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. In the past few years, students have traveled to Greece, 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.
Mexico: Ancient Ruins, Modern Culture and Natural Beauty on the Yucatán Peninsula
Travel to the Yucatán. The heartlands of the ancient Maya, gorgeous colonial cities, flamingos—all this and more awaits you in the home of many beloved VES alumni and current students. This Spring Break, choose to travel to the Yucatán in Mexico for the experience of a lifetime. Adventures will include exploring the life and culture of ancient civilizations, swimming in underground caverns, gazing upon pink lakes, and gaining an understanding of where a six- mile-wide meteor traveling 67,000 miles per hour hit the earth with the force of over 100 trillion tons of TNT and killed all the dinosaurs.