By: Jason Cummings
It has been an exciting week for faculty, students and parents as we have presented the rich trips program that Greens Farms will be offering to Upper and Middle School students in the 2011-2012 school year. Students from the Middle School will have the opportunity to travel to Quebec this winter on a French immersion trip, while the summer of 2012 offers opportunities for 7th and 8th graders to travel to the Island School in the Bahamas or to Costa Rica. We are thrilled to be developing wider offerings for ever younger participants!
In the Upper School, students will have the opportunity to travel to St. Croix, U.S. Virgen Islands as a part of a navigation and community service program in March, 2012. In June, following close on the heels of Commencement, GFA students and faculty will travel to South Africa for service learning experience focused on global health. We will also send groups to Costa Rica and to Peru for language immersion and service learning experiences in rural Latin American villages. These programs aim to teach global leadership through an examination of local/global problems in each of these settings; biodiversity loss in Costa Rica and the education gap in Peru. These two trips are run in cooperation with the World Leadership School. Please click here to see a short video shot during last year’s program in Costa Rica. Furthermore, we will be sending a group to China to reciprocate the visit paid to us by students from our sister school in Suzhou last April. Students traveling to China will stay in dormitories at Suzhou High School and will visit Chinese families on the weekend. They will also have the opportunity to visit Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing. Lastly, we are offering a repeat of last year’s immensely popular and successful program at the entirely sustainable Island School in the Bahamas.
Families should know that need-based Financial Aid is available for all of these trips in addition to the potential for Global Service Scholarships. GFA has been working very hard to make sure that we can provide financial support for our students’ dreams. While international travel is indeed expensive, our goal is to make these rich programs accessible to all of our students. I know that the expansion of our students’ perspectives is worth every minute and every penny that we as parents and educators invest in it.