Student Trips

Several times a year students and faculty have the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and abroad for service learning projects or cultural experiences that challenge their perception of the world outside of Christ School.

For more information about travel opportunities contact Isaac Rankin, Director of Residential Life: 828-684-6232 ext. 182.


When: February 2-6, 2018 (Winter Break)
Where: Charleston, SC
What: Servant Leadership and Cultural Experience in Charleston, SC

  • 2 days working with Habitat for Humanity in Charleston area.
  • 15 hours of community service
  • Gullah Cuisine and Seafood
  • Civil War History
  • Charleston Architecture

Transportation: Driving to and from Charleston
Number of Students: 10-15
Trip Leaders: Travis Harris and Casey Zager
Age and Skills Requirement: Must be 16 or older
Approximate cost: $700

When: March 2-12, 2018 (Spring Break)
Where: Paris, Lucerne, and Rome
What: Traveling by train is the best way to see Europe as the locals do. Experience two of the most famous high-speed trains in Europe: the TGV Lyria from Paris to Lucerne, and the Frecciarossa 1000 from Lucerne to Rome. Students will also discover the magnificent cities of Paris, Lucerne, and Rome via guided tours and excursions. Join us on a European journey like no other!

Transportation: Shuttle from Arden to Atlanta; flight from Atlanta to Paris; train(s) from Paris to Lucerne; train(s) from Lucerne to Rome; flight from Rome to Atlanta; shuttle from Atlanta to Arden.
Number of Students: 10-14
Trip Leaders: Joe Dalton and Ross Weathersbee
Age and Skill Requirement: Must be 15 or older
Approximate cost: $3300


When: March 3-10, 2018 (Spring Break)
Where: Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
What: During this 7-day trip you’ll have the chance to explore the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos. You’ll also visit Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, a 500-year-old metropolis surrounded by the Andes Mountains.

  • Straddle the equator near the Middle of the World Monument—it was built about 240 meters from the globe’s horizontal dividing line.
  • See Pululahua Volcano, one of the earth’s only known inhabited calderas; it blooms with orchids and tropical plants, watered by a dark fog that shrouds the peak daily.
  • Hike across lava fields while looking for frigatebirds, which can often be spotted nosediving into the deep blue water.
  • Do some snorkling off the coast of Tortuga Bay Beach, then stroll through an iguana sanctuary.
  • Swim between the cliffs at Las Grietas. Stick around to watch the sunset.

Transportation: Driving to Atlanta; flying from Atlanta to Quito; flying from Quito to the Galapagos; flying from Quito to Atlanta
Number of Students: 10-12
Trip Leaders: Marcel Duhaime and Beth Duhaime
Age and Skill Requirement: Spanish encouraged but not required
Approximate cost: $3200


When: March 3-10, 2018 (Spring Break)
Where: San Juan de Somoto, Nicaragua; Granada, Nicaragua
What: Service Work, Cultural and Language Immersion, Eco-Tourism

Students will spend a week working with the Fabretto Organization in Northern Nicaragua, participating in a building project in San Juan de Somoto while also visiting the local Fabretto Center to interact and play games with school children. Students will stay in a local hotel and eat authentic Nica cuisine. For the last two days, the group will travel to the city of Grenada and enjoy the eco-tourism and local culture of the small city on Lake Nicaragua.

Transportation: Flying from Charlotte to Mangua
Number of Students: 8-12
Trip Leaders: Email Isaac Rankin for more information
Age and Skill Requirement: 15 or older; language experience recommended but not required
Approximate cost: $2300

When: March 4-13, 2018 (Spring Break)
Where: Japan
What: Immersive trip from Tokyo to Kyoto

  • Tour famous Tokyo landmarks like the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, and Shibuya crossing
  • Enjoy ramen, sushi, tempura, and other local cuisine
  • Studio Ghibli anime museum
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi with a view of Mt. Fuji
  • Overnight in a traditional Ryokan
  • Explore the old city and shrines of Kyoto and enjoy the world-renowned cuisine

Transportation: Flying to and from Japan; chartered bus and train while in Japan
Number of Students: 10
Trip Leaders: Jennifer MacDonald and Shao Ting Chung
Age and Skill Requirement: Must be 16 or older
Approximate cost: $4000


When: March 4-11, 2018 (Spring Break)
Where: Cuba
What: Servant Leadership and Cultural Experience in Cuba. (Passport and religious visa* required.)

  • Working with local church (repair work on sanctuary, bringing water filters, sightseeing)
  • 5 hours of community service
  • Cuban Cuisine and Seafood
  • Cuban History
  • Cuban Culture and Architecture

Transportation: Driving to Charlotte; flying from Charlotte to Miami; flying from Miami to Santa Clara, Cuba; flying from Havan, Cuba to Charlotte; driving from Charlotte to Asheville
Number of Students: 10
Trip Leaders: Jose Martin
Approximate cost: $2600

* Religious visa obtained by Cuban organization Buenas Nuevas (host). The visa may take up to 4 months to get, so we must begin the process by September. Dates may change depending on flights.

When: May 25-June 2, 2018
Where: France and Belgium
What: Journey through the WWI battlefields of Northern France and Belgium while traveling with an expert historian guide. We will visit sites where European history was altered and countless lives sacrificed, including Flanders Fields in Belgium and the crucial battlefields of Somme and Amiens in France. We will finish in Paris with a tour of the city, and a tour of Versailles where the Peace Treaty was signed.

Transportation: Driving to airport; flying to Paris
Number of Students: 12-16
Trip Leaders: Olga Mahoney, Emily Pulsifer, Leigh Harris
Age and Skill Requirement: None
Approximate cost: $3250


When: June 25-July 7, 2018
Where: Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado
What: Exploring the beauty and landscape of the Western United States through camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures in and around some of America’s most beautiful national parks and natural wonders.

Transportation: Flying in and out of Denver; driving during trip
Number of Students: 5-13
Trip Leaders: Leigh Harris
Age and Skill Requirement: Students must have a desire to “rough it." Trip will involve camping in tents, going without showers on some days, traveling in a van to different locations, cooking, cleaning gear, hiking, and exploring.
Approximate cost: $3500 (depending on numbers)


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