Saints off the Hill

Student Travel Opportunities for Spring/Summer 2019

Over the past 3 decades, Canterbury has offered its students various domestic and international travel opportunities. The goals of these offerings are manifold: expand horizons, expose students to different points of view, see things differently, expand the classroom experience, walk in others’ shoes, foment understanding, empathy and interconnectedness.

Our longest-running offering is the annual service pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. It began in 1992. In Lourdes, students work with volunteers from all over the world in order to serve the malades who travel there for physical and spiritual healing. The service trip to Nicaragua is another long-standing travel and service opportunity. It is for students in the Fifth and Sixth Forms, and it started in 2004. Students who go to Nicaragua have their eyes opened to realities off the hilltop. Through their work with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation we strive for students to learn about those realities and to help the children of Nicaragua. Through this experience, Canterbury students’ eyes are opened and they return to Canterbury with a new perspective than when they went. Once stateside, with a new set of eyes, students have an invigorated sense and obligation of service to others.

Some travel experiences Canterbury offers are an extension of the classroom. The Exchange and The Institute, both opportunities to 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 learn through travel by experiencing what they have learned in the classroom. For example, they deepen their cultural understanding by eating Spanish foods on the Spanish schedule. Canterbury students see, touch, walk, experience, listen, connect, and learn. In a similar fashion, with our new travel offering to visit national parks in the west, we hope to bring the natural world and the history of our nation’s native peoples out of the classroom and make them real for Canterbury students.

Whenever possible we plan to connect with the 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 each year’s line-up of offerings.  

New offerings in 2019 are the National Parks and Israel trips. (See details below)

Explore Upcoming Trips

June 2019 - Spain


June 10—26, 2019 

Canterbury Institute in Spain

This is an academic and homestay experience for Canterbury students. Students travel to Barcelona and then head to the Cerdanya region of northern Spain, in the Pyrenees, on the border with France. The students stay with Spanish host families, go to classes each weekday morning, and participate in afternoon activities in the surrounding region (hiking, mountain biking, ropes course, pastry making class and bread making workshop are examples). Students will eat meals at their host homes.

Approximate cost: $3,800 (includes airfare, transportation, afternoon excursions, museum fees, weekend excursion to Girona, Figueres and Catalan coast, three nights in Barcelona)
Contact: Julio Omaña (

Open enrollment period runs from Tuesday, February 5 to Monday February 18, 2019
Deposit payments and applications accepted during that window. Please make checks payable to Canterbury School and add "Institute in Spain" on Memo line.

Help us match you with your host family by filling out the application below.
(Click the button below to download, fill-out and submit with your deposit.)

Institute FAQs Trip Brochure

June 2019 - National Parks


June 5—15, 2019 

Canterbury Travelers explore Our National Parks

This is a great learning opportunity for Canterbury students to travel to a different region of the United States, to learn about our National Parks and the National Parks System, and to learn about the history of our native peoples, our natural world, and natural resources. The group will visit Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, Mesa Verde, Four Corners Monument and Canyon DeChelly parks. The itinerary includes stays in Moab, UT, Cortez, NM, Chinle, AZ and Phoenix, AZ.  

Approximate cost: $3,800 

Open enrollment period runs from Tuesday, February 5 to Monday February 18, 2019
Deposit payments and applications accepted during that window. Please make checks payable to Canterbury School and add "National Parks" on Memo line.

Trip Brochure

August 2019 - Lourdes, France



August 2019

Ten-day service trip to Lourdes, France 

This is a ten-day service trip to Lourdes, France. Canterbury students and faculty work with other volunteers from Italy, France, Spain, England and Ireland. They help malades (re: sick) who travel to Lourdes to bathe in its healing waters. This pilgrimage started in 1994 and has run consecutively until the present. It is chaperoned by retired teachers Guy and Viv Simonelli, Language teacher Julio Omaña, and Theology teacher Tracy Garcia LaVigne. This is Canterbury’s longest-running trip offering. This trip is run by Our Lady’s Pilgrimage (OLP), a non-profit organization led by Hope Carter, former parent, grandparent, and President of Canterbury’s Board of Trustees. This service opportunity is offered to Canterbury students of all grades, even recently graduated Saints.

Trip Photos

For more information about Lourdes:
To register, make payments or learn more about this trip:
Cost: Approximately $3,200 (Scholarships available)
Contact: Julio Omaña ( Tracy Garcia-LaVigne (

application deadline: TBD
payment deadline:

Payments made through OLP website
$1,600 deposit
due March 1
$1,600 balance due April 1 

Trip Brochure
Travel Permission Form
Medical and Waiver Forms
Packing List

August 2019 - Montana


August 2019

Montana Leadership Trip 

A ten day leadership training trip sponsored and led by trustee John ‘59 and Dana Donovan. The trip, open to select rising Sixth Formers, brings students to Glacier National Park and surrounding area to learn about the natural environment of the American West. Students meet with members of the Blackfeet tribe to learn about native culture, explore the politics and social ramifications of the wolf population, and gain valuable outdoor adventure skills. The program encourages students to return to campus as ambassadors of conservationism.


Approximate cost: Airfare, $500  

Contacts: Meredith Berry-Toon (, Drew Houghtalen (, Jake Dellorco (

Application happens through Office of Student Life

August—September 2019 - San Cayetano Cultural Exchange


August 18—September 24, 2019

Canterbury-San Cayetano Cultural Exchange

A five-week family-to-family exchange. Canterbury students travel and live with a Spanish family on the island of Mallorca. In turn, Spanish students come to New Milford to live with their Canterbury host family. Canterbury students travel and live in Mallorca at the end of summer in to the start of the school year. Students from Colegio San Cayetano come to the US in mid October and stay through Thanksgiving.

Web site:

36 Hours in Mallorca 

Read more about the San Cayetano Exchange


Approximate Cost: Between $1,600 - $2,000 (includes airfare, travel to and from airport, spending money)

Contact: Julio Omaña (


Exchange faqs

March 2020 - Nicaragua



March 9—19, 2020

Canterbury Volunteers in Nicaragua with the Fabretto Foundation

This international community service opportunity started in 2005. Ten Canterbury students and two faculty chaperones will travel to Nicaragua for ten days of service with Familia Padre Fabretto. The Students will play and work with Nicaraguan students served by the Fabretto Foundation. In the past the Canterbury group has worked construction and demolition, and started and planted a community garden.

Trip photos

More info:
Estimated Cost: $3,000
Contact: Amy Omaña (

Travel Permission Form

application deadline: TBD
payment deadline: TBD