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Where in the world have we been?

Catlin Gabel has a rich history of international student travel. Take a look at where we've been and what we've done!

2012-2013

  • China: We know China through numbers. A population of 1.3 billion people. Over the 20 years between 1990 and 2010, China's GDP grew nearly 400%, and the economy is forecast to surpass that of the US as early as 2016 in some circles. Perhaps 250 million migrant workers moved from country to city in 2011 (or, only 60 million fewer people than the total US population!). As of 2010, China had 46 cities with populations in excess of two million...
  • Costa Rica: On this 13-day trip, students will immerse themselves in the richness of Costa Rican language and culture. While on the trip, students will work on Community Service Projects in association with the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde and learn about the ecology of the region...  
  • France: Ordering a crêpe or a crème glacée from a Parisian street vendor, interacting during museums visits, maintaining a conversation at the Maison de L’Europe and Canal Académie, sharing seven days in a French family and being a student in a French Lycée, joining a volunteer association with their French peers--these are moments the students will remember for ever. This program seeks to create moments like those, where our students can connect with the culture, language, and people in ways that is real and true. At its foundation is a home and school stay in southern France, as the first part of a reciprocal students exchange...
  • Guatemala: Six OES and six Catlin Gabel high school students will work together to improve the lives of children and families in Chajul, Guatemala, while learning first hand about community development in a post-civil war environment.  This trip will mark the second global collaboration between CG and OES. All leaders have traveled together to Chajul, allowing us a swift welcome into the local community.
  • Taiwan: This 14-day trip will allow the participating global travelers to gain a deeper understanding of the Taiwanese/Chinese culture, widen their knowledge about the diverse indigenous people who have lived on this island for more than 8,000 years, and most importantly, use their Chinese langauge skills to communicate with their homestay buddies and families, and other local people.  

2011-2012

  • Ecuador: Join leaders David Zonana, Erin Goodling, and Peter Green for an amazing two and a half weeks in Ecuador.  While in country, students will deepen their understanding of the natural and cultural diversity of the High Andes of Ecuador, strengthen their spanish skills, and gain outdoor skills and experience in the wonderful Andean Cloud Forest and Paramo (high Andean grassland) ecosystems...
  • Japan: During a 19-year exchange between CGS and Gifu Kita High School more than 113 Japanese language students and 14 teachers have traveled to Japan. In turn, 21 teachers and 100 students from Gifu have visited CGS. The exchange trip gives students a unique cultural and language experience. They are expected to dedicate themselves completely to pre- and post-trip study, understanding that their time in Japan is a cultural immersion, not a typical tourist venture. The trip includes 10 days travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima followed by an 11-day home stay with a Gifu Kita High School student....
  • Nepal: Nepal's diverse culture and phenomenal scenery will astound you. The trip starts in the capital, Kathmandu. Nepal combines the burgeoning energy of a modern developing democracy with the serenity of medieval temples and public squares. Kathmandu Valley, at the heart of the country, is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. These cultural and architectural gems remain in daily use. Pilgrims abound at the Hindu and Buddhist sites, and shopkeepers set out wares amid the stone and wood pavilions first built in the 12th and 13th centuries...
  • Costa Rica: We are excited about our continuing collaboration with the Cloud Forest School of Monteverde, Costa Rica. Located in the heart of the Monteverde rain forest on 106 acres of former Nature Conservancy land, CFS is a bilingual school that inspires its students to become future stewards of this vast and wondrous ecosystem. Catlin Gabel joins Costa Rican students in an international environmental education program. Our goals are to enhance each student's global and environmental understanding, improve Spanish skills, and promote cross-cultural awareness...
  • Martinique: In March 2012 a group of eighteen 7th and 8th graders will leave Portland for a two-week trip that will allow them to use their French language skills and increase their awareness of this island culture and way of life. Highlights include San Juan in Puerto Rico, a day of sailing the Caribbean coast of Martinique on the French steel sailboat Le Rara Avis, a one-week homestay with Martiniquan students and their families in Sainte-Marie on the Atlantic side of the island, and finally some time in the capital, Fort-de-France...

