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St. Mark's School 2020: Global Citizenship Initiative
St. Mark's School recognizes that a global education is a critical component of a 21st century education. Therefore, the goal of the Global Citizenship Initiative, through both curricular and extracurricular offerings, is to help our students see and appreciate the distinctive features and the beauty that exist in the variety of cultures of the world, to appreciate the human universals that make all people more similar than different, and to inspire our students to become global citizens.

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Academic Programs 

The Mountain School of Milton Academy

Summary

Each semester 45 motivated high school juniors from all over the country come together to live and work on the school’s farm in rural Vermont. Students and faculty build together a semester based on trust and an appreciation of difference, creating an academic and work-based community in which every voice matters. While living with teachers in small houses, students help to make important decisions concerning how we live together. Courses provide a demanding, integrated learning experience that takes advantage of the school's small size and mountain campus. Balancing intellectual inquiry and experiential learning, the curriculum challenges students to think flexibly, speak their minds, and return to their schools equipped for continued academic success. Engagement with the farm and forest sparks an appreciation for their food, their fuel and their labor. Admission is selective. The Mountain School of Milton Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Website

http://www.mountainschool.org/


Location

Vershire, Vermont


Period Offered

Fall or Spring


Age Requirements

Rising Vth form, must apply by February of IV form year.


Deadline

Application is due on February 20, 2015


Contact

Dr. Appell-Warren

Chewonki Semester School

Summary

The Chewonki Semester School provides a challenging academic program for a small number of highly motivated and academically capable students in their junior year. As a Chewonki student, you will live on a 400-acre peninsula, exploring rocky intertidal zones, sandy shores, and freshwater streams. You may snowshoe alongside moose tracks, kayak to Hungry Island, hike the Appalachian Trail, or scale Mt. Katahdin. Your eyes will be opened to the ecosystems around you, as you learn to look when you see a bird or flower, tree, or tide pool. You will discover, in the process, that everything is connected, that nothing should be taken for granted. You'll come to know the natural world while linking practical experiences to the intellectual work of your academic pursuits. In this way, Chewonki provides a unified education where ideas are understood in context, and ideas from different classes build on each other.


Website

http://www.chewonki.org/


Location

Wiscasset, Maine


Area(s) of Interest

Sustainability, Leadership


Period Offered

Fall or Spring


Age Requirements

Rising Vth form, must apply by February of IV form year.


Deadline

Application is due in February 2015


Contact

 Dr. Laura Appell-Warren

School Year Abroad

Summary

Since 1964, School Year Abroad has sent high school juniors and seniors to study abroad in distinctive cities and towns throughout Europe and Asia where their safety and security is a priority. Widely considered the 'gold standard' of high school study abroad programs, SYA's rigorous academic curriculum, paired with complementary educational travel and varied extracurricular activities, ensure students are in an optimal position to return to their home schools or proceed to college. At SYA, you have the advantage of earning high school credit for your year studying abroad while learning from exceptional U.S. independent school and locally-hired faculty. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and standardized testing, college counseling and progress and end-of-year reports for parents and home schools to ensure that you are on track when you return home. Unlike other high school study abroad programs, School Year Abroad independently operates its own schools, so instead of enrolling in a local high school, you'll be learning from hand-selected local and U.S. faculty who serve as advisors to SYA students as they navigate their new environment. In SYA's unique intellectual environment, learning takes place in the classroom and in the larger global community. Each SYA school provides a unique educational environment that brings together the high educational standards of top U.S. prep schools with the excitement of experience-based learning.


