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

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: $3,500–3,700. 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.

Trip Description: This trip introduces students to the concept of community archaeology as they do fieldwork at an active site within the Irish National Heritage Park, hailed as the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East. This outdoor museum depicts 9,000 years of recreated 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.

For students in grades 8 to 12.

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: $4,800–5,000. 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: All applications are due in January 2019. Please complete the application form and submit to Ms. Martinez in KNF's office.

Trip Description: In February 2011 the city of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand suffered major devastation due to earthquakes that struck the city. Christchurch has been rebuilding its 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.

In June 2015 a group of Middle and Upper School students traveled to New Zealand. They were hosted at homestays with Sumner School (K-8) families, and primarily worked together on service projects in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, in their rebuild work. In June 2017 Riverdale added a third school to the exchange: the Punahou School in Honolulu, HI, a K-12 co-educational college preparatory school. The Punahou connection was made through Riverdale parent and Punahou alumna, Karen Elizaga, who served as chaperone and parent liaison for the trip.

This year the Riverdale group will travel first to Christchurch, where we will be hosted once again in homestays with Sumner families. We will engage in important rebuild work alongside host families for an immersive week of action and reflection around the theme of personal and community resilience. The group will then travel to Honolulu, where we will be hosted in homestays with Punahou families for the second week of the exchange while participating in Punahou’s Middle School Summer Session (June 17-21), before returning to New York City. The themes of the trip will focus on cultural traditions and belonging, community building, character education, sustainability, service learning, and personal and community resilience. Please join us for an immersive cultural and service-focused experience connecting with communities in New Zealand in the winter, and in Hawaii in the summer.

For students in grades 6 to 9.

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

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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