Middle School Study Tours

The ICGL Outcomes (Leadership, Global Mindset, Cultural Awareness and Appreciation, Engaged Citizenship, and International Experience) are integrated into all of our study tours with the goal of creating global leaders who can make a positive difference in the world, both now and in the future. By developing students’ understanding of the world, enlarging their curiosity, and developing their practical leadership skills, study tours help our students develop awareness of, and sensitivity to, real life issues.  

2018-2019 ICGL Study Tours

Morocco

February 28-March 9, 2019

Located in the north of Africa, just 10 miles south of Europe, Morocco is at a crossroads between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It has been impacted by the mixing of different groups of people hailing from many diverse cultures. Today, most Moroccans identify as Amazigh and Arab. Morocco is a majority-Muslim country, but was previously home to a thriving Jewish population. This study tour serves as an opportunity to explore a rich and fascinating culture, through visits to Moroccan homes, city visits, and activities and conversations with the local young people. Students will challenge stereotypes about Muslims, Africa, and Moroccan people as they hear the stories of Moroccans and share their own stories. We will discuss topics such as religion, government, the education system, Moroccan diversity, and gender norms. In partnership with ImprintEd Abroad we will attempt to bridge cultures and create understanding between Americans and Moroccans through engagement and dialogue.  Along the way, we’ll get to know the twists and turns of the medina in Marrakech as we explore and haggle in the colorful markets, learn about local industries such as the making of olive and argan oils, discover traditional music and art, engage with the Amazigh Culture of the Atlas Mountains, and enjoy activities such as playing soccer and doing art activities with new Moroccan friends, cooking lessons, and camel riding in Essaouira.

Approximate cost: $3200 per student  ($4700 with airfare)

Iceland

February 28-March 9, 2019

Home of the world's largest green energy producer per capita, Iceland has so much to offer our students during the year of energy! Students will tour some of the most innovate energy production sites including geothermal and hydro power plants and taste foods cooked directly by heat from the earth.  We will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the splendor of Iceland's unique natural surroundings. One of our first excursions will allow us to see volcanoes, waterfalls, and geysers along the Golden Circle. Taking advantage of the unique geological and geographical positioning of Iceland we will be able to hike through caves carved by lava and across the ice of ancient glaciers. A boat ride from Reykjavik Marina will provide the opportunity to see the abundance of marine wildlife including puffins, dolphins, and minke and humpback whales. Daily excursions will allow us to explore the grandeur of Iceland all while being based in the lovely city of Reykjavik.

Approximate cost: $3900 per student  ($5900 with airfare)

Mexico

February 28-March 8, 2019

On this adventure in Baja California Sur, students will explore the beautiful, arid terrain of this fascinating part of Mexico. By participating in active processes to study and conserve many of the area’s native species, students will gain knowledge of the efforts taken on by scientists and the members of the communities involved.  We’ll get to know the quiet city of La Paz and enjoy being on the water in Magdalena Bay and Isla de Espiritu Santo. Highlights of the trip include opportunities to work with local children, contribute to sea turtle research as we camp (or glamp) in the dunes, discover an ancient culture in the Sierra, learn to make tortillas, snorkel with sea lions, and swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world!

Approximate Cost: $2,800 ($3,600 with airfare)

China and Taiwan

February 27-March 10, 2019

On this journey through China and Taiwan, students will travel to Beijing, Chengdu, Taipei and surrounding villages. From treks on the Great Wall to getting up close and personal with pandas, the group will come face to face with the realities of endangered ecosystems. Students will learn about the environmental consequences of development and progress, how they relate to the world as a whole, and how they impact local communities and individuals. In collaboration with The Hutong, students will experience China’s rich history and culture through interactive activities and exploration at places such as the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall. They will finish the trip in Taipei, Taiwan, where they will experience a very different Chinese culture. Students will stay overnight at a hot springs, hike at night around Elephant Mountain, and engage in a school exchange with local kids and learn Kung Fu together. Students will get an authentic taste of the changing face of China, a nation evolving faster than ever before.