Website

http://www.sya.org


Location

Rennes, France; Beijing, China; Viterbo, Italy; or Zaragoza, Spain


Period Offered

School Year 2015 (September to May)


Age Requirements

Rising Vth, VI form (must apply by February of IV or V form year)


Deadline

Application is due mid-February, 2015


Contact

Dr. Laura Appell-Warren

Exchange with Partner Schools

St. Hilda's School, Southport, Queensland, Australia

Summary

Students who have an interest in Australia have the opportunity to travel to Southport, Queensland, Australia and live either in a dormitory or with a host family.  Students who participate in this exchange are expected to ask as hosts for their Australian counterparts.  St. Hilda's School is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in Southport, a central suburb of the Gold Coast, Queensland.  The school motto, Non Nobis Solum - Not For Ourselves Alone, is an important principle that guides St. Hilda's programs and expectations for the education of the students.  St. Hilda's is a school that values character, leadership, and kindness and seeks to instill in the girls a love of learning.  The Year 10 Exchange Program at St. Hilda's is seen as an important addition to the academic program.  Participation in exchange broadens the horizons of students, helps the to grow as individuals, develop new global awareness and make new friends.  Cost consists of airfare, excursion fees and incidental expenses.  


Website

http://www.sthildas.qld.edu.au/


Location

Southport, Queensland, Australia


Period Offered

6 weeks; July-August, 2015


Deadline

April 1, 2015

 

 Eligible Forms:

 Rising  IV and V form, girls only


Contact

Dr. Appell-Warren

Korea International School, Jeju Island, South Korea

Summary

Students who have an interest in Korean culture and language have the opportunity to travel to KIS, Jeju Island and live on an international boarding school campus.  Classes are taught in English, so the language barrier will be minimal, but students will be able to learn Korean outside of class.  Students who participate are expected to act as hosts for their Korean counterparts.

 Jeju Island is in the Northwest part of the country and is an hour's flight fro Seoul, South Korea.  Jeju is a volcanic island known for its natural beauty and KIS students have a Hiking Club that explores the National Trail that follows the coastline around the island.  Students interested in geology and marine biology will be particularly interested in this exchange.

KIS is part of a larger project funded by the Korean government to build an international education center 45 minutes from Jeju City.  As a result the campus is brand new and students are moving in to new spaces as they are being built.  The mission of KIS is to provide a challenging, American, boarding school curriculum within a global context designed to foster lifelong learning and prepare community-minded students for success in university and beyond.  The vision of the school is to educate global citizens using a holistic approach and graduates will be responsible leaders, architects of positive change, and advocates of intercultural participation.   Costs are airfare and incidental expenses.  


Website

http://www.kis.ac/


Location

Jeju Island, South Korea


Period Offered

Variable depending on academic calendar.  Possibilities exist for week-long visits over spring break or at the End of August.  Longer visits would involve working with the Academics Office.  


Deadline

Variable

 

Eligible Forms

 Rising IV, V, VI form


Contact

Peter Glomset

Wittelsbacher Gymnasium, Munich, Germany

Summary

Students who are taking German have the opportunity to travel to Munich, Germany, live with a host family and attend the Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium.  Students who participate are expected to act as hosts for their German counterparts.  This program offers an excellent opportunity for students to solidify their German language learning, to live with a German family, to experience everyday life in Germany, and to visit some of the sites in Southern Germany.  

About 600 students and 50 teachers make the Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium a manageable and almost family-like educational institution.  The number of students of students in one classroom usually does not exceed 30.  The school provides optimal learning conditions, which means that through the overall concept of the school and the commitment of the students and teachers, the school has always ranked in languages.  Many of the students are involved in the arts sector and find opportunities for musical activities in choirs, orchestra or big band.   Costs are airfare, excursion fees and incidental expenses.  


Website

http://www.wittelsbacher-gymnasium.de/


Location

Munich, Germany


Period Offered

June 20 - July 4, 2015

 

Eligible Forms

 By invitation only, limited to those taking German Language


Deadline

April 1, 2015


Contact

Mrs. Wells

The Grange School, Santiago, Chile

Summary

Students have the opportunity to travel to Santiago, Chile, live with a host family and attend The Grange School.  Students who participate are expected to act as hosts for their Chilean counterparts.  This program offers an excellent opportunity for students to solidify their Spanish language learning, to participate with a Chilean family to learn what life is like in Chile, and to visit some of the sites in and around Santiago.  An excursion to Puerto Varas, Patagonia, may be offered.  

