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Global Education

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 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 stayed with local host families and worked with Abriendo Mentes students, as well as toured the area, flexed their Spanish skills, learned to surf, and much more. It was an incredible experience. Read more about it here.

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.

Please complete the Galapagos Trip Application (PDF) and email it to Director of Global Education Nicole Mount at by November 1, 2016. Contact Nicole if you have any questions.

Spanish Exchange in Barcelona, Spain

Now in its second year, Solebury School’s partnership with St. Paul's School in Barcelona, Spain, offers a wonderful, short-term (one month) experience 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 could last a lifetime. The exchange is intended for 9th and 10th grade students in Levels 2 or 3 of Spanish. There is no additional tuition cost for this program, just the cost of the flight to Spain.

If you are interested in studying in Spain and/or hosting a St. Paul’s School student for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact Director of Global Education Nicole Mount at The deadline is April 7, 2017.

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 families will host Haut-Lac students in October/November; Solebury students travel to Switzerland in June. While in Switzerland, Solebury students will stay with host families, attending classes with their exchange students and exploring 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. There is no additional tuition cost for this program, just the cost of the flight to Switzerland.

We are currently accepting applications for 2017-2018 program. If you are interested in studying in Switzerland and/or hosting a Haut-Lac student, please email Director of Global Education Nicole Mount at

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