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Study in Paraguay
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While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Fall Year Early July Early June $15,195
2025 High School/Volunteer Combo Fall Year Early July Early June $15,195
2025 Volunteer Fall Year Early August Early August $15,195
2025 Spring Year Mid-January Early January $15,195
  • 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 the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

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.

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

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

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.

Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors, hiking through the mountains and 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.

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 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.

  • 2025 Spring Year Departure: Students born January 31, 2007 – December 31, 2009.
  • 2025 Fall Year and Fall Combo Year Departure: Students born June 30, 2007 – July 1, 2010.
  • 2025 Volunteer Fall Year Departure: Students born September 1, 1999 – August 1, 2007.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to participate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 2-week Spanish language course upon arrival.

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

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Fall Semester Early July Early January $13,995
2025 Volunteer Fall Semester Late August Early February $13,995
2025 Spring Semester Mid-January Early June $13,195
2025 Volunteer Spring Semester Late January Mid-July $13,995
  • 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 the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

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.

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-mid December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

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.

Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors, hiking through the mountains and 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.

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 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.

  • 2025 Fall Semester Departure: Students born June 30, 2007 – July 1, 2010.
  • 2025 Spring Semester Departure: Students born January 31, 2007 – December 31, 2009.
  • 2025 Volunteer Fall Semester Departure: Students born September 1, 1999 – August 1, 2007.
  • 2025 Volunteer Spring Semester Departure: Students born December 31, 1999 – January 1, 2007.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to participate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 2-week Spanish language course upon arrival.

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

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Volunteer Fall Trimester Early August Early November $11,095
2025 Volunteer Fall Short-Term Early August Early October $10,595
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Paraguayan NGO for the 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 the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

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-mid December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

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.

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

Trimester and short-term volunteer program students do not have formal optional trip offerings, however, we encourage these students to explore the local and regional area with other YFU students.

  • 2025 Volunteer Fall Trimester and Short-Term Departure: Students born September 1, 1999 – August 1, 2007.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to participate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 2-week Spanish language course upon arrival.

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

While in Paraguay you will stay with a carefully selected host family and be immersed in the culture.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Volunteer Summer Late June Early August $10,595
  • 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 the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

You will participate in a language training course in which you will learn Spanish language skills and practical lessons about Paraguay by visiting museums, malls, stores, and other places around the city! All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Many Paraguayans love spending time outdoors, hiking through the mountains and 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.

  • 2025 Volunteer Summer Departure: Students born July 31, 1999 – June 30, 2007.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Guarani and Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required but is recommended. Orientation upon arrival is conducted in English. Students wishing to participate in the Volunteer program will attend an intensive 2-week Spanish language course upon arrival.

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

Gap Year Volunteer: Students 18 – 26 are encouraged to apply for the Community Service Program in Paraguay! Students can live with a host family while 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 can place them with an organization that meets their interests. Applicants for this program must be high school graduates. While there is no formal language requirement, applicants should be willing to learn Spanish during the intensive Spanish classes during the program’s first two weeks. This program offers students an incredible experience to immerse themselves in culture while building their resumes!

Combination Program: With this program, students have the opportunity to transition from secondary school to volunteering while also exploring a new culture and developing their global citizenship! Students spend the first semester of the year attending school as a “13th year” and the second semester volunteering with a local NGO. Students stay with one host family as they make this transition. Program details such as orientations, excursions, and tuition inclusions are the same as the high school and summer programs.

Study Abroad Participants
What to Expect

Welcome to the heart of South America! The name “Paraguay” is derived from an ancient word in Guarani, which translates to “many rivers.” – Paraguay has been named one of the world’s most up-and-coming countries to visit due to its plentiful waterfalls and welcoming culture.

While on the program in Paraguay, you will live with a carefully selected host family who will help you improve your Spanish skills and maybe even introduce you to their indigenous language of Guarani. Your host family will also show you other Paraguay customs, including their incredible food! Chipa, a bagel-like bread with cheese, is an all-time favorite of the locals.

The most popular sport in Paraguay is futbol (soccer). However, rugby, volleyball, tennis, and basketball are also popular among Paraguayans. Spend time outdoors on the many hiking and camping trails, and you may see the world’s largest rodent, the Capybara, which looks like a giant guinea pig! If you’re more interested in arts and crafts, the people of Paraguay will teach you embroidery and lace design.

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

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, need-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Paraguay:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
Jason Pollington Latin American Scholarship
Karla Topolka Scholarship Fund
Passport to Equity
Culture Connect Scholarship

Applications for tuition-based programs must be submitted by October 15 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.

Visa Information
Information about visas will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs
Program tuition does not include visa fees, personal spending money, or school-related costs such as books, transportation, and school trips. Students participating in a volunteer program may be required to pay fees for necessary immunizations and the cost of transportation to the NGO site.

¡Bienvenido a Paraguay! Paraguay is a colorful nation perfect for anyone who loves 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!

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