Upper Schoolers Embark on Spring Semester Trips

Collegiate School students are traveling the world this semester on trips designed to teach them about other cultures and, in the process, more about themselves.
As part of the School’s global education program, Collegiate students were given opportunities to travel to Morocco, Mexico, Italy and China between January and May.

Seven senior French students and their trip leaders visited Morocco from Jan. 8-15 for a weeklong language and cultural immersion experience. While in Morocco, students visited the cities of Casablanca and El Jadida, and spent time at Collegiate’s partner School, George Washington Academy, where they engaged with the students.

“It's important for students to travel abroad to countries like Morocco in order to have a truly immersive experience,” said Collegiate senior Sonja Kapadia. “The deeper learning happens when a student is placed in a new situation and experiences everything first hand. I learned so much on the trip and hope that future students will have the same opportunity.”

In February, as part of Collegiate School’s International Emerging Leaders - Americas program, students will participate in the International Youth Symposium in Mexico with our partner school Carol Baur. The following month, students will visit Collegiate’s partner school in Venice, Italy, and participate in a Model UN debate. Later in March, students involved in the International Emerging Leaders - Asia program will travel to China.

“There are travelers and there are tourists,” said Director of International Programs Erica Coffey. “The trips we offer our students help them become travelers of the world. They immerse themselves in the cultures of other countries and build relationships that last — celebrating our differences but discovering the similarities we all share.

Read Collegiate’s International Travel blog for students’ recollections of their global adventures in Morocco and Venice, and here for their thoughts on the IEL program trips.
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