The Grange School is a co-ed, independent day school in Santiago with an enrollment of 1,700 students from  Pre-K to 12th grade.  The school offers a blend of British and other national and international programs with a focus on the Cambridge General Certificate of Secondary Education curriculum.  The Grange School is known for its small classes and friendly atmosphere, with most of the students coming from an international background.  Costs are  airfare, excursion fees and incidental expenses.  


Website

http://www.grange.cl/


Location

Santiago, Chile


Period Offered

July  to August 2015

 

Eligible Forms

 Rising IV, V Form, Spanish recommended but not required


Deadline

Applications are due April 1, 2015


Contact

Mr. Cifuentes             

Beijing Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Summary

Students interested in improving their Chinese language skills and learning more about Chinese culture have the opportunity to participate in this exchange.  While in China students will live with a local host family, will also that the opportunity to live in the dormitories at the School and will be offered classes and activities in local Chinese folk art.  Classes include calligraphy, martial arts, dance, paper folding and Peking opera.  

The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, established in 1901, and sometimes referred to as SDSZ, is a model high school in Xicheng District, Beijing.  The School prides itself in its engagement with the most up to date pedagogies, its beautiful campus, and its rich history.  Students will travel with Ms. Showjean Wu and another chaperone.  Cost is estimated at $3,500.   


Website

http://www.sdsz.com.cn/en_ver/abouts.asp


Location

Beijing, China


Period Offered

June 2015 for 14 days

 

Eligible Forms

 Rising IV, V, VI form.  Preference given to students taking Chinese, but open to all


Deadline

Applications due December 1, 2014


Contact

Ms. Wu    

Christ Church Grammar School, Western Australia

Summary

Students who have an interest in Australia have the opportunity to travel to Perth, Western Australia and live either in a dormitory or with a host family.   Students who participate in this exchange are expected to act as hosts for their Australian counterparts.  

Christ Church Grammar School is an independent Anglican day and boarding school for students in grades Pre-K to 12.  At Christ Church, the focus is on motivating every boy to discover and realize the best in themselves and others.  In this environment it is character that we see emerge - the heart well educated, the mond engaged and the body strengthened for life ahead.  The Christ Church pedagogy - our motivational teaching methodology - is at the heart of our approach to deliver exciting, challenging and engaging academic and co-curricular programs (information taken from School website).   Cost are airfare and incidental  expenses.

 


Website

http://www.ccgs.wa.edu.au /


Location

Perth, Western Australia


Period Offered

6 weeks; July-August 2015

 

Eligible Forms

 Rising IV, V form (boys only) 


Deadline

Applications due December 1, 2014


Contact

Dr. Laura Appell Warren

Gap Year Opportunities

Waterford-Kamhlaba School, Swaziland, Southern Africa

Summary

St. Mark's School and the Waterford Kamhlaba School have a rich history dating back to the 1960's when St. Mark's boys and faculty members regularly spent the summer months helping to build and support the Waterford School.  The Waterford School was an Anglican school founded during Apartheid with the mission of creating equal opportunities for all students.  In the 1980's the Waterford School became a member of the United World Colleges Network and became the Waterford Kamhlaba School.  This year St. Mark's students raised money for the Waterford Kamhlaba School's community service program with a refugee camp.  

Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa is a remarkable and pioneering secondary school based in Mbabne, Swaziland.  For almost 50 years it has provided exceptional opportunities for academic achievement, personal growth and leadership development for students from across southern Africa and beyond.  Founded in 1963 with 16 students, Southern Africa's first multiracial school has successfully demonstrated that students thrive and excel in a non-racial environment, educated side by side in equal terms.  The school has since grown to over 600 students and its earliest ideals of courage, leadership, equality, personal responsibility and academic excellence remain at its core.   Cost is airfare and incidental expenses.

 


Website

http://www.waterford.sz/


Location

Mbabne, Swaziland


Period Offered

Gap year intern program

 

Eligible Forms

 By application for post graduates


Contact

Dr Appell-Warren      

Spring Break Trips

Trips will range in price and be dependent on airfare and lodging costs incurred by our partnering organizations. St. Mark's strives to provide students with an outstanding global experience at a reasonable price. Limited Financial Aid is available for these trips.

