Spanish Exchange in Barcelona, Spain
Photo: 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 help boost your 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. If you are interested in studying in
Spain and/or hosting a St. Paul’s School student, please email Nicole Mount,
Director of Global Education Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are
due by May 13, 2016.
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
. Applications are due by May 31, 2016.
Spanish Language Immersion & Service
Learning in Costa Rica (March 2017 Spring Break)
Solebury School has partnered with Abriendo Mentes
in Potrero, a small
village in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Abriendo Mentes is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to empower community members through youth and
adult programs such as English, computer, and fitness classes. 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. Applications
are due by November 1, 2016.
Science Trip to the Galapagos Islands (June 2017)
Students have the
opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands in June 2017 on a science-focused
excursion. They will hike Sierra Negra and Chico Volcano on Isabela Island,
snorkel on Floreana Island, visit the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz
Island, and kayak in Tortuga Bay. Students have the option to take a course at on
the Galapagos Islands in the 2017 Spring trimester taught by Jon Freer. More details are coming soon. Solebury
students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by
November 1, 2016.
Spring Break France Trip
Photo by Rishabh K. '19
During spring break (March 6-14), Solebury journeyed to France for a celebration of art, food and history of France. Our trip began with three days in Paris, exploring the great museums and monuments before boarding the TGV (a high-speed rail) to spend the rest of our time in the southern regions of Provence and the Cote d'Azur. It was an unforgettable journey, with visits to the beautiful cities of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Nice, as well as a stop in the Principality of Monaco. For more photos, visit our Solebury in France Facebook page.
This trip was open to all students in grades 9-12, with preference given to students currently enrolled in a French course.
In spring 2015, Solebury School students participated in an exchange with students from Helmuth Hubener School (Stadtteilschule Helmuth Hubener) in Hamburg, Germany. Solebury students traveled to Hamburg and stayed with German families during spring break and/or hosted a German student in April.
While in Hamburg, Solebury School students attended classes with their German exchange students, took an excursion to the Baltic Sea, visited Berlin and Lübeck, and explored Hamburg on a boat tour and walking tour!
Spanish Language and Community Service Trip to Nicaragua
Solebury's nine-day trip to Nicaragua offered students an intense immersion experience in Spanish language and Nicaraguan culture, along with meaningful community service work. Students worked with the Spanish language school and community outreach center, La Mariposa, and stayed in the neighborhood of San Caralampio. La Mariposa is located in the pueblo of La Concepción.
Students also spent a day at El Nisperal, an organic coffee plantation and research center. While there, students were able to take part in the harvest.
French Exchange in Masseube, France
In March, 2014, two French teachers and their students toured France. They began their trip with a weekend exploring Paris, then took the train to Toulouse, where teachers and students led them to Campus Saint Christophe school in Masseube. They attended classes and participated in activities on campus, and had the chance to explore some of the local sites, including the beautiful Basque countryside and the Pyrenees. In November 2013, Solebury School hosted 14 St. Christophe students and their teachers.