George School Service Trips 2015

This year George School students will be participating in a number of service trips throughout the world. This spring trips will go to Brazil, France, Mississippi, Nicaragua, and Washington DC. This summer groups will travel to Vietnam, Costa Rica, and Arizona. More information about each trip is below.

Spring 2015

Brazil
Students will live in homestays and serve in organizations located in Campinas, Sao Paulo. During the week, participants will volunteer at Instituto Ronald McDonald (Ronald McDonald House), where their mornings will be spent cleaning, painting, sorting, organizing and assisting the staff while the children are receiving treatment at the hospital. Once the children return in the afternoon, the group will conduct play therapy in the form of games, coloring, and light physical activity. The weekends will have George School students volunteering their time with Maes Em Luta, an organization that helps families find missing people. Students will help plan their weekly vigil. While in Brazil, students will visit local museums and sightsee. The dates for the trip are March 6 through March 22, 2015.

France 
Started in 1957, this relationship represents the longest running student exchange program between an American and a French high school. George School students work as teachers’ assistants in a variety of educational settings and live with local host families. A trip to Paris is one of the highlights. Students also join their host families for local sightseeing. French students, in turn, visit George School several weeks later. The dates for the trip are March 5 through March 21, 2015.

Mississippi
Students work with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build affordable houses alongside those who lack adequate shelter in Northern Mississippi. The group also enjoys potluck dinners with current and future Habitat homeowners and other members of the community. Students build relationships with the community as they build homes. There are also opportunities to explore local sites of interest in northern Mississippi. The dates for the trip are March 8 through March 21, 2015.

Nicaragua 
Students work as teachers’ assistants in our sister school in Barrio Riguero, a working-class Managua neighborhood. Additional service opportunities include repairing and upgrading schools and health clinics in impoverished areas. Students stay with host families who speak very little or no English. Cultural excursions typically involve visits to artisan markets, and historic sites, as well as the lakes and volcanoes for which Nicaragua is known. The dates for the trip are March 5 through March 22, 2015.
Washington, DC
Students volunteer at Martha’s Table, So Others Might Eat (SOME), DC Central Kitchen, and a local mission. Using Hostelling International as home base, students will have the opportunity to visit museums and explore our nation’s capital. The dates for the trip are March 8 through March 20, 2015.

Summer 2015

Arizona
Students work as teachers’ aides in the Kayenta Primary School, helping at-risk elementary age children. Homestays with local families provide the opportunity to experience the daily life and culture on a Navajo Reservation. After-school activities for George School students might include horseback riding through Monument Valley, camping out on the Black Mesa, or rafting down the Colorado River. The dates for the trip are June 7 through June 25, 2015.

Costa Rica
Students travel and work in the rural northern and central parts of Costa Rica, visiting with local families. Service activities emphasize ecological conservation and may include projects with schools, grassroots organizations, and communities. Students learn about Costa Rica’s commitment to environmental stewardship through visits to national parks, wildlife preserves, and conservation organizations. The group visits a variety of habitats, including coastal, tropical dry, mountain, tropical rain, and tropical cloud forest types. The dates for the trip are June 11 through June 22, 2015.

Vietnam
Students volunteer at the Bac Ninh Orphanage and Nurturing Center for Deaf Children near Hanoi. Service often includes working with young children, painting and repairing facilities, and gardening. Students meet with individuals who suffer from the effects of Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. This project includes a week-long homestay with Vietnamese families. Cultural experiences may include visiting remote Hmong ethnic villages, taking boat trips on Ha Long Bay, or exploring the historical Vinh Moc tunnels. The dates for the trip are June 6 through June 24, 2015.

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