International Travel Program

Each year, the Global Education Program sponsors international travel opportunities as a way for students and faculty to gain an appreciation of other cultures, practice foreign languages, and learn about current issues facing local peoples - all while challenging comfort zones and embracing a greater sense of global awareness and interconnectedness.

These faculty-led trips may vary in length and nature from year to year, and some are part of established school exchange programs. These trips take place during the School’s two-week break in March and in the summer.

We are proud to be able to offer financial assistance for trips to families currently receiving aid for tuition.

For more information about opportunities abroad or financial assistance please contact Director of Global Education Dr. Karina J. Baum at kbaum@bbns.org.

2019-20 Trip Opportunities Coming Soon!

 

Student Testimonials

“The trip changed my ideas about civic responsibility and the desire to help others and the environment. Going to the science facilities gave me insight into how scientists are trying to improve the environment and the world's health.” -Science (Switzerland)

“I have benefited from this experience by making new friendships and pushing myself to try new things” -France

“I think it is important to learn how to accept other cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. I think going to new places and experiencing new things is very beneficial to me as both a student and a person.” -Greece

“This trip made me so much more aware of the different cultures in the world and made me want to participate in them” -Spain

 

2018-19 Trip Reflections
 

Upper School

Spanish Exchange: Spain

March 15 - March 25, 2019

The students lived with host families of students who attend the LaSalle Maravillas school. In addition to attending the school some days with their host students, students saw many sights in the city of Madrid, including the Prado Museum, the Royal Palace and the Bernabéu Stadium. They also had a day trip to the magnificent city of Toledo and a two night stay in Barcelona, where they saw the Joan Miró museum, the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.

The students from Spain arrived in Boston on April 1 and stayed until April 10. They lived with the host students in their houses and came to BB&N every day with them.

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French Exchange: France

March 15 - March 25, 2019

11 upper school students traveled to France in March.

They spent 2 days touring the Loire Valley and visiting châteaux and then spent 7 days in Paris. The students toured around town during the day, and at night they had a homestay with Parisian host families. The Parisian students then came here to BB&N in April and had a homestay with our students. Our Parisian partner school is called Le Lycée Victor Duruy.

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Science: Switzerland

March 15 - March 24, 2019

Fifteen students and three teachers participated in the 2019 science trip to Switzerland. We spent the first half of the week in Geneva, where we learned theoretical physics at CERN, discussed the process of mapping neural connections at Campus Biotech's Blue Brain Project, met with researchers who are working to convert brain signals to prosthetic controls at the Wyss Center, stopped by the Addictlab to delve into hands-on projects, explored the city by foot and by bike, and ate a LOT of fondue. We then made our way up to Interlaken (via an Alpine cheese factory in Gruyeres) and visited Sphinx Observatory - a research station high in the Alps. We also spent a day snowshoeing! A student perfectly summarized our collective thoughts: "I really loved this trip! It was a perfect blend of learning and fun (and I had fun learning). The science and scenery were spectacular."

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Chinese Exchange: China

This summer in June twelve BB&N students led by Chinese teacher Mr. Yang and Spanish teacher Prof. Sanchez-Gomez spent two weeks in China. In the first week the students had a wonderful time at RDFZ, our sister school in Beijing where they took Chinese language class, learned how to paint a traditional Chinese fan, made a stone seal, practiced a few Chinese gongfu moves, visited famous sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Over the weekend, they had an amazing homestay, a total immersion in Chinese culture and language, with the hosting students’ families. In the second week, the group toured three other cities, and saw the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, the Fishnet Master Garden in Suzhou and the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. On the trip the group had lots of opportunities to taste various local cuisines which were a huge part of the native culture in different places in China.

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Middle School

Greece

March 17 - March 25, 2019

Students from the Middle School traveled to Greece to visit some of the most well-known and important sites of the ancient world (such as the Oracle at Delphi, the Acropolis, the Theatre at Epidaurus, and Mycenae) as well as to experience the vibrant culture of modern Greece. In addition, students practiced their skills as archaeologists at Assini, climbed to the top of the Venetian fortress in Nafplio, played pinball in a unique museum in Athens, and enjoyed traditional Greek food throughout the trip! Framed by the question, "Who Owns the Past?," students explored ideas about about the ownership antiquities, how or where they should be displayed, and how archaeology plays an important role in modern Greece's identity.

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