Lace up your adventure shoes, Rebels! Last week, Global Studies Coordinator Ms. Herskind and faculty announced the 2019 spring and summer student travel opportunities.
Following a year of study and careful planning, the four new programs highlight the Global Studies Program’s dedication to authentic, immersive experiences for students. Coupled with all new senior electives, these excursions cross many facets of the student experience at Prep—engaged learning, active curiosity, open mindedness, creativity and lasting connection.
“Each trip offers a unique experience in different fields of inquiry,” says Herskind, including strategically selected activities that complement course curriculum. From environmentalism to finance, economics to art, the varied focuses of the trips offer something for almost any student at Prep.
“To say that we are excited about these trips is an understatement,” she says.
Faculty presented information about the trips at a Global Studies Travel Open House in Norris Auditorium especially for students during Community Block on October 4. The trips are open to students in grades 8-12, and students and only French students may apply for the French excursion.
2019 Prep Excursions
Note: Trips are open only to students in the grade levels and/or disciplines listed.
Earthwatch Arizona: Sky Islands, Southern Arizona
Dates: March 16-23, 2019 (Spring Break)
Open to: Current 10th-12th grade students
Focus: Science in the field
Contact: Michelle Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
This spring, Prep will join Earthwatch on an expedition to study forest owls and their nesting sites. While on this trip, students will work with Hawk Watch ornithologists, live the life of a field biologist, study owl ecology in several unique habitats and learn about nesting and breeding behaviors and potential climate change impacts to owls and other wildlife.
China: Beijing, Xi’an, Yangshuo and Shanghai
Dates: June 1-13, 2019
Open to Current 9th-11th grade students
Focus: Identity, Borders and Development
Contact: Reid Fritz email@example.com
The aim of this trip is to probe our narratives of China, build connections with people from other cultures and learn more about ourselves through the joys and challenges of travel. Visiting places of historical, social and environmental importance, the group will have the opportunity to experience a country in transition and the lives of its inhabitants, giving them a deeper context in which to examine their assumptions about China.
Cuba: Havana and Viñales in Pinar del Rio
Dates: June 3-10, 2019
Open to: Current 10th-11th grade students
Focus: For those with a passion in the arts
Contact: Ricardo Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cuba trip was created and designed for students with an affinity towards the arts. At its core, it is a platform for an immersive cultural experience with the Cuban people through the exploration and labor of creating art. Authentic human connections will elicit insight into the reality of these communities while inspiring student self-reflection. In addition, the program will also build understanding and awareness with collaborative participation through gallery and studio visits and performances.
France (French for Real!): Paris, Versailles, Rouen, Normandy and Loire Valley
Dates: July 1-10, 2019
Open to: Current 8th-11th grade French students
Focus: French language
Contact: Dr. Van Arsdall email@example.com
The philosophy behind the trip is an immersion in French, with the objective of improving fluency, vocabulary and cultural awareness. Beginning in Paris, students become cultural anthropologists as we visit local markets, museums and monuments not on a typical tourist itinerary (i.e., Musée d’Orsay, Institut du Monde Arabe, le Quartier Latin, la rue Montorgeuil). Nearby excursions include trips to the Château de Versailles, the town of Rouen, the memorials to the D-Day invasions, a Camembert farm in Normandy and castles of the Loire Valley to investigate how the past informs contemporary France.
The Global Studies program is the most recent of three essential initiatives developed by faculty. Alongside complementary programs in STEAM and Leadership, the Global Studies program was created in the spirit of broad and balanced education. In addition to emphasizing social and natural sciences and technology, these initiatives encourage community-building and interaction—all of which are essential for students to address the challenges of the coming decades.