Global Explorations

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
March 2020

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.


French Language & cultural Immersion/Service-Learning in Guadeloupe March 2020

Solebury School is excited to offer a French language and cultural immersion/service-learning trip to Marie-Galante, a dependency island of Guadeloupe, in March 2020 during the first week of spring break. We are partnering with Visions Service Adventures.

During their visit, students will stay with Guadeloupean host families, explore the island’s rich history and culture, learn of the difficulties facing the island (climate change, a lack of economic opportunities, etc.) and collaborate on projects with small business owners and the local government.


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 Co-Directors of Global Education Angelo Coclanis at or Maria Gil Gonzalez at

"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."


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 Co-Directors of Global Education Angelo Coclanis at or Maria Gil Gonzalez at


If you have questions about any of the above trips, please contact Lucienne Knight



See Previous Years' Trips