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Travel Opportunities for Upper School Students

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Spring 2017


Costa Rica

Packer’s brand new “Conexiones” program offers an invaluable learning experience for Spanish students. Conexiones combines the study of Spanish with research and outreach in Globalization and Community Health.

The highlights include:

  • Experiencing cultural immersion through Spanish language training and home-stays with Costa Rican families..
  • Working in teams to design and carry out community-based research on various health topics (e.g., nutrition, reproductive health, environmental health, and occupational health)
  • Presenting your research findings and learn how to give presentations to different audiences including community members, health researchers, and social scientists.

Program Dates: TBD
Trip Leaders: Karen Brandt and Danielle Pappas
Eligibility: Must be a student in Spanish III, IV or V.

French Language Trip

The French Language Trip is a wonderful opportunity for students of French 3 to experience some of the wonders of French culture while exercising their linguistic skills. This week-long educational exploration will be centered in Paris, visiting museums and historic sites through a critical lens, exploring the grand boulevards, and tasting the great French cuisine.

Program Dates: March 19 – 28, 2017
Trip Leaders: Adèle Saint-Pierre
Eligibility: Upper School French Students

Italy Trip

Packer’s World Language Department is once again pleased to offer Latin students the opportunity to travel to Italy in March 2017. This biennial trip has been a highlight of the Latin curriculum at Packer for almost 20 years. It is a unique and memorable experience, which provides our students with a chance to visit archaeological sites and museums that will enhance their understanding and appreciation of ancient Roman culture as well as illuminate the way it continues to influence the culture of Italy today.

Basing ourselves in Rome, the students will gain a thorough overview of that great city and its environs, visiting all the major classical sites and monuments. They will also receive an introduction to the vast array of post-classical history and art encompassed within “the Eternal City.” In addition, there will be two full-day excursions: to Florence, where the students will experience the Renaissance art and architecture that abound there; as well as to Ostia Antica, which has rightly been called a “northern Pompeii.”

Over the course of nine days and seven nights, the student travelers will follow a comprehensive itinerary, designed to cover major Classical and Renaissance sites as well as important museums. Additionally, students will enjoy the language and food of modern Italy, and have the opportunity to explore Rome and its environs further in their free time. Students are asked to be active participants in the trip, and will be required to prepare in advance and present while abroad a site report on a specific building, monument, or work of art. By acting as tour guides for the group, students take ownership of their experience and have the chance to teach, and learn from, their classmates.

Program Dates: March 19 - 27, 2017
Trip Leaders: Timothy Flannery, Jacqueline Kazarian
Eligibility: Upper School Latin Students

National Outdoor Leadership School in Galiuro Wilderness, Arizona

Prepare yourself for a spring break challenge. Learn the basics of wilderness backpacking in one of North America’s largest and most stunning wilderness areas. You’ll develop leadership skills while learning about the landscape and wildlife of the desert southwest. If you’re looking for a fast-paced and unique way to spend your spring break, this trip is for you!

Program Dates: March 18 - 25, 2017
Trip Leaders: Amy Montemerlo and Ryan Care

Cambodia

The Digital Storytelling Cambodia trip will give students the opportunity to learn first hand about Cambodian life and culture while using digital video tools to reflect on the peoples, customs and history that characterize this diverse nation. As a group we will experience incredible performances of Cambodian Living Arts, volunteer alongside local young people, and visit important sites such as Angkor Wat, the 7th Wonder of the World located outside of the city Siem Reap. Living historian and Khmer Rouge genocide survivor Arn Chorn-Pond will also give our group a personal, insider’s look at his life and landscape detailed in the biographical novel, Never Fall Down. Students will emerge from the trip with a greater understanding of the country and its people as well as a short digital video piece that gives voice to their experience in the program.

Program Dates: TBD
Trip Leaders: Elizabeth Eagle, Michael Miller, Liz Titone and Sandra Fahy

South Africa ArtWorks for Youth Trip

During this two week trip, Packer students will volunteer with “ArtWorks for Youth”, a program that provides after-school art classes and activities for students in grades 4-8 at the Joe Slovo Primary School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with South African peers in order to deepen their understanding of daily life in this primarily Xhosa community. Museum trips, gallery visits, and outdoor activities will provide additional venues for learning. Students and chaperones will reside at a hostel in Port Elizabeth called “The Hippo” where they will bond, cook their own meals, and actively engage in reflection and discussion about what they see and learn each day. Please contact Tory Lacy (tlacy@packer.edu) for more details.

Dates: March 18 - April 1, 2017
Trip Leaders: Tory Lacy, Anna Curtis, and Andrew Parson
Eligibility: This trip is open to students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade

Florida Spring Training for Packer Baseball Players

In preparation for the 2017 baseball season, the Packer Varsity Baseball Team will participate in a Spring Training program in Tampa Bay, Florida. Students will have the opportunity to hone their skills while practicing and playing against teams from across the nation. Please contact Christopher Ruck (cruck@packer.edu) for more details.

Dates: TBD
Trip Leader: Christopher Ruck
Eligibility: This trip is open to returning varsity players and to those who have been nvited by the Packer Baseball coaching staff

Florida Spring Break Training for Packer Softball Players

In preparation for the 2017 softball season, the Packer Varsity Softball Team will participate in a Spring Training program at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. We will train hard, become a ‘TEAM’, and hit the rides at Disney World. Please contact Christopher Ruck (cruck@packer.edu) for more details.

Dates: TBD
Trip Leader: Russell Tombline
Eligibility: This trip is open to anyone who plans to play softball in the spring



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