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Packer Students in at the Hippo Hostel in Port Elizabeth South Africa

Travel Programs

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.

2018-19 Programs in Development

Global Partnerships

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.

Sustainable Futures

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.

Ndonyo Wasin Global Partnership Program

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.

Tené Howard
Director of Global Programs and Community Engagement

Our global programs very deliberately put our students at the center of their own learning and expand what it means to be a citizen of our world.

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Did You Know?

World Leadership School in Peru

In our signature International Symposium program, every 10th Grade student travels abroad to Greece or Peru at no additional cost. 

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