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Learning Experiences Abroad Return

While the past three years have kept us closer to home, global learning experiences on campus have been plentiful. This year, the Office of International Studies is pleased to return to offering student learning experiences abroad while continuing to offer a wide range of local opportunities for global exposure.

These include global-focused clubs and academic competitions, interactions with ambassadors and other diplomats both on campus and at World Affairs Council luncheons, and special events such as Lion Dancers in recognition of the Lunar New Year. Earlier this year, Lower School music students participated in a virtual music and cultural exchange between Country Day students and peers in Kenya. We have welcomed exchange students from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, France, Peru, and the United Kingdom.

Student Travel Opportunities are Back

And this year, we are able to give students travel opportunities again. In early February, 14 sixth-grade students and their trip leaders David Sanders, Diane Farrug, and Bina Neumann, spent a week in Quebec on an exchange with our sister school Externat Saint-Coeur de Marie. In addition to taking part in winter activities and sightseeing, students stayed in the homes of buddy families and were immersed in Québécois culture and French language. Their Quebec friends visited Charlotte in early spring. Additionally, other travel experiences this school year included:

  • 8th Grade Italy Renaissance explored the profound developments in art, science, and technology, and the forward progress of human thought during the Renaissance.
  • 8th Grade Creative Arts and Cultural Exchange, Southampton, United Kingdom gave students a unique opportunity to pursue their passion in a different cultural setting.
  • Upper School Ghana Cultural Experience explored the history, culture, and natural environment of Ghana through a people-to-people partnership with peers and adults in Charlotte’s sister city, Kumasi.
Ghana Presidential Palace

This summer, Upper School students will take part in these exciting experiences to explore cultures and cultivate their passions:

  • Iceland Environmental Science Experience
  • Spain/Morocco Language Immersion Experience
  • Sister Cities of Europe People-to-People Experience (Poland, Germany, and France)
  • Italy Arts Experience
  • Scotland Theatre Experience