Atlas Workshop in Munnar, India

Teens on an Atlas Workshop in Munnar, a hillside town near Kerala, India. (Adam White / Atlas Workshops)

What's the big idea? For some high school students this summer, it might be examining how Copenhagen redefines urban life or how India delivers low-cost healthcare to a booming population. Atlas Workshops in Cambridge, Mass., takes kids overseas to experience how other countries approach social, cultural and political change.

"Our programs are structured to develop real-world skills, promote intercultural confidence, inspire big ideas and open the doors to new cultures and communities," program director Jenny Bordo said in a statement. 

The company started in 2012 by designing trips that go beyond traditional tourism. It offers six workshops in 2014 that examine different themes in different countries: entrepreneurs in Vietnam, European Union expansion in Croatia and Slovenia, political awakening in Morocco, technology and innovation in East Africa, healthcare in South India and urban sustainability in Denmark.

Each trip features two to three group leaders and 10 to 15 students. The 15- to 20-day trips allow students time to develop ideas and projects related to the country's issue they explore.

When: Trips depart June 24 to Aug. 15, depending on the destination selected.

Price: $4,000 to $5,000 per person, excluding airfare. It includes travel and research expenses, travel insurance, leaders, workshop content, accommodations and meals.

Info: Atlas Workshops, (617) 475-0141, or e-mail info@atlasworkshops.com

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com

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