Best Cultural Immersion Travel Programs
From the beginning "Cultural Immersion Travel" has been an essential part of the mission of Transitions Abroad.
We chose to name this selection of travel programs "Best Cultural Immersion Travel," since the term "cultural travel" is often used by travel agencies to describe group tours
that primarily visit monuments, museums, and historic sites. In our original take on the term, cultural immersion travel however, implies contact and interaction with the culture of a country—culture defined as the way of life, activities, and traditions of a people, and not
simply a country’s historic sites and scenic attractions. For this section we have chosen our favorite travel organizations that specialize in providing authentic cultural experiences for travelers, based on sharing the lives,
traditions, and activities with the local population.
Please feel free to add your own suggestions for organizations who adhere to these values in the comments section.
Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), www.cci-exchange.com, offers volunteer programs, internships, independent homestays, and language study programs for teens and adults in over 30 countries worldwide.
Culture Explorers, www.culturexplorers.com, offers small-group cultural immersion tours in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, and provides travelers with an insider's access into the local culture and living traditions.
CulturalTravels.com, www.culturaltravels.com, is a directory of specialty tour operators offering a variety of travel activities, including cultural interaction, outdoor activities, cultural and historic tours, and more.
The Experiment in International Living, www.experiment.org, is an international nonprofit membership association that offers homestays, group travel, study abroad, language training, work exchange and other cultural immersion programs, with members in 20+ countries worldwide. The summer immersive cross-cultural exchange programs are for high school students.
Global Awareness Through Experience (GATE), www.gate-travel.org, offers cultural immersion programs, women's spiritual quests and pilgrimage opportunities in Latin America and Europe. GATE strives to create an awareness of other cultures and their realities through people-to-people connections.
Worlds Together Travel Network, worldstogethertravel.com, offers cultural immersion travel to communities in Egypt, Belize and Jamaica that directly supports local communities.