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 excursions are available for the 2019-2020 school year and enable students to complete the travel requirement for our new Global Education Concentration.
The History Culture and Literature of South Africa
South Africa is a unique country with a globally significant transition from a racially divided society into a constitutional democracy. This program will focus on the distinctive history of South Africa with special attention given to the literature that has emerged from its past. The program will also allow students to engage meaningfully with many of South Africa’s diverse cultures through personal engagement and site visits. See details here.
The French-Caribbean history & culture of Martinique
Students will learn about Martinique's history and culture by visiting places such as la Savane des Esclaves, a local elementary school, a traditional dance workshop, and the Banana Museum. They will also have the opportunity to engage in service with a local marine conservation association and spend time outdoors kayaking, hiking, and relaxing on the beach. Students will be able to sharpen their French language skills by practicing the language with locals and students. See details here.
Spanish Exchange in Barcelona, Spain
Now in its fourth 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 2019-2020 school year, please contact Director of Global Education Nicole Mount at email@example.com.
"My weekend excursions, along with my own time spent wandering the city, walking down narrow streets and going to museums were the most 'cultural' and engaging times I had in Barcelona. As often as I could, I would take the L3 metro to Plaça Catalunya or Liceu, and from there explore the old city. El Raval and La Ribera are two neighborhoods that I came to know and love, both in the original Barcelona. Many buildings are old and hold historical context, yet the streets are not throbbing with tourists. El Raval has large Arab and Asian populations, and therefore it is a center for many types of ethnic food. It is quite beautiful, with extremely narrow streets with a constant stream of people, bikes, and motorcycles."
— ISAIAH GINSBURG-HENRY '20
Exchange in St-Légier, Switzerland
Solebury School students can participate in a one-month exchange with students from the French/English 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 February/March. 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 9th and 10th 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 2019-2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Haut-Lac student Kaj's blog post on his experience at Solebury School!
If you have questions about any of the above trips, please contact Global Education Director Nicole Mount at email@example.com.