Your Impact: Spring Trips
Paris. Sicily. Andalucía. Galicia. Valencia.
Students have been in transit again this spring! They continue to witness the concepts, places and people learned in the classroom come to life in front of them as they explore various regions of their host country.
From learning about éco-construction methods being tested worldwide at le Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris to partaking in a calçotada in Valencia to performing Greek tragedies at a theater in Sicily, students engaged deeply with the local cultures and history, taking opportunities to showcase the skills and knowledge they learned in the classroom along the way.
The SYA community has helped make school trips possible through your support of the SYA Fund. Thank you.
Students and faculty in Italy were ecstatic to travel to Sicily where they were greeted by warm sun and even warmer people. The layered history of the island and the identity the Sicilians feel was evident in their traditions and day-to-day life. One student commented that she was never farther than 15 meters from amazing food and happy people – just one element of the wonder and joy of learning in situ.
Students embarked upon on a four-day interdisciplinary travel experience in Paris which included an à la carte menu of activities including: le Panthéon, la Mosquée de Paris and le musée Carnavalet (History of Paris museum). In addition, students had time set aside to choose their own destination and/or activity.
GALICIA, ANDALUCÍA AND VALENCIA
In Spain, students divided into three groups to explore Galicia (northwest), Andalucía (south), and Valencia (east) during their second five-day school trip of the year. They readied themselves for these trips in their Experiential Spanish classes; pairs and trios of students on each trip prepared an introduction for each cultural visit. They gave these presentations on the bus or in situ upon arrival at the various cathedrals, dance studios, museums and restaurants. In addition to guided visits, students also researched the places they wanted to see during their free blocks.