Global Studies Trips

These travel programs offer students first-hand experience and unique cultural immersion to expand their global citizenship with an experienced DA faculty member, while integrating their experience into a Deerfield education. Not only do students expand their worldviews, they also deepen their relationships with the faculty leaders and their fellow travelers. Students return with new perspectives, enthusiastic and eager to learn more, and with a broadened worldview to prepare them for college and beyond.

For questions about individual trips, contact the trip leaders.

For more information about Global Studies at Deerfield, contact David Miller, Director of Global Studies.

Online applications are available here.  All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 3, 2013.


Alleviating Extreme Rural Poverty with JBFC

March 8-22, 2014

Faculty Leader: Sheryl Cabral

For this March break trip, students will partner with the Janada Batchelor Foundation for Children (JBFC) to focus on extreme rural poverty alleviation.  Students will engage with all aspects of JBFC’s mission: refuge for abused and abandoned girls, education, healthcare, and agriculture. There will be a two-day safari, and the bulk of the trip will be spent on the JBFC site in Kitongo with students digging into academically informed and partially student-designed service projects.


Chinese Language and Cultural ImmersionGreat Wall

June 8-July 6, 2014

Faculty Leader: Xiaofeng Kelly

Open to Chinese language students, the first two and half weeks of this program are based in Beijing, where students participate in home stays and take classes on the campus of Beijing Shi Yan High School with afternoon excursions. After living and studying for two and half weeks in Beijing, students will spend the next ten days traveling by plane and train to Dunhong in Gansu province and Dali and Lijiang in Yunnan province, two areas with spectacular beauty and tremendous culture. Our last destination will be Shanghai. To view a slideshow of the 2012 trip, click here

Dominican Republic

House Building with Cambiando Vidas

June 7-14, 2014

Faculty Leader: Sheryl Cabral

A team of Deerfield Students will travel to the Dominican Republic to build a house for a family in the village of Lavapie with the organization Cambiando Vidas. When work begins on Sunday morning, the house will be one cinderblock high. By Thursday afternoon, the house will be finished — complete with running water and electricity. On the final night the team will share the first dinner in the house with the family and the 100+ members of the community who worked on the house.This will be Deerfield’s sixth house in the DR.


ColombiaHiking in Colombia

Spanish Language, Culture, Environment and Adventure

June 18-July 2, 2014

Faculty Leader: David Miller

Designed in coordination with Envoys, a leading provider of international experiential education with deep roots in Colombia, this program will be open to Spanish language students.  Students will explore the cultural and environmental diversity of Colombia, with a dose of adventure activities. Some highlights include an exploration of the Amazon traveling on foot and by canoe, where students will examine the ecosystems of the region, gaining a better understanding of and respect for the natural environment.  As part of the cultural immersion, students will embed into native communities and learn how their relationships with the natural surroundings have changed with the advent of modernity. Students will explore the culture of coffee with a visit a to a typical coffee farm (hacienda) to learn about coffee production. In each of these areas, the primary language of interaction for students with their surroundings will be Spanish.

Other Deerfield Faculty Led Abroad Programs:

Theater Trip to Scotland in August 2014. Auditions required, as the trip will consist of the cast and crew of Deerfield’s winter theater production. Faculty Leader: Catriona Hynds

Recent trips include: Uruguay, Spain, Italy, France, Costa Rica, and Jordan.

Application and Enrollment Timeline:

  • Early November: Online applications available
  • December 3, 2013: Applications due
  • Mid-December: Decisions made
  • Early January 2014: Enrollment forms and trip deposits due