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Community Life

Global Education

Academic challenge, personal growth. What happens in the classroom is only the beginning.
Global Education at Derryfield fosters a passion in young people for thinking critically about the evolving geopolitical and intercultural dynamics of the 21st century. Our curriculum prepares Derryfield graduates to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world where they will need to communicate and collaborate across cultural boundaries to be successful. Middle and Upper School students are also provided with the opportunity to participate in domestic and international trips and exchanges as part of our global education program.
For further information on global education programs at Derryfield, please contact Brandon Gauthier at bgauthier@derryfield.org or Shannon Best at sbest@derryfield.org.

2019-2020 Global Trips

List of 8 items.

  • Washington, DC Politics and History

    Grades: 6 - 8
    Dates: March 16 - 19, 2020

    This four-day program in our nation’s capital will introduce middle school students to a wide variety of experiences.  Highlights of this trip include tours of the Capitol and White House, as well as visits to other important historical sites and museums.
  • Dominican Republic Service & Culture

    Grades: 7 - 8
    Dates: March 14 - 21, 2020

    For the fifth time, Derryfield will be working with Outreach 360, to provide our Middle School students with a meaningful service and cultural experience in the Dominican Republic.  The focus of Outreach 360 is as follows: ”Our vision is a transformed world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or to be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, enabling them to live a life of choice.” (from Outreach360.org). Students and faculty stay in secure and clean dormitory facilities and will help teach English in local schools. They are provided with materials and lesson plans for their teaching and prepare before going into the classroom each day. There will also be time to visit local sights and go to the beach. Proficiency in Spanish is not required for this trip, but there will be plenty of opportunities to speak Spanish for those who wish to do so.
  • Habitat for Humanity

    Grades: Students must be 16 or older by March 15, 2020
    March 15 - 21, 2019

    Entering our fourteenth year of Habitat for Humanity service, Derryfield students and chaperones will travel south to spend a week building homes alongside construction staff and local volunteers. Aside from working hard and learning new skills, students will come home with a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for the need for affordable housing for working families. Details are still being worked out with the Habitat for Humanity chapter location. Stay tuned for additional information on location and accomodations!
  • Spain Creative Arts & Culture

    Grades:  9 - 12
    March 12 - 23, 2020
    Experience the creative arts and culture of Spain! Lead by Derryfield Creative Arts faculty, this unique trip offers students the chance to explore and experience cultural aspects of the visual and performing arts in Spain. The group will experience art and culture in Barcelona,  experience opera and learn Flamenco dancing in Madrid, and explore museums in Southern Spain. Along the way they will even catch a soccer game, which is a significant part of Spanish culture where fans sing the entire game!
  • Nepal Trekking & Service

    Grades:  9 - 12
    March 12 - 28, 2020 
    Led by Derryfield faculty, and accompanied by Dr. Michael Lynch (Derryfield parent and physician), students will visit the city of Kathmandu and then trek through the mountains to two remote villages. In Kathmandu they will visit places of historic, cultural and religious importance and learn about its unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. The remainder of the trip is trekking to the villages of Cheskham and Bung, learning about the culture and lives of the Kulung Rai, an indigenous group in Nepal. The group will collect and bring supplies for the remote medical clinics and schools. Participants must be willing and able to hike four to five hours per day on trekking days and anticipate nightly accommodations to include camping outdoors in tents.
  • South Africa Student Exchange Program

    Grades: 9 - 10
    January/February & July/August 2020 

    The Derryfield School has developed partnerships with the Durban Girls' College, a girls' high school in South Africa, and Wynberg Boys' School in Cape Town, South Africa. Two of our ninth/tenth grade boys and girls will have the opportunity to attend these schools and live with a host family for six weeks next summer. In exchange, the Derryfield students participating in this program will host a student from the South African schools for six weeks during the Winter 2020 term in New Hampshire.
  • Thanksgiving Nordic Ski Trip

    Open to: all DS students and their families
    Dates: November 23 - 30, 2019
    Ski for a week in the paradise of West Yellowstone, MT, during the Yellowstone Ski festival where over 3000 skiers from all over the world come to kick start their season.  Daily sessions coached by Derryfield Nordic Ski Coach Peter Breu to get all skiers, from rank novice to top racer, to their next level. The festival details can be seen at http://www.skirunbikemt.com/yellowstone-ski-festival.html.
  • Family Trip to Greece

    Open to: all DS students and their families (middle school age and older)
    Dates: June  14 - 24, 2020
    For the first time, Derryfield will be offering a family trip, and we will be jetting off to the beautiful and historic country of Greece. Details are still being worked out, but the trip will include time in and around Athens, as well as visits to two Greek Islands.   Stay tuned!

The World is Your Classroom

    • 2019 South African Exchange

Global Trip Photo Gallery

How to Register

To register for and to receive more information on this year's Global Education programs, please email Shannon Best at sbest@derryfield.org with your program(s) of interest. She will forward you additional information and add your child to the roster of interested students. By September 20, your Magnus student account will begin prompting you to complete trip registrations.
DEADLINE: All trip registration forms must be completed by October 3 to be considered for this year's programs.

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