International and Off-Campus Study Opportunities
Get out of town!
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School welcomes students from around the world. In any give 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 SchoolSome 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 2018
St. Andrew's-Sewanee faculty members Rachel Malde and Michael Short will travel with 12 students to Kingston, Jamaica. The purpose of the trip is:
- to broaden the individual's understanding of their place in the global world,
- to understand some of the realities of poverty,
- to provide a sense of fulfillment and good will, and
- to practice real and effective work in a community different from our own.
As a result of our previous service trips to Kingston, SAS has established relationships in several neighborhoods including Trench Town, Boys Town, and Riverton. The community leaders of these neighborhoods, with our consultation, will help guide the course of our project this year. Previously, SAS students have rebuilt a roof for a family of four, tutored preschool age children and assisted their teachers, painted and contributed to the upkeep of a locker room for the Boys Town soccer club, and worked with severely handicapped children at a residential center. In addition to service work, SAS students will have the opportunity to meet with student leaders from a local high school as well as teenagers from the Youth Ambassador program through the United States Embassy. We will balance our work with cultural events that enrich our understanding of this lively Caribbean nation. Cost to be announced. Contact Ms. Malde for more information.
Zip lines unveil one of the planet’s most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective—from the tops of the trees! Watch our planet’s endless geological drama in action, from the Arenal Volcano to the thunderous La Fortuna Waterfall. Enjoy a chocolate tasting as you learn how cocoa is harvested at Tirimbina Biological Reserve, and experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Sarapiquí River. In Guanacaste, explore Palo Verde National Park on a boat tour. We will also tour a coffee plantation near San Jose. If you love food, and you love nature, this is a tour for you! Our departure date window is May 26 - June 30, 2018. Contact Jen Bachman for additional information.
May 26-June 3, 2018
Explore Yellowstone's thermal features, rich wildlife, and abundant natural wonders, and get an insider's view of America's first national park. On this 9 day adventure, we will team with bison scientists to conduct field research to study bison grazing impact, study wolf packs with local experts, collect data for an ongoing National Park's bear study, explore Yellowstone's unique geology and ecology, participate in a service project to protect migration corridors for wildlife species, and gain an understanding of the complex conservation issues facing this region. Our adventure will culminate with a celebratory rafting trip on the Yellowstone River. Students complete over 20 hours of field research on bison and bears, 30 hours of coursework and hands-on instruction in wildlife ecology and conservation, and earn 25 hours of service. Contact Kelley Black for additional information.