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.