Travel & Enrichment
Through VES' Travel & Enrichment program we seek to broaden students' 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.
Guatemala: Faces and Our Cultures
The VES Global Initiatives Office and the Spanish department are excited to partner with a wonderful exchange program in Guatemala that gives high schoolers the opportunity to attend classes and live with a host family in Guatemala City. The program is called “Faces & Our Cultures.” For the past several years, VES has hosted students from Guatemala during our fall term, and we have built a strong ongoing partnership with this highly regarded program.
We are offering an exciting VES summer program that will begin on July 2, 2022. Students will have the option of a 2-week, 3-week, or 4-week experience in Guatemala.
2 weeks: July 2 -July 17
3 weeks: July 2 – July 24
4 weeks: July 2 - July 31
While there, you will participate in social, service, and sporting activities. You’ll also have the chance to travel to historical and archeological sites in this beautiful country, accompanied by your VES faculty trip leaders.