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
Trip Leaders: Tim Crouch and Michele Poacelli (March 2-9, 2018/approximate cost: $1,850)
This program is centered around meaningful engagement between students and Mercersburg alumni. Students will experience industry education and insight into professional occupations, along with networking and presentation training.
Trip Leaders: Rachel Mallory and Jeff Adair ’98 (June 3-24, 2018/approximate cost: $2,800)
Students who have completed Level 2 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.
Trip Leaders: Grace Abel and Carl Stensland (June 2-19, 2018/approximate cost: $4,560)
Students who have completed Chinese II Honors (or beyond) are invited to apply for a three-week excursion centered on an exchange program with Mercersburg’s sister school, Nanjing Foreign Language School.
This program (open to students who have completed French II Honors or beyond) offers participants immersion in French language and culture by participating in a two-week exchange with Collège-Lycée Saint-Joseph (our sister school in Thônes, France), followed by a long weekend in Paris.
Trip Leaders: Peter Kempe and Lena Eckstine (June 1-22, 2018/approximate cost: $3,800)
Mercersburg’s exchange program with the Gauss Gymnasium in Worms, Germany, is in its 20th year. The trip is a combination of traveling, exploring, studying, and sightseeing, as well as a homestay with our longtime friends in Worms.
An 11-day trip to Peru offers participants immersive engagement in a beautiful culture. Participants will learn and practice the Spanish language, cook authentic Peruvian cuisine, visit museums and archeological sites, discover textiles and other handcrafts, and tour ancient ruins like Machu Picchu.
Trip Leaders: Jeremy Thompson and Sue Malone (June 9-22, 2018/approximate cost: $4,700)
Participants in this excursion will experience the wildlife of South Africa and Kruger National Park firsthand. Students will move from seeing African wildlife on a screen to observing wildlife face-to-face in a safe but authentic way.
This is a cultural language-immersion program available to students who have successfully completed Spanish II Honors or beyond. Participants are hosted by students and families from our sister school, Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, in Valladolid, Spain.
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. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173