Upper School Study Tours


November 15-25, 2018
Model Government Simulation
Academic & History Focus

As we explore Hungary's history of Ottoman and Hapsburg control, the 1914-1945 World War era, 20th-century authoritarian rule (both right-wing and left-wing), and post-1989 independence, we see the impact of 21st-century political, social, nationalist, and economic forces challenging the U.S.-dominated and Western World post-war world order. Budapest, the "Paris of Central Europe" set in the picturesque Danube River Valley, has the best of traditional architecture, modern cuisine, chocolate shops, art museums, music, legendary coffee shops, and one of Europe's most authentic Christmas markets, all of which we experience before we become diplomats in the Yale Model Government Europe (YMGE) fast-moving simulation of political decision-making and crisis in 21st-century Europe.

Trip Leader: Helen Smith
Approximate Cost: $1,800 ($3,200 with airfare)*

* Includes ground transportation, admission and tours, YMGE registration fees and hotels. Students are responsible for their own meals and for incidental expenses.


January 12-22, 2019
Culture & Arts

This study tour focuses on central European politics and culture from World War II onwards, with specific attention to the impact of the rise of the Third Reich and its policies. Students develop an appreciation of the regional differences in German culture; are immersed in the Baroque, Rococo and Secessionist styles of architecture; are introduced to German language; and are given the opportunity to appreciate the importance of German international trade with the southeast region of the United States.

Site visits include Marianplatz, the New Residenz, Auschwitz, Frauenkiche, Hofbräukeller Biergarten, Neuschwanstein, the Topography of Terror Exhibit, the Jewish Museum, the New Synagogue, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Trip Leaders: Tim Hornor
Approximate Cost: $1,450 ($2,850 with airfare)


March 1-10, 2019
Adventure & Culture

Patagonia is a legendary land of extremes spanning the southern regions of Chile and Argentina to the tip of the continent. Our group will fly into Buenos Aires and explore the capital, and then head south, where we will lace our boots and take to the mountains to begin the Patagonia trekking adventure. We'll fly to El Calafate, a charming Patagonian city, then on to the small mountain town of El Chalten, where we'll spend four full days exploring the inspiring mountains of the glaciated Fitz Roy Range, ending at a wonderful back country lodge. Next it's off to the famous Los Glaciares National Park for a boat and hiking trip to the thundering Perito Moreno Glacier.

Trip Leader: Grady Stevens

Approximate Cost: Ground Cost – TBD, Airfare – $1,400


March 1 –11, 2019
Habitat for Humanity

Trip description coming soon. 
Students must be 16 years old by the time of the build in order to participate.



March 1–10, 2019
Conservation & Science

Situated in the border region of the states of Coahuila, Mexico, and Texas, USA, the El Carmen Mountains represent one of the most unique and biodiverse ecosystems in North America. For many years, the area has been famous for its diversity in flora and fauna on both sides of the border, and more than 1 million acres are now protected as the El Carmen Natural Preserve administered by the international corporation CEMEX.

El Carmen represents a new generation, bi-national conservation initiative comprised of unique partnerships between governments, private landowners, NGOs, universities and global industry. Pace Academy is entering into an ongoing partnership with the El Carmen Preserve in which students will conduct ecological field research to assist El Carmen Preserve in its baseline inventory of birds, mammals and reptiles of the refuge. Students will mist net birds, trap small mammals and catch reptiles. Students will also conduct night counts of larger mammals and other wildlife. This trip will be an intensive immersion into ecological field research and an opportunity to work with the staff and biologists of El Carmen.

To effectively manage and conserve the ecosystems of the preserve, it is necessary to have as much knowledge as possible about all of the organisms that are found there. Species such as Black Bear, Desert Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorn Antelope, Mule and White-tailed Deer, Elk, Mountain Lion, Ringtail, Grey Fox, Kangaroo Rat, Roadrunner, Black Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Horned Lizard, and Desert Coachwhip are just some of the more than 289 species of birds, 78 species of mammals, and 79 species of reptiles and amphibians already documented at El Carmen. Students will be helping to expand the knowledge and understanding of this extremely important natural area and to be the start of an international effort to protect and conserve the greater ecosystem.

