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Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:23am

Student Trips Offer Adventure, Learning

Christ School has taken a student trip to the Galapagos Islands each of the past three years.

Student Trips Offer Adventure, Learning

Being out of your element is not always a bad thing.

Christ School's student trips are meant to be not only a fun exploration of strange lands, but a worthwhile learning experience, too.

Trips booked for this school year are all international: Northern Finland (Nov. 17-23), Greece and Italy (March 1-10), Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (March 2-9), and South Africa (May 20-29). Greenies and their fathers have a chance to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day together with a June 1-9 trip to Amsterdam, Dunkirk, Normandy, and London.

Faculty members Beth and Marcel Duhaime have signed on to lead both the Greece and Italy trip and the South Africa trip. Last year, the couple were chaperones in the Galapagos.

"Traveling with students keeps us young!" Marcel said. "Their energy and enthusiasm for all that you encounter away from campus can't be matched. The smallest bug in the Galapagos or a loud flock of birds in Iceland brings a barrage of Google searches to find answers to questions they never knew they had!

Logistics for each trip are planned out well in advance, including a community service opportunity. Students are given the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through the school to help defray their trip's cost.

Greenies who traveled to France and Belgium for last summer's "Remembering World War I" trip came back with nothing but positive reflections.

"I have a completely different view of the war now because this trip has shown me just how many people it has affected," Henry Duggins '20 said. "This trip also showed me the magnitude of the war and how historical and unparalleled it was to the rest of anything else in history."

"It was different to see through my own eyes, the trenches, the tunnels and the No-Man's land. I believe scenes like those would only be fixed in my mind as memories once I've seen it all, in person," Peter Zhou '19 added.

More information about Christ School's student trips can be found here.