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.
But now when I close my eyes, I hear the wind. A different wind. I hear the rusting of the leaves, the bouncing of the four square ball, and the chatter and fret of students running late to class. India is still so fresh in my mind. The ghost of Agora’s laughter, the tingle of Havelock’s sun, and even, perhaps most vibrantly the wretched smell of Dehli´s sewers. The trip is technically over, but the impact of the experience and the connections I made will last for a lifetime.
Closing my eyes will never be the same.
By Mariana Guzman-Casas
For everyone on this trip, traveling offers us opportunities to discover, to accept the news, to understand, to pick up the things around us that we have ignored for a while. Someone says he feels bad because we have to travel to the other side of the world to learn the things that appear in our life every day.
But now we know. The experience guides us to keep understanding the ideas – illuminating the future for us.
By Sophie Scott
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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