ONLINE CULTURAL PROGRAM

Explore the cultures of Morocco, South Africa, Vietnam, or Ecuador with interactive Cultural Workshops and engaging Local Buddy Chats

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Online Cultural Program

Join our Online Cultural Program to dive deep into the traditional and modern culture of your host country – Morocco, South Africa, Vietnam, or Ecuador. The Cultural Program features weekly (for Summer sessions) or every other week (for Fall and Spring sessions) Cultural Workshops led by Kaya’s In-Country Directors and Local Buddy Chats with local university-aged students who are as eager to share their culture as they are to learn about yours!

With Kaya’s Online Cultural Program, you’ll gain instant connections to local people who are eager to welcome you into their lives. With these virtual cultural connections, you are invited behind closed doors and into the day to day lives of the local people. You’ll not only learn about the cuisine, music, and cultural traditions, you’ll also get to know the culture on a deeper level – understanding both personal and professional relationships in the context of your host country.

Whether you are a high school or university student with academic goals or a life-long learner of any age looking to expand your horizons, you will gain new connections and cultural understanding.

In which countries can I do an Online Culture Program

MOROCCO CULTURE

SOUTH AFRICA CULTURE

VIETNAM CULTURE

ECUADOR CULTURE

What does a Kaya Online Cultural Program include?

 

  • Advising support from Kaya every step of the way from the application process throughout your program
  • Cultural Workshops with your Country Director over the course of 8 weeks during Summer sessions, and every other week over the course of 13 weeks during the Fall and Spring Semesters to attend live or watch the recording when it is convenient for you (1-2 hours/workshop)
  • Local buddy chats for language and culture exchange with prompts to facilitate discussion
  • Discussion forum to connect you with other students in the program
  • Certificate of completion
  • Support pursuing home university credit, where available
  • Invitation to Kaya LinkedIn Alumni Group
  • Reentry toolkit to market your experience for your future career!
  • Scholarship of $200 to visit your host country in the future

Details

Spring 2021 Session Dates
Start date Session 2: February 4th, 2021
End date Session 2: May 6th, 2021
Application deadline: January 18th, 2021

Summer 2021 Session Dates
Start date Session 1: May 24th, 2021
End date Session 1: July 16th, 2021
Application deadline: April 30th, 2021

Start date Session 2: June 21st, 2021
End date Session 2: August 13th, 2021
Application deadline: May 28th, 2021

Consider upgrading to a Remote Internship or Language Program

 

Program fees: $845

Cultural modules

FOOD AND CULTURE – local cuisine, food traditions, markets, and dining habits

RELATIONSHIPS – family structures, dating, and friendships

SLANG AND REAL SPEAK  – nuances of real life communications, greetings, body language, and direct vs. indirect communication

TRADITIONS – traditions, folklore, legends and how they are honored today

MODERN CULTURE – dance, music, sports, hobbies, and entertainment

HEALTH AND WELLNESS – how the healthcare system works, health risks, and wellness

WORK CULTURE – exploring workplace dynamics, styles, behavior, etiquette, and expectations

TRAVEL AND TOURISM – how to get around like a local, where the locals go, and places you can’t miss when visiting the country

Our country Directors

ALI BENSEBBA
Morocco Country Director

Ali Bensebba is the program founder director. Ali has lived all of his life in Rabat and did his studies in Morocco as well as the US as a Fulbright Scholar. He speaks five languages and holds a Phd in Business Communication from Moulay Ismail University in Meknes. He is extremely open to different cultures and spends most of his time introducing students, interns, and volunteers to Moroccan vibrant cultures.

OLIVER HAGAN
South Africa Country Director

Oliver was raised in Vermont, USA and studied journalism and communication at the University of Oregon (USA). He fell in love with South Africa in 2003 while an exchange student at the University of Cape Town and later returned to the country in 2005 to begin his career in the field of international education. When not engaged in student exchanges, Oliver loves to spend time in nature with his wife, Leanne, and son, Francis.

MO NGUYEN
Vietnam Country Director

Mo graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, but she loves education and social work. She is lucky enough to have had the chance to travel to different countries within Asia, and has also travelled to the US, Europe and Australia. For the past 13 years, she has worked mostly in the human development, training and education field with the experience of working at multinational companies, NGOs and universities. She loves working with people, helping the youth develop their skills and get ready for the labor force, which makes her devoted to what she is doing now.

