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Travel Programs

Developing a Global Mindset: C.O.R.E.

Travel can be a powerful form of experiential learning and our travel programs at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School offer students an opportunity to develop skills and attitudes essential to global citizenship. By challenging students to consider new perspectives and different cultures, our trips seek to integrate a Holy Innocents’ education with the shifting realities of the wider world. Led by experienced members of the HIES faculty and staff in consultation with established professional travel contractors, our programs also allow students to deepen their relationships with adults and with one another. Our hope is that students return to campus with a deeper appreciation for the human experience and a broadened worldview that prepares them for college and life beyond.

As with our Round Square membership, travel and exchange partnerships play an important role in teaching to global competence and helping HIES students develop a global mindset. At its C.O.R.E., international travel encourages:

Courage to step away from familiar surroundings and lean into discomfort
Openness to new experiences, new people and new perspectives
Reflection on the journey: Where have I been? What have I done? How will I think and live differently as a result of my experience?
Empathy for others, compassion for myself and care for the environment


Types of Travel Programs at HIES

Exchange Partnerships:

  • HIES runs reciprocal exchanges for students and faculty with the following schools:
  • Asahigaoka Sister School - Japan
  • International Community School - Ghana
  • Ermitage International School - France
  • Bermuda High School for Girls

Global Summer Experiences:

  • Middle and Upper School students in good academic standing can enroll in summer courses with approved third-party providers; among them:
  • Where There Be Dragons
  • Student Diplomacy Corps
  • Putney Student Travel
  • Rustic Pathways
  • Moondance
  • World Leadership School
  • Envoys
  • SCAD

Semester Away Programs:
With approval, Upper School students may spend a semester away for credit with one of the following:

  • Oxbow School
  • High Mountain Institute
  • Alzar School
  • SEGL
  • CIEE
  • The Experiment in International Living