Trip Leader: Kevin Ballard
Approximate Cost: $2,100 ($2,600 with airfare)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

South Africa

March 1-11, 2019
Conservation Focus

On this trip, entitled “Wildlife Conservation: Land and Sea,” students will travel to Mossel Bay, South Africa. Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay is a wonderful little harbor town located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It is part of the famous Garden Route, known for its diversity in nature and climates.

Mossel Bay is also home to some of the most important ocean and marine-life research in the world. Students will engage in real and current marine and terrestrial research projects. For the first portion of the trip, students will participate in active research on white sharks and dolphins. During the second part, they will explore the ongoing conservation efforts to support rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion and giraffe populations in the region.

The group will work in partnership with Oceans Research, an organization that trains students in the hopes that they’ll become researchers and conservationists. The group will live at the Oceans Research facility during their stay. In addition to research expeditions and adventures, students will spend several days in Cape Town exploring Robben Island, Table Mountain, and the Alfred and Victoria Waterfront.

Participating students must be comfortable spending extended periods of time on the water in a research vessel, as well as camping at a wildlife reserve for several nights.

Trip Leaders: Jonathan Ferrell
Approximate Cost: $3,200 ($4,700 with airfare)


May 29-June 8, 2019
Culture & Community Engagement

This study tour is designed for students who are interested in community engagement and development, education and sustainability. Students will work collaboratively with PRECE, an educational movement in Ceara, Brazil, based upon the cooperative learning methodology.

PRECE (Educational Program in Cooperative Groups) was formed in 1994 in Cipó, a rural impoverished community in northeastern Brazil, by seven young adults who dreamed of going to university. Since then, PRECE has helped more than 500 poor students enter the university. Recently, through partnerships with the Federal University of Ceará and the State Secretary of Education, a high school has been built to employ PRECE’s cooperative learning methodology.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about this unique program and become involved by teaching English classes and working on the PRECE headquarters on tasks such as painting, building and gardening. Students will travel from Atlanta to Fortaleza and then the rural Cipó area. They will spend five or six days in Cipo and its environs. Students will then return to Fortaleza and travel to Rio de Janeiro, where they will spend time exploring the history, politics, culture and art of the city.

Trip Leaders: Kacy Brubaker
Approximate Cost: $2,150 ($4,250 with airfare)
Visa Fee: $160


June 11-20, 2019
Culture & Politics

Observe, inquire, and explore varying concepts and presentations of nationalism as seen within the atmosphere of the 2019 World Cup. Have conversations about “post-colonialism” and its effects within European nations, particularly France. Inquire, at the same time, about the rise of conservative nationalism within politics. Discuss the role and corruption of FIFA on a global stage. Students will document their daily observations and impressions, culminating in a small digital presentation of their work. Locations include Paris, Lyon and Reims or Le Havre.

Travel Leader: Caitlin Terry
Approximate Cost: $2,800 ($4,300 with airfare)

Ghana & Botswana

July 2-16, 2019
Conservation & Community Engagement

This study tour will take students on the journey of a lifetime by providing an immersive experience focused on both the critical issues connected to the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems in southern Africa, and subsequently, the rich and multi-faceted culture of Ghana. In addition, students will explore the challenges and threats facing the people of West Africa.

In southern Africa, we will spend most of our time in Botswana, working with the rangers and conservationists at the Mashatu Game Reserve. Students will learn about conservation initiatives in the area, ethical behavior in natural environments, ecology--especially as it relates to the complexities of conservation management--and practical skills such as bush survival skills, tracking, and navigational skills and astronomy.

In Ghana, we will partner with the Sub-Saharan Education Project (SSEP). Students will experience west African life firsthand, and will work alongside teachers, students, and community members in both rural and urban settings. We will learn to appreciate and assist SSEP staff in facilitating programs such as medical outreach and recycled bead-making. The current challenges facing west Africa cannot be understood without grasping the impact of colonialism. Students will have the opportunity to visit historical sites related to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and speak with local experts about the lingering impact of history upon modern political, economic and environmental challenges.

The student-learning objectives for this study tour are to foster openness to new ideas and experiences; to develop empathy and a sense of wonder about the natural world, as well as for our deep connectedness by a shared humanity; to build self-awareness and the ability to communicate and collaborate with people from other cultures. Finally, we hope that the experiences on this study tour will ignite student’s desire to create positive change in the world.

Trip Leaders: Joanne Brown
Approximate Cost: $2,900 ($5,700 with airfare)

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