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Travel Opportunities

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Current Opportunities

Spring 2019 Travel Opportunities

Austria: German Language and Culture

Spend mornings attending language intensive course in Salzburg, and afternoons experiencing all that this magnificent city has to offer (and speaking German, of course!). Open to students in German II, III, IV, or V. Proposed dates: March 17 - 24, 2019. Estimated cost: $3,250.

England: Drama

Explore the dramatic arts at one of its epicenters -- London! -- and perform for our friends at Kent School in Canterbury. Open to all drama students. Proposed dates: March 9 - 19, 2019. Estimated cost: $3375.

Haiti: Service

Provide medical services to remote churches and schools served by Harmony Ministries, help with maintenance of their facilities, and interact with the children who use them. Open to all ninth- through twelfth-grade students. Proposed dates: March 9 - 14, 2019. Estimated cost: $2100.

Italy: Culture, History, and Art

Explore Roman architecture, history, art and culture and see the history and stories of Latin come to life. Open to all ninth- through twelfth-grade students. Proposed dates: March 11 - 21, 2019. Estimated cost: $3700.

Nicaragua: Service

Teach English to elementary students and also have time to enjoy the beach. Open to all ninth- through twelfth-grade students. Proposed dates: March 9 - 16, 2019. Estimated cost: $2100.

Spain: Spanish

Study at language school in Madrid, explore Spanish culture, and enjoy homestays with local families. Open to students in Spanish II Honors and above. Proposed dates: March 8 - 20, 2019. Estimated cost: $2300.

Summer 2019 Travel

Start your summer right with snorkeling, sun, and fun while you learn about marine biology and sustainable development on a magnificent tropical island at The Island School. June 15 through June 22, 2019. Estimated Cost $2200. Interested? Email Dr. Sisserson at

Other Opportunities for Global Studies

Registration is now open for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s annual Summer Global Leadership Seminar, to be held July 9 through July 13 in Philadelphia. This year’s topic is “Islam, Politics, and the Changing Middle East.” The cost is $225, and scholarships are available. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily, students will explore the rise of political Islam and its impact on the Middle East region through role-plays, interactive workshops, and guest lectures. On Friday, students will travel to Washington, D.C., for a full day of tours and meetings with foreign policy officials and diplomats. For more information, contact Dr. Sisserson or Eric Bumbaca, Associate Director of Student Programs at WACPHILA.

Located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, the Heifer Global Village is a camp comprised of replica homesteads from around the world, with authentic features like outdoor water pumps, animal pens, dirt floors, thatched roofs, communal cookfires. These homes represent impoverished areas around the globe where Heifer International works to eradicate hunger and poverty. Global Studies students are invited to a Gateway Weekend (Saturday, May 19, through Sunday, May 20). The event is designed to help participants delve into the causes and effects of these global issues. In this role-playing simulation, students will become “citizens” of a particular house for the evening and must work together to prepare their own meals, keep their houses, care for their animals and crops, and spend the night in their homestead.

The cost is $50 per student; transportation will be on passenger coach. Please follow the links to read more about Heifer’s Global Village or about the Heifer International organization. Sign up by Monday, April 30, by clicking here.

Supplies: A packing list will be provided. No specific camping gear is needed; plan on for a sleeping bag, clothing, water bottle, and bug spray. Priority will be given to Global Studies students in the class of 2020, but all GS students are welcome.

Reach Cambridge welcomes fourteen- through eighteen-year-olds to experience Cambridge University’s world-renowned academic, historic, and cultural offerings each summer. The residential program invites students to live in university dormitories while taking one, two, or three-week summer courses in subjects such as engineering, law, creative writing, physics, international relations, and drama. Some courses offer academic credit. The program’s mission is to offer high-schoolers a taste of life on an elite university campus, widening their horizons with world-class teaching supplemented by evening activities, social and athletic offerings, engaging speakers, and excursions to sites throughout England. More information can be found here.

The Junior National Student Leadership Conference invites current sixth- through eighth-graders to an exciting summer camp experience. Campers will live in dorms at American University as they explore STEM, leadership, or government though real-world simulations, field trips, and behind-the-scenes tours. The organization offers scholarships based on need. Find out more here.

Cambridge Immerse is a one-week academic program welcoming sixteen-through-eighteen-year-old students from around the world to Cambridge University, in England, each summer. Intended to give high school students a taste of life on a college campus, the program accommodates students in university dorms and offers them an abundance of extracurricular activities. The program offers several courses of study, including a Global Leadership Programme to be offered July 1 through July 7, 2018. For further information, click here.

Envision offers high school students leadership-oriented summer programs in Washington, D.C. and New York City. At the Leadership Forum on National Security–Diplomacy, Intelligence, and Defense–students will gather in Washington, D.C. to meet national security experts and explore the latest intelligence strategies. At the Global Young Leaders Conferences in Washington and New York, students will experience simulations of international diplomacy and engage in cross-cultural communication exercises with peers from around the world. For more information, click here.

The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) offers a five-week intensive program designed for high school students who want to change the world! Located in London, England, from June 23 to July 28, 2018, attendees will meet with NGOs, government officials, and think tanks as they hone their public speaking, debate, leadership and collaborative skills. The SEGL program is selective, and offers financial aid. For more information, click here.

Each summer, the University of Illinois Center for Global Studies invites high school students and recent graduates to join them for a special one-week summer course in Sustainable Futures, Global Health, or International Law and Social Justice. These courses are designed to provide an interdisciplinary foundation in global studies, and are taught by University of Illinois faculty. In addition to attending class, students will meet with academic advisors to discuss their college plans, and will live in dorms and enjoy a full roster of social activities designed to introduce them to life on a college campus. Students will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate at the conclusion of their week. Program dates are July 15 through July 20.

Applications are due May 15! Read more here.

Habitat for Humanity seeks young adults ages sixteen to twenty-one for their Learn and Build Global Village trip in Bangalore, India, June 28 through July 8. Team members will help with all aspects of building homes for local families, and will spend evenings exploring local cultural sites, attending lectures about systemic barriers to economic prosperity around the world, and learning about local history, architecture, Mehandhi and Rangoli art, and Bangalore’s growing social scene. Volunteers will be housed in a hotel near the build site. Read more about this opportunity here!