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.
See this years trips listed below. For further information, please contact Shannon Best email@example.com.
This 7-day program will begin in Jackson, Mississippi. Students and chaperones will travel by tour bus through the south, finishing in Montgomery, AL, experiencing highlights such as: visiting the Medgar Evers Home Museum, meeting with Civil Rights Movement figures like Sybil Jordan Hampton and a former sharecropper Sylvester Hoover. They will enjoy interactive learning about the history of music in the south and enjoy authentic and traditional southern foods.
Students will fly into Durango, CO where they will be met by the expedition leaders who transport the group to their base camp in Manco, CO. One half of the trip will include a river expedition along the San Juan River where the group will learn to navigate the river, stop for hikes in side canyons and camp in tents along their journey. During the other half of the trip, participants will have an opportunity to join in local events with the Native American community and may include events such as a ceremonial dance, or learning their traditional arts. It will also consist of a service component which may include light construction/repair projects in the communities or assisting elderly residents with yard work.
Grades: 6-8 and 9-12 Dates: week of March 21, 2022
In an effort to make global exploration accessible to as many students as possible, plans are in process to host several day trips within New England during the first week of our March vacation. Check back for more details late fall!
Grades: Students must be 16 or older by March 20, 2022 Trip Dates: March 20 - 26, 2022
Entering our fourteenth year of Habitat for Humanity service, Derryfield students and chaperones will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina 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.
Students will fly into Nassau and travel to Rock Sound, Eleuthera to the Island School Bahamas. They will take part in experiential activities on land and in the water such as biking and snorkeling; participate in marine ecology and wildlife research; build team and leadership skills; and, of course, enjoy the beautiful seaside setting and weather.
Fly into Durango, CO to meet up with Deer Hill Expeditions for transport to their base camp at Mancos, CO. From there the group will prepare to launch the following day to backpack the canyons of Cedar Mesa in Southeast Utah. During the journey they will discover ancient dwellings and art; discover the beauty of spring in the desert; and learn desert backpacking and camping skills. The second half of the trip will include a service learning experience with Navajo Nation, Hopi Pueblo, or Zuni Pueblo (tbd) hosts.
Open to: all DS students and their families (middle school age and older)
Dates: June 6 - 15, 2022
Coordinated in partnership with our long time friends at the Monteverde Institute, Derryfield will be offering a family trip this year to beautiful Monteverde, a rural, mountainous community located in the beautiful Tilarán Mountains of Costa Rica. Families will explore the history, culture and rich biodiversity of the region. Culinary hands on experiences will drill down to the origins of the ingredients and include visits to the farms and even harvesting the food for the dishes. Learning about soil health promotion measures at dairy farm operations, the importance of bats acting as pollinators for food crops, cacao production and how to make chocolate are just a portion of the trip activities along with some beach time worked in!
This program has been suspended for the current year due to the pandemic. We will look at re-introducing it for the 2022-2023 school year.
Grades: 9 - 10
January/February & July/August
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 term in New Hampshire.
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How to Register
Registration for 2022-2023 Global Programs will begin on September 20 Click here for an overview of this year's offerings. Register now for the Parent Information Night on September 19. Final registration forms will be due on October 5. To receive more information on this year's Global Education programs, please email Shannon Best at firstname.lastname@example.org with your program(s) of interest.
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.