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Bolles International Travel Programs Take Students to Three Continents

Dozens of Bolles upper school students packed their bags for enriching, culturally immersive trips to Perú and Taiwan through new Bolles international travel programs this summer, while many others concluded exchange programs with their counterparts in France and Japan.

Bolles World Languages Department Chair Adriana Stam and upper school Spanish teacher Carrie Ezzell led a group of 10 students to South America to explore the natural beauty of Perú from June 2-11. The upper school students hiked Machu Picchu, stopped by an alpaca farm and visited the Maras salt mines to learn about this natural resource and the science behind the production of salt. In addition, they visited Moray, the agricultural science laboratory of the Incas, and learned about their terrace and land irrigation systems. While visiting the capital, Lima, the group took a cooking class where they learned about Peruvian cuisine by touring a market and taste testing exotic fruits that do not exist in Florida – including the hottest chili pepper in all of Perú! The group learned about Peruvian culture, interacted with and learned from local community members and practiced the Spanish language throughout their adventures. View pictures here.

In partnership with the Mandarin Learning Centre at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU), Bolles upper school Chinese teacher Cheng-Mei Rothschild and upper school social studies teacher Tyler Jump took 15 students on an immersive trip to Taiwan June 9-23 for a two-week, custom-designed Chinese camp operated by experienced Mandarin teachers. Their curriculum included different levels of Chinese classes, various cultural courses, extracurricular activities, interactions with Taiwanese students and local tours. The mission of this trip was to create an opportunity for students to improve their Chinese language proficiency, gain first-hand experience with a different culture and develop compassion and understanding toward the Chinese and Taiwanese people. View pictures here.

Led by Bolles upper school French and Arabic teacher Sara Phillips-Bourass and college counselor Danielle Leach, nine students in the French/Latin Exchange Program traveled to Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon and Paris. The group, which traveled from May 28 to June 7, spent the first part of the trip in Clermont-Ferrand, where they stayed with host families, attended classes at the Fénelon School and explored the French culture, language and countryside. The second half of the trip gave students the opportunity to discover Paris, from taking a river cruise on the Seine and marveling at the Eiffel Tower to visiting the famous Catacombs. In each region, students also learned about the Roman history and significance. View pictures here.

Rising senior Bode Klassen ’25 embarked on a journey to Japan on June 2 to spend time with students at The Keio School in Tokyo. Bolles has enjoyed a longstanding exchange relationship with Keio, which sent a group of its students to stay with Bolles host families February 22-March 5 this year. Klassen took classes at Keio, went on a bunker tour and Tokyo Bay cruise tour, attended sporting events, participated in special chemistry experiments and more. View pictures here.  

Stay tuned for more travel opportunities for students in the 2024-25 school year. Special thanks to Bolles international programs coordinator Kristin Hong for her efforts in making All Things Possible for our Bulldogs as they explore the world! #BollesGlobal