Our Spring Break travel programs provide expanded opportunities for Middle and Upper School students to deepen their global understanding through first-hand experience.
Packer’s global travel programs are designed to develop students’ empathy, global literacy, and leadership skills. These are not sightseeing trips, but opportunities for students to build lasting connections with other communities, schools, and organizations around the world. Project-oriented and cross-cultural, our programs expose students to new contexts, often across languages, fostering their global competencies as well as their understanding of themselves.
In all of our travel programs, we allocate daily time for the students to reflect on their experiences and process new ideas, often leading to new and deeper peer-to-peer connections. By engaging together, students grow both individually and as a group. Our travel programs do not conclude when students return to New York: they expand through post-travel workshops and events designed for students to share their broadened perspectives with the rest of our community.
Upper School Travel Programs
These travel programs are long term and ongoing relationships with community partners in different parts of the world. They represent an institutional commitment to maintaining a reciprocal relationship with community partners.
Culture, Language, and Arts Exploration
These programs enable students to explore their interests in topics and themes related to language, culture and the arts, using their talents and skills to engage and connect across cultures. These travel programs may be connected to curricular, co-curricular, or interdisciplinary subjects or topics.
These programs engage students in deepening their learning and connection to the natural world and environmental studies, building on themes of outdoor education and education for sustainability.
Arts Performance Programs
These extended programs enable students in performance groups to travel within the United States to perform and connect with local communities.
Middle School Travel Programs
Middle School students have opportunities to engage more deeply in their study of languages and cultures through the World Language travel programs. Each spring break, Middle School students who are studying French can visit Montréal and Québec City, while Spanish-language learners can travel to Puerto Rico. They have opportunities to connect with people from different cultures, experience the cultures and countries that they study in class, and step outside of their comfort zones. These encounters serve to activate their passion for their language of study and prepare them for a more rigorous form of study in Upper School.
Faculty Travel Programs
Packer is a partner of the Ndonyo Wasin Primary School in the Samburu region of Kenya. Every summer, as a part of an in-house professional development program on building global competence as an educator, several Packer teachers travel to Ndonyo Wasin to collaborate with the school's faculty and facilitate exchange between Packer students and NWPS students. Please see the description for this global partnership program in Global Learning.
In our signature International Symposium program, every 11th Grade student travels abroad at no additional cost.