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 2018-2019 school year and enable students to complete the travel requirement for our new Global Education Concentration.
Costa Rica: March 10-17 2019 (Spring Break)
After a successful 2017 program, Solebury School is excited to once again offer a Spanish language immersion and service-learning trip to Costa Rica in March 2019 during the first week of spring break. We will continue our partnership with the non-profit organization Abriendo Mentes ("Opening Minds") in Playa Potrero, a small coastal village of 500 residents in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Abriendo Mentes' mission is to empower community members through youth and adult programs that teach English, computer skills, and fitness.
During their visit, Solebury School students will stay with host families, work on a community project, take Spanish classes, and volunteer with students at Abriendo Mentes. We will also travel around the Guanacaste region to zip-line, hike, kayak, paddle board, snorkel, and visit beaches.
See flyer here. Solebury students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply; students in Spanish classes will be given priority. We will travel to Costa Rica on Sunday, March 10 and return on Sunday, March 17. Estimated cost of the trip is $1,800. Financial aid may be available.
The application deadline is November 1, 2018. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Nicole Mount, Director of Global Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"One of my favorite experiences was going to Costa Rica with the school. Having to speak Spanish and immerse myself in the culture was beautiful. I loved it and made a really strong connection with my host family." —SASHA, '19, about the 2017 trip
Spanish Exchange in Barcelona, Spain
Now in its third 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 2018-2019 school year, please contact Director of Global Education Nicole Mount at email@example.com.
Cultural 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 2018-2019 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.