Global Studies Program


Several students sit arm and arm overlooking a large canyon in Peru

Morristown-Beard School offers numerous cultural, curricular, and service trips abroad each year, providing students access to rich academic, diverse, intercultural experiences to learning outside of the classroom. Morristown-Beard School also partners with numerous outside vendors offering our Upper School juniors, seniors, and post-graduate students an opportunity to study abroad in a foreign country for a semester, a year, or a summer. In addition, MBS has worked with reputable organizations to offer international students an opportunity to study abroad at our School for one year.

If you are interested in learning more about our Global Studies progams, please contact MBS Global Studies Coordinator Aline de la Torre at (973) 539-3032 ext. 518.



Current Trips

Alaska

June 15-21, 2018

A whale breaching the water surface in Alaska

As the climate warms, how much and how quickly will the earth's glaciers melt? In June of 2018, MBS will host a science trip to Alaska, the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state, which is home to tens of thousands of glaciers. This educational adventure will include whale-watching, wildlife tours, cultural experiences and more!


Panama

June 22-July 1, 2018 and June 30-July 9, 2018

Several students posing around a fallen tree on a beach in Panama

MBS had such an incredible experience volunteering with Give & Surf, that we want to go back and do it again! As part of our ongoing partnership, students will assist with community development projects and work with preschoolers through Give & Surf, a nonprofit organization founded by MBS alumnus Neil Christiansen '02. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beaches and beauty of Panama! Since it was so popular last time, we are again offering two separate 10-day trips.

New trips announced for the 2018-2019 school year!

Please note that these trips will be open to Upper School students, except for the Quebec & Montreal trip, which is open only to 7th and 8th grade French students. Sign ups are done in person with the lead chaperone by 12 Noon on Friday, May 25th. Priority is given to seniors and juniors. There will be a limit of 15-20 students per trip. Once the list has been compiled and approved by the Global Studies Coordinator, instructions will be given on how to sign up for the trip. A non-refundable deposit is due by June 1st.


Scotland (boys soccer trip)

August 6-14, 2018


This August, members of the MBS boys soccer team will be packing their bags and heading to Scotland for a week of scrimmages and sightseeing. Known for its rugged terrain, magical castles, gorgeous lochs and coastlines, the United Kingdom’s northernmost country is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
Contact: Andres Callejas (acallejas@mbs.net) and Greg Williams (gwilliams@mbs.net). Please note this trip is closed.

Quebec (7th & 8th grade French students only)

October 18-21, 2018

This fall, Morristown-Beard 7th and 8th Grade French students will have the opportunity to delve into French culture close to home in the city of Quebec. Colonized by the French in the 15th century, the city of Quebec has a rich history full of French influence. Major sites include La Citadelle and the Plains of Abraham.
Contact: Soni Dougherty (sdougherty@mbs.net).


Colombia

March 9-16, 2019

In Colombia, students will have the opportunity to improve their Spanish-speaking ability while immersing themselves in the culture of one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. The birthplace of many styles of Afro-Colombian music and home to many different varieties of tropical wildlife, Colombia is guaranteed to be a unique trip!
Contact: Aline M. de la Torre-McCloskey (adelatorre@mbs.net).

London & Edinburgh

March 9th- 15th, 2019

During spring break, students will have the opportunity to delve into some of the most breathtaking cities in the British Isles. The birthplace of influential books and home to globally-recognized landmarks such as the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle, London and Edinburgh offer a little something for everybody.
Contact: Kyle Augustyniak (kaugustyniak@mbs.net).


Hawaii

March 10-19, 2019

Back due to high demand, Morristown-Beard School will offer another trip to the tropical paradise of Hawaii during this year’s spring break. Full of environmental wonders, this science-based trip will offer students the opportunity to learn about geological formations firsthand as they take in the beauty of the islands!
Contact: Jeff Yuhas (jyuhas@mbs.net).


Cambodia & Laos

June 16-30, 2019

This year’s service trip will take students to the far-off Asian countries of Cambodia and Laos. While making the world a better place, Morristown-Beard students will have the opportunity to explore and learn about life in this beautiful region of the world.
Contact: Andrea Deventer (adeventer@mbs.net)


Past Trips

Costa Rica (7th & 8th grades only)

March 10-15, 2018

Sunset over a tropical resort mostly hidden by palm trees in Costa Rica

MBS 7th & 8th graders will have an opportunity to experience "pura vida" (pure life!) by visiting Costa Rica during Spring Break. Costa Rica is a wonderland of natural attractions, and is known for its beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, whitewater rafting, and biodiversity.


Germany

March 10-19, 2018

An evening photo of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

MBS is excited to announce a trip to Berlin and Munich during Spring Break 2018! Berlin's turbulent history is reflected in landmarks like the Holocaust Memorial and the graffitied remains of the Berlin Wall. The group will also visit Dachau and remember the atrocities of Nazi Germany before heading to the Bavarian city, Munich – which is famous for its centuries-old buildings and numerous museums.


France

March 10-23, 2018

The sun begins to set on the Château des ducs de Bretagne in France overlooking a stretch of water

Last October, a group of students from Nantes, France visited MBS. In March of 2018, it's our turn to visit them! This trip is offered to students in French 2 Honors or above — regardless if you hosted a student or not last fall. Nantes is a city on the Loire River in western France with a long history as a port and industrial center.


Global Studies News

Non-MBS Sponsored Trips

For non- sponsored Morristown-Beard trips, including Study Abroad progams, we offer a preferred vendor that is listed below.

Preferred Vendor List:

Putney Travel/National Geographic Student Travel and Expedition
goputney.com/2013/03/20/putney-and-national-geographic-student-expeditions/

Where there be Dragons https://wheretherebedragons.com

School Year Abroad (SYA) http://www.sya.org

Rustic Pathways rusticpathways.com

Give & Surf giveandsurf.org

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) www.ciee.org

Oxbridge Academic Programs www.oxbridgeprograms.com

Alzar School alzarschool.org