Barbados Choir Trip

Summary

The St. Mark's choir will go on a performance tour to Barbados the first week of spring break.  The group will stay in the Coconut Court Beach Hotel in the Garrison Historic District on the south shore of the island.  Barbados is an excellent destination for a March tour by an Episcopal school.  Once known as "Little England," Barbados is an island nation with a culture all its own, but with continued strong ties to the Episcopal (Anglican) Church.  In Barbados, we will sing at the Anglican Cathedral, St. James Church, St. Leonard School and Wesley Hall School, as well as the Barbados Historical Society and Museum and other venues.  We will also do school-day class visits at these schools to experience a different educational system firsthand, and then have social events with the students from those schools.  Staying in one location allows us to spend our time soaking in the culture rather than taking it in through a tour bus window.  

The choir trip will be paired with a pre-trip seminar taught by Dr. Appell-Warren and by a Barbadian guest lecturer who will provide two intensive short courses on Barbadian life, history and culture.  Cost is $2,750.  Financial Aid is available to students who receive tuition financial aid.   



Website

Coconut Court Beach Hotel

Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels 


Location

Barbados

 Dates 

 March 14-21, 2015 

 Deadline

 October 1, 2014

 Eligible Forms:

 Limited to the members of the St. Mark's Choir


Contact

James Wallace

Greece

Summary

Every other year during spring break, the faculty in the Classics department organizes a trip to Greece or Italy.  The  next trip will be in 2016.


Website

http://www.ed-tours.com/tours/10dayclassicalgreece.html


Location

Greece


Contact

Dr. Harwood

Dominican Republic

Summary

Students will travel to the Dominican Republic with Mr. Sellers and Mrs. Vachris and participate in the Outreach 360 program in Monte Christi.  Typically students spend their days working in an after school program playing with the Dominican children and tutoring them in English.  In addition to the volunteer work, the group will travel to a market town on the Haitian border that has been declared a World Heritage Site and learn about commerce and relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Students will also study Black in Latin America, a film by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to better understand the history, race relations and the complexity of the island of Hispaniola; home to both Haiti and the DR.  

Participants should note that there are vaccines and malarial medication required for this trip.  The cost of the trip to the travel clinic may be as high as $400.  While many health insurance companies do cover the cost of these vaccines, not all do.  Although St. Mark's does provide transportation to the travel clinic, all participants in the program, regardless of their financial aid status, are expected to cover the cost.  If this required trip to the travel clinic presents a hardship to a family, please contact the Global Citizenship Office. 

 The DR trip will be paired with a required pre-trip seminar taught by Dr. Appell-Warren. 


Website

http://www.outreach360.org/home/


Location

Monte Christi, Dominican Republic

 

Dates

 March 14-21, 2015

 

Cost


$2,000.  Nonrefundable deposit of $600 is due by November 10,2014

 Eligible Forms

 III, IV, V, VI form,  enrollment limited to 20.  Recommended for students interested in the Haiti Partnership.


Contact

Mr. Sellers, Ms. Sischo or Mrs. Vachris

Summer of 2015

Sri Lanka

Summary

St. Mark's has partnered with Envoys, a premier provider of Global Citizenship programs.  The philosophy of Envoys meshes well with that of our Global Citizenship program and the trips they have created with us are tailored to our students and our curriculum.  In addition, they employ state of the art communications and health and safety networks while traveling.  Students participating in this trip will gain a richer understanding of Eastern Religious Thought and the complexity of education for children in countries in South Asia.  Students will also be able to participate long term in a grassroots NGO - Educate Lanka.

The trip to Sri Lanka in June, 2015, will entail a combination of travel around the country, visits with local public school children in Kandy, participation in Buddhist Celebrations, visits to a tea plantation and animal refuge, mountain hiking and visits to cultural and folk museums.  Work with the NGO Educate Lanka will form an important part of this trip.

