MBS Announces Global Trips for 2019-2020

This coming school year, MBS is pleased to announce the following exciting trips through its Global Programs initiative: Costa Rica; a Habitat For Humanity trip; an exchange trip to Paris and Nantes, France; Sicily; A human rights trip to Amsterdam, the Hague, and Geneva; Australia; and Panama.

Please note that these trips will be open to Upper School students, except for the Costa Rica trip, which is open only to 7th and 8th Grade students.


Costa Rica (7thand 8th Graders Only) — March 14 – 19, 2020

Once again, MBS 7th and 8th Graders will have an opportunity to experience “pura vida” (pure life!) by visiting Costa Rica — a wonderland of natural attractions known for its beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, and biodiversity. This exciting trip will include a canopy zip line tour, a butterfly farm and terrarium visit, a whitewater rafting excursion and more! The group will also visit a local school and participate in volunteer activities.

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Contact: Cathy Kellstrom 

Habitat For Humanity Trip (Place TBD) — Spring Break 2020

Morristown-Beard School has been partnering with Habitat For Humanity International for the past 25 years. Join us as we build houses for the less fortunate and spend part of spring break giving back! In the past few years, we have volunteered with Habitat For Humanity in Alabama, Palm Beach County, and Dade City, Florida.

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Contact: Andrea Deventer

French Exchange Program (Paris and Nantes, France) — March 14-26, 2020

Two years ago, students from Nantes, France were part of an exchange program with MBS, and in October they will visit again. In March 2020, it is our turn to visit them. This trip is open to French students in French 2 Honors and above – regardless if you host a student in October or not. During the first part of the trip, students will be paired with a host family to experience the daily life of a student in Nantes, France. The students will also spend another four days in Paris, exploring everything that the city of lights has to offer – from the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre to Sainte Chapelle and a cruise on the Seine River.

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Contact:  Dr. Gorica Lalic

Sicily — March 14 – 21, 2020

Upper School students will have an opportunity to explore ancient Roman and Greek history during our spring break trip to Sicily. There is something about Italy that stirs the soul as it educates the mind. The rich and colorful culture melts into a warm atmosphere filled with light and life. From Roman ruins to the richness of the Renaissance, from the ruins of war to the peace of country life, experience the world in a new way in beautiful Italy. 

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Contact:  Jenifer Laviola 

Human Rights Trip (Amsterdam, The Hague, Geneva) — Spring Break 2020

Students will focus on human rights and the challenges that we face in the 21st century by visiting three cities in two countries — Amsterdam, The Hague, and Geneva. If you are interested in learning about international justice and human rights, global unity, peace and conflict resolution, the story of the Red Cross, and the frontiers of science, then this trip is for you! Steeped in history, the Netherlands and Switzerland also exude old world charm while offering picturesque views and beauty.

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Contact: Zoe Jameson-Shea 

Australia — March 14-24, 2020

As the climate warms, how much and how quickly will Australia’s Great Barrier Reef change? During spring break, students with an interest in marine biology and conservation will have an exciting opportunity to visit the island continent to conduct their own research. This educational adventure will include seminars of biodiversity, data collection on coral bleaching, water quality measurements, and more.  This 10-day adventure will feature a myriad of opportunities to snorkel and enjoy Australia’s wildlife, natural wonders, and dazzling beaches.

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Contact: Dr. Elena Fiorica-Howells

Panama — Trip 1: June 19-28, 2020   Trip 2: June 27-July 6, 2020

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.

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Contact: Andrea Deventer

Important Registration Information for All Trips:

These trips will be open to Upper School students, except for the Costa Rica trip, which is open only to 7thand 8thgrade students. Sign ups are done in person with the lead chaperone by Friday, May 3rd.

·     Seniors and juniors will have top priority.

·     There will be a limit of 20 students per trip.

·     Once the list has been compiled and approved by the Director of Global Studies, instructions will be given on how to sign up for the trip.

·     All participants must register and pay the deposit by Monday, June 3rd.

·     Financial aid is available for anyone needing assistance. Please see Ms. Ahern (mahern@mbs.net).

In addition to these cultural, curricular and service trips, Morristown-Beard School also partners with numerous outside vendors offering juniors and seniors an opportunity to study abroad for a semester, a year, or a summer. MBS has also worked with reputable organizations to offer international students an opportunity to study abroad. If you have questions, please contact MBS Director of Global Studies Aline M. de la Torre-McCloskey at adelatorre@mbs.net


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