Democracy & Water

This trip to Uruguay will explore the socio-political factors of the country while delving into its current drought crisis and a thriving democracy. Students will learn firsthand about the challenges and opportunities associated with creating a sustainable economy, as well as gain valuable insights into the policies and practices that can promote a more sustainable future.

While in Uruguay, students will explore the historical and present day challenges and complexities of democracy and fresh water. They will hear from academics and experts on the topics of democracy and water, consider the role of human rights, and hear a variety of perspectives on threats to democracy along with the urgent challenges of drought and fresh water access. While it is the second smallest country in South America, Uruguay has a complex history, beautiful landscapes, and a vibrant culture.  Students will have a chance to engage with the culture and environment of Uruguay through Tango lessons, Candombe dance and music, graffiti art, beautiful places, great food and a vibrant culture.

Program Notes

  • This program may conflict with some winter term Athletic postseason tournaments.
  • This program conflicts with the March 9 SAT test date.
  • Families are responsible for transportation from a NE/NY based airport to the student’s destination for the remainder of March break.
  • During this trip, students will stay in hotels, inns, cabins, and lodges. Meals will be shared at accommodations and restaurants.

Program Dates

March 3 – March 11, 2024

Program Eligibilty

This program is open to all students with preference to students with a demonstrated interest in the themes of the program. All interested students are encouraged to apply by November 5. Financial Aid is available to all qualifying students.

Faculty Trip Leaders

Virginia Invernizzi; Julia Rivellino-Lyons


Deerfield Academy’s Center for Service and Global Citizenship strives to make all of our travel programs affordable and accessible for all students while ensuring a high-quality global education experience. While the costs of travel around the world have been rising steadily over the past several years, all of our trips are subsidized, and thanks to the generosity of many we are able to provide robust financial aid for qualifying students.

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2024 Preliminary Itinerary

* This itinerary is subject to change

March 3: Travel day from NE/NY based airport to Uruguay

March 4: 

  • Arrival in Montevideo and settling into hotel
  • Pocitos, Ciudad Vieja, and Carrasco neighborhood exploration

March 5: 

  • Street art and sketching
  • Workshop with Academia Uruguay

March 6: 

  • Morning Democracy lecture at Academia Uruguay
  • Afternoon tile making workshop

March 7: 

  • Water lecture and discussion with Javier Taks at Academia Uruguay
  • Discussion with students at Academia Uruguay
  • Visit Ciudad Vieja for an evening of  Tango 

March 8:

  • Morning workshop at Academia Uruguay
  • Visit a Condombe school, and possible drum lesson

March 9 -11:

  • Visits to Casa Pueblo, Punta del Este, and Cabo Polonio

March 11:

  • Travel back to Montevideo
  • Flight back to NE/NY based airport*

**Families are responsible for transportation from a NE/NY based airport to the student’s destination for the remainder of March break.