Catlin Gabel's Global Education Program seeks to engage and challenge all members of our community to become active global citizens. The school provides international and cross-cultural opportunities and experiences to students, faculty, and families, beginning in the earliest grades.
We develop students' cultural competency—the necessary cultural, social, and academic skills to effectively address the challenges of the future.
Global Education trips provide students with opportunities to experience diverse cultures and learn directly from local residents about customs, beliefs, history, art, politics, social issues, and daily life. For example, recent trips to Morocco centered on art and architecture, and women’s roles in society, work, and family; trips to Cuba focused on the nation’s art culture, and included working sessions and talks with local artists; and students on Nepal trips saw the effects of recent earthquakes and learned about ongoing recovery efforts.
Though the roster of trips changes each year, the program has included multiple trips to Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, India, Japan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, and Taiwan.
For information and questions, please contact Global Education Program Director, John Harnetiaux.
Global Education Philosophy
The Global Education Program fosters competencies in students, including communication and work with people who are culturally very different from themselves; respect for values and priorities of the many countries and cultures of the world; and understanding the interconnectedness of global systems—economic, social, cultural, racial, religious, technological, and ecological.
In addition to global trips, the program is related to global competency efforts that occur on campus throughout the year.
Global Education is designed to empower students to lead efforts toward diversity, service learning, and global action, and this often begins on campus with student-led groups with an international focus.
Cross-cultural communication, such as virtual exchanges, collaborative podcasting, and blogs, also help students see themselves as members of a larger community. Students benefit from interaction with international students and teachers visiting the school, and from faculty and staff with international, linguistic, and cultural experience.