Note: Due to COVID-19, all travel has been suspended for spring and summer 2020.
Over the past three decades, Canterbury has offered its students various domestic and international travel opportunities. The goals of these offerings are manifold: toexpand horizons, expose students to different points of view, build upon the classroom experience, walk in others’ shoes, and to 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 were the National Parks and Israel trips. In a similar fashion, with our new travel offerings to visit national parks, we hope to give 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.
Women in Science & Service Trip to Acadia National Park, ME
Please note: the 2020 trip is at capacity.
This trip is open to girls interested in science, service, and travel, with preference given to rising V & VI formers. Students will travel with science teacher Cammy Roffe to the Schoodic Institute of Acadia National Park (www.schoodicinstitute.org) on the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor, Maine. The trip offers students one week of hands-on science and service projects, where they will split their time working with scientists on current projects and doing service projects that will benefit the park, gain exposure to real-world scientific data collection, and see firsthand what is being done to understand climate change and its impact.
Students will participate in a variety of activities, including: marine debris clean-up, an intertidal biodiversity blitz, hiking Schoodic Point, visiting Mt. Desert Island, climbing to the top of Cadillac Mountain, whale watching, developing a protocol for energy movement from the sea to the forest, collecting plant phenology data, and will be stopping for a college visit (Bowdoin College, Colby College, University of New England). Evenings will be spent star viewing, completing data entry, journaling, playing games, and/or watching videos. The group will stay in a comfortable townhouse and have meals provided by the Schooder Commons dining hall where they can accommodate those with dietary restrictions or allergies.
Cost: $1450 (includes: transportation to and from Canterbury, room and board, and programing)
Science teacher Sally Ruderman walked El Camino the summer before starting teaching at Canterbury. El Camino is a traditional Catholic pilgrimage to Santiago—the city of St. James (where his body is buried). Christians have been making this pilgrimage for close to 1300 years. The complete walk begins in France and covers over 900km; Canterbury Saints will have the opportunity to cover the last 100km of the journey to Santiago. Canterbury students will begin their walking trip in Sarria, and will be eligible to receive a Compostela (certificate of completion) once in Santiago for covering over 100km of the trip. Students will have the opportunity to meet pilgrims and travelers from all over the world and share the journey. The group will also spend several days sight-seeing in Santiago and visit the city’s Cathedral and the gravesite of St. James. The last portion of the trip is to walk for four more days from Santiago to the coast at Finisterre (“the end of the world”). The trail marker in Finisterre reads 0.0km and the journey is truly complete.
This is an academic and homestay experience for Canterbury students. Students travel to Barcelona and then head to Puigcerdà in the Cerdanya region of northern Spain, which lies 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)
Application deadline: Please fill-out the application and personal profile and hand in to Mr. Omaña (along with deposit check) by the end of Winter Weekend.
Payment deadline: Initial $1,500 deposit due upon return from Winter Weekend (along with application and personal profile form). Second payment of $1,500, due March 1 or start of March Break. Balance due April 1, or end of March Break.
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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.
For more information about Lourdes: http://en.lourdes-france.org/ To register, make payments or learn more about this trip:www.ourladyspilgrimage.org Cost: Approximately $3,200 (Scholarships available) Contact: Julio Omaña (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tracy Garcia-LaVigne (email@example.com)
application deadline: TBD
Payments made through OLP website
$1,600 deposit due March 1 $1,600 balance due April 1
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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.
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.
On-campus visits have resumed as of Monday, June 15, 2020!
So that we can follow all health and safety precautions, tours are offered by appointment only and limited to one family at a time. To schedule your tour, simply give us a call at (860) 210-3832 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.