Saints off the Hill
Student Travel Opportunities
Note: Due to COVID-19, all travel has been suspended until further notice.
Over the past three decades, Canterbury has offered its students various domestic and international travel opportunities. The goals of these offerings are manifold: to expand horizons; expose students to different points of view; build upon the classroom experience; walk in others’ shoes; and foment understanding, empathy, and interconnectedness.
Our longest-running trip offering is the annual service Pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, which began in 1992. In Lourdes, students work with volunteers from all over the world in order to serve the malades (people who are ill) who travel there for physical and spiritual healing. The trip to Nicaragua is another long-standing travel and service opportunity for students in Fifth and Sixth Form. Since the first trip in 2004, students have come away with invaluable experiences and new perspectives through volunteering with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation. Once stateside, with a new set of eyes, students have an invigorated sense of desire to serve others.
Some of the travel experiences that Canterbury offers are an extension of the classroom. The San Cayetano Exchange and The Canterbury Institute—travel programs in different regions in Spain—give our Spanish students the opportunity to live and learn while immersed in the language and culture of the host country. Canterbury Spanish students gain more through travel by experiencing first-hand what they have learned in the classroom. For example, they deepen their cultural understanding by eating Spanish foods on the Spanish schedule. Canterbury students are able to experience the sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and feel of a place to truly learn about and connect with it. Canterbury students attend classes and then go out and use what they have learned while immersed in the culture. Linguistically, the benefits cannot be underestimated.
New offerings in 2019 included trips to National Parks and Israel. In a similar fashion, these travel opportunities offer our students a better understanding of the natural world and of different cultures and people.
Whenever possible, we plan to connect with our vast web of Canterbury alumni from around the world that may be in the area we are visiting.
Offerings may rotate and vary every year. Check back each August to see the upcoming year’s line-up of offerings.