From the Carolinas to Cambodia, local students did not let the summer months slide by and took advantage of time off school by traveling to far-off places to study, work or volunteer.
Pace Academy students traveled to Italy, Spain, Russia and England through the school’s global education program while others helped out locally through the school’s Keeping Pace program, which works with children in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood, and Verano Sin Limites, a program for Hispanic middle school students.
Atlanta International School rising junior Estella Dieci, who won the school’s Legacy Scholarship, used the money to accompany her father on a trip to China. Estella, who began taking Mandarin her freshman year, went to Beijing last summer for a study abroad program.
Five Lovett upper school students went to Apuela, Ecuador, for a 10-day service trip in June, where they learned about harvesting and processing coffee as well as perform a variety of service projects, including learning about the coffee business, agricultural work, mural painting and working in the local afterschool program.
Other Lovett students participated in formal exchanges to China, England and Australia.
Rising juniors Allison Burns and Dorothy Rau have just returned from four weeks in Sydney, Australia, through a newly created partnership between The Lovett School and Ascham School, a girls’ school in Sydney. Rising sophomores Hailey Young and Caroline Stevens spent three weeks in June in Wiltshire, England, through a newly established exchange with St. Mary’s Calne, a girls’ boarding school in the south of England.
Kitts Cadette, a teacher at the Howard School, moved to Trinidad to begin her sabbatical year as director of the Eshes Learning Center. Also, rising senior Neidy Rodriguez won a scholarship to attend an environmental summit at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.
Elizabeth Chapman and Marcia Kochel, who both teach a human rights elective at the Galloway School, spent a week this summer in Cambodia visiting villages south of Phnom Penh with Heifer International and the Somaly Mam Foundation.
Twelve Galloway students took a trip to Spain and France. The journey was led by Felicia McCrary, director of student life and enrollment, and Isaac Ramsey, theater technical director.
A group of students and faculty members from Woodward Academy traveled to the Terranova School in Zambia, Woodward’s sister school, and middle school Spanish students traveled to Costa Rica.
Students at Holy Spirit Preparatory School went to Kingston, Jamaica, and Whitley City, Ky., on separate mission trips to support poor communities. Another student, Mia Voss, attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
Westminster students took several trips of note this summer, including the school’s longstanding international exchange program in Argentina and Kenya.
Other summer travel included the annual Running Through History course in Europe, where students combine visits to significant historic sites with fitness runs; the Marine biology class, which culminates with a trip to explore the flora and tidal pools of Hawaii; and a service learning trip to Antigua, Guatemala, in which students helped construct homes for families in need and delivered much-needed supplies to a medical clinic.
Whitefield Academy students went on mission trips to Ecuador and Guatemala. The 18 students on the Guatemala team helped provide medical and dental clinics and children’s programs in eight different communities and served over 500 people.
Students from Atlanta Girls’ School went to Kenya, India and Ecuador through the school’s global travel program. In Ecuador, four seniors, along with a 2009 alumna, spent four weeks performing community service, participating in home stays and visiting a field station in the rainforest for an eco-adventure experience. Three seniors and a 2013 graduate embarked on a two-week elementary teaching internship in the small town of Naro Moru, Kenya. Theses girls spent weekends doing community service projects and exploring Kenya. And during a three-week internship trip to India, a rising junior and a rising senior traveled with two recent graduates to work with local teachers to meet with young Indian girls. They also helped camp counselors plan experiential lessons and gather community data.
Atlanta International School science teachers Alexis Doyle and Peluchi Flores launched a new trip for middle school students this summer to the Galapagos Islands. The group first traveled to and explored the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. From there, they traveled to San Cristobal, one of the Galapagos Islands, where they were hosted by students in three schools on the island. The group followed in Darwin’s footsteps, exploring the extraordinary wildlife as well as practicing their Spanish and making friends. After leaving the island, the group made one final stop on Santa Cruz Island on the way back to Atlanta.