Freshmen sign up to get more information about the study tour to South Africa, led by Director of College Counseling Jonathan Ferrell. Photo: Lee Wilson

If you passed through the gardens on Friday you might have seen a mass of students huddled around poster boards. At morning assembly, Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) Director Trish Anderson gave an overview of the study tours for this school year. The trips fall into three time frames: winter break, spring break and summer, with two exceptions.

History teacher Helen Smith is the lead chaperone for the trip to Lisbon, Portugal scheduled for Thanksgiving break. The trip will examine the rich history and culture of the city of Lisbon, which is 2700 years old. Students will also participate as delegates in the Yale Model Government Europe (YMGE), based on the political structures of the countries of the European Union and their interactions.

Over the winter break, ICGL Associate Director Ted Ward and biology teacher Dr. Kaylan Haizlip will lead a trip to Rwanda. This is a Tufts Inqury trip where students will learn the history of genocide in Rwanda and discuss on how genocide can be prevented in the future. In January, history department chairperson Tim Hornor will lead a trip to Germany where students will study the history, art and culture of the country from World War II to present day, with particular emphasis on the rise of the Third Reich.

Spring break will feature four study tours, including trips to South Africa, Vietnam, the Florida Keys and the Galapagos. The South Africa trip has a different focus this year and will be entrepreneurship and leadership based. Pace has partnered with the African Leadership Academy, a program that builds leaders who can address South Africa’s biggest problems.

Students on the Vietnam trip will spend one week on a Habitat for Humanity build before diving into Vietnam’s culture for a few days. School counselor Kacy Brubaker is taking a group of students to the Florida Keys where they will fish, sail and snorkel while learning about conservation of marine life. Similarly, students on the Galapagos trip will study marine life and conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

Summer is the busiest time for trips with seven options for students. Led by Biology teacher Dr. Haizlip, the China trip will look into science and technology and how it applies to conservation. The Brazil trip, led by Ms. Brubaker, will partner with PRECE, an organization that educates kids from impoverished backgrounds and helps them to achieve entrance into universities. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, students will travel with chorus director Susan Wallace to Vienna, “the music capital of the world.” There they will explore Vienna’s rich history in music and the arts and have an opportunity to sing in some of the same venues that housed great composers like Schubert, Beethoven and Mozart.

Biology teacher and Class of 2022 dean Ben Ewing is taking a group of students to explore Fiji, where he spent his time in the Peace Corps before joining the Pace faculty. The tour will dive deep into the ICGL theme for the year, waste, and how it is managed on these small islands. Students will be doing similar activities in the Dominican Republic on a trip led by Mr. Ward. Ms. Smith will lead a trip to Warsaw, Poland for a NATO Security Simulation, and Mr. Hornor will be leading students on a deep dive into World War II history in London and Paris.

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