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

Summer 2019

Greece and Italy

May 28-June 6, 2019

As the ancient wonders of Athens and Delphi give way to the Renaissance treasures of Florence, it becomes clear how one era leads to another, how one ancient civilization sows the seeds for future awakenings. The Parthenon in Athens and the Colosseum in Rome provide a fascinating framework for the artistic and architectural breakthroughs throughout Florence. Contact Geoffrey Smith for more information.

Spring 2020


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


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



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.



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.

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.