“This is not a vacation” is the warning Jack Jepson gives the ninth graders prior to their signing up for the trip. While not a vacation, it is a transformative experience. For the past 15 years, a group of 40 or so GCDS students, teachers, and parents have traveled all across China during spring break.
International travel has been part of the DNA of the Upper School for over 25 years. Yet it has not been until the past ten years that the number of offerings has become so robust. In June, Upper School students will travel to France, Spain, Italy, and, as you will see in the video, they have just returned from China.
A lot of schools rightly talk about globalization and inspiring students to have a greater understanding of the world in which they live. At GCDS, we find that all of our classroom programs to this end are outstanding, yet nothing compares with the experience of the actual visit. During this year's China trip, our students spent a full day attending school with students their age at our “sister school” in Chengdu, and plans are underway to host a group of Chinese students this fall. A great way to learn and grow as global citizens! Check out the video for more!
Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School