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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

Mercersburg is offering the following travel programs during the 2017–2018 school year.

If you have any questions about break travel, please contact Leah Rockwell, director of global programs and initiatives, at 717-328-6132 or rockwellle@mercersburg.edu.



Spring Break 2018

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  • Grand Canyon, AZ (MOE)

    Trip Leaders: Sarah Bozzi and Pete Gunkelman
    (March 2-10, 2018/approximate cost: $2,600-$3,100)

    This program is a great opportunity for exploring one of our country’s treasured natural resources.
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  • Navajo Nation Community Engagement Experience (Arizona)

    Trip Leader: Katherine Dyson (co-leader TBD)
    (March 3-10, 2018/approximate cost: $2,800)

    Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Navajo life and culture, work on a community-led service project, and explore the natural beauty of a Navajo Nation reservation near Tuba City, Ariz.
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  • Silicon Valley/Mercersburg in Northern California

    Trip Leaders: Tim Crouch and Michele Poacelli
    (March 2-10, 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.
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Summer Break 2018

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  • China/Taiwan (Exchange Program)

    Trip Leaders: Grace Abel and Carl Stensland
    (June 2-21, 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.
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  • Costa Rica (Tropical Biology)

    Trip Leaders: Franklin Bell and Ali Hawk
    (June 2018 - exact dates TBD/approximate cost: $2,700
    )

    This academic trip and biology excursion to a special site in Nosara, Costa Rica, is entering its eighth year. It is a great opportunity for biological studies, service, cultural immersion, and fun.
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  • France (Exchange Program)

    Trip Leader: Ben McNeil
    (June 2-20, 2018/approximate cost: $3,500)

    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.
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  • Germany/Austria (Exchange Program)

    Trip Leader: Peter Kempe (co-leader TBD)
    (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.
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  • New River Gorge, WV (MOE)

    Trip Leader: Pete Gunkelman (co-leader TBD)
    (June 11-20, 2018/approximate cost: $950
    )

    Participants on this trip will have an opportunity to learn rappelling, sport climbing, and “trad” gear placement techniques over the course of 10 days in the New River Gorge of West Virginia.
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  • Peru

    Trip Leaders: Denise Dalton and Todd McGuire
    (June 14-25, 2018/approximate cost: $3,500)

    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.
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  • Prague/Budapest

    Trip Leaders: Nate Jacklin ’96 and Sarah Bozzi
    (June 6-16, 2018/approximate cost: $3,600)

    On this trip (titled “Living in a Dictatorship”), participants will experience different cultures in two European capitals with historical ties to communism and the Iron Curtain.
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  • South Africa Wildlife Tour (MOE)

    Trip Leaders: Jeremy Thompson and Sue Malone
    (June 9-21, 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.
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  • Spain (Exchange Program)

    Trip Leader: Wendy Valenteen
    (June 5-July 5, 2018/approximate cost: $3,800)


    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.
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