Student Travel

Transformational Travel

study abroad program

Each year WMA offers exciting opportunities for students to travel around the country and around the world to enhance their classroom studies. Students can explore both the differences and interconnectedness of peoples and economies from around the world and around the nation.

Travel is seen as an opportunity for WMA students to gain first-hand experience with the people, institutions and challenges of the modern world.

The specific trips offered each year vary as do their academic focus. Community service, school exchange, business and design, language immersion, ecology/conservation and visual art have each served as the focus of past trips.

As travel opportunities are seen as extensions of classroom learning, all trips require pre-trip meetings, readings and post-trip reflections in addition to work at the site.

For questions, email Wally Swanson.



"Japan opened my eyes to what respect and compassion can really look like in the daily lives of people ... the idea that one can gain as a whole citizenry or community was enriching to be a part of.'' 

- Norah O. '21


Student Travel Opportunities for 2020

Reservation requirement: 10 percent of trip cost is due at time of registration to reserve placement.

Balance of total cost will be billed directly to the student's account in January.

Register here!


Faculty Leader: Ms. Mahoney '11, Mr. Dziura

Travel Dates: March 9 - 21

Starting in Kathmandu and ending deep in the Himalayas, our trip to Nepal will be an exploration of a unique culture and a unique geography. As the birthplace of the Buddha, Nepal has a history of religious reverence and tolerance, which we will explore by visiting ancient monasteries and getting to know the capital city, Kathmandu. But the heart of this trip is dedicated to the heart of Nepal: the Himalayas. Students will spend five days trekking in this mystical mountain range and learning, in the most “hands-on” way possible, about the interplay between the environment, culture, and economy. Along the way, we’ll be spending nights at “Tea Houses,” traditional Nepalese rest-stops, and interact with fellow hikers and the people who have dedicated their lives to preserving access to these mountains. Students will come leave Nepal with a new relationship to nature, and an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between humans and the planet we call home. 

Itinerary (subject to change)

Price: $4,800

students travel to nepal

Please note: This trip will be physically taxing and should only be selected by students who are capable, physically and mentally, of hiking for days in a row. 


New Zealand

school trip to new zealand

Faculty Leaders: Mr. Wells, Mr. Held

Travel Dates: Early June

For the first time, WMA will lead a student trip to New Zealand. A world leader in conservation, New Zealand is known as a “geographer’s paradise’’ and is considered the “Adventure Capital of the World.’’

Our two-week trip will allow Traveling Titans to experience firsthand a culture of environmental sustainability, based on making the Tiaki Promise – a national pledge to be good stewards of the environment.

Students will immerse themselves in the culture of the South Pacific, and historical highlights would include a visit to the Maori village to learn the ancient traditions of the country’s oldest surviving culture.

The opportunity to explore Auckland, national capital Wellington and Christchurch will be balanced and complemented by the exploration of the likes of ice caves and snowshoeing to the tops of glaciers throughout its Alpine winter landscapes. Other itinerary possibilities include watching a rugby match (New Zealand’s national sport), visiting a school and the trip coincides with the observance of both World Environment Day and World Oceans Day.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Price: $4,800




student trip to spainFaculty Leaders: TBD

Travel Dates: March Break

Students will have the opportunity to begin an exchange program with a school in Madrid. They will stay with local families, be able to explore the city of Madrid and visit classes with their student exchange partners. In addition to living with families, students will also spend a couple of days with the WMA group traveling around the region. 

As this is an exchange, all students taking part are expected to host a Spanish student when they come here in Spring 2020. Hosting exceptions will be made for boarders, who will be shadowed by the Spanish students during the day. Those Spanish students will either stay in the dorms or with other families.

Preference will be given to students enrolled in Spanish classes.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Price: $2,800



school trip to france

Faculty Leaders: Madame Dubois, Mr. Brook

Travel Dates: March Break

Students will have the opportunity to travel to Paris and then Bordeaux in the southwest of France. There they will stay with local families attending the Tivoli school. For four days, they will explore Paris and then travel to the region of Bordeaux. Next, they will live with French families and attend classes at the Tivoli school, sitting in classes with their French student and practicing their French. Days at school will alternate with day trips around Bordeaux. In April, French students from the Tivoli school will visit the Academy as part of this exchange.


Price: $2,800



students travel to england

Faculty Leader: TBD

Travel Dates: March Break

Four students are chosen each year based on academic merit and citizenship, as well as an application essay to travel to England. While there, the group will have the opportunity to visit London and the countryside to explore British history. The group will start and finish in London but also travel south towards the city of Bath and Stonehenge.

Priority is given to students who have never traveled outside their home country, but this is not a requirement.

The costs of the student travel are underwritten by friend of the Academy Mr. Lev Hubbard. Details of student selection process to follow at later date.


Miami, Florida

Faculty Leader: Mr. Bloomfield

Travel Dates: Feb. 7-10, 2020 (Winter Long Weekend)

This trip focuses on art and architecture of Miami. Students will stay in four hotel nights in Wyndham District, Miami’s art neighborhood, taking in the vibrant street art scene as well as design studios. This district is also full of cafes and independent art galleries. We will take a tour of Miami’s historic Art Deco neighborhood in South Beach and stroll along the beach. We will also visit contemporary art in the Perez Art Museum Miami. Sampling some Cuban street-style food in little Havana is also on the to do list. Plenty of eating and shopping opportunities exist in comfortable temperatures of the mid-70s (24 C).

Price: $1,500 (all inclusive)


Student Travel: 'Oh, the places we've been'

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