Reaching from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost tip of Chile, the Americas encompass a stunning range of geography and cultures. World Endeavors’ programs take participants to the cities, islands, rainforests and villages that make up the North and South American patchwork. A complex history of indigenous cultures, colonization, and immigration means that nearly every culture from around the world is represented in some region of the Americas. Sugar cane fields in Brazil, Mayan ruins in Mexico, soccer matches in Ecuador, tropical beaches in Jamaica, and late-night parties in Chile are all equally part of the region’s life, and traveling within these two vast continents is a chance to learn just how much these countries have to offer.
As the largest country in South America, Brazil is assured of its importance. This is a country with some of the sultriest music, most passionate sports fans, and most stunning rainforest to be found anywhere in the world. Participants who choose a program here may find that the rhythm of Brazil gets under their skin and never quite lets them go.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in Brazil:
Stretching along the western edge of South America, Chile is a country of coastline. It’s the perfect place to do some trekking, up to the snowy peaks of the Andes, across arid deserts, and through lush forests. Chile’s close-knit communities offer unique rewards to visitors who take time to learn the way of life here.
World Endeavors offers the following program in Chile:
The rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica are legendary among travelers, and this Central American country is the perfect destination for those who want to try snorkeling, scuba diving, white-water rafting, hiking, or surfing. Meanwhile, the cities and villages are vibrant, friendly, and welcoming to visitors.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in Costa Rica:
Tucked into the northwestern corner of South America, Ecuador is a small country with a dazzling variety of natural resources. It’s the perfect place to explore the geographic diversity of South America while learning about the mix of indigenous, European, and African cultures that have shaped Ecuador’s personality.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in Ecuador:
Snoozing in a hammock, exploring the famous market in Chichicastenango, or wandering through white-walled colonial towns, visitors often find more than they bargained for in Guatemala. Monuments to Guatemala’s Mayan history abound, set in a landscape of beaches, volcanoes, and rainforests.
World Endeavors offers the following program in Guatemala:
Part Caribbean and part African, Jamaica moves to its own rhythm. History placed this island at one corner of the triangle of trade in sugar, rum, and slaves. Jamaica’s culture has been shaped by colonization and by the resistance of escaped slaves, and it’s the birthplace of the Rastafarian religion. Visitors find Jamaica’s culture to be a proud and welcoming one.
World Endeavors offers the following program in Jamaica:
Positioned between the United States and Central America, Mexico is a mix of ancient Mayan and Aztec pyramids, bustling cities, picturesque beaches dotted with tourists, and thriving artistic towns. Offering so much more than meets the eye, Mexico is endlessly fascinating.
World Endeavors offers the following programs in Mexico: