Global village Cultural Immersion


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The Value of Cultural Immersion & Life Skills

Our Aeon students are offered a unique opportunity to experience themselves as cultural beings within a global culture through our Global Village Cultural Immersion programs.  Global Village is offered as a double-trimester elective, and participating students must enroll in both trimesters.  During the first trimester, students will select a venue and begin planning their trip, creating a budget, developing fundraising platforms or a student run business, and depending on the venue, identifying service projects in their intended destination.  During the second trimester, they will dive deeply into the culture, language, food, history and ecology of the intended destination.  As they prepare, they will practice important life skills that will be needed during their adventures, such as cooking, cleaning, working as a team, navigating using maps, group decision making, running a fundraising platform/business, and more.  Through this process, they will learn more about themselves as creators of their own class/community culture, and dive deeply into cultural identity as an element of their own humanness. These expeditions are led by experienced mentors, teachers and expeditionary educators. We are currently establishing additional venues in Ireland, Costa Rica, and Bali which will include even more art, food, culture and adventure experiences.

Grades 7-8 venues are chosen by teachers/guides; grades 9-10 venues are chosen by students from a teacher-curated list of options; and grades 11-12 students identify a self-selected, group elected venue of choice.  


2018 Grades 9-10 Venue: Southern France

This year’s 9-10th grade class will travel to Southern France for an immersive experience of this unique region- a place where diverse world cultures have intersected for thousands of years!  Students will be based in the village of Rousillon, and will spend their days exploring the medieval villages of Lacoste, Gordes, Bonnieux, and the bustling historic city of Avignon.  They will explore Lavender fields, sample olive oil, figs, and fruits from a local organic farm, view prehistoric cave art, learn to make pottery, paint and pigment, sample delicious regional and French cuisine, learn history, ride horses, create art, swim in pristine blue waters, and hike in the acclaimed Luberon mountains. Click here for a sample budget. 

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Theater, arts, festivals


2018 Grades 7-8 Venue:  New York City

This year's 7-8th grade class will travel to New York city for an exciting urban adventure in America's most multicultural city.  Students will visit art and history museums, attend an off-broadway performance, take historical tours, see the statue of liberty, explore the oldest 'China town' in our country, and much more! Dates of travel and trip budget are still TBD.