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Travel Opportunities

St. Mary's School is proud to offer our students an array of both domestic and international travel opportunities.

Mod Abroad

Mod Abroad 2018: Southeast Asia

In December 2018, 21 students and 3 teachers travelled across Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia in an adventure they would never forget. The group spent 10 days with in Bangkok, Siem Reap, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Mod Abroad 2019: Peru

This amazing educational opportunity, offered in mod 3, will begin with 16 days in the classroom in Medford and then culminate with 11 days in Peru. Students will learn about the country from the Incas to present, all considered in the broader context of South American culture, history, and literature. The trip will include excursions to Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon rain forest.

The travel component is required for credit and includes an additional fee. Contact Mrs. Kacey Dewing for more information.

Mod Abroad 2020: Japan

More information coming soon!

Mod Abroad 2021: Spain

More information coming soon!

Aug Mod Trips

Aug Mod 2018: Yellowstone

Students will spend the week camping in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), with Yellowstone National Park at its center.
  • National Park Service scientists will guide students through habitat restoration and bison research projects.
  • Students will travel to the Lamar Valley to study wolf packs and see geysers and hot pools up close.
  • This amazing trip will culminate in a celebratory rafting trip down the Yellowstone River.

Dates: August 6-14, 2018
Program cost: $2900 (dependent on airfare cost) covers: food, lodging, and transportation
Credit: One Science Credit
Interested? Contact Ms. Holly Bensel.

Aug Mod 2019: Ecuador and Galapagos


Our St. Mary's high school students have an amazing opportunity to travel with their peers to Ecuador & The Galapagos during our upcoming Aug Mod 2019. This trip is themed "Community Project & Wildlife Adventure."

For more information please click HERE for the unearthed information packet.

Foreign Travel

These foreign travel opportunities offer both academic tourism and service opportunities for our students and occur annually.

Spring Break Trips

St. Mary's is pleased to offer students the opportunity to travel over Spring Break. Please see below for our upcoming trips.

Tabs

2019 - Indonesia

Information about the Spring Break trip to Indonesia can be found HERE.

German Exchange

The German exchange trip will take place in late July 2018. St. Mary's students will spend two weeks with their host families in Ochsenhausen, Germany. While there they will attend the Gymnasium Ochsenhaused with their host siblings.

While in Germany students will also visit Neuschwanstein, Konstanz and Ulm as well as travel to Weimar and the concentration camp Buchenwald, Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg.

For more information or to reserve your spot on this exchange travel opportunity, please contact Ms. Pyle.

Casas de Luz

China Bridge

The Confucius Classroom at St. Mary's School is proud to offer the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for our high school students.

This two week program is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students will have a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China's rich culture, tradition, and history.
For more information, please contact Ms. Dewing.



Domestic Travel

Aug Mod 2018: Yellowstone

Students will spend the week camping in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), with Yellowstone National Park at its center.
  • National Park Service scientists will guide students through habitat restoration and bison research projects.
  • Students will travel to the Lamar Valley to study wolf packs and see geysers and hot pools up close.
  • This amazing trip will culminate in a celebratory rafting trip down the Yellowstone River.

Dates: August 6-14, 2018
Program cost: $2900 (dependent on airfare cost) covers: food, lodging, and transportation
Credit: One Science Credit
Interested? Contact Ms. Holly Bensel.

8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip

At the end of their 8th grade year, students are able to journey to the East Coast as a culmination of their studies US History. The students begin in Boston, then travel to Philadelphia, New York City, and finish up in Washington, D.C.

8th Grade New Orleans Trip

As a history teacher I always think it is important to encourage students to learn what it means to be part of a democracy, what it means to have liberties and civil rights, and what it looks like not to have these privileges.

I would like to provide an opportunity for our students to step into close proximity to instances in history where fellow Americans were denied access to “The American Dream” due to their racial, economic, and social status. This kind of educational experience can encourage students to become more conscientious learners, and ultimately, more dedicated citizens of our democracy.

Our focus will be on American History as it frames our current events and the social justice implications for our future. I am passionate about inspiring students to live intentionally and courageously as they grapple with today’s issues and seek ways to be the change they would like to see in the world.

Attendees will soak up Southern culture while exploring certain aspects of American history such as the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, life in Mississippi during the “Jim Crow” era, and rounding things out with our final stop in New Orleans, focusing on Plessy vs. Ferguson (Separate but Equal) and the Ruby Bridges experience.

Students will visit these civil rights sites as well as other interesting stops such as the WWII museum, the South’s first United States Mint, and the Louisiana swamp. This trip will allow students not only to learn about the history of our country, but also to experience the vibrant culture of the American south. My hope is that this trip will provide students with the opportunity to think critically about the events of post-Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the justice system as it existed in the past and as it is today.

Program Dates: June 29th - July 6th
Places to visit include but are not limited to:

Alabama- (Montgomery) - Civil Rights Memorial, Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, Edmund Pettus Bridge, 1st White House of the Confederacy, National Memorial for Peace and Justice and more (non-academic activities and Southern eating).https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/us/lynching-memorial-alabama.html

Mississippi - (Jackson) - Civil Rights City Tour: Medgar Evers house, Capitol building, Farish Street (African American life during Jim Crow era), Jackson’s Farmer’s Market.

Louisiana - (New Orleans) President of the Confederate (Jefferson Davis’ house), The site of Plessy vs. Ferguson, The site of Ruby Bridges (First attempt of desegeration in the south) The Quarter Court House (Housed the first black Congress members in the U.S. during Reconstruction), The Old U.S. Mint (Mardi Gras World, Jackson Square, Ursuline Convent, St. Louis Cathedral, Swamp Tour, Audubon Zoo and much more…


Contact Ms. Higgins at ghiggins@smschool.us for more information.

Study Abroad

St. Mary's offers study abroad programs for our students who are interested in language immersion experiences.

Argentina

Summer and Mod programs/exchanges are available in Argentina. Please contact Ms. Kacey Dewing for more information.