Approximate Cost: $3,800 ($5,000 with airfare)

Yellowstone

March 2-9, 2019

Take a Spring Break on the wild side on a winter safari in Yellowstone National Park.  We will spend the week with Yellowstone Association Institute playing in the snow and exploring the natural history, geology, and cultural history of Yellowstone National Park while learning about the significance of parks and wild places to all citizens. Along the way, we'll enjoy unique landscapes, observe wildlife, and take photos of our discoveries. Along with the guidance of Pace faculty members, students will benefit from the extensive experience of Yellowstone Association Institutes teaching staff, skilled at leading and teaching youth in outdoor settings.  The smorgasbord of adventure activities throughout our trip will include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing to a wolf den, snow tracking, digging snow pits, building quinzees and other snow shelters, exploring Mammoth Hot Springs (travertine thermal features), and an exciting snowcoach tour to Old Faithful. Students will also enjoy lodging in the Yellowstone Overlook Campus cabins, located on 80 acres of awe-inspiring views where we will prepare some of our own hearty meals together!

Approximate cost: $1,600 ($2,400 with airfare)

Dominican Republic

June 21-July 1, 2019

Students on this study tour will have a unique opportunity to experience both Dominican and Haitian culture and become part of a community as they engage with Project Esperanza, a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged Haitian children living in the Dominican Republic. Students will develop leadership skills and earn 15 age-appropriate community engagement hours serving as camp counselors for Haitian children. Camp activities will include athletics, art, music, English lessons and more. Students will build relationships with their Haitian peers during afternoon activities and excursions. These relationships will provide a framework for students to understand and discuss how the ICGL global themes, past and present, affect the daily lives of millions across the globe.

Additionally, Pace students will participate in activities designed to immerse them in the natural environment of the Dominican Republic as well as with Dominican and Haitian culture. Activities will include outings in Puerto Plata with their Haitian counterparts, Haitian cooking lessons, hiking, beach time, snorkeling, and horseback riding.

Approximate cost: $2,400 ($3,200 with airfare)

Greece

June 1-12, 2019

The Western World wouldn’t be what it is today without the ideas of ancient Greece. From the Acropolis atop Athens to the ruined ancient cities of the Aegean, history is everywhere. As Europe redefines itself, understanding this history and tying it to modern Greek and American life is more important than ever. We will fly to Athens and head South to the Peloponnese Peninsula. We will settle into the city of Nafplio as a jumping off point to the ruins of Mycenae and our introduction to Greek culture. From cooking classes, lunch with an archaeologist, and an introduction to the Greek komboloi or stress beads (and a chance to make our own too) we’ll leave Nafplio with a foundational understanding of Ancient and Modern Greece. We’ll then fly out to Heraklion on the Island of Crete. Greek islands are famous for their history and landscape and on Crete we will explore both. We’ll visit the ruins of Knossos, Europe’s oldest city, and map out how cities have changed thousands of years later. Finally we’ll fly back to Athens. Athens is the ancient and modern capital of Greece. From a visit to the Parthenon and the new Acropolis Museum, we’ll think about who controls different historical narratives.

Approximate cost: $3,200 ($5000 with airfare)

Japan

June 16-26, 2019

We begin our study tour in Japan in the elegant and vibrant city of Kyoto, that, until 1869, was Japan’s capital, and remains the cradle of much of nation’s traditional culture, containing 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as our first stop, Nijo-jo castle. We then continue our explorations in Tokyo and smaller cities such as Fukushima and Yamaguchi, discovering along the way Japanese art such as Raku and Manga and exploring the history and cultural traditions that have shaped modern day Japan.  Highlights include participating in a traditional tea ceremony with a tea master, creating our own Japanese-style prints, visiting Rokuon-ji and Ryoan-ji temples, bathing in a mountain top natural hot spring, making our own Soba noodles, and traveling via the famed Bullet train.

Approximate cost: Approximate cost: $3,200 ($5600 with airfare)

2019-2020 ICGL STUDY TOURS

Colombia

March 2020

With its turbulent past quickly receding, economic growth, peaceful stability, and tourism are on the rise throughout the country, and visitors are excitedly rediscovering the remarkable diversity and friendliness of Colombia. This South American nation offers incredible lessons in global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and mutual respect across economic and racial identities. On this study tour, we will learn about the history but also discover the modern reality of Colombia as we engage with the people who make up the mosaic that is Colombia - from indigenous rainforest tribes to coffee plantation workers. We will experience some of Colombia’s vibrant colonial cities such as Bogota and Cartagena as well as trek in the magnificent Tayrona National Park, a 37,000-acre ecotourism park with its reefs, rainforests, beaches, mangroves, and Indian ruins.  Along the way, we will get to know young people and build community, savor Afro-Caribbean fusion cuisine, learn to dance Cumbia and Salsa, shop modern and traditional markets, and snorkel vibrant coastal reefs on tropical beaches.

Approximate cost: $2800 ($3500 with airfare)

China and Taiwan

March 2020

On this journey through China and Taiwan, students will travel to Beijing, Chengdu, Taipei and surrounding villages. From treks on the Great Wall to getting up close and personal with pandas, the group will come face to face with the realities of endangered ecosystems. Students will learn about the environmental consequences of development and progress, how they relate to the world as a whole, and how they impact local communities and individuals. In collaboration with The Hutong, students will experience China’s rich history and culture through interactive activities and exploration at places such as the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall. They will finish the trip in Taipei, Taiwan, where they will experience a very different Chinese culture. Students will stay overnight at a hot springs, hike at night around Elephant Mountain, and engage in a school exchange with local kids and learn Kung Fu together. Students will get an authentic taste of the changing face of China, a nation evolving faster than ever before.

Approximate Cost: $3,800 ($5,000 with airfare)

Belize

March 2020 (9 days)

The Belize program is a tale of two species - one treasured, one an unwanted invader. On Turneffe Atoll, marine research stations monitor the waters and reefs. Dolphin pods call the area home, and you'll learn about their place in this rich ecosystem. Under the water, you'll snorkel along coral reefs, looking out for lionfish, an invasive fish species that's attempting a takeover. You'll help your instructors and research assistants catch them for study. In partnership with Ecology Project International (EPI), you will engage in a hands on science curriculum centered around you, the student. Lessons in lionfish biology, reef biogeography, and rainforest conservation will familiarize you with the issues on the ground before you dive into data collection and the development of your own research questions. During your time in the field, you’ll conceive, develop, analyze and present a field-based research project based on the data you collect on dolphins and lionfish. You’ll also learn about Belize’s tropical ecology and cultural history through lessons from your instructors and a visit to the upland rainforest. Through games, art, journaling, guided lessons and lectures, you’ll get to know your group, your instructors, the culture of Belize, and the conservation issues that residents work through every day.                                                        

Approximate Cost: $3,100 ($3,850 with airfare)                                                                              

Australia

March 2020  (10 days)

Australia, the magical land Down Under, has so much to offer visitors – from its metropolitan cities along the coastline, to its indigenous Red Centre, Australia has it all! Join our Aussie adventurers on a trip that truly takes you through every type of weather, landscape and outdoor pursuit during the 10-day trek. Our journey will kick-off in the Victorian capital city of Melbourne, where we will join events for “Reparation Week” (Australia’s historical apology to the indigenous community), visit St Leonard’s College for a day and watch a live Aussie Rules Football match!

From Melbourne, we will journey to the Red Centre of Australia, where the iconic Uluru proudly sits in the middle of the Outback. Our students will camp out, eat authentic bush tucker, hike with an Aboriginal guide and take a sunrise camel ride to watch the colors of Uluru come to life in the early hours of the morning. After learning about the Aboriginal way of life in the desert, our group flies north to Queensland, where we will snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and discover how the indigenous tribes learned how to live between the rainforests and the ocean.

Wrapping up our excursion in the lovely city of Sydney, Pace students will climb the famous Harbour Bridge and ride the waves in a surf lesson on Manly Beach before departing back to the USA.

Approximate cost: $3,500 ($5800 with airfare)

Kenya

March 2020  (10 days)

Join a summer adventure to East Africa with CARE for AIDS, an organization working to end the orphan crisis in Kenya by empowering HIV+ parents to live long, healthy lives. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Kenyan culture by visiting a local community, serving at a children’s day camp, visiting a sustainable farm working against climate change, working with an NGO creating alternative fuel options for rural villages, and enjoying a three day safari in the Masai Mara Conservancy. These experiences will be infused with discussion of past and present ICGL themes such as climate change, food, and water as they relate to human migration, farming, urbanization, industrialization, and animal/ tribal relations.

Approximate cost: $3,200, $5200 with airfare

Japan

June 2020

We begin our study tour in Japan in the elegant and vibrant city of Kyoto, that, until 1869, was Japan’s capital, and remains the cradle of much of nation’s traditional culture, containing 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as our first stop, Nijo-jo castle. We then continue our explorations in Tokyo and smaller cities such as Fukushima and Yamaguchi, discovering along the way Japanese art such as Raku and Manga and exploring the history and cultural traditions that have shaped modern day Japan.  Highlights include participating in a traditional tea ceremony with a tea master, creating our own Japanese-style prints, visiting Rokuon-ji and Ryoan-ji temples, bathing in a mountain top natural hot spring, making our own Soba noodles, and traveling via the famed Bullet train.

Approximate cost: Approximate cost: $3,200 ($5600 with airfare)

Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

June 2020

Students on this study tour will explore the rich history of the Balkans region by visiting small towns and big cities in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. We will be working with Rustic Pathways, a student travel company committed to providing authentic and safe cultural exchanges all around the world. Students will spend days in the world famous cities of Sarajevo, B-H, and Dubrovnik, Croatia, while meeting local people and learning their stories along the way. We will engage with history, past and present, and learn about the complexities of this crossroads of civilization. We will encounter local traditions, explore the region's recent conflict, and sample cuisine from the Dalmatian Coast to the Bosnian Mountains. Highlights of the trip include visiting ancient palaces and city walls in both Bosnia and Croatia, experiencing Islamic mystiques from the rule of the Ottoman Empire, visiting the site of a WWII battle where many Croatians lost their lives, camping on the banks of the breathtaking emerald Drina River, and kayaking through some of Croatia's most beautiful beaches.

Approximate cost:

Dominican Republic

June 19-29, 2020

Students on this study tour will have a unique opportunity to experience both Dominican and Haitian culture and become part of a community as they engage with Project Esperanza, a non-profit organization that serves disadvantaged Haitian children living in the Dominican Republic. Students will develop leadership skills and earn 15 age-appropriate community engagement hours serving as camp counselors for Haitian children. Camp activities will include athletics, art, music, English lessons and more. Students will build relationships with their Haitian peers during afternoon activities and excursions. These relationships will provide a framework for students to understand and discuss how the ICGL global themes, past and present, affect the daily lives of millions across the globe. Additionally, Pace students will participate in activities designed to immerse them in the natural environment of the Dominican Republic as well as with Dominican and Haitian culture. Activities will include outings in Puerto Plata with their Haitian counterparts, Haitian cooking lessons, hiking, beach time, snorkeling, and horseback riding.

Approximate cost: $2,400 ($3,200 with airfare)

Berlin, Hamburg and Copenhagen

June 2020

What makes a city liveable? Why are some cities considered urban chaos and others urban utopias? Is it simply a matter of opinion or are there some designed qualities of cities that we can discover? This study tour begins in the city of Atlanta where during the school year, we will consult with architects, urban planners, and city activists to learn about efforts - particularly around play - to make Atlanta a more liveable and sustainable place.

Over the summer, we will continue our discovery work with the help of Atlas Workshops in three European cities ranked high on various ‘liveable city’ indexes: Berlin, Hamburg and Copenhagen. In each place, we will visit with designers, artists, entrepreneurs and city activists who play a vibrant role in shaping their respective cities.  We start in Berlin exploring how parts of the city’s past have been reclaimed for remembrance or recreation. We will talk with local people about how diversity and immigration are approached in new Berlin. We will discover the role of art in Berlin’s identity, for example by participating in street art graffiti. In Hamburg, we will explore why an often overlooked city consistently ranks so high on liveability. As we kayak some of the many canals, for example, we will question the effect of transportation on how people feel about their city.  We will spend an afternoon in an experiential workshop called Dialogue in the Dark where students will navigate a city landscape blind and reflect on issues of accessibility. Finally, in Copenhagen, we will explore what this design capital of the world, and birthplace of LEGO, can teach us about urban spaces and play.  We will bike around the city, jump a train to Malmo, Sweden for a session on bike repair and design, and visit the inspiration for Disneyland. We will work with local designers to try our own hand at designing for ‘hygge’, the Danish word that roughly translates to ‘cozy’ or ‘fun’. Along the way in each city we visit we will sample the local culture from (family friendly) beer halls to swimming in city harbors to making and eating local cuisine.

Approximate cost: $3,400 ($4,400 with airfare)

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