Through VES' Travel & Enrichment program we seek to broaden our perspectives and expand the four walls of our classrooms by providing travel, cultural and service learning experiences in the U.S. and abroad.
Each year, VES offers faculty-led cultural immersion programs over Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks and during the summer. Recently, students have traveled to Africa, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, China, England, Ireland, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala and Guadeloupe.
VES students who want to deepen their passion and understanding in the arts may take their talents overseas to Spoleto, Italy, and participate in the Spoleto Study Abroad Program, a three-week intensive program offering classes in visual art, photography, vocal music, drama, instrumental music and filmmaking. Our students have the opportunity to participate in this program as VES is one of only 11 schools in the Spoleto Consortium.
These experiences help students to step outside their comfort zones and transform their lives. Students acquire depth unmatched by other travel experiences—they assemble new perspectives and become aware of their own identity as it relates to the larger world; build confidence; connect with people who are different while they discover their shared humanity; and return with a renewed sense of curiosity, inspiration and motivation.
Thanksgiving Break 2019 Travel
Come Spend Thanksgiving in NYC with Two Native New Yorkers
Kevin Gates and Caitlin Unterman Approximate cost is $1800 - $2500 for 6 days
Boasting more sites and attractions per square mile than almost any other location, New York has something for everyone and offers a look into the unique melting pot culture of the United States. The first portion of the trip will focus on a Wall Street experience and the second portion will be spent exploring the rich culture of New York.
Martinique: A Rugged Carribbean Island, Part of the Lesser Antilles
Erin Rupe and Adam White Approximate cost is $4000* for 10 days
An overseas region of France, its culture reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences. Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, narrow streets and La Savane—a garden bordered by shopsand cafes. In the garden is a statue of island native Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Students will enjoy the island through creole market treasure hunts, local cooking classes, catamaran snorkeling tours, historical and nature tours, horseback riding and many more activities!
Greece: Ancient Ruins, Modern Culture and Natural Beauty on the Aegean Sea
Larissa and Jason Knebel Approximate cost is $4100* for 10 days
The cradle of western civilization in the modern world, Greece maintains a fine balance of the ancient and the contemporary. From agricultural plains of olives and figs to spectacular sunsets over volcanic landscapes, the natural beauty of Greece is diverse and picturesque.
Guatemala: Service Learning and Cultural Exploration in the Land of Eternal Spring
Chaplain Adam White Approximate cost is $1,800 - $2,000* for 7 days
This program will allow students to live in the Mayan community in the Highlands of Guatemala where they will help families build stoves. Students will also visit a coffee plantation, chocolate factory, Mayan ruins and the resort city of Antigua.
Virginia Episcopal School is an active member of a consortium of 11 schools across the country engaged with the Spoleto Study Abroad program—a three-week hands-on immersion program in the arts and humanities for high school students ages 15-19 interested in:
Each year, our students have the opportunity to pursue academic and artistic interests through these exciting summer programs in Spoleto, Italy.
Cost: The comprehensive fee for Spoleto Study Abroad is $6,500. This fee includes tuition for courses, meals, lodging, books, materials, entrance fees for group activities, and all field trip related transportation within Italy. Expenses not included are round-trip airfare to Rome, passport fees, travel insurance, and personal expenses.