Global Studies

 

For Upper School trips, please visit the Upper School Global Studies page.

Riverdale Country School offers its Middle and Upper School students numerous opportunities to travel abroad and learn about a country’s history, culture, language, and contemporary society. Students form new friendships through exchanges with schools, homestays with families, and field work with local community groups. Through these relationships, students develop a personal connection to other countries and a broader worldview. Examples of our trips include:

  • Ongoing exchange visits with France, Spain, and China organized by our foreign language department. Students stay with families during the trip, and then reciprocate when those schools send students to Riverdale. These experiences develop students’ language proficiency and give them insight into the contemporary culture in those countries. 

  • Service-learning trips to learn about regional issues. In 2015, students went to New Zealand to learn how community organizers have helped Christchurch recover after two devastating earthquakes. A biennial trip to Peru combines service-learning among indigenous people with Spanish language development and outdoor experiences in the Amazon River basin and the Andes.

  • Some trips coincide with specific coursework or activities. Latin students go to Rome on a biennial trip that deepens their knowledge of the Classical World. The Jazz Ensemble went to Australia in 2014 and toured England in 2016. A theater group went to Scotland in 2014 for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • For the third year, our growing Outdoor Leadership Program is taking a group of students on a backcountry, backpacking expedition through Patagonia National Park in the largely undeveloped Aysen region of Patagonian Chile.

We are always looking for new travel opportunities for students, ways to connect our trips to further learning in the classroom, and new areas for our students to explore.

Middle School Global Studies Trips for 2019

Montréal, Québec: Immigration, Diversité, et Inclusion - March 2019

Montréal, Québec: Immigration, Diversité, et Inclusion—March 2019

Dates of Travel: March 13–March 23, 2019

Cost of Trip: $2,400. Includes airfare, ground transportation, sightseeing (entrance fees and guides), lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners. Financial aid is available: please contact Sheila Hicks-Rotella (shicks@riverdale.edu). Trip cost will be billed directly from the Finance Office.

Visa: Not required for US passport holders.

Vaccinations: It is advisable for all travelers to update their routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your annual flu shot.

Application: The deadline for applications is Monday, October 29, 2018. Please complete the application form and submit to Ms. Martinez in KNF's office.

Trip Description:  How much do you know about our neighbors to the north? Canada and the United States have shared roots and intertwined histories, yet very different structures and approaches to immigration. Today both Canada and the United States are multicultural hubs that welcome immigrants from around the world. New York and Montreal are both home to large Haitian communities. Montreal is as diverse as New York City, but with one major difference, it is a French/English dual-language haven.

Some highlights of the trip include learning about gentrification through a foodie’s walking tour of the Mile End neighborhood; partnering with grass roots organizations that run a food bank; interacting with a prominent documentary filmmaker, historian, archivist and author and delighting yourself with the charming architecture of Old Montreal.

On this trip focused on history, culture and language, you will explore the Québécois identity as well as the impact of globalization on the development of the Haitian community. Come discover how la francophonie thrives in the Americas!

All interested students in grades 8 through 12 may apply. French language students are encouraged to apply. Participating students and their families will need to do the reciprocal hosting (for five nights/six days) of Canadian students in the future.

Unearthing the Past: Integration of Land, Sustainability, and Society on an Irish Archaeological Expedition - March 2019

Unearthing the Past: Integration of Land, Sustainability, and Society on an Irish Archaeological Expedition—March 2019

Dates of Travel: March 13–March 30, 2019

Cost of Trip: $3,500. Includes airfare, ground transportation, sightseeing (entrance fees and guides), lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners. Financial aid is available: please contact Sheila Hicks-Rotella (shicks@riverdale.edu). Trip cost will be billed directly from the Finance Office.

Visa: Not required for US passport holders.

Vaccinations: It is advisable for all travelers to update their routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your annual flu shot.

Application: The deadline for applications is Monday, October 29, 2018. Please complete the application form and submit to Ms. Martinez in KNF's office.

