GATEway Jr Latin America

You thought that GATEway was on hold due to COVID-19? Think again! This summer, come on a magical journey with us as we virtually explore the marvels of Latin America. From the mariachiin México to the tangoin Argentina, and mofongoin Puerto Rico to arepasin Colombia, and everything in between, this trek through Latin America will give you a thorough appreciation for an amazing land filled with history, culture, intriguing folklore, and tasty delicacies. As part of our journey together, GATEmates will come up with a proposal for a future GATEway Jr. site. Who knows? You may end up being the founder of a new chapter in the GATEway story!

Tuition & Fees

Engaging activities and topics of study include, but are not limited to: 

Culinary Delights (demonstrations and cultural significances) 
  • Authentic Mexican food - beyond your average restaurant's menu
  • Salsa - it's not just a condiment! 
  • Puerto Rican mofongo - mmmmmm!
  • Empanadas: Argentina v. Colombia
  • Mate for all seasons: Mate and Tereré in Argentina
  • Guacamole: Never pay extra again!
  • Choripán Argentina: A national Argentine treasure

Artistic Impressions
  • Latin American Rhythms: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Tango, Samba, Capoeira, Reggaetón
  • Sculptures of Fernando Botero
Natural and Man-Made Marvels
  • The Panamá Canal and its cultural, historic, and political significance
  • Indigenous Temples and Marvels: Teotihuacán and Machu Picchu
  • Environmental Necessities and Climate Change: The Galápagos Islands, the Amazon, and the Perito Moreno Glacier

Culminating Goal: Design your own GATEway Jr. experience
  • GATEmates will take all the knowledge they have acquired and put it into action by planning a potential GATEway Jr. program. You never know- your site may join the GATEway family!
  • Through the design process, students will learn:
    • Budgeting
    • Marketing and social media strategies
    • Itinerary planning and organization
    • Travel journaling
Program Dates: (GATEmates may choose to take both one - content will differ)
  • Session A: June 15- July 10
  • Session B: July 13- August 7

Program Cost: Free for MCDS student taking as elective credit. $400/session for non-MCDS students

Included: Engaging course content delivered by Miami Country Day School master teachers, interactive activities, and a survey appreciation for the people, culture, and lands of Latin America, local field trips when permitted, GATEway souvenir gift

Jr. Latin America Schedule

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of a one of a kind GATEway summer experience! Sign up today! Spaces are limited. For more information and sample itineraries, contact Glen Turf, Director of Global Studies & International Programs at ​305.779.7243​ or

Director and Staff Information

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  • Glen Turf

    Director of Global Studies & International Programs

    As the founder of Miami Country Day School’s GATEway program, I am continually energized, both professionally and personally, by the excitement I see on our students’ faces when they make the connections between what they have learned in class and what they find in authentic learning environments. Having coordinated and led numerous student experiences both abroad and at home, it has been my pleasure to bring new cultures to our students.Since arriving at Country Day in 2001, I have served as the Upper School Director, the World Languages Department Chair, and am thrilled to now serve as the Director of Global Studies & International Programs.. When people ask if I have kids, I am happy to say, “Not my own, but I have the pleasure of working with more than a thousand of them every day!!

    Contact Director of Global Studies & International Programs at or at 305-779-7243 for more information and payment plan options.
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