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 – A Unique Window into Past & Present Issues
- Dates – November 21st to December 2nd
- Purpose – to explore the impact of colonialism on Senegal as a microcosm for its impact on the rest of the region, to understand what makes modern Senegal so important to the future of Africa, and to experience the culture of the Mandinka people. Core activities will include time in Niognani village, a tour of Goree Island, and time visiting fishing communities on the Atlantic coast.
India – The Watershed of the Ganges
- Dates – February 28th to March 17th (Spring Break)
- Purpose – to explore Uttarakhand, one of India’s youngest states, as a means of understanding the major issues that shape India today. We will spend half of the trip in Agora, a wonderful farming village in the Himalayas, spend time in New Delhi, explore a famous national park, and much more.
Guatemala – Heart of the Mayan World
- Dates – May 26th to June 9th or 16th
- Purpose – to introduce students to real, authentic Guatemala through our school’s invaluable connections to people in different parts of the country. Everyone will benefit from time on a Guatemalan coffee farm, immersion in Mayan communities around Lake Atitlan, tours of historic sites, and more. There will also be an optional second-week program for students who want to improve their Spanish and explore specific areas of interest.
China – Global Influence & History
- Dates – May 26th to June 9th
- 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.
I will never forget the lessons that Cerro de Orro taught me. The community taught me so much about how they measured their wealth. It didn’t seem to matter how much money they had or how big their house was; they measured wealth based on their daily interactions.
By Sophie Heath
From my experience traveling around the world, it has been obvious that racism is everywhere and that looking different from the majority automatically puts you at a slight disadvantage. Guatemala gave me a taste of this and I am glad that I could be pushed outside of my comfort zone so I was able to better understand the place that I was spending time in.
By Steven Stilianos
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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