Each year, Solebury School offers exciting experiences abroad to help students explore new cultures, expand their worldviews, practice another language and create lifelong memories. The following destinations are available for the 2016-2017 school year.
Spanish Language Immersion & Service Learning in Costa Rica (March 2017 Spring Break)Solebury School has partnered with the non-profit organization Abriendo Mentes in Potrero, a small village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Abriendo Mentes' mission is to empower community members through youth and adult programs that teach English, computers, and fitness. Solebury School students will work with the students in Abriendo Mentes as well as travel around the Guanacaste region. Solebury students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply and students in Spanish classes may be given priority.
Science Trip to the Galapagos Islands (June 2017)
Shown: Science teacher Jon Freer on his 2015 trip to the Galapagos
Solebury School has partnered with the educational and experiential travel organization Chill Expeditions to offer our students an exciting once-in-a-lifetime trip: a Galapagos Islands Eco Immersion program in June 2017. Chill Expeditions was founded in 1995 by two teachers who have a combined 50 years of classroom, coaching, and expedition experience. Their unique approach to student travel includes an in-depth cultural and ecological exploration with local guides.
While in the Galapagos, Solebury School students will explore Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano on Isabela Island, focus on the biological and cultural history of Floreana Island, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, and kayak in Tortuga Bay. View the itinerary for all of the details.
Solebury students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to apply. The trip will be led by Science Department Head Cari Nelson and science teacher Jon Freer (who has recently visited the Galapagos!), in addition to a Chill Expeditions guide. Jon Freer will teach a Galapagos science elective course this spring; students interested in the trip are encouraged to enroll.
Spanish Exchange in Barcelona, Spain
Shown: Savion S. '17 (middle left) and Alex B. '17 (middle right) hang out with their Spanish exchange partners, Pol and Cristina, in Barcelona in March 2016.
Now in its second year, Solebury School’s partnership with St. Paul's School in Barcelona, Spain, is a short-term (one month) exchange for up to five students. St. Paul's School students visit Solebury School in September/October, and Solebury students visit St. Paul's School in February/March. Students will experience the beauty and history of Spanish culture and will strengthen their fluency with the language. Students live with a host family and form a relationship that may last a lifetime. The exchange is intended for 9th and 10th grade students in Levels 2 or 3 of Spanish. Airfare not included, but there is no additional tuition cost for this program. The 2016-2017 program is filled.
If you are interested in studying in Spain and/or hosting a St. Paul’s School student for the 2017-2018 school year, please email Nicole Mount, Director of Global Education Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Exchange in St-Légier, Switzerland
Solebury School students can participate in a one-month exchange with students from Haut-Lac International Bilingual School in St-Légier, Switzerland, between Montreaux and Lausanne in the gorgeous Lake Geneva region. Solebury students will host a Haut-Lac student in the Fall trimester (October/November) and then travel to Switzerland in June. While in Switzerland, Solebury students will stay with host families, attend classes with their exchange students and explore the surrounding area. The exchange is intended for 10th and 11th grade students who are in, or have taken, French classes. Preference will be given to these students; however, if you do not take French, you are welcome to apply. If you are interested in studying in Switzerland and/or hosting a Haut-Lac student, please email Nicole Mount, Director of Global Education Programs, at email@example.com. Airfare not included, but there is no additional tuition cost for this program. The 2016-2017 program is now filled. We will be accepting new applications in Spring 2017 for the 2017-2018 program.