Global Programs

Global Programs

Mercersburg’s Office of Global Programs & Initiatives

As part of Mercersburg’s mission statement, we state that, “Mercersburg Academy prepares young people from diverse backgrounds for college and for life in a global community.”

In an effort to facilitate student understanding of what living within a global community means, the Office of Global Programs and Initiatives exists to oversee that all students have access to a global learning at some point during their time at Mercersburg. Some of the experiences to which students may have access are:

  • travel programs with faculty members over spring break or summer
  • travel programs with faculty members in summer exchange programs with our partner schools in Chile, China, France, Germany, or Spain
  • class or activity-specific opportunities such as robotics or dance competitions
  • field experience in Costa Rica
  • service experience
  • Symposium experience
  • outdoor education experience abroad
  • student-driven experience through the MAPS Global Scholars Program

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Travel Programs

Read more about this year's break travel opportunities below. If you have any questions about break travel, please contact Leah Rockwell, director of global programs and initiatives, at 717-328-6132 or

Spring Break 2019

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  • Cloud Forest School, Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Trip Leaders: Trini Hoffman and Jeff Cohen
    March 2-11, 2019

    This is a Community Service / Study Trip for any student who would like to experience travel, culture, language, social interaction, and many learning components of self in the country of Costa Rica.
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Summer Break 2019

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  • Bahamas, Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI)

    Trip Leader: Doonie Brewer and Will Willis (
    June 8-16, 2019

    In partnership with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) on the island of Eleuthera (Bahamas) students will gain an appreciation for and hopefully a lifelong dedication to the preservation of the oceans and sea life.
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  • Chile (Exchange Program)

    Trip Leaders: Ali Hawk
    June 1-23, 2019

    Students who have completed Spanish II Honors (or beyond) in Spanish are invited to apply to a three-week program in San Felipe, Chile, where they will live with a Chilean family whose student attends our partner school, Colegio Alemán de San Felipe.
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  • Costa Rica (Tropical Biology and Tico Culture)

    Trip Leaders: Frank Rutherford and Nikki Walker 
    June 10-22, 2019

    This program offers students an insider’s view of Costa Rica, drawing on Mercersburg Academy’s longtime connections to two distinct regions of this beautiful country.
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  • Italy: from Empire to Enlightenment

    Trip Leaders: Tom Thorne & Kristi Magalhaes
    Session 1, June 5-15
    Session 2, June 16-26**

    Mercersburg's Latin program is pleased to be working again with the Paideia Institute to provide our students with an academically-focused introduction to Italy's wealth of classical and medieval sites. 
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236