Worcester’s premier college-preparatory co-ed day school serving students from Central MA and MetroWest, Pre-K–Grade 12

Global Travel Experiences

Among the beliefs that frame the Global Studies program at Bancroft are a commitment to the idea that substantial learning takes place when we step outside of our familiar environments, and that exposure to cultural differences builds empathy and understanding of diversity. Our travel experiences contribute to these goals, offering students unique opportunities to become immersed in different cultures, strengthen their language skills, visit sites of historical and cultural importance, and make connections in other parts of the country and the world.

2018 Travel Programs

March 2018: Cultural Immersion and Service Learning in China

This travel program serves as a counterpart to our Beijing/Shanghai trip that we have offered in the past; travel this time will focus on areas around three main locations: Shanghai, Guilin, and Chengdu. From karaoke nights in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, to service work at a UNESCO Panda preserve, to a journey on the Li River, students will immerse themselves in both urban and rural locations. While the study of Mandarin language is not a requirement, students who take Mandarin classes will be able to practice their language skills during the trip, especially when they interact with students from a local high school and our sister school in Shanghai. In addition, this experience will offer a great opportunity for students to understand more fully the home country, culture and perspectives of their friends in our international student program who hail from China. Trip Leader: Ms. Kong

March 2018: Cultural Exploration in Costa Rica

This travel experience allows our Spanish language students to practice their skills in a variety of environments, while allowing other students to immerse themselves in Costa Rica’s culture as well. Our longtime partnership with a language school with multiple campuses allows for leveled Spanish classes; day trips to farms, nature reserves, beaches, and rainforests; and service projects in the region. Other cultural activities will include cooking and dance lessons as well as multiple opportunities to bond with the host families who become an integral part of our Costa Rica program. Trip Leader: Mrs. Stephenson

March 2018: Cultural & Linguistic Exploration of Quebec

This travel program in the French-speaking Canadian province of Québec focuses on both the French history and the modern culture of Québec. The trip will split time evenly between an exploration of Québec City and an immersion in the Gaspé Peninsula, where we will be visiting with some Québécois friends at a middle school in a small town. Since it will likely still be wintry up in Québec, we will also plan to partake in activities such as tobogganing, snowshoeing, and sugar shack-ing. Trip Leader: Mrs. Belanger

June 2018: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Iceland

Iceland is a unique country with volcanic geology, massive glaciers, cutting-edge engineering, and a culture that has long been based on a model of sustainability. This travel experience will bring students from Bancroft in contact with engineers and scientists in the field studying climate change, renewable energy application, geothermally active landscapes, and sustainable systems. Through participation in scientific study and discourse with professionals in their areas of operation, students will form a sustainability plan for their school, and design a presentation based on their studies concerning climate change or sustainable agriculture. Trip Leader: Mr. Hendershott (this experience will be facilitated as a course for US science credit.

Recent Travel Experiences

Language and Culture in Andalusia, Spain
Roman Architecture and History in England
French Language and Culture in Paris & Brittany
Global Art in New York City
Marine and Island Ecology
Latin Culture in Rome and Pompeii
Field Research and Cultural Exchange in the Galapagos 
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