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.
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
, European Union expansion in
, political awakening in
, technology and innovation in
, healthcare in
and urban sustainability in
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.