At Christchurch School, we aspire to be aware of and actively engaged with the international community. We are committed to creating well-rounded global citizens.
Everything we do is rooted firmly in our school’s curriculum. Each international trip, on-campus program, project, and initiative connects with the broader framework that binds together our curricular and co-curricular life. This ensures a mission-based approach and helps maximize the potential impact of Global Education.
Faculty involvement is foundational. We believe that traveling with us – spending time with people we know well in environments we understand – is an important type of professional development. We recognize that the safety of our trips is maximized when trip leaders and chaperones have first-hand experience, training, personal knowledge, and existing relationships with participants. We seek to use the impact of international travel and global connections to enrich our community.
Student participants are challenged to understand the world in new and important ways. They are immersed in foreign cultures. They are expected to step out of their comfort zones. They are equipped with essential skills to navigate the world. They are encouraged to recognize opportunities to give back and make a difference. They are given the chance to share their experience, ideas, and thoughts with the world.
Our core trips return to the same corners of the world because we believe that relationships are, more than anything else, what brings us closer to our aspiration. They allow us to understand people on their terms, provide useful and active connections, enable reciprocal education, give our teachers what they need to use the world in their classroom(s), and much more.
Senegal – Exploring the Mandinka World Across Time & Space
- Dates – November 14th to 26th (Thanksgiving Break)
- Purpose – to expose students to the history of the Mandinka people in West Africa through immersion in the modern Mandinka world.
Southwestern United States – Border Issues, Policies & Extreme Environments
- Dates – December 28th to January 6th
- Purpose – to introduce students to the complicated issues that shape American policy, citizen opinion, migration, and much more along the US/Mexico border. The group will explore three main questions: why do people migrate, what happens during the migrant journey, and how do policies impact people?
India – The Watershed of the Ganges
- Dates – February 28th to March 17th (Spring Break)
- Purpose – to explore the watershed of the Ganges from its headwaters to the fertile plains of Uttar Pradesh. Half of the trip will take place in the community of Agora, where our school has deep connections with subsistence farmers, herders, and young entrepreneurs.
Guatemala – Heart of the Mayan World
- Dates – May 28th to June 11th
- Purpose – to expose our students to the history, culture, and environment of Guatemala through three distinct experiences: service work with a school for indigenous Mayans near Lake Atitlan, conservation work with an NGO focused on turtle conservation and forensic anthropology with one of the world’s leading forensic labs investigating the Guatemalan genocide.
China – Global Influence & History
- Dates – May 28th to June 11th
- Purpose – to investigate China’s role in today’s world and throughout history through the lens of citizen experience, economic growth and structure, and political history.
Global Education at Christchurch School is more than annual adventures to various corners of the globe. Students at CCS experience the world everyday – in the classroom, on hall, on the sports field. This site is designed to provide access for those not lucky enough to spend time within our proverbial white fences. You will find archives of old blogs and active travel logs, information about the philosophy and practice of the program, links to student projects making a difference in the world, and more.
We cordially invite you to explore the site: tangentially drink the chai and feel the sea breeze on your face with your traveling friends, family, and colleagues. Get inspired by one of our incredible students. Ask questions. Be active. We read your responses to the blog posts while we’re traveling and take note of relevant comments throughout the year, so let this be a chance for true and authentic education from the comfort of your screen.
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