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International and Off-Campus Study Opportunities

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St. Andrew's-Sewanee School welcomes students from around the world. In any given year, the student body represents as many as 18 countries. However, we recognize that exposure to different cultures is not enough to produce tomorrow's global citizen. You have to see the world for yourself.

In recent years, SAS faculty members have led study tours to China and service trips to Jamaica and Yellowstone. The trips are open to day and boarding students, both domestic and international. The tours are led by faculty members who know the countries, the cultures and the language.

Our trip to Yellowstone was simply incredible. The field research we did was authentic, the service project was meaningful, and our time together and in the wild learning was impactful. Our students were an eager, adventurous, kind, curious, fun, and totally engaged group. - Kelley Black, head of Upper School

Some SAS students have chosen to pursue more extended international study. In recent years, SAS students have attended schools and programs in Costa Rica, England, Germany, and France, and with The Traveling School.
 

Spring Break 2019

Jamaica Service Trip

March 10-19, 2019

The Jamaica Service Trip is an annual service and travel opportunity open to students in grades 9-12.

Since 2012, SAS students have worked in collaboration with community leaders in Kingston, providing construction and educational work to the community of Boys’ Town. This neighborhood is known for its prominence in cultural, athletic, and educational programs within the inner city of Kingston.

Since 2012, the Spring Break Jamaica Service Trip to Kingston has helped students broaden their understanding of their place in the global world and come to understand some of the realities of poverty. The trip provides a sense of fulfillment and good will, as students build community through a shared commitment to a project, practicing real and effective work in a geographic and cultural region much different from our own. Students finish the week with a desire to connect to others through service.

More than 60 upper school students have participated with several students participating repeatedly. In collaboration with community leaders in Kingston, students provide construction and educational work to the community of Boys’ Town. This neighborhood is known for its’ historic prominence in cultural and educational programs within the inner city of Kingston. Boys’ Town is home to a professional soccer club that also serves athletes aged 5-17. Adjacent to the soccer club is the Boys’ Town school complex that serves children of all ages. In addition to an ongoing building project at the soccer club, future projects may include establishment of a peer-to-peer mentoring program and construction, advertising, and infrastructure assistance for a community arts centre. Students have the opportunity to meet with student leaders from local high schools, eat dinner with SAS alumni parents, tour a family run coffee estate in the Blue Mountains, hike in a national park, and relax at a beach on the north coast.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students. 2019 tuition is $1750 (including airfare). Applications are due Monday, October 29, 2018. Contact Rachel Malde for more information.

Ecology Project International: Island Ecology Program in Baja, Mexico
March 10-16, 2019

During this 7-day field science trip, our research site will be the Sea of Cortez, a World Heritage Site, and home to 39% of the world’s marine mammal species. We’ll experience an underwater classroom as we explore marine diversity and monitor the health and changes in the reef. We’ll also explore the mainland of Sierra de la Laguna. We will snorkel and collect underwater data on sea life, explore the marine diversity of Baja's Sea of Cortez, camp on a pristine beach under the stars, and swim with sea lions, tropical fish, and sea stars. Students will conduct 20+ hours of research and 30 hours of coursework in marine biology, island ecology, and conservation. Tuition is $2295 including airfare. Contact Kelley Black for more information.

Charleston, South Carolina

March 9-17, 2019

Priority enrollment for international students
International Student Coordinator Marcus Murphy leads this relaxing and fun week on the South Carolina coast. The group will enjoy time at the beach and visit historical downtown Charleston for sight-seeing, shopping & more. Other activities include visiting local colleges (College of Charleston and The Citadel), a tour of America’s only Tea Plantation, biking, paddle boarding, and eating lots of fresh seafood! Cost is $500. For more information, contact Marcus Murphy.

Philadelphia/New York City/Washington D.C.

March 17-24, 2019

Priority enrollment for international students
Visit the Northeast with faculty member Heather Cooper. Students will travel to Philadelphia where they will spend a week enjoying the city, touring the sights, eating amazing food, and visiting universities. A day trip to New York City will include visits to Pace University, One World Trade Center, Chinatown, and the State of Liberty. A day trip to Washington, D.C. will include visits to George Washington University, national monuments, and the White House. The cost is $800. For more information, contact Heather Cooper.

