Global Learning

To better prepare students to navigate both the opportunities and challenges inherent in our increasingly interconnected world, ECFS extends the boundaries of traditional learning and the traditional classroom with global learning, a central tenet of the school’s Strategic Plan.

Whether it's the partnerships that we have formed with schools and other educational or non-profit groups in China (Beijing and Nanjing) and French Guiana, travel programs to France, Spain, Quebec, and elsewhere that complement our students’ study of foreign languages, or service programs faculty have led in Costa Rica and Haiti, global learning at ECFS enriches our academic programs with the multicultural dimensions of learning at all stages of development.

Travel Programs 2018

Rome (Middle School)

Rome, Ostia Antica, Florence
The trip concentrates on the classical sites of Rome, with day excursions to Ostia Antica and Florence. Activities, such as reading texts and acting out scenes from Roman history or literature, aim to help students develop deep, personal connections with the past. Students also become acquainted with medieval, Renaissance, and modern Rome.

Open to: Grade 8 students and grade 7 Latin students
Dates: March 16-24, 2018
Leader: Erik Hanson

Senegal (Middle School)

The Africans in the Diaspora club is planning its next adventure to Senegal, in West Africa. This cross-cultural educational trip offers students a life-changing experience through travels in rural and urban areas of the country.

Students will tour the city of Dakar, including Gorée Island, where they will visit the House of Slaves. They will also connect with the pen-pals assigned to them at the beginning of the school year, bonding with them through cultural activities. The trip concludes with a community service-learning project in the village of Ndianda and a two-day stay with host families.

The trip aims to foster strong leadership skills in students, encouraging them to reflect on the importance of being global citizens and helping them understand the importance of being lifelong cross-cultural learners.

Open to: Africans in the Diaspora students
Dates: March 16-25, 2018
Leaders: Rama Ndiaye and Keira Rogers

Québec (Middle School)

This trip offers a mix of cultural, history-related, and outdoor/indoor recreational activities, sightseeing, and free time. While in Québec, professional tour guides will lead all activities. Students and teachers will either stay together at a hotel and take every meal together or do a homestay with families, taking breakfast and supper with them (TBD at a later date). Prior to the trip, students will have studied the history and cultural life of Québec in French class.

Open to
: Grade 8 French students
Dates: May 25-29, 2018
Leader: Vincent Lebrun

China (Upper School)

This two-week trip is not only an excellent opportunity for language learning, it also provides an authentic cultural experience. During the first week, students will visit Nanjing, the former Chinese capital, where they will enjoy city tours, experience school life with Chinese students, attend classes at our partner school, and stay with Chinese host families. The second week, they will travel to Suzhou, a beautiful city famous for its traditional gardens, and Shanghai, the modern financial center of China.

Open to: Forms III-VI students
Dates: March 16-30, 2018
Leaders: Ying Wu and Christina Yuan

Japan (Upper School)

Where the Past and the Future Meet
Japan is a country of seeming contradictions: futuristic and cutting-edge, yet with a deep respect for its traditions. This trip is designed to expose students to both of these aspects. Students will visit locations steeped in history such as Kyoto, Nara, and Himeji, as well as Osaka, a dynamic modern city the size of New York. This specially designed trip includes a visit to Hiroshima, where students will learn, from a Japanese perspective, about the first atomic bombing. There will be opportunities to make friends with Japanese teenagers, both in New York (as part of an exchange with the Keio Academy) and in Japan, during a visit to a high school in Osaka.

Open to: Forms III-VI students
Dates: March 16-24, 2018
Leader: Gerald Blaney

Germany and Poland (Upper School)

Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
By visiting important historical sites in Germany and Poland related to the rise and fall of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust, upper school students, many of whom have not studied these important topics in any depth, will gain a greater understanding of significant historical events that shaped the world both then and now. The trip includes visits to centers important to understanding Nazism and the Nazi regime, including Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, and Dresden, as well as to Dachau (a concentration camp outside Munich) and Auschwitz-Birkenau (the most notorious of all the death camps, located outside Krakow). An important aspect of this trip is for students to experience and understand how Germany and Eastern Europe memorialize these horrific experiences.

Open to: Forms III-VI students
Dates: March 16-25, 2018
Leaders: Dr. Nancy Banks and Joe Kleinman

Portugal (Upper School)

We will explore Lisbon, the Algarve, and the Silver Coast, learning about the history of Portugal and doing lots of sightseeing, including an incredible tour by boat of the Algarve coastline and grottoes. Also planned are visits to the famous fort in Sagres, a wonderful outdoor art exhibition known as “Fiesa,” and the medieval village of Obidos, which will be hosting its annual chocolate festival. The itinerary includes visits to two 12th-century monasteries, in Alcobaca and Lisbon, and to Mira de Aire, considered one of Portugal's seven natural wonders. Here we will take a guided tour of the underground caves, replete with fossils dating back some 80,000 years. The trip concludes with a tour of Benfica soccer stadium in Lisbon and a cooking class taught by a professional Portuguese chef. Obrigado!

Open to: Forms III-VI students
Dates: March 16-24, 2018
Leader: Scott Sousa

Eleuthera, Bahamas - The Island School (Upper School)

Scuba-diving alongside scientists, students will work on a reef sustainability service project, learning about reef systems and, most importantly, how to conserve them. They will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects with the scientists.

Open to: Forms III-VI students, with priority given to those enrolled in Marine Biology or Ecological Sustainability
Dates: March 24-31, 2018
Leader: Rob Getz

For more about global learning at ECFS, read the Spring 2016 issue of the school's magazine.

Program Coordinator

Tom Carey
International Trips Coordinator

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