Upper School Study Tours

Lisbon, Portugal

 (Yale Model Government Europe)

November 21 - December 1, 2019

History and Culture: A 2700 year-old city, Lisbon is known for its mixture of the three Abrahamic religious cultures, its leading role in 15th-16th century European exploration, its long alliance with England (often opposing Spain), a rich architectural and artistic heritage, and its move from a “corporatist authoritarian government” in the 1930’s-1970’s to its current role in NATO and the European Union.

YMGE: Simulating the political structure of European Union nations and their interactions in EU institutions, the small committees, relevant topics, and crisis combine to make this an outstanding model. In addition, contacts with students around the world provide personal contacts with a growing world-wide network of next-generation leaders. 

Lead Chaperone: Ms. Smith

Ground Fees- $2,200 / Flight Cost - $1,800


January 11-20, 2020

History, Art and Culture

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, Frauenkirche, Hofbräukeller Biergarten, Neuschwanstein, the Topography of Terror Exhibit, the Jewish Museum, the New Synagogue, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Lead Chaperone: Mr. Hornor

Ground Fees - $1,600 / Flight Cost $1,350


Feb 27 – March 8, 2020

Located some 600 miles off the coast of South America, the Galapagos Islands lie in splendid isolation. Volcanic in origin, weathered for millennia, by trade winds and ocean upwellings, these islands provide the supreme conditions for the study of biological adaptation. 

After arrival and an overnight rest in Quito, students will catch an early morning flight on day two to the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos archipelago, and then travel by bus to the highlands to participate in the highland tortoise monitoring program. On days three and four, students will study tortoise biology, anatomy and ecology, locate wild Galapagos tortoises and collect biometric data, and build scientific skills by collecting data on tortoise migration and diet. On day five, students will travel to the Galapagos National Park where they participate in a habitat restoration project and learn about invasive plant species, island biogeography, natural selection and other critical ecology concepts. Day six will be spent hiking to Tortuga Bay where they will learn about marine census, explore the Charles Darwin Foundation and visit a monument to Lonesome George. 

The second part of the study tour is spent on the island of Isabela, which is where students will snorkel in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, explore hyper-saline lagoons and visit a giant tortoise breeding center for days seven and eight. Ocean currents bring vital nutrients to these waters, and they are rich in endemic species such as marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos penguins. Day nine will include a cultural exchange with peers at the Mola Mola Eco Club where students will share information about ecological projects. After flying back to Quito, Pace students will return home on Sunday, March 8. 

During the study tour, students will be living at scientific field research stations will be sleeping in tents on covered platforms. There are indoor bathrooms with flush toilets, composting toilets, and running water. There will be limited electricity in the common areas at the research stations, in the classrooms and the kitchen area. All meals are prepared on site by local cooks.

Lead chaperones: Charlie Bryan and Shakila Williams

Ground fees - $3,895/flight  - $1,100



Habitat for Humanity 

February 27 - March 8, 2020

Community Engagement, Leadership and Culture

Open to students in the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 that are 16 years old 

by February 27, 2020.

This spring break, Pace Students will take travel to Vietnam to participate in a Habitat for Humanity International build – the school’s ninth consecutive international build. This year the students will build in the town of My Tho. The group will build for a week, working with a local family to create a new home while staying in the community. Building alongside a family allows students to be fully immersed in the culture. Before and after the build, the group will travel around Vietnam to see Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the capital as well Hanoi and Halong Bay. This study is tour is limited to twenty students and may require an application. Please contact the chaperones for more information.

Lead Chaperones: Ms. Rhodes and Mr. Whyte

Ground Fees - $2,550 / Flight Cost - $1,700


May 26-June 7

Science, Technology and Conservation

Given China’s ever increasing presence on the global stage due to its population and economic growth as well as technological advances, providing a frame of reference for understanding its culture and impact is important for global citizens of the 21st century. This study tour will focus on science, technology and conservation.

Our group will fly into the capital, Beijing, and explore the historical artifacts that have made China renowned for its cultural importance. From the Great Wall to the Forbidden City, we will lay the groundwork for understanding China’s historical context and how that frames its current global role.  We will then head south to Shanghai where we will delve deeper into the technological advances shaping China’s growing economy. Through interactions with local students and the virtual arcades popping up all around Shanghai, we will seek to understand the impact of living in a surveillance state and how our contemporaries use technology for entertainment. Finally, we will fly to the Sichuan province where we'll spend our remaining days examining the conservation efforts that have been made to preserve natural treasures such as the giant panda and the rich national resources that have earned Sichuan the reputation as the “Heavenly State.”

Lead Chaperone: Dr. Haizlip

Ground Fees - $3,800 / Flight Cost - $1,600


June 3-12, 2020

Education, Culture and 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.