DIANA BALAREZO
Ecuador Country Director

Diana Balarezo holds an MA in social and environmental studies and a bachelor of science degree in tourism development and hospitality with a minor in fine arts. Born in Ecuador, Diana lived in the United States as a student during her junior year of college, and after college, as a restaurant manager at a ski resort in Idaho. She also participated in a six-month internship in Valencia, Spain, and has traveled to 21 countries so far.

Build a Global Network

Gain instant personal connections with locals from your host country.

Cross-Cultural Communications

Stand out in virtual workplaces with experience communicating across cultures remotely.

Cultural Connections

Experience the culture with local people through workshops and informal chats with local buddies eager to share their culture with you.

Prepare for Future Travel

Dive deep into the culture of a country you hope to visit, study, or work in one day!

FAQ’s

Do I have to be a student to sign up for the Online Culture Program?

No. We welcome and encourage life-long learners of any age! This program is an excellent choice for people taking a break from school or careers, professionals looking to gain an edge, retirees, or anyone simply wishing to expand their horizons and learn something new.

Do I need to know another language?

The Cultural Workshops and Local Buddy Chats are in English. If you would like to practice your foreign language skills, check out Kaya’s Language and Culture Program.

Can I add language classes?

Yes! Check out Kaya’s Language and Culture Program. You can learn about the culture while also taking one-one-one classes in Spanish (Ecuador), Arabic (Morocco), or French (Morocco).

Do you have alternative start dates?

Can’t make our first summer session dates? Contact our Placement Advisors who can discuss your options and make sure you are the first to know about our next session dates.

How can I get international experience without traveling to another country?

You will get instant connections to local people who are eager to share their culture and welcome you into their lives. With these virtual cultural connections, you are invited behind closed doors and into the day to day lives of the local people. You’ll not only learn about the cuisine, music, and cultural traditions, you’ll also get to know the culture on a deeper level – understanding both personal and professional relationships in the context of your host country.

How will I benefit from Kaya’s Online Cultural Program?

Completing a virtual culture program will set you apart from the crowd because you’ll be gaining valuable cultural understanding, new perspectives, intercultural communication skills, and a global network. We live in a virtual world where more and more companies and employees collaborate and work together from their offices and homes around the world. (The Kaya Team included!) You’ll bring something different to the table with your experience communicating across cultures in a remote setting.

Can I earn credit for Kaya’s Online Language and Culture Program?

Your Placement Advisor will support you to pursue credit at your home institution, where available. If you have specific requirements, we will do our best to accommodate you!

Can learning a language and culture online replace the real thing?

Nothing can replace the in-person experience of travel and we do hope you make it to your host country one day soon to experience your host country first hand. We mean it! Your program comes with a $200 scholarship for future travel with Kaya to your host country. You will arrive prepared, confident, and with lifelong friends! In the meantime you can still develop some of the important cross-cultural skills that can help you with your career, studies, and enrich your life.

Do you have a payment plan?

Speak with a Placement Advisor if you have concerns about the payment schedule, and they can discuss with you what kind of flexibility we are able to offer for your specific situation.

Jackie’s Remote Internship Experience
Although it is all online, it has been just as rewarding, educational, and fun as I could have hoped for. I have gained so much valuable knowledge through this experience and I am only a few weeks in. I really am grateful for it all! ...
Jacqueline S.
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Application Process and Payment Schedule

CONTACT US

Speak to a Kaya placement advisor for more information on the program. Click here to email us.

APPLY

Complete an Application and submit your resume/CV with a $45/ £40 deposit, for us to hold your place on the course. Deposits are deducted from the total program fee and will be refunded if we can’t accept you.

CONFIRM YOUR SPACE

Confirm your space in the program with a Kaya advisor, then pay your balance to accept and book your placement.

What are the requirements to do a Online Culture Program?

Our program is open to all. You do not need any previous travel or language experience. All you will need is access to a laptop, internet connection for video calls and an interest in cultural learning.

Explore cultures, connect with locals, and fall in love with your host country from wherever you are in the world! Start the conversation today! Other online programs available below

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INTERNSHIPS

Also known as virtual internships or online internships, our placements in Ecuador, Morocco, South Africa and Vietnam are combined with cultural workshops and local buddy connections so you can learn the culture from those who know best – the locals.

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