2010-2011

  • Botswana:  will study the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Botswana and provide direct service through established nonprofit organizations, such as orphanages. Students will determine the research questions and service goals in preparation for the trip. Maru-a-Pula School will be our main host and help us connect with appropriate organizations and service opportunities. The school is well connected with health organizations through alumni, parents, and friends of the school...
  • China: This three-week trip includes two weeks in Beijing. Days are filled with intense language instruction as well as immersion in Chinese cultural arts such as calligraphy, martial arts, Peking Opera, and culinary arts. During our stay in Beijing, we will visit Olympic stadiums, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. We will spend the last week travelling to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors, and then visit the Shanghai area...
  • Senegal: French language students will travel to Dakar, Sénégal, for immersion in the vibrant culture of West Africa. Students will leave Sénégal with an appreciation for daily life in the countryside, and a taste of the sophisticated urban life in Dakar. In rural Sénégal, students will stay with families while volunteering for 10,000 Girls, a nonprofit that promotes education and employment for young women in rural Sénégal. We will learn about Sénégalese drumming, jewelry making, and dancing. We will study the country's history, including the importance of Islam, the affect of colonialism, and the influence of the slave trade. We will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, L’Île de Gorée, a slave-trading island. Finally, we see the dramatic range of the country's ecosystems – wetlands in the Saloum, deserts dotted with majestic baobabs, and spectacular coastline...
  • Taiwan: Taiwan is our destination for Middle School's first Chinese language trip. During our trip, students will spend their time in Taipei, and Hualien County where 25% of its population is Taiwanese aborigines. One of the highlights is a visit to Sibao Grade School located inside the Taroko National Park. Our students will spend their night with Sibao students in their dormitory and days in their classrooms completing collaborative projects including the study of the ecology of Taroko National Park and the life styles of aboriginal people...

2009-2010

  • Japan: During an 18-year exchange between CGS and Gifu Kita High School, more than 100 Japanese language students and 13 teachers have traveled to Japan. In turn, 21 teachers and 90 students from Gifu have visited CGS. The exchange trip gives students a unique cultural and language experience...
  • Nepal: Ready to take on adventure? The trip starts in the capital, Kathmandu. Nepal combines the burgeoning energy of a modern developing democracy with the serenity of medieval temples and public squares. The Kathmandu Valley is at the heart of the country and is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. These cultural and architectural gems remain in daily use. Pilgrims abound at the Hindu and Buddhist sites and shopkeepers set out wares amid the stone and wood pavilions first built in the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Cuba: A group of 32 Catlin Gabel high school students and four teachers will participate in a “people to people” humanitarian and educational trip to Cuba for 11 days, March 15-26, where they will witness history in the making as Cuba begins its transition after the long rule of Fidel Castro...

2008-2009

  • India: Understanding cultures across the globe is vitally important in today’s shrinking world. On this trip students will explore world religions and become immersed in India’s rich and varied culture. In addition, by traveling to a country vastly different from our own, students will learn about themselves and their place in the world. The service component of the trip is designed to empower student leadership and help young people understand the good they can do in the world...
  • China: This three-week trip includes two weeks in Beijing. Days are filled with intense language instruction as well as immersion in Chinese cultural arts such as calligraphy, martial arts, Peking Opera, and culinary arts. During our stay in Beijing, we will visit Olympic stadiums, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace...
  • Peru: This trip will immerse participants in the natural and human history and the current culture of this fascinating part of South America. The highlight of the trip will be a 4 day trek past many Incan ruins to the amazing city of Machu Picchu. We will also have time to visit many other ruins, witness agricultural techniques and products, observe the native fauna up close, and even go river rafting...

Older Trips

  • 2008 - Cuba: A group of 25 Catlin Gabel high school students will participate in a “people to people” humanitarian and educational trip to Cuba for 11 days, from March 23 to April 3. There they will witness history in the making as Cuba begins its life after the long rule of Fidel Castro. In the past four years, since the U.S. government tightened restrictions on travel to Cuba, it has been rare (if not impossible) for a school group to visit Cuba. This visit was made possible by a personal invitation from the Cuban ministry of education to Roberto Villa, a Catlin Gabel high school Spanish teacher who led student trips to Cuba in 2001 and 2003. Villa met with the ministry in 2007, and they formally invited him to visit again with a Catlin Gabel group...
  • 2007 - Turkey: Twenty-five students and four chaperones had a life-changing experience over the summer during the course of our three weeks in Turkey. Over three intensive days during Winterim, students prepared for the trip by studying Turkish history and the language, reading extensively, and researching individual sites and cultural topics. They were very well prepared for the adventure. All of the chaperones were struck by the students’ intense interest in all aspects of the trip, even as the thermometer soared to 127 degrees. We could have not have traveled with a more pleasant and positive group of students...
  • 2006 - Japan: Travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Himeji and Hiroshima for 9 days, and then a 10-day home stay with a Gifu Kita High School student. At the school, CG students will observe some classes and participate in the big Cultural and Sports Day events, “Kitakou-sai 北校祭” which will occur on campus for three days...

Contact the global education coordinators:  Dave Whitson (US) and  Barbara Ostos (MS)