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Paraguay

Paraguay is a colorful nation perfect for anyone who loves the exploring the outdoors and who wants to learn more about history

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Study in Paraguay

¡Bienvenido a Paraguay! Paraguay is a colorful nation perfect for anyone who loves the exploring the outdoors and who wants to learn more about history. Study and volunteer in Paraguay to experience all that this beautiful country has to offer! 

+ More About Paraguay

Welcome to the heart of South America! The name Paraguay is derived from an ancient word in Guarani, and while no one knows the exact translation, many translate it as "many rivers" or "river of many inhabitants". This is very lucky for the locals in Paraguay since it is a landlocked country! In fact, Paraguay has been named one of the world's most up and coming countries to visit due to its many waterfalls. Although it is a small country, it is very proud and has a rich history as well as plenty of things to do.

While on program in Paraguay, you will live with a carefully selected host family who will be able to help you improve your Spanish skills and even introduce you to their indigenous language of Guarani. In fact, Paraguay is the only country in South America to retain its native tongue: Guarani is an official language along with Spanish.

Your host family will also surely introduce you to many Paraguay customs including their incredible food! Chipa, a bagel like bread with cheese, is an all time favorite of the locals. Another favorite is called mate (pronounce mah-tay): you'll be served a strong herb tea made from mate leaves.

Like spending time outdoors? There are plenty of hiking and camping trails throughout the country that will bring you to their many waterfalls. Paraguay faces many problems such as deforestation, which isn't good news to the Capybara. The Capybara calls Paraguay its home and is the world's largest rodent. It looks like a giant guinea pig! Maybe outdoors are not for you, and you're more interested in arts and crafts? Paraguay women love doing lace making and embroidery as a past time and would be happy to teach you!

Living in the land of "many rivers" will certainly be an experience you won't want to forget. What are you waiting for?

Pastimes

The most popular sport in Paraguay is futbol (soccer). However rugby, volleyball, tennis, and basketball are also popular among Paraguayans!

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Learn more about scholarship details and deadlines.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $14,995
Fall Year Volunteer: $14,995
Spring Year: $14,995
Spring Year Volunteer: $14,995
Fall Semester: $12,995
Fall Semester Volunteer: $12,995
Spring Semester: $12,995
Spring Semester Volunteer: $12,995
Summer Semester Volunteer: $12,995
Summer Volunteer: $6,995

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information about visas will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips. Students may also need to pay an additional compulsory school fee if applicable. YFU will check with families before officially enrolling students in a school that requires an additional fee.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:

School

Students in Paraguay attend school from the time they are 3 until the age of 18, when they complete their third and final year of high school. YFU exchange students may be placed in either a public or private school.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for a Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

Upon arrival in Paraguay, students will attend another orientation with all YFU students participating in the program. This orientation is conducted in English and is meant to give an introduction to the country, customs, and things to expect while in Paraguay. You will also participate in a language training course in which you will learn not only Spanish language skills, but also practical lessons about Paraguay by visiting museums, malls, stores, and other places around the city! All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors hiking through the mountains, rainforests, and visiting natural waterfalls. Students are encouraged to get involved in any extracurricular activities offered by their host school or local community, which include clubs and sports.

Optional Excursions

Students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Ciudad del Este: Previously students have had the opportunity to participate in a 4-day trip to the city of Ciudad del Este in late January or early February. In addition to being the second largest city in Paraguay this scenic place is home to the "Triple Frontier" a junction of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. During this trip students will take part in both educational and scenic tours of the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, ecological parks, waterfalls, and museums.

Volunteer Program

Gap Year Volunteer: Students 18 - 26 are encouraged to apply for the Community Service Program in Paraguay! Students have the opportunity to live with a host family while also partnering with a local non profit to assist in community service efforts such as social work, education, childhood & adolescence, biology, and health. Students are encouraged to state their area of volunteering interest in their application so we are able to place them with an organization that meets their interests. We ask that applicants for this program are high school graduates, and while there is no formal language requirement, applicants should be willing to learn Spanish during the intensive Spanish classes that take place during the first two weeks of the program. This program offers students an incredible experience to immerse themselves in a culture while also building their resume!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Early July Early June $14,995
Volunteer Fall Year Late August Early August $14,995
Spring Year Early January Early January $14,995
Volunteer Spring Year Late January Early January $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Paraguayan high school or NGO for Volunteer program
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Paraguay Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Year Departure: Students born June 30, 2002 - August 1, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Year Departure: Students born January 31, 2002 - January 1, 2005.
  • 2020 Volunteer Fall Year Departure: Students born September 1, 1995 - September 1, 2002
  • 2020 Volunteer Spring Year Departure: Students born January 31, 1995 - January 31, 2002
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to partcipate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 3 week Spanish language course upon arrival.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in small towns, but can be placed anywhere throughout Paraguay.

+ Semester Programs

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:

School

Students in Paraguay attend school from the time they are 3 until the age of 18, when they complete their third and final year of high school. YFU exchange students may be placed in either a public or private school.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for a Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

Upon arrival in Paraguay, students will attend another orientation with all YFU students participating in the program. This orientation is conducted in English and is meant to give an introduction to the country, customs, and things to expect while in Paraguay. You will also participate in a language training course in which you will learn not only Spanish language skills, but also practical lessons about Paraguay by visiting museums, malls, stores, and other places around the city! All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors hiking through the mountains, rainforests, and visiting natural waterfalls. Students are encouraged to get involved in any extracurricular activities offered by their host school or local community, which include clubs and sports.

