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 rockwellle@mercersburg.edu.



Spring Break 2019

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  • NYC Alumni Connections

    Trip Leaders: Jenn Bradley & Glenn Neufeld
    March 1-March 8, 2019
    $1,675

    This experience will expose students to the incredibly talented Mercersburg network of alumni and parents in New York City. The group will spend six days and seven nights in Manhattan meeting with alumni and parents who work in different business sectors such as finance, investment, entrepreneurship, non-profits, marketing, fashion, and art.
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  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming (MOE)

    Trip Leaders: Sarah Bozzi and Pete Gunkelman
    March 1-9, 2018
    $4,000

    This expedition will encourage participants to compare lift-served resort skiing with more expedition-style backcountry ski touring. The group will spend three days ski touring in the breathtaking Tetons including lessons on avalanche safety and powder skiing/boarding.
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  • Cloud Forest School, Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Trip Leaders: Trini Hoffman and Jeff Cohen
    March 2-11, 2019
    $3,000


    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 Frank Bell (brewerd@mercersburg.edu)
    Session 1, June 8-16, 2019
    Session 2, June 17-25, 2019**
    $3,850

    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
    $3,000

    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
    $3,000


    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**
    $3,800

    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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