Travel Opportunities for 2019-20
LFA will offer six travel opportunities for the 2019-2020 academic school year. The trips are supported by the Stuart Center for Global Leadership and led by LFA faculty members, and each opportunity provides experiences for students to build on their classroom learning and to continue developing empathy, critical thinking, self-reliance, and global perspectives. You may not sign up for any of these travel opportunities listed below if you are in a class with a curricular travel opportunity as part of the class. Please email Matt Nink at email@example.com or Erin English at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions not answered below.
LFA Co-Curricular Travel Important Dates:
- June 1, 2019: Programs open for sign-up and application
- October 28, 2019: Sign up deadline for all co-curricular travel programs
- December 1, 2019: Copy of passport must be submitted to Stuart Center for booking flights and accommodations
- April 8, 2020: Global Storytelling Celebration. Come to this evening of photos and reflections on the spring travel programs and experiences
- How do I apply?
- When is the Application Deadline?
- When will I know the actual cost of the program?
- Is there financial aid available?
- When will these programs take place?
- Can I apply for two programs?
- What if I am interested in something not listed below?
- What about travel insurance?
There is limited financial aid for the Head of School Symposium programs. Please see the Dean of Students Office to apply for financial aid for the trip to Kenya. Other programs may have limited aid. Check the application to see if aid is available and the DOS office will contact you with more details. If you have received financial aid for travel in the past, you are less likely to receive it this time.
All of the programs have basic travel insurance included, but students may purchase additional insurance at their own expense when they sign up for the program.
What if I cancel? What is the refund policy?
Trips arranged with a third-party provider have individual refund policies and all inquiries should be directed to the appropriate travel company. If you register through their website, you would work directly with them to seek a refund should you need to cancel.
Travel programs that are booked directly by Lake Forest Academy and then billed to student accounts will follow the following refund policy:
Fees include both a program fee and airfare. Once airfare is purchased, travelers will need to work directly with the airline and follow their policies about credits and refunds.
The dates below apply to program fees:
- Cancel by January 1 – 100% refund
- Cancel by March 1 – 50% refund
- If you cancel after March 1 – no refund will be available, but LFA will work with you to receive a credit for program fees or flights if possible.
Spring Break 2019
A trip to Peru is a journey from the ancient to the modern. The sacred cities of the Inca (Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu) will provide students with an understanding of Incan culture. The highlight stop on this trip is one of the true wonders of the world: Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu itself is a stunning complex of buildings, clinging to the surrounding mountains, which overlook the Urubamba River. Students will have the opportunity to discover the diverse ecology of Peru venturing between the Andes Mountains and Lake Titicaca. They will have a chance to learn about and meet with the indigenous communities that live on the Uros islands. Finally, Lima provides an example of a vibrant and modern city with colonial architecture and some of the best food in Latin America! The trip will encompass a wide array of disciplines including history, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, ecology, and the arts.
For more information, please contact History Faculty Sam Wold at email@example.com.
HOS Symposium – Russia: Revolution and Resurgence
Spring Break 2019
Approx. $2,300 - $3,500
This 12-day experience in Russia will be a great learning opportunity for LFA students and teachers. The group will spend 4 days in St. Petersburg immersed in Russian language, culture, history, and politics. As a key port city, St. Petersburg is home to the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum housing iconic works by Kandinsky. Afterwards, students Travel to Kaszan and learn about this important historical and economic region. Finally students will take the high-speed train to Moscow for three more days of exploring historical landmarks and modern marvels. As part of the annual Head of School Symposium, “Russia: Revolution and Resurgence, “ this promises to be an excellent trip.
For more information, please contact Director of Stuart Center for Global Leadership Matt Nink at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two weeks in early June 2019
Signup Deadline: November 1, 2019
Students will have a full week in Paris, taking in as much of the great historical, art, cultural, and culinary offerings of the city. During the second week, students will stay with a host family in the south of France, attending language classes in the morning, taking part in excursions as a group each afternoon, and then having dinner and improving their French with their host family each night. This trip is ideal for students studying French at any level who want to improve their skills in a fun, enriching immersion experience.
For more information, please contact Dean of Curriculum and Innovation, French Faculty Kristine Von Ogden at email@example.com.
Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia
Mid June 2019
Open to current 9th, 10th and 11th grades at LFA.
Signup Deadline: November 1, 2019
This 14-day experience will give LFA students a great overview of Asia, starting with a stop in Seoul and South Korea for 5 days. As an adventurer on this journey you will visit famous Changduk Palace, which is of the “Five Grand Palaces” of the Joseon Dynasty. After two days in Seoul, you will travel to Mount Seorak, which was named a UNESCO Biosphere preservation site due the many rare species in the national park. After this nature experience, you will travel to Andong to participate in a traditional “Hanji” paper-making class. From Korea, you will travel by air to Hanoi, Vietnam to experience the famous landmarks such as the Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature--Vietnam’s First university. Then it is on to Ho Chi Mihn City, the countryside of Ben