Optional Excursions

Students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Ciudad del Este: Previously students have had the opportunity to participate in a 4-day trip to the city of Ciudad del Este in late January or early February. In addition to being the second largest city in Paraguay this scenic place is home to the "Triple Frontier" a junction of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. During this trip students will take part in both educational and scenic tours of the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, ecological parks, waterfalls, and museums.

Volunteer Program

Volunteer: Students 18 - 26 are encouraged to apply for the Community Service Program in Paraguay! Students have the opportunity to live with a host family while also partnering with a local non profit to assist in community service efforts such as social work, education, childhood & adolescence, biology, and health. Students are encouraged to state their area of volunteering interest in their application so we are able to place them with an organization that meets their interests. We ask that applicants for this program are high school graduates, and while there is no formal language requirement, applicants should be willing to learn Spanish during the intensive Spanish classes that take place during the first two weeks of the program. This program offers students an incredible experience to immerse themselves in a culture while also building their resume!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Early July Early January $12,995
VolunteerFall Semester Late August Late February $12,995
Spring Semester Early January Early June $12,995
Volunteer Spring Semester Late January Mid July $12,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Paraguayan high school or NGO for Volunteer program
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Paraguay Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Semester Departure: Students born June 30, 2002 - August 1, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Semester Departure: Students born January 31, 2002 - January 1, 2005.
  • 2020 Volunteer Fall Semester Departure: Students born September 1, 1995 - September 1, 2002
  • 2020 Volunteer Spring Semester Departure: Students born January 31, 1995 - January 31, 2002
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to partcipate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 3 week Spanish language course upon arrival.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in small towns, but can be placed anywhere throughout Paraguay.

+ Trimester Programs

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:

Volunteer Program

Students 18 - 26 are encouraged to apply for the Community Service Program in Paraguay! Students have the opportunity to live with a host family while also partnering with a local non profit to assist in community service efforts such as social work, education, childhood & adolescence, biology, and health. Students are encouraged to state their area of volunteering interest in their application so we are able to place them with an organization that meets their interests. We ask that applicants for this program are high school graduates, and while there is no formal language requirement, applicants should be willing to learn Spanish during the intensive Spanish classes that take place during the first two weeks of the program. This program offers students an incredible experience to immerse themselves in a culture while also building their resume!

Orientations

All students applying for the trimester must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for a Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

Upon arrival in Paraguay, students will attend another orientation with all YFU students participating in the program. This orientation is conducted in English and is meant to give an introduction to the country, customs, and things to expect while in Paraguay. You will also participate in a language training course in which you will learn not only Spanish language skills, but also practical lessons about Paraguay by visiting museums, malls, stores, and other places around the city! All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors hiking through the mountains, rainforests, and visiting natural waterfalls. Students are encouraged to get involved in any extracurricular activities offered by their host school or local community, which include clubs and sports.

Optional Excursions

Students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Ciudad del Este: Previously students have had the opportunity to participate in a 4-day trip to the city of Ciudad del Este in late January or early February. In addition to being the second largest city in Paraguay this scenic place is home to the "Triple Frontier" a junction of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. During this trip students will take part in both educational and scenic tours of the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, ecological parks, waterfalls, and museums.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Volunteer Fall Trimester Late August Late October TBD
Volunteer Spring Trimester Late January Late March TBD

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Paraguayan NGO for Volunteer program
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Paraguay Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Volunteer Fall Trimester Departure: Students born September 1, 1995 - September 1, 2002
  • 2020 Volunteer Spring Trimester Departure: Students born January 31, 1995 - January 31, 2002
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to partcipate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 3 week Spanish language course upon arrival.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in small towns, but can be placed anywhere throughout Paraguay.

+ Summer Programs

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture. Part of your experience will be:

Volunteer Program

Students 18 - 26 are encouraged to apply for the Community Service Program in Paraguay! Students have the opportunity to live with a host family while also partnering with a local non profit to assist in community service efforts such as social work, education, childhood & adolescence, biology, and health. Students are encouraged to state their area of volunteering interest in their application so we are able to place them with an organization that meets their interests. We ask that applicants for this program are high school graduates, and while there is no formal language requirement, applicants should be willing to learn Spanish during the intensive Spanish classes that take place during the first two weeks of the program. This program offers students an incredible experience to immerse themselves in a culture while also building their resume!

Orientations

All students applying forthe Summer program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

Upon arrival in Paraguay, students will attend another orientation with all YFU students participating in the program. This orientation is conducted in English and is meant to give an introduction to the country, customs, and things to expect while in Paraguay. You will also participate in a language training course in which you will learn not only Spanish language skills, but also practical lessons about Paraguay by visiting museums, malls, stores, and other places around the city! All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors hiking through the mountains, rainforests, and visiting natural waterfalls. Students are encouraged to get involved in any extracurricular activities offered by their host school or local community, which include clubs and sports.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Volunteer Summer Late June Late August $6,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment with a local NGO
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Paraguay Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Volunteer Summer Departure: Students born July 1, 1995 - July 1, 2002
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to partcipate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 3 week Spanish language course upon arrival.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in small towns, but can be placed anywhere throughout Paraguay.