. I learned how to be a global citizen by being immersed in other cultures, and I realized how much we take for granted in our society, and I am so grateful for so much more now. I had the best semester of my life because of Carpe Diem Education and how much it taught me about other cultures, the world, and about who I am and who I want to be.

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Aislinn
Female
18 years old
Tokyo, Japan
Bennington College

It's an experience alright!

9/10

I've been globetrotting my whole life, but there comes a point where you gotta do something by yourself, and 13 others.

Before this trip I never did anything remotely outdoorsy, never camped, or hiked, or backpacked- nothing! But after these action packed 3 months, I feel pretty confident doing any of those things now, and I actually enjoy them! If you can believe it, I never did any group activities either! So the most challenging part for was learning to live with 13 total strangers. It was a bit daunting at times, especially when someone was feeling down, but we always managed to pull through. And those 13 strangers became like family, the more I got to know them. My group with Carpe helped me grow into a more self sufficient, and confident traveler over the past semester, and I can't thank everyone enough who helped put this program together!

How can this program be improved?

I would've appreciated more of a balence in regards to the stay durations in countries.

Willow
Female

India

10/10

I have just returned from Carpe Diems India program and it was such a fulfilling experience. We traveled to so many places and in each place Carpe had set up wonderful programs to do and interesting people to meet. I felt very supported by the group and the overseas educators, and even when we faced challenges we were able to discuss and navigate them in a productive way. Also throughout the application process and then through the visa process the staff in Portland were very helpful and easy to reach.

Program Listings

New Zealand
Carpe Diem Education
Carpe Diem offers 3 month semesters combining service, cultural immersion, and adventure. Travel with a group of 12 other stu...
Nicaragua
Carpe Diem Education
This semester intertwines personal growth with adventure, service, and a greater awareness of the global community as you tra...
Uganda
Carpe Diem Education
From the rolling hills of Tanzania's Southern Highlands to the sparkling blue waters of Zanzibar, the shores of the Nile Rive...
India
Carpe Diem Education
Explore a multi-faceted culture and people as you spend three months traversing the diverse ecological and spiritual landscap...
Vietnam
Carpe Diem Education
Carpe Diem offers 3 month semesters combining service, cultural immersion, and adventure. Travel with a group of 12 other stu...
Africa
Carpe Diem Education
The Latitudes program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and into the world at large. W...
Cuba
Carpe Diem Education
This is your chance to be one of the first to explore this "forbidden country" and see a side of Cuba that few have ever seen...
Peru
Carpe Diem Education
Travel throughout Ecuador and Peru with 12 other students as you share meals, live among different peoples, and build meaning...