Monte Argentario Program

This program is ideal for students wishing to live the “real” Italy in a natural and organic setting focused on authentic human interaction, slow food, and the enjoyment of life’s many small pleasures.

Program Info

Place Monte Argentario, Tuscany
Date June 19 - July 19 2020, July 24 - August 23 2020

Program Description

Known to many within Italy as “the silver coast” but to few outside it, the Monte Argentario is an agriculturally lavish area in the south of Tuscany and bordering with Lazio that boasts an unbeatable combination of beach, mountain, and countryside. Wrapped around the Silver Mount are Porto Ercole, Porto Santo Stefano, and Orbetello — three medieval hamlets restructured to accommodate their growing population. The surrounding areas are home to family-run farms, vineyards, and agricultural operations specializing in fish, dairy products, olive oil, wine, and cured meats. This program is ideal for students wishing to live the “real” Italy in a natural and organic setting focused on authentic human interaction, slow food, and the enjoyment of life’s many small pleasures. We recommend it for upper level high school (secondary 4 and 5) and CEGEP students.

Scholastics

Scholastics are the fulcrum around which the program is structured. Students will attend 3 hours of daily language classes, broken down into two components: Fundamentals of Communication (classroom learning) and Communication in Practice (where lessons learned in the classroom get real-life applications). An Italian language placement test prior to admission is mandatory. Extracurricular activities, instead, will focus on Italian classic and contemporary culture. All proposed activities will concern three topics in Italian culture, and students will be free to choose the one most interesting to them. All 3E courses and activities are interdisciplinary in nature, privileging a dynamic, interactive, and contextualized approach to learning.

Proposed activities may address the following:

Agriculture
Archeology
Architecture
Anthropology
Business
Contemporary Art
Cultural Studies
Fashion
Film
Food
Geography
History
History of Art
History of Ideas
History of Music
Literature
Museum Studies
Political Science
Theatre
Tourism

Our classes are designed and taught by individually selected specialists in Italian studies and take place on the program premises. Course materials (handouts, readings, and course packs) are included in the cost of the program and will be provided daily by instructors and staff members. Classes are capped at 15 students to promote healthy and productive teacher-student interaction.

Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities include:  cycling, beach volleyball, yoga, running club, swimming, theatre and drama club, DIY fashion and accessory workshops, ceramic painting workshop, Italian film club, Italian Book Club. Access to structured outdoor sports (tennis, soccer, water sports) and admission to museums and historical sites are included in the program cost. Students will also have the opportunity to be taken to the city’s main tourist attractions – the Duomo, Via del Corso, Spanish forts, caves and other geological sites, WWF Oasi naturale, Nature Reserve of the Lagoon, Convent of the Padri Passionisti, and other local attractions.

Students will sign up for one of three afternoon activities per day, which will take place between 2:30pm and 5:30pm. They will always be offered one active option (sport or physical fitness), one cultural option (museum or guided tour), and one leisurely option (casual touring). All extracurricular activities will be supervised by 3E staff. Students may also occasionally be given the opportunity to participate in more formal extracurricular events (a performance of a play or a night at the opera).

 

Touring

Our program offers up to four extra-regional group excursions and one intra-regional class field trip (to be determined by course instructor). We plan weekend trips to Florence, Giglio Island, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast (or le Cinque Terre), providing room, board (breakfast and dinner), guided tours, and cultural outings (museums, shows) in each location. For more information about individual itineraries, send us a message.

Accommodations

Students will be staying in an eco-tourism facility in the area surrounding the Monte Argentario and owned, operated, and inhabited by local farmers and agriculture industry specialists. Students will have access to twenty-four hour service, with property owners available in an adjoining structure. They may be grouped in rooms of 2 to 4 students. Breakfast, towels, and linens are included in their stay, as are routine room cleanings.

In-residence

Life in an eco-tourism is a rich and integral part of the Monte Argentario program experience. The facilities provide for ample common space (both indoor and outdoor) designated for student meetings and conversation, which  will encourage long-lasting friendships and academic alliances among the young participants.

Meals

Tuscany is home to one of Italy’s most celebrated national cuisines. Students will be given the opportunity to taste Tuscan specialities on their own during the lunch hour and in small groups supervised by counsellors and staff members at dinner time. In collaboration with the eco-tourism selected for their stay, they will also be given the opportunity to opt-into a meal plan granting them an additional daily meal prepared by their eco-tourism owners and using products of the very land they cultivate. These locally-sourced (km 0) dinners may occasionally be replaced by popular feasts and banquets that shine the spotlight on a regional gastronomic specialty. Students with special dietary needs (celiac, kosher, lactose intolerance) will be accommodated with specialized menu options.

NB: Dietary “preferences” (ie, no fish, dairy, or gluten) will NOT be treated as special dietary needs. Certified medical conditions need be reported to Triple E Travel upon student registration.

Travel

Students will travel by air to Florence, by chartered bus to weekend excursion destinations, and by bus or private van within the city. (All transportation fees are included in the cost of the program at full package rate).

Health

Triple E Travel guarantees fast and effective medical service at one of the Monte Argentario’s medical facilities for students traveling abroad. (Health insurance may be purchased separately from a recommended service provider).

Cost

The full package (excluding weekend field trips) may be purchased at $8,950 + GST/QST. Weekend field trips may be added for an additional $750.00

Sample Daily Schedule

Supervision

Students will be accompanied by 1 3E Program Director plus 1 staff member for every 8 students.
A typical day in this program will look like this:

9:30am – 12:30pm: Language Class
(9:30 – 11:00: Fundamentals of Communication; 11:00 – 12:30: Communication in Practice)
12:30 – 2:30pm: Lunch (Individually)
2:30 – 5:30pm: Extracurricular Activities
5:30 – 8:30pm: Free Time
8:30 – 10:30pm: Group Dinner
10:30 – 11:30pm: Supervised Free Time
11:30pm: Lights out