Lead Chaperones: Mrs. Ambler and Ms. Brubaker

Ground Fees - $2,000 / Flight Cost - $2,100


June 5-13, 2020

Music, Architecture and Culture

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, students will travel to Vienna, Austria for an in depth study and experience in music, art, architecture and culture of this great city. Known as the “music capital of the world,” Vienna holds a rich musical history. Students will explore the artistic and intellectual legacy shaped by some of the great composers such as Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart and will have the opportunity to perform in some of the same venues in which these composers resided. Singers will have the chance to participate in a musical festival comprised of other singers from around the world to perform works of Beethoven with a full orchestra in St. Stephen’s Cathedral. They will have the chance to have a personal look at the imperial traditions and architecture of the House of Habsburg such as the the Hofburg, designed in various architectural styles dating from the 13th to the 20th century, and Schonnbrunn Palace. They will experience Austrian opera and also art by artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. This trip will take place June 8-14, 2020.

Lead Chaperones: Mrs. Susan Wallace

Ground Fees - $3,095 / Flight Cost - $1,300


June 3 -16, 2020

Community Engagement, Sustainable Development and Culture

Fiji is a cluster of roughly 300 volcanic islands located in the south Pacific roughly half way between New Zealand and Hawaii. One of the largest and most developed of the roughly one dozen Pacific Island Nations, and with a highly developed tourism industry, Fiji is a leader within its region of the world. Our trip will almost entirely stay within the island of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest and most developed region. 

Starting in Nadi, the third largest urban area in the country, and in alignment with this year’s ICGL theme of Waste, we will explore how waste is managed on the dry western side of the island. Next, we will head inland to a small village at 2,000f elevation to stay on a family compound. We will participate in day-to-day life and learn about local farming, waste management practices, and elementary and high school opportunities. We will also have the opportunity to hike Mount Tomainivi, the highest point in the country.  

From the village, we will head east to the capital city of Suva on the rainy side of the island. Here we have access to NGO’s that are working in the South Pacific, to the University of the South Pacific, and learn about Fiji’s only covered landfill. On the journey back eastward to Nadi, we will meet with organizations working locally to promote sustainable agricultural practices.

Students interested in this study tour should be aware that they will be in urban settings that have amenities they are used to, and in extremely rural settings where basic amenities are limited -- where bugs bite, and where cats and containers are the only deterrents of mice. Students should also be aware that, while Fiji is world renowned for its beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts, most of our time will be spent away from the shoreline. This study tour is limited to 12 upper school students and may require an application. Please contact the chaperones for more information.

Lead Chaperone: Mr. Ewing

Ground Fees - $2,250 / Flight Cost - $1,950

Warsaw, Poland

NATO Security Simulation

June 11-23, 2020

History: Given the fact that half of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust died in Poland combined with the resurgence of anti-Semitic rhetoric and poltical action in Europe and around the world, this study tour is especially important. Right-wing parties such as Law and Justice in Poland methodically and ‘legally’ are creating and extreme nationalist narrative that defies EU and western value norms.

Simulation: Like YMGE, this simulation features both country-specific committees and a NATO crisis. As a leader in the formation of NATO after WWII, the US has an abiding concern with the health of the western alliance and NATO, especially with current aggressive moves on eastern Europe’s border with Russia. In fact, Article 5 of the NATO treaty stating that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all has been invoked only once since 1949: after the 9/11 attacks. Preparing for this simulation will provide a valuable look at the European and world security situation as we move into the third decade of the 21st century.  

Lead Chaperone: Ms. Smith

Ground Fees - $2,100 / Flight - $1,400

Dominican Republic

June 28 - July 6, 2020

Community Engagement, Cultural Exchange, Youth & Education

Students on this study tour will have a unique opportunity to experience both Dominican and Haitian culture and to make an authentic connection with the community there 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 community engagement hours serving as camp counselors for Haitian children. Camp activities will include sports, art, music, games, English lessons and more.                                                 

Additionally, Pace students will build relationships with their Haitian peers during afternoon activities and excursions. Together with their new Haitian friends, they will learn visit a cacao farm to learn about chocolate production, enjoy cooking lessons, hiking, beach time, snorkeling, and horseback riding. 

This study tour is offered as a partnership between ICGL and Pace’s Office for Community Engagement to both Middle and Upper School students, with the shared goals of fostering an understanding of the importance and meaning of community engagement at Pace and beyond and developing empathy, leadership skills and awareness to inspire action.

Lead Chaperone for Upper School: Mr. Ward

Ground Fees - $1,600 / Flight Cost - $2,200

London and Paris

June 19 - 30, 2020

WWII History, Politics and Culture

From D-Day to Liberation charts the course of WWII from America’s entry into that war in 1941 to 1944. The central pivot of the trip will be a visit to the Normandy and a tour of the American Utah and Omaha beaches. We will also visit the Normandy cemetery where many of those who gave their last full measure of devotion are buried. Before the visit to Normandy we will tour London and visit sites instrumental to the successful D-Day invasion, including Bletchley Park, the famous site of the codebreakers. We will also visit General Eisenhower’s residence in London while also taking in other sites that this great city has to offer. After the visit to Normandy we will follow in the footsteps of the US Army and take up residence in Paris and visit the sites of resistance, collaboration, and liberation. Like London, we will also take in additional sites that make Paris such a great city. Scheduled for the summer of 2020, From D-Day to Liberation is the newest ICGL trip and lasts approximately twelve days! 

Lead Chaperone: Mr. Hornor

Ground Fees - $3,400 / Flight Cost - $1,500

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