Academy 2023

Ages: 18-30   •  Location: Mexico, DR and Haiti   •   Length: 89 Days
$9100.00 + Flights Included  •   Service Hours: 120
Meeting Point: San Diego

About LiveDifferent Academy

The LiveDifferent Academy takes your passion to learn, serve, and grow and puts them all together into a 13-week experience in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.* You’ll leave a lasting impact on the world around you while being transformed in your thinking, your actions, and your focus for the future. Needless to say, this experience will challenge and shape you like nothing else you've experienced. 

The Academy is a small, personal program that invites you to step out of your comfort zone and consider yourself and the world around you through a lens of care, compassion, and social justice. We offer Academy students the opportunity to be immersed in local cultures, dig into our social justice course, receive Spanish tutoring, invest in the local communities and build relationships by sharing weekly evenings with host families along the way. 

The tuition for Academy 2023 is $9,100 CAD.

It is broken down into two segments…

Program Costs - $3,600

The Program Costs can be paid directly to LiveDifferent (via cheque, credit card, or interac email transfer to and it includes the initial deposit of $500**. This amount is not eligible for a charitable tax-receipt. Please email us or call our office and we can walk you through the options and our refund policy.

Charitable Project Costs - $5,500

The Charitable Project Costs support your involvement working with local community organizations, your involvement in a building project and our ongoing community projects. This amount can be raised through your LiveDifferent fundraising page once you have registered for the Academy. Any contributions made towards the Charitable Project Costs will be eligible for a tax-receipt as per our donation policy. Please note that all donations are 100% non-refundable.


Please Note:

*LiveDifferent reserves the right to adjust the travel itinerary within the 13 weeks of the program as needed in response to any instability or change in government travel advisories. The health and safety of our students, partner communities and staff are always our first priority.

**$500 deposit is required with in 2 weeks of registration and is fully refundable until LiveDifferent has confirmed the minimum number of students have registered. Students will be notified by email once the program is confirmed for the upcoming semester.

What Is Included
  • All accommodations, meals, and transportation while in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti
  • Social justice course textbooks and materials
  • Introductory Spanish lessons
  • Materials needed for a building project
  • Program excursions
  • Access to WiFi
  • Return flights to and from the cloest major international airport (subject to availability, terms and conditions). Please contact LiveDifferent for more information.
  • Tourist fees (if required)
  • LiveDifferent staff on-site and available 24/7
What Is Not Included
  • Travel to and from the closest major international airport
  • Meals while traveling to and from each destination
  • Any immunizations or testing required for travel (please consult your family physician or local travel clinic)
  • Emergency Travel Medical Insurance which includes Covid-19 coverage (required, please see here for important considerations outline by the Government of Canada)
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance
  • Cost of doing laundry
  • Extra spending money for excursions, meals, souvenirs, etc. 

A peek at the 2023 itinerary...

Sept. 8th – Fly in to San Diego, CA (stay overnight)
Sept. 9th – Drive to LD Guest House in Vicente Guerrero, Baja California, Mexico
Week 1 - 2 (Mexico) – Orientation Week, Spanish classes and meet host families
Weeks 3 - 5 (Mexico) – Volunteering, host families and coursework
Week 6 - 7 (Mexico) – Week-in-the-Life Experience and potential build project
Week 8 (Mexico) – Volunteering, coursework and travel to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Week 9- 10 (DR) – Volunteering and community projects
Week 11 (Haiti) – Volunteering and community projects
Week 12 (Haiti / DR) – Travel back to the Dominican Republic, wrap up and Academy graduation
Dec. 5th – Fly home from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

*Subject to change


Sep 8, 2023 - Dec 5, 2023



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