Through VES' Travel & Enrichment program we seek to broaden our perspectives and expand the four walls of our classrooms by partnering with schools in other countries and providing service learning experiences abroad.
Spring Break 2018 Travel
Exploring Greece: Eco-Immersion Expedition to Athens & Crete
Mr. Wakefield and Ms. Thompson(approximate cost is $3,700 - $4,200* for 10 days)
Students will enjoy learning about the history and culture of Greece through experiential and project-based learning, as well as academic research, reflection and presentation. We also will have spirited dialogue and debate about Grecian history, art, architecture, traditional and contemporary cultures, diversity, sustainability and more. Our home base for the trip will be the island of Crete, where two local anthropology professors will provide lodging for our VES travelers.
Exploring History and Cultures of Central Europe (Hungary & Croatia)
Dr. Knebel and Mr. Sedlar (approximate cost is $3975* for 10 days)
Through this experiential learning excursion, students will engage their senses while they learn about the history, architecture, ancient and contemporary cultures and people in the capital cities Budapest, Hungary and Zagreb, Croatia, as well as Split and Brac Island, Croatia on shores of the Adriatic Sea.
Educational Adventure and Service in Kenya & Uganda
Mr. Greene (approximate cost is $4500* for 20 days) | 20 students maximum | June
This program provides academic, cultural, adventure and missionary experiences all in one. VES students will be working with the Elewana Education Project in western rural Kenya and Hands of Love International in eastern Uganda. Students will partner with a rural Kenyan high school (Katakwa Secondary School) for much of the time. In addition to service, students will also have the opportunity to go white water rafting on the headwaters of the Nile near Lake Victoria and experience a safari in the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Mr. Swain and Ms. Tolmie (approximate cost is $4,400 - $5000* for 10 days) | June 5 - 17
A melting pot of histories, religions and cultures that demonstrate the intricate connections that bind us together, Morocco is an ideal setting for students to develop cross-cultural competencies, engage in meaningful service learning, and deepen their knowledge of other cultural contexts. Through interacting and engaging with diverse Moroccan traditions, students will also be able to understand and reflect on a range of global issues and on their place within our international community.