Siena...la più bella!
Siena, a small medieval city in the center of Tuscany, is "the cradle of the Italian language" and the heartland of the Italian of Dante. Service-learning in Siena offers an ideal opportunity for you to learn Italian through a full immersion in Italian life. And did we mention it's absolutely beautiful!?!?
Students will spend a semester in Siena, engaging in intensive Italian language study at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level; living in a homestay with an Italian family; serving 12–18 hours a week in an Italian community organization or school; taking a course in socio-anthropology, and going on guided excursions. All of these activities blend into a unique and innovative language-teaching method, FICCS (Full Immersion Culture, Content, and Service). The program is designed to give students a rich and varied experience of modern Italian society and social issues.
Live, study and volunteer like a local in Tuscany
Located about one hour from Florence and three hours from Rome, this small but vivacious city provides a perfect home base for exploring the rest of Italy. Its two large universities keep things lively during the academic year with many cultural events, theaters, and concerts. During the summer, things heat up with the world renowned Palio, a horse race dating back to 1656, that takes place in the central square. The town itself is the classroom, as students navigate and gain familiarity with the local fruit and vegetable market, bakery, and gelateria, and absorb the Italian voices drifting in their window from the street. The countryside surrounding the city is home to producers of the famous Chianti and Brunello wines as well as some of the most sought after olive oil in the world. The province, with its rolling hills and cypress trees, is rich with hill towns, hot springs and Etruscan ruins waiting to be explored.