The travel program will be paired with a pre-trip seminar taught by Dr. Appell-Warren, Rev. Talcott and the Envoys staff.  On-line learning objectives will also have to be met by students joining this trip.   Cost is $5,00 plus airfare.    


Website

http://envoys.com/ stmarkssrilanka/


Location

Colombo, Hattan, Kandy, Galle, Sri Lanka

 Dates

 June 2015
 Eligible Forms:  Rising IV, V, VI (a minimum of 16 students will be needed).  Recommended for students in Eastern Religious Thought and students eager to get involved with the Educate Lanka Foundation.


Contact

Rohan Arjun

St. Mark's in Segovia

Summary

The Instituto San Pedro provides a month long opportunity over the summer for St. Mark's students to experience the language and culture of Spain through the full immersion program St. Mark's in Segovia. Living with carefully selected families, attending three classes a day, joining daily cultural activities, and weekend trips is the core of the program. The stay is complemented with trips around Segovia visiting the following locations: Palacios de la Granja, Castillo de Cuellar, Valle de los Caidos; El Escorial; Museo Reina Sofia; Museo del Prado.  Students will also go hiking in Las Calderas and take a trip to the Andalucia region in Southern Spain.  While in Andalucia they will stay in four star hotels in Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba and Madrid.  Cost is $5,000.  


Website

http://www.institutosanpedro.com/


Location

Segovia, Spain

 

 Dates

 June 22-July 22, 2015

 

Deadline   

 Spring 2015

 

Eligible Forms

 Rising IV, V, VI form


Contact

Mr. Cifuentes

St. Mark's School/Salzburg Global Seminar

Summary

The Global Citizenship Institute is an innovative program between Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria and St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA to educate and support faculty and students from public, private and international secondary schools as they learn ways to become engaged global citizens actively working to solve problems of global and local significance.

Join St. Mark's and Salzburg Global Seminar Faculty for a week of intensive exploration of what it means to be a Global Citizen in a globalized, interconnected 21st Century world.   Participants will hear leaders in the field talk about the issues related to Global Citizenship and will participate in numerous small group discussions focusing on the themes of Global Citizenship.  These themes include, among others: social justice and human rights; creating an engaged community; intercultural communications and perspective taking; climate change and sustainability.  The hallmark of the program is that students and faculty will meet with the faculty and students from their home school to create a project to take home to their community. 

Past participants in the program have come from as near by as Framingham, MA and as far away as Australia.   Cost is $1,000 and includes room, board and off campus excursion.  


Website

http://gc-institute.com/


Location

St. Mark's School

 Dates

 July 6-12, 2015

 Deadline

 April 1, 2015

 Eligible Forms

 Rising IV, V, VI form


Contact

Dr. Appell-Warren

Morocco

Summary

St. Mark's has partnered with Envoys, a premier provider of Global Citizenship programs.  The philosophy of Envoys meshes well with that of our Global Citizenship program and the trips that they have created with us are tailored to our students and our curriculum.  In addition, they employ state of the art communications and health and safety networks while traveling.  During the month of August, 2014, Mr. Hebert, accompanied by Envoys staff, participated in a scouting trip to Morocco to gather information about the trip and to enrich our teachings of Islam.  

The trip to Morocco will entail a combination of living with a host family in Rabat, visiting a school in Tiznit and traveling to see sites of Islamic and historical significance.  Stops will include Rabat, Tangier, Fez. Marrakech, Tiznit, and Casablanca.  Students will camp in the Cedar Forests of the Middle Atlas Mountain Range, sip mint tea in Tangier, visit the Sahara Desert and visit the oldest university in the world - Qarawiyyin University.

The travel program will be paired with a pre-trip seminar taught by Mr. Hebert, Dr. Appell-Warren, and the Envoys staff.  On-line learning objectives will also have to be met by students joining this trip.  Cost is estimated at $5,500.  

 


Website

http://envoys.com/stmarksmorocco/


Location

Rabat, Tangier, Fez, Marrakech, Tiznit and Casablanca, Morocco

 Dates

 June 2015

 Deadline

 January 4, 2015

 Eligible Forms

 Rising IV, V, VI form (A minimum of 16 students will be needed).  Recommended for students in Judiasm, Christianity and Islam.


