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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 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 Australia, China, Costa Rica, India, Japan, New Zealand, Oahu, Peru, Tanzania, and Washington D.C.
2019 Trip Options
HPA is offering the following travel opportunities to Upper School students for the 2019 spring break:
China - Giant Panda Conservation and Exploration
This trip offers the incredible opportunity to work with giant pandas at the Panda Conservation Center in Dujiangyan. Students will assist researchers with observations, feeding, habitat care, and learn about conservation efforts. Other highlights of the trip include cultural immersion opportunities with visits to some of China’s most famous sites, including the Terracotta Warriors, Llama Temple, Xi’an Mosque, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall of China. Participants will also be able to engage with students at the Beijing Foreign Affairs School, see a Sichuan-style opera, enjoy delicious traditional food, and more!
View the tentative itinerary
Cuba - Innovation in Action
Students will be able to explore critical issues facing Cuba, and turn ideas into actionable solutions during design thinking workshops. When applied to social issues, this intentional design process can outline how entrepreneurs can conquer some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Students will be able to present their ideas to a panel of judges at the end of their trip. Other highlights include a trip to Banao to learn about sustainable tourism and conservation, a mangrove restoration service project, a visit to the Che Guevara Museum, examination of a biosphere project in Las Terrazas, and exploration of the fascinating city of Havana.
Morocco - Souqs, Service, and Surfing
This study tour enables students to engage in an exciting service immersion project in the amazing Atlas Mountains. The group will consult with local leaders about ongoing initiatives, and assist with community gardens, engage with local school children through tutoring workshops, and assist in the completion of a community center and library. Other trip highlights include a boat trip on beautiful Bin El Ouidane lake, exploration of the red city of Marrakech, a hike to Ozoude waterfalls, adventures in souqs (markets), a calligraphy class, surfing in Essaouira, a visit to Casablanca and the Hassan II Mosque, and learning basic Arabic.
Applications are due by Sunday, October 21.
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.
what do students gain from ourworld?
Check out this great student video of the Australia trip in March 2018 by participant Reyn Kaneshiro ‘18!