While MBS offers a number of cultural, curricular and service trips abroad each year through its Global Studies Program, a number of students also choose to travel abroad through the School’s preferred vendor program. This past summer, MBS students traveled with Rustic Pathways, CIEE, and Putney Travel to Morocco, Fiji, Patagonia and Spain.
Sabrina Fagan ’20 traveled with CIEE to the beach town of Alicante, Spain for four weeks this past summer where she lived with a host family as part of a language immersion program. She spent her mornings in language classes and participated in cultural activities in the afternoon. She especially enjoyed touring local landmarks and visiting Madrid as well as the Algar Waterfalls and hiking to the top of the Santa Barbara castle.
“I made new friends, loved the independence, and got to see parts of the world I never thought I would,” said Sabrina. “It was a great way to spend a month of my summer, and my Spanish improved a lot, too.”
Talie Hess ’22 and her sister Evelyn ’22 said their trip to Fiji with Rustic Pathways was breathtaking and unforgettable. They spent nine days in Fiji and did 30 hours of community service there, which included building, planting, making food, teaching, and playing with schoolchildren. “Fiji is crazy beautiful, and the people there are some of the kindest I have ever met in my life,” said Talie. “I learned so much and all of the friends that I made changed my life.”
Evelyn said that a highlight for her was participating in a kava ceremony at the Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge during the first night. “Everyone wears a sarong and sits in a circle. In the middle of the circle, there is a Fijian chief making the kava in a big wooden bowl. Kava is a root that is a big part of Fijian culture, and when visitors go to another tribe’s village, they bring the kava root as a peace offering,” she said. “They say that once you have had kava, you are one of them and they treat us as so. I would not trade this experience for anything.”
This past summer, Kate Miles ’21 traveled with Rustic Pathways to Morocco, where she helped with construction, taught English to local children, rode camels in 110-degree heat, slept under the stars of the Sahara Desert, surfed in the ocean, went zip-lining in the mountains, and explored the plentiful markets of Marrakech.
“This trip was one of the best experiences of my life, and I made so many friends and memories that I will have forever,” she said. “I cannot wait to go back and explore even more of what the amazing country of Morocco has to offer.”
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