- Program Overview
- Upcoming Trips
- Past Trips
The UNIS international travel program offers students rich language, cultural and service related opportunities that take place well beyond the classroom. The variety of trips is designed to provide students social, cultural, linguistic, academic and enrichment opportunities while immersed in home-stay (or similar) environments of the host country and traveling with fellow classmates and UNIS chaperones. UNIS continues to expand to more and new places offering language, learning and/or service projects. Increasingly, students, teachers, families and school community members are finding that student exchange programs are meaningful and memorable for both host and visitor. All our Travel programs have garnered excellent student review and feedback and students are strongly encouraged and welcomed to apply and participate in one of our trips.
Zakaria Baha Director of Student Activities
Each year, the destinations UNIS students travel to may vary. Many of our trips are annual, however new trips are often introduced. Below are some highlights of previous UNIS student trips.
The 2019 home stay program allowed for UNIS students to make new friends, travel and learn about Vietnam. We visited the Museum of Ethnology, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, and took part on an informative and delicious street food tour. Students then took an overnight train trip to the north in SaPa. They were also there to partake in meaningful service learning projects with Hanoi students at two local schools where they delivered rice and clothing and worked on arts projects with indigenous Hmong students. The trip was made complete with a scavenger hunt in the Old Quarters in Hanoi, and then a day trip to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A group of T3 students completed their annual tradition, volunteering their time to travel to Nepal. Students prepared for the initiative by attending weekly sessions all year in preparation, where they studied the people, traditions, and history of the mountainous country, while also fundraising for a clean water system. Students spent the first half of the trip engaging with local schoolchildren, teaching them English, and in exchange learning about cultural festivals such as Holi. During the second portion of the trip, students explored historical sites and learned about the natural environment of Nepal.
M4 Spanish language learners traveled throughout Puerto Rico as a linguistic and cultural trip.
Puerto Rico 2019
M4 French language learners traveled to Canada as a linguistic and cultural trip.
Tutorial House students participated in a linguistic and cultural visit to Japan that included a home-stay. They traveled to the cities of Yokohama, Kakegawa, and Tokyo.
Middle School and Tut House students participated in an exchange program with students from Berlin. The Berlin students traveled to New York for the UNIS-UN conference. After the conference, about a week later, UNIS students traveled to Berlin and experienced what life is like in a German setting. Students engaged in school and class visits, took day trips to cultural and historic sites around the city, and spent time with host families.
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