Foreign Language, Cultural Immersion, and Service Opportunities are listed below.
MADRID, SPAIN with day trip to Toledo and three-day side trip to Andalucia
Student exchange with our sister school, Highlands El Encinar. In Madrid, students will have the opportunity to experience school life by attending classes. Students who participate in this exchange will have the opportunity to host a Spanish student from Highlands in the fall of 2019. In Madrid, students will stay with an exchange student’s family. Students will have the opportunity to improve their Spanish and make lifelong friends. Outside of school, students will go on excursions, including the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor and more! Students will also have the opportunity to see southern Spain with a trip to Andalucia and the city of Cordoba.
ANGERS, FRANCE with day trip to Mont St. Michel and two days in Paris
Student exchange with our sister school St. Agnes in Angers, France. Students will visit the school and explore the many cultural hotspots seated in the heart of the Loire Valley. In Angers, students will experience the splendor of the Chateau D’Angers, visit city hall with a warm welcome from city officials, celebrate Mass at the Cathedral, and more. The trip also includes a day trip to Mont. St. Michel and two days in Paris. In Paris, students will have to opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and more. Those who go on this exchange will host a French student who will come to SMCA in fall 2019.
GUATEMALA SERVICE TRIP
This trip is being offered in partnership with International Samaritan, a non-profit organization. Its mission is to alleviate poverty in “garbage dump communities” across the globe and raise awareness about the living conditions of the poor in the developing world. Students will stay at a retreat center near Guatemala City. Typical volunteer work may include: building homes for families, construction projects, or assisting in the classroom and helping students to learn English and other subjects. Volunteers may also work with local community members to construct new classrooms and improve the school environment.
WORLD YOUTH DAY IN PANAMA CITY
See the Pope! Students will participate in World Youth Day. Students will have an opportunity to meet Catholic youth from all over the world and share their faith with one another. Activities include daily catechetical sessions with bishops, walking pilgrimages, music, and more. Pope Francis will be in attendance and students will have the opportunity to participate in a Mass celebrated by the Pope.
ECUADOR SERVICE TRIP
Students will stay at a mission in Ecuador and teach English to the children at the mission school. Students will also get a chance to see life at the mission, a self-sustaining facility feeding many in and around the town. In addition to service work, students will also get the chance to tour the ecosystem of Ecuador with its mountains, beaches and forest, including sightseeing in the city of Guayaquil.
MYTHOLOGY IN GREECE
Study the myths. Study the legends. Right in the country where they originated--Greece. Students will discover the wonder of Greece. See Delphi where the oracle foretold of the future. See Athens, the birthplace of Western Civilization. Olympus! Sure to be an unforgettable experience for all students involved.