Wilbraham and Monson Academy The Global School

Travel

Learning Through Travel

Each year WMA offers exciting opportunities for travel in the United States and abroad. Students can explore both the differences and interconnectedness of peoples and economies from around the world and around the nation. The specific trips offered each year vary as do their focus. Community service, school exchange, design/manufacturing, language immersion, ecology/conservation, and visual art have each served as the focus of past trips.

Though many of the travel opportunities are strictly experiential, some have the benefit of class credit. Students choosing for-credit travel are required to do particular classwork both in preparation and upon their return. Students may need to register for a specific class prior to the trip and a paper, presentation or portfolio of work is often required after. Students receive a grade and credit in the discipline serving as the focus for the course. For example, photographing landscapes in the American Southwest would earn Fine & Performing Art credit, while travelling in Northern Italy to meet with manufacturing and business leaders would earn CEGS credit.

As The Global School®, we encourage students to move beyond the classroom, collaborate with others from different backgrounds, formulate new ideas and see where the journey takes them. Search, discover and share.

For more information, please contact Wally Swanson.

Student Travel Opportunities for 2013-2014

  • Puerto Rico • Thanksgiving break - FULL
  • Chicago • February long weekend
  • China • March break - FULL
  • England • March break - FULL
  • France • March break - FULL
  • Spain • March break - FULL
  • Haiti • June - FULL
  • Turkey • June - FULL
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Puerto Rico - FULL

Trip Date: November 27-December 1

Focus: Thanksgiving Vacation Opportunity

Trip Leader(s): Mr. Lautenschleger and Ms. Rivera

Price: $1,550

Deadline: September 22

Description: WMA students will travel to Puerto Rico over the Thanksgiving break vacation.  This opportunity will provide an exciting, educational, and safe vacation trip over the break for international boarding students not returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday. While in Puerto Rico, students will experience a Puerto Rican Thanksgiving, visit the old city of San Juan, and be able to explore some of the island's beaches, rain forests and small towns.

Chicago

Trip DateFebruary Long Weekend

Focus: Art and Architecture in the City of Chicago

Trip Leader(s): Mr. Bloomfield, Ms. Decker, Ms. Lowry-Brook

Price: $990

Deadline: October 18

Description: WMA students will travel by air to Chicago to experience some of the nation's most important examples of modern architecture and art. Evening performances and activities are also provided. The hotel, which has a heated  swimming pool, is situated close to the Art institute of Chicago and Millenium Park. Deep dish pizza is mandatory! Three Arts Enrichment Credits earned. No art experience required.

Ski Trip

Trip Date: February Long Weekend

Focus: Skiing

Trip Leader(s): Ms. Gaw & Mrs. Power

Price: $200

Deadline: November 30, 2013

Description

We will be traveling on long weekend to either Stowe, Vermont or Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. If you are interested in joining us, please Ms. Gaw or Mrs. Power

Schedule:

  • Leaving Thursday, January 30 after classes.
  • Returning Saturday, February 1 early evening
  • Ski two days, Friday and Saturday

Trip includes lodging for two nights, a two-day lift pass, a full breakfast each morning and one dinner.

China - FULL

Trip Date: March Break

Focus: Community Service

Trip Leader(s): Mr. Swanson & Ms. Hsiao

Price: $4,600

Deadline: November 29

Description:  In March 2014, WMA student leaders are being invited to join students from around the US and China in Shanghai for the annual Global Student Leaders Summit. In addition to exploring China’s history and culture, students will also come together at a two-day leadership conference in Shanghai featuring former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr. to investigate their role and responsibilities in our global economy and innovate on solutions to challenges. The WMA group will travel to both Shanghai and Beijing,
seeing how traditions influence these two great cities and experience the new, cosmopolitan culture that has developed as a result of this largely entrepreneurial, tech-driven economy. In addition to the wonderful opportunity to visit China, the culmination of a year of study of cities as well as the chance to prepare for and participate in an academic conference offer additional enrichment.

View the itinerary.

England - FULL

Trip Date: March Break

Focus: School Exchange - Plymouth College

Trip Leader(s): Ms. Barone

Price: $500

Deadline: November 29

Description: Four students and one faculty member will travel to England in the spring of 2014. Students will be chosen based on academic merit and citizenship. Students will be housed at Plymouth College, a boarding school in Southern England where they will be fully immersed in British boarding school life. Additionally, the group will spend time visiting historical sites both in the south of England and in the city of London. Only students who have never travelled outside their home country are eligible for this trip as the trip is generously supported by friend of the Academy, Mr. Lev Hubbard. Preference will be given to those in good academic standing, who have demonstrated responsible citizenship and have a willingness to assist in the hosting of visiting Plymouth College students.


Spain - FULL

Trip Date: March Break

Focus: Language Immersion & Student Exchange

Trip Leader(s): Mr. Kane

Price: $2,600 if able to host visiting Spanish students • $2,900 if unable to host students

Deadline: November 29

Description: Students will travel to Northern Spain and take part in the first leg of an exchange with a high school in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Students will live with Spanish families, attend classes at Colegio Juniors and have opportunities to visit the cities of Coruna and Noya. In addition, students will also spend two days visiting Madrid and two days walking the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The goal of the travel is cultural and language immersion. Students need to be enrolled or have taken Spanish classes to be considered. Preference will be given to students who are also able to host visiting Spanish students, are in good academic standing and have demonstrated a level of responsible citizenship expected of a WMA student. 

Haiti - FULL

Trip Date: June

Focus: Community Service

Trip Leader(s): Mr. Sparks and Ms. D'Amato

Price: $2,900

Deadline: November 29

DescriptionStudents from WMA will travel to Mountrouls, Haiti and surrounding villages where they will work on service projects aimed at assisting with skill and infrastructure needs in the community. Students will work alongside Haitian counterparts and assist with educational and feeding programs at a local schools and orphanages as well as assist in small infrastructure projects identified by the community. This opportunity would be optimal for students interested in having more service opportunities.


Turkey - FULL

Trip Date: June

Focus: Turkish Cultural Studies

Trip Leader(s): TBD

Price: $4,400

Deadline: October 10

DescriptionWMA, in conjunction with other prep schools including Lawrenceville, Hathaway Brown, Hotchkiss and Cape Henry are running a joint trip to Turkey as part of the Global Education Benchmark Group. The group will explore Istanbul, visiting the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Later the group will connect with Turkish students at Robert College where they will be hosted for 2 nights by the families of Robert College students. Later, the group will travel to Ankara where they will meet with religious experts to better understand Islam in the country. The trip will conclude with visits to Capadocia, the Aegean Sea, Ephesus and Galipoli. As this trip is being run jointly with other schools, there is a three-student limit to which each school must adhere. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a strong record of academics and responsible WMA citizenship.

View the itinerary.

View letter from GEBG.

Student Travel 

Turkey


Haiti


China

Spain

England



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