Trip Description: This trip introduces students to the concept of community archaeology as they work on an authentic dig site within the Irish National Heritage Park, which is hailed as “the cornerstone of ‘Ireland’s Ancient East.’” This outdoor museum depicts 9,000 years of re-created Irish history allowing students to journey through time to unearth the past and understand the stories that shaped Ireland. Students will interact with local communities through homestays with farm families and local school visits. Students will develop educational materials for younger groups to foster an appreciation and understanding of architecture as they promote an awareness of the integration of land, sustainability and society.

All interested students in grades 8 through 12 are encouraged to apply.

Middle School Hawaii/New Zealand Exchange - June 2019

Middle School Hawaii/New Zealand Exchange—June 2019

Dates of Travel: June 09–June 21, 2019

Cost of Trip: $4,800. Includes airfare, ground transportation, sightseeing (entrance fees and guides), lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners. Financial aid is available: please contact Sheila Hicks-Rotella (shicks@riverdale.edu). Trip cost will be billed directly from the Finance Office.

Visa: Not required for travel to Hawaii or New Zealand. Current passports required for travel.

Vaccinations: It is advisable for all travelers to update their routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your annual flu shot.

Application: The deadline for applications is Monday, October 29, 2018. Please complete the application form and submit to Ms. Martinez in KNF's office.

Trip Description: In February of 2011, the city of Christchurch in the south island of New Zealand suffered major devastation due to earthquakes that struck the city. The city of Christchurch has been rebuilding their infrastructure ever since with a unique “design thinking” lens, often applying outside the box solutions and new ways to innovate. The South Island was hit again in November, 2016 with aftershocks and threats of a tsunami, forcing its cities to come together again in the aftermath. Our relationship with Christchurch began with a Riverdale Alum, Kaila Colbin, who is the Director of the Ministry of Awesome, an organization in Christchurch supporting early-stage entrepreneurs with ideas for projects, events, start-ups and social enterprises. The Sumner School in Christchurch became connected to Riverdale, when a Sumner School parent, Lucy Hone, was a student of our Head Dominic Randolph, and the Sumner School Principal, Stuart Cameron, visited Riverdale in 2014. The Sumner School is a warm and welcoming, co-educational K-8 school, whose motto Te Kura O Matuku Takotako means "Excellence and Effort in a Caring Environment."

In June 2015, a group of 12 Middle and Upper School students travelled to NZ, where we stayed in homestays with Sumner School families and primarily worked together on service projects in Christchurch, the largest city in the south island of NZ in their rebuild work before traveling to Queenstown, NZ. This year, we are excited to add a third school to our exchange, the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, a private, co-educational, college preparatory school K-12. The Punahou connection was made through a Riverdale parent and Punahou Alum, Karen Elizaga, who will be serving as a chaperone and parent liaison for the trip this June. The Riverdale group will be staying in homestays with Punahou families in Honolulu, HI for the first week of travel and exchange, while attending the Punahou Summer Session from June 13-June 16th, before both groups travel together to Christchurch, NZ, where students will together stay with Sumner families in a triple homestay for the second week of exchange before returning back to New York City. The trip will focus on cultural traditions and belonging, community building, character education, sustainability, service learning and personal and community resilience.

All interested students in grades 6 through 11 are encouraged to apply. Participating students and their families will be asked to serve as reciprocal hosts of Sumner and/or Punahou students in the 2019-2020 school year. Please send any inquiries to Rachel Klein (rklein@riverdale.edu).

Spring 2019

Spanish Exchange: Valladolid
 (Upper School)
     March 13–March 23

China Exchange: Shanghai,
 Suzhou, Beijing (Upper School)
     March 13–March 23

Music Trip to Australia
 (Upper School)
     March 13–March 27

Unearthing the Past:
 Archaeology in Ireland
  (Middle & Upper School)
     March 13–March 30

Montréal, Québec: Immigration, Diversité, et Inclusion
 (Middle School)
     March 13–March 23

Summer 2019

Upper School in Peru
     June 13–June 27

Japan Exchange (Upper School)
     June 13–June 27

Hawaii/New Zealand Exchange
 (Middle School)
     June 09–June 21

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