Global Education Programs

Each year, several Solebury School teachers arrange exciting trips both abroad and within the United States to help broaden our students’ worldviews. The trips are usually planned to coincide with the shorter winter break and spring break.

"The trips to Quebec and France were great experiences. They were opportunities I never imagined having! Seeing the Eiffel Tower and interacting with French people expanded my enjoyment for the French culture and enhanced my use of the language. Quebec, though cold and snowy, was so much fun. The Winter Carnival was incredible! The food, the culture, and the experiences I had with friends on both of these trips made them memories I’ll never forget."
Annie Benjamin

 

2014-15 School Sponsored Trips

  • February Break 2015 Ski Trip

    During Mid-Winter Break (February 6-10, 2015) Solebury School will offer an extended ski trip. The location and cost will depend on the number of students who sign up. In years past we have planned trips to mountains such as Okemo and Mount Snow in Vermont. The trips have been three days and three nights and the cost between $400-$600. This price includes breakfasts and dinners, lodging, and ski passes. It does not include lunches or equipment rental. On recent trips we rented slopeside condos for easy access to the mountains and in order to have communal meals. This is a great way to have fun in the mountains with other skiiers and boarders.

  • German Exchange

    In Spring 2015, Solebury School students will have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with students from Helmuth Hubener School (Stadtteilschule Helmuth Hubener) in Hamburg, Germany. Solebury students will travel to Hamburg and stay with German families during March spring break and/or host a German student in April. The 2013 spring exchange was a great experience and we are excited to offer this opportunity again!

    While in Hamburg, Solebury School students will stay with host families, attend classes with their German exchange students, take an excursion to the Baltic Sea, visit the cities of Berlin and Lübeck, and explore Hamburg on a boat tour and walking tour! Solebury School will travel to Hamburg on Friday, March 13th and return on Sunday, March 22nd. Helmuth Hubener students will arrive at Solebury on April 13th and depart on April 23rd.

    This exchange will be led by Nicole Mount, Sarah Sargent, and Eric Soroka. Preference may be given to juniors and seniors, though all upper-school students are encouraged to apply. No German language experience is necessary to participate in this exchange, as all host students speak English.

    If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Nicole Mount, Director of Global Education Programs, at nmount@solebury.org

  • Spring Break Service Learning trip

    NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY SERVICE IMMERSION TRIP Spring Break 2015 (March 6 - 13)

    Through a connection to the Hopi Nation in Arizona, we will be guests of the Tribe for 4 days to provide community service work and to learn about their culture and history; art, ancient ruins, food, language, storytelling, etc.

    The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. The reservation occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties, encompasses more than 1.5 million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas.

    Travel Points of Interest

    • Heard Museum 57th Indian Fair & Market, Phoenix
    • Montezuma’s Castle
    • Sedona
    • Slide Rock State Park, Oak Creek Canyon
    • Hopi Nation & Navajo Nation
    • 5 days of Community Service
    • Grand Canyon Nat’l Park

    Eligibility Requirements: 9th grade or older

    Proposed Community Service Projects: Housing construction, painting projects, trail gleaning, food security, firewood gathering & delivery to elders, tutoring/assisting young school children, etc.

    Basic Program Cost: 7 days estimated cost $1,250 – includes airfare, transportation, food, accommodations, project & administrative fees.

    Parents - please contact the community service facilitators with any questions - Hanna – hanna@solebury.org or Gail - gacosta@solebury.org

    Applications due this Friday, October 31 for our spring break community service trip to a Native American Nation in Arizona. Please complete the attached application and email to Hanna Howe or Gail Acosta. We must have at least 12 students to go. This is going to be an awesome trip!

  • Spring Break Adirondack Mountains trip

    "The Adirondack Park is a magical place. More than six million acres (and growing), it contains almost ninety percent of the country’s wilderness east of the Rockies. Larger than the entire state of Vermont, the park offers something truly unique to the outdoor adventurer.”

    During the March break, Solebury School offers a winter sports trip to the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate, New York. The group stays in a private lodge on the grounds of Adirondack Rock & River - a lodging and guide service center that is a central part of the Adirondack climbing community. The trip will introduce students to a variety of winter sports, including winter hiking, snowshoeing, ice climbing (with licensed guides), cross-country skiing, etc. The lodge includes a kitchen, large fireplace, common area, a long dinning table, and climbing wall. Students will also be responsible for preparing meals, maintaining the lodge, and organizing games and events. Personal technology will be limited such that the entire group, students and teachers alike, can take a break from modern life and enjoy the simplicity of nature, a warm fireplace, and group activities.

  • Bolivia Trip

    Solebury School is excited to announce their partnership with Where There Be Dragons to offer a trip to Bolivia from June 8 - 21, 2015. An experiential cultural immersion program focusing on indigenous culture, relations to land, and conservation efforts in Bolivia, this course features home-stays in rural communities learning about traditional knowledge and agricultural practices and sustainable resource management through collaborative work with local communities. Students will travel to Cochabamba, Copacabana, and Lake Titicaca, as well as visit an organic farm, practice basic Spanish language skills, work with a local youth-led social arts organization, and gain a deeper understanding of Andean culture. This program is ideal for students who wish to dive into complex issues facing our globally interconnected world and who are captivated by diverse cultures and landscapes. Students are not required to arrive with Spanish language skills, though we expect that students will fully engage in the language lessons and be willing to interact with locals as much as possible.

    Where There Be Dragons has been a leader in cross-cultural education for over twenty years, operating authentic cultural exchange in Bolivia since 2005 and a semester program there since 2007. The Solebury School trip to Bolivia will be led by two Where There Be Dragons field instructors along with two Solebury faculty members.

    The estimated cost for this program is $2,790. Preference may be given to students aged 16 and older with knowledge of the Spanish language, though all students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply. Please contact Nicole Mount, Director of Global Education Programs, if you would like an application, have questions, or would like additional information.

    Applications are due on Friday, December 12.

  • Spanish Language and Community Service Trip to Nicaragua 2013-14

    Last year's nine day trip to Nicaragua provided students with 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. You can learn more by visiting La Mariposa’s website.

    During the week in Nicaragua, they spent a day at El Nisperal, an organic coffee plantation and research center. While there, students were able to take part in the harvest.

  • Solebury School Exchange with Campus Saint-Christophe, Masseube, FRANCE 2013-14

    View Photos from this Trip

    In March, 2014, two French teachers and their students took a trip to France. They began their trip with a weekend in Paris, and then take the train to Toulouse, where teachers and students led them to Campus Saint Christophe in Masseube. They attended classes and participated in activities on campus, and had the chance to explore some of the local sites, which included: The Basque country, the Pyrenees, and Toulouse.

    In November, 2013, we were host to 14 St Christophe students and their teachers.