International and Off-Campus Study Opportunities
Get out of town!
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 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 2019
Jamaica Service Trip
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. Contact Rachel Malde for more information.
Ecology Project International: Island Ecology Program in Baja, Mexico 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.
March 10-16, 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 Dean of Students Laura Clay 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 Laura Clay for more information.