Students Travel the World This June

As summer gets underway, more than 50 Mercersburg students and 11 faculty and staff members are traveling internationally with programs coordinated by Mercersburg’s Office of Global Programs and Initiatives. Throughout the month of June, students are visiting Chile, Italy, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas.
To see photos from the trips, follow us on Mercersburg’s Global Programs Instagram page.

From June 1-23, faculty member Ali Hawk and staff member Lauren Hoffman are accompanying six students to Chile. This is the third year in a row (and the seventh time since the trip began in the early 2000s) that Mercersburg students have visited the Academy’s sister school, Colegio Alemán de San Felipe. Over the course of three weeks, students will attend classes and participate in outings to local historical and cultural sites, deepening their language skills and enhancing their familiarity with Chilean culture.

A total of 29 students will visit Italy in June. Faculty members Tom Thorne, Alexandra Patterson, and Leela Woody will accompany the first group from June 5-15, and from June 16-26, the second group will experience the country with Thorne and faculty members Kristi Magalhaes and Doug Smith. While there, students in both groups will learn how to travel independently via train, bus, and on foot and will investigate numerous sites in and around Rome, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, and Sorrento. This is Thorne’s 14th trip to Italy with students, a travel program he started for the school in the 1990s.

From June 10-22, faculty members Frank ’70 and Debbie Rutherford and Nikki and Dan Walker will accompany 11 students to Costa Rica for the ninth year of a tropical-biology-themed excursion in Nosara and surrounding areas. For the first part of the trip, students will live with leaders in a home provided by a Mercersburg alumni family for the school’s use. During the second portion of the trip, students will visit the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde and stay with host families in the area. Mercersburg has a nearly 15-year relationship with CFS, and upon his retirement this summer, Frank Rutherford will join the board of trustees for the school.

To round out the global travels this summer, faculty members Doonie Brewer and Will Willis will travel with five students to the Bahamas. The newest of Mercersburg’s summer travel experiences, this program partners with the Cape Eleuthera Institute on the island of Eleuthera to help students gain an appreciation for marine biology and sustainability practices. Students will take part in every aspect of the operations at the institute, immersing themselves in everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to tagging sharks and learning about hydroponic garden-growing techniques.

For more information about all the summer trips, read more about Global Programs at Mercersburg.
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