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OurWorld Travel Abroad Program

Culture. Service. Place-Based learning.

Each year over spring break, our students have the opportunity to travel, study, and serve on one of several experiences. These trips offer students the opportunity to learn about life in another culture, develop and use language skills, and participate in community service. Our goal is to offer students the opportunity to show and continue to grow in HPA’s Core Values on these trips: Integrity, Respect, Pursuit of Excellence, and Wonder. We believe that travel is a multi-layered experience - with students reflecting on questions such as:

What does it mean to be a global citizen?
How do my choices and ideas affect other people and places?
How do my ideas about others-and theirs about me-affect our interactions?
What are the current global issues of today and what is my part in contributing to the betterment of the world?

Trips are organized through Rustic Pathways and the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC), and chaperoned by HPA faculty. Participation in the service component of these experiences will earn community service credit. Some financial aid is available.

Past trip opportunities have included China, Costa Rica, India, Japan, New Zealand, Oahu, Peru, Tanzania, Washington D.C.Photo Courtesy Jasmine Buerano '17

2018 Trip Options

HPA is offering the following travel opportunities to Upper School students for the 2018 spring break:

Australia - Ancient Cultures and Coral Coasts

Students will experience an epic outdoor adventure while engaging in service projects with local communities. Highlights of the trips will include a ferry and cycling trip to Rottnest Island to view abundant marine life, camping in the Western Desert with a visit with the Martu Australian Aboriginal community, experiencing ancient gorges and waterholes in Karijini National Park, and snorkeling with wildlife in Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.

View the tentative itinerary

Dominican Republic - Bateyes Service Immersion Project

Students will contribute to the ongoing community development project in the areas of San Pedro de Macoris and Hato Mayor organized by local NGOs. The group will travel to San Pedro de Macoris where they will work on various service projects in the Batey communities. The Bateyes are home to migrant Haitian sugarcane workers. These marginalized communities have some of the lowest standards of living in the country. The HPA group’s work will consist of infrastructure rehabilitation, agricultural work with local farmers, health initiatives, and education projects with local children. When not working hard on service projects, the group will have the opportunity to tour the colonial zone of old Santo Domingo, relax on white sand beaches, catch the beat of Dominican daily life, and enjoy this Caribbean paradise.

View the tentative itinerary

Japan - Culture, Language, History

This study tour incorporates learning about the history, politics, society, pop culture, environment, and cuisine of Japan. Students will have a chance to put their Japanese-speaking skills to the test and gain a deeper understanding of Japanese customs and lifestyles. The study tour will feature hands-on kumihimo and manju workshops, volunteer work at a local charity, and the opportunity to see the diversity of urban and rural settings coexisting in one nation. Students will also have an opportunity to visit the campus of Hiroshima Prefectural Kokutaiji High School and experience daily life for their peers in Japan. The highlight of the experience will be a two night homestay at a Kokutaiji student’s home in Hiroshima. Visits to other historic Japanese sites will also be incorporated into the itinerary.

View the tentative itinerary

To Apply

Applications are due by Tuesday, October 24.

To qualify for a trip, students must be in good academic standing and passing Citizenship at all times prior to trip departure. Students that are currently on probation, or who have had past major infractions will be considered on an individual basis. Please be aware that HPA reserves the right to pull students from trip rosters if they fail to fulfill the behavioral and academic expectations for participation. If a student is withdrawn for academic or behavioral reasons, the program deposit is non-refundable.

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