Global Education

Each year, Solebury School offers an array of exciting experiences abroad to help students explore new cultures, expand their worldviews, practice another language and create lifelong memories.

2016-2017 Programs

Spanish Exchange in Barcelona, Spain

Spanish Exchange

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 Airfare not included, but there is no additional tuition cost for this program. Applications are due by May 31, 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 nmount@solebury.orgAirfare not included, but there is no additional tuition cost for this program. 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.


2015-2016 Programs

Spring Break France Trip

Paris 2015 by Rishabh Kancherla

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.


2014-2015 Programs

Germany Exchange 

Germany trip 2015

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!


2013-2014 Programs

Spanish Language and Community Service Trip to Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2013 6

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.

"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."
—Solebury student