Summer Global Education Trips Broaden Perspectives
This year, Pace has explored the world’s water problems with the Isdell Center’s theme. This summer, many Pace students will travel across the globe to experience and learn about foreign cultures. The first expedition leaves on May 25 to Italy, returning on June 7. Students will be traveling with beloved Pace teachers Erica Barbakow, Matt Ball and Gavin Bradley on a trip that aspires to teach kids about the rich history and culture that Italy has to offer. The group will visit major cities such as Florence, Rome, Sorrento and Pompeii, and stopping at famous sites such as the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain.
Another group of Pace upper schoolers will explore India with art professors Jane Sibley and France Dorman. The goal of this trip is to teach students about the arts that other cultures have to offer (including both ancient art and modern art), as well as exposing them to India’s up-and-coming urban infrastructure. “I’m expecting to be humbled by how people in India live,” said junior Frances Crisler, as she will see up close the water-related issues that Indian people face on a daily basis. This trip is particularly enticing for students who are interested in photography, as they will have many opportunities to take photos of scenic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, a city with many beautiful palaces and forts.
Tim Horner will continue his annual trip in July, as he will take a few students to Cambridge, England. Senior Blake Murphy and juniors Sean Murtaugh and Emma Laura Gash will travel to the UK to enjoy London and also sit in on lectures from Cambridge professors. The group will be meeting up with many other groups from schools around the world to learn about the British culture and enjoy the intellectual atmosphere. For Emma Laura, this will be her first time outside the U.S. “Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to go to England,” she said.
Pace students will also travel with teachers Kevin Ballard, Trish Anderson and Jonathan Day to Botswana and Namibia with the goal of studying water issues and possible solutions. This will be the highlight of the Isdell Center’s Scholars program, because teachers and students alike will get hands-on experience with areas that struggle to get water on a daily basis. The studying of these areas will help students think outside of the United States, where water is taken for granted, while assessing water issues and possible solutions. “I am excited to be in Africa for the first time in my life,” said junior Alec Rogers. “The water scarcities there are much more severe, and the problems they face are different than those in America.”