Off-Campus Study Opportunities

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Get out of town!

We know that learning about the world can never replace experiencing it. That is why we encourage off-campus study opportunities, including opportunities to travel the world with SAS faculty members.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.

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, Thailand, and France, and with The Traveling School.

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, Academic Dean

Spring 2020

History and Environment in Beijing and Qingdao, 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 $2750. Deposits are due Sept. 30. 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

Costa Rica

May 29 - June 11, 2020

We will visit Manuel Antonio National Park for two days and explore the unique biodiversity. We transfer to Monteverde for the next week where students will stay with host families, take Spanish classes for 4 hours a day, and participate in a wide variety of activities including: ziplining, cloud forest hikes, coffee tours, and Latin dance and cooking classes. The last weekend students take a catamaran cruise to Isla Tortuga for snorkeling and then go on an excursion to Rio Celeste where they explore a volcanic river. The trip ends with volunteering at a sustainable coffee farm, Life Monteverde, where students earn 24 service hours learning about environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Cost is $2750. Contact Stephen Thomas for more information.

Roatan Island (Honduras) SCUBA Diving Trip

June 13-20, 2020

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.

More Enrichment Opportunities

The following list is updated regularly by the SAS College Counseling Office to reflect opportunities beyond SAS-led off-campus and summer programs.

Summer Writing Workshop at Denison University: Each June, 48 talented high school students (current sophomores and juniors) attend the acclaimed Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, an eight-day residential program that incorporates small creative writing workshops, group sessions with Denison creative writing faculty and notable visiting writers, and much more. Students experience intimate writing workshops and one-on-one interactions with award-winning authors whose work has appeared in publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and SB Nation; who have published books; who care deeply about storytelling; and who love to teach. Financial assistance is available to families who need it. 

National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine. This program is designed to introduce high achieving students to a future career in the growing fields of health and medicine.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) promotes critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the eight NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

The Tennessee Governor’s Schools are academically-demanding summer programs in a variety of fields on Tennessee university campuses for rising 11th and 12th grade students currently enrolled in Tennessee’s public and private high schools. Students must be nominated by their school.