Contact

Stephen Hebert

Service Learning Opportunities

Ste. Marguerite’s School, Latournelle, Haiti

Summary

St. Mark’s School, Southborough and St. Mark’s School, Altadena, California have partnered, through the auspices of the School Partnership in Haiti  Program, with St. Marguerite’s School in Latournelle, Haiti.  The Haiti Partnership Committee at St. Mark’s School is an active and vibrant organization and is dedicated to developing a partnership between St. Mark's School and St. Marguerite's School in Latournelle, Haiti.  Our goal is to foster communication, education and cultural exploration between the two schools.  We, at St. Mark’s Southborough, are also committed to supporting capital projects at Ste. Marguerite’s through fundraising, in both the local and broader school communities.

A small group of students will travel to Haiti with Ms. McColloch and other chaperones to see the country and to visit the families of Latournelle and the students of St. Marguerite's School.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit sites in and around Port au Prince to get an understanding of Haitian culture and arts.  Students in the STEM Fellowship will be able to apply for a spot on the trip to engage in a limited field work experience and get a first hand sense of how their STEM research project might be beneficial for Haitian people.  

Participants should note that there are vaccines and malarial medication required for this trip.  The cost for the trip to the travel clinic may be as high as $400.00.  While many health insurance companies cover the costs of these vaccines, not all do.  Although St. Mark's does provide transportation to the travel clinic, all participants in the program, regardless of their financial aid status, are expected to cover the cost.  If this required trip to the travel clinic presents a hardship to a family, please contact the Global Citizenship Office.   Cost is $2,500 and limited financial aid is available. 

 


Website

episcopalschools.org - establishing-a-school-partnership-in-haiti


Location

Port au Prince and Latournelle, Haiti

 Dates

 January 16-21, 2015

 Eligible Forms

 IV, V, VI form by Application only.  The trip is limited to 6 students.

 Deadline

 Applications will be due October 1, 2014


Contact

Ms. McCollochMs. Lohwater

Brantwood Camp, Greenfield, NH

Summary

Brantwood Camp, Greenfield, NH. St. Mark’s will soon reach its 100th anniversary of sending students to volunteer as cabin counselors at this summer camp in New Hampshire. Brantwood is specifically designed to serve boys and girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity to afford a camping experience; most are from inner city areas in New England and New Jersey. For sixteen days in the summer (three sessions are available), St. Mark’s students volunteer to live with a small group of campers, helping them develop character, confidence and independence, both physically and emotionally. In this they are trained and supervised by a highly experienced camp staff. It is a challenging job, but it offers unparalleled leadership training and experience to St. Markers who are ready for a life-changing summer. There is no cost to the student, but an application and references are required. Students interested in this program should contact Rev. Talcott.


Website

www.brantwood.org


Location

Peterborough, New Hampshire
 Dates  A volunteer position lasts 17 days and there are three choices of dates starting in Mid June for Session I and ending with the start of Session III in early August.
 Deadline  Application process is rolling
 Eligible forms  IV, V, VI form (must be 16 years old by Mid June)


Contact

Rev. Talcott
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At St. Mark’s we emphasize global competency and global civics. This approach differentiates us because the focus is not only on the travel experience of the students but on the engagement of the student and faculty with other ways of thinking and being as well as the responsibility of each of us as a member of the global community. Our ultimate goal is that every St. Mark’s student will have the chance to study an array of global issues in both required and elective courses across the curriculum, including political, economic, health, environmental, cultural, and social issues, as well as issues of perspective. And every St. Mark’s student will be given the opportunity to experience firsthand, through immersion, a culture that would otherwise be foreign to him or her; ‘learning by doing’ the task of cross-cultural understanding and difference.

I am therefore pleased to present here our current Global Citizenship immersion and travel opportunities. Check back periodically to find updates on our opportunities.
Laura Appell-Warren
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