Global Understanding, Environmental Stewardship, and a Dedication to Service

From July 29-August 13, students will travel to Colombia to deepen their understanding of leadership as it relates to the last line of Deerfield’s mission statement and the pillars of the Center for Service and Global Citizenship. During this program, students will  have the opportunity to meet with local leaders of non-profits who are environmental activists, community leaders and tourism industry representatives who will share with us valuable positions and arguments of the past, present and future and the implications that they are seeing from environmental, social and economic perspectives. In addition, students will engage in a multi-day design challenge with local peers from Colegio Los Nogales, and then set off on a 6-day trek to the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a region of the country that the Kogui Indigenous community calls “The Heart of the World.” Throughout the journey, students will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the location and engage in multiple reflections and discussions, explore the view of the world of indigenous communities and have meaningful cross cultural interactions with the locals that coordinate in the field. This trip is open to all current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students with a preference towards those with a demonstrated interest in leadership, global studies, environmental stewardship, and service.

Students who are accepted to this program must commit to attending pre-trip seminars in the spring term, complete approximately 20 hours of online coursework over the summer, and design and implement a service project in their hometown before departing on their trip.

Program Dates

This trip has concluded. The following information has been provided for reference. Please check back soon for updates on our next trip.

Program Notes

  • This trip is unplugged. Students will be asked to leave their electronic devices at home. Students and faculty leaders will update families and friends at home through our Notes from Abroad blog.

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Example Itinerary

Day 1: International flight to Bogotá

Days 2-3: Meeting with Local Leaders Exploring the City

Days 4-5: Design Challenge with High School Peers

Day 6: Subachoque – Dibufala Creamery visit

Days 7 – 12: Hike to the Lost City – Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Days 13 – 14: Cartagena

Day 15: Barú and Santana – Barú Island

Day 16: Program Closure International Flight back home

* This itinerary is subject to change

** Families are responsible for transporting their students from a U.S. based airport in to their home destination for the remainder of the summer.