Celebrate this U.S. holiday as most Americans do — with family!
Travel to this small community in Pennsylvania for five days of local culture and family fun. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey with all of the trimmings (including plenty of vegetables, salads, and desserts) with an American host family! You will get a brief introduction to Amish culture on a tour of neighboring farm country and you'll have the opportunity to share your culture with others at a gathering of host families and students.
Many students who have previously participated on this event have remembered it as their favorite weekend during their time in the USA because of the deep connections they were able to build with their host families. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you should take advantage of while you can!
Schedule of Events
Wednesday: You will meet the group in Manhattan around 3:00 PM and depart for Pennsylvania on a private bus. The ride is approx. 4 hours, so you will arrive in Lancaster between 7:00 PM & 8:00 PM where you will be met by your host families.
Thursday: Thanksgiving Day! You will celebrate the holiday with your host family and enjoy the traditional meal in their own or at one of their relative's houses.
Friday: There will be a group excursion to a nearby Amish community where you will learn about the Amish culture, try some delicious homemade treats, and explore the traditions of this unique aspect of American life.
Saturday & Sunday: Free time with your host family. Every family has something special planned for you while you're there, so you may take a trip to the famous Hershey's Chocolate Factory, join in a fun game of American football, visit some local attractions, or just enjoy each other's company. This weekend is truly an inside look into the lives of the families in Lancaster County, PA.
Sunday: Depart as a group from Lancaster around 3:00 PM and arrive back to NYC between 7:00 PM & 8:00 PM.
Dates: 3:00 PM Wednesday, November 27th – 8:00 PM Sunday, December 1st (approx.)
Registration Deadline: Sunday, November 17th
Mandatory Orientation: Sunday, November 24th at 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Location: Manhattan
Location: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (we will meet in Manhattan and travel to Pennsylvania as a group. Meeting instructions will be emailed closer to the program date.)
Cost:* $150 (includes roundtrip transportation from NYC, accommodation, and most meals)
Contact: Marisa Silva, Director of Membership & Programs, here or 212 431-1195 ext. 32
Note: You may be the only student placed with your host family, or with one or two other students; we will inform you closer to the date of the program. If you would like to be placed with your spouse or a friend in the same host family, please contact Marisa before signing up to find out if this is possible.
*Program fees are non-refundable
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