Summer 2019

Grecian Odyssey
May 23-31, 2019

What is it like to live in a country where classical mythology and ancient history still have a presence in everyday life? In the capital of Athens, namesake of the goddess Athena, walk in the footsteps of ancient Greeks at the Acropolis - and in the footsteps of current residents in the Plaka district. In Delphi, Epidaurus and Cape Sounion, learn how an old belief in mythological figures still influences medicine, politics and philosophy. Students on this 9-day trip will be accompanied by history teacher Geoffrey Smith and the experienced guides of EF Tours. Other highlights include the Temple of Zeus, Olympic Stadium, Syntagma Square, Corinth, Argolida, Mycenae, and Olympia, the Temple of Poseidon, Corinth Canal, the Archaeological Museum of Archimedes, and lots of great Greek food. An island tour may be added. Contact Geoffrey Smith for more information.

Spring 2020

China

March 7-20, 2020

International Student Coordinator and Chinese teacher Marcus Murphy and Humanities teacher Michael Short will travel to Beijing and Qingdao. In Beijing, the group will visit historical sites, host a banquet with SAS alumni and current students, hike an off-the-beaten-path portion of the Great Wall and volunteer at an environmental education center. From there they will travel by high speed train to the scenic boom town of Qingdao where students will have homestays. Activities will include rock-climbing and hiking. Students will emerge with a sharpened understanding of themselves, their world,
and the issues of their age. They will also either begin to develop, or further develop Mandarin language skills. The estimated cost of the trip is $3250. Contact Marcus Murphy for more information.

Jamaica Service Trip

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The Jamaica Service Trip is an annual service and travel opportunity open to students in grades 9-12.

Since 2012, more than 70 SAS students have worked in collaboration with community leaders in Kingston, providing construction and educational work to the community of Boys’ Town. This neighborhood is known for its prominence in cultural, athletic, and educational programs within the inner city of Kingston.

The trip helps students broaden their understanding of their place in the global world and come to understand some of the realities of poverty. The trip provides a sense of fulfillment and good will, as students build community through a shared commitment to a project, practicing real and effective work in a geographic and cultural region much different from our own. Students finish the week with a desire to connect to others through service.

Boys’ Town is home to a professional soccer club that also serves athletes aged 5-17. Adjacent to the soccer club is the Boys’ Town school complex that serves children of all ages. In addition to an ongoing building project at the soccer club, future projects may include establishment of a peer-to-peer mentoring program and construction, advertising, and infrastructure assistance for a community arts centre. Students have the opportunity to meet with student leaders from local high schools, eat dinner with SAS alumni parents, tour a family run coffee estate in the Blue Mountains, hike in a national park, and relax at a beach on the north coast.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students. 2019 tuition was $1750 (including airfare). Applications are due in October. Contact Rachel Malde for more information.

Summer 2020

Honduras

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Faculty members J.R. and Peggy Ankney will take up to 16 students to the island of Roatan in the Caribbean sea, off the coast of Honduras where they will become certified SCUBA divers in a safe, controlled environment and explore the amazing Mesoamerican reef system which is just offshore from the beach. Roatan island is one of the safest and least expensive islands in the Caribbean to learn to dive. Estimated cost is $995. Contact JR Ankney for more information.

Ecuador

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Faculty member David Prehn will lead a team of 10-14 students to Quito, Ecuador to work with Youth World, a mission that identifies, teaches, and equips leaders to impact young people and families to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Youth World ministries include a skate park-styled church, a house for former homeless boys, a house for girls removed from Ecuador’s human-trafficking system, an outdoor adventure retreat center, and a training program for church youth group leaders. The “Quito Quest” ministry, founded by a Sewanee alumnus, connects volunteers with several schools and orphanages. Quito Quest exposes North Americans to meaningful service through engagement with the larger, world wide Christian community.

Quito Quest trips are not for participants to learn about poverty, complete service, and return home. The purpose is to make a meaningful change in one’s life -- to engage in a reciprocal relationship while on-field and, upon return, bear lasting fruit. The central purpose is spiritual growth.

The team will meet weekly, beginning at least 3 months before the the on-field work to strengthen community within the group, learn about the country, prepare program and supplies for the site, and identify/explore the many biases (spiritual, cultural, intellectual) North Americans inherently bring to South American ministry.

Participants will also explore Quito and surrounding regions, travel to the nearby equator, and spend time growing/ reflecting as a team.

The estimated cost of the trip is $1,100 + airfare. For more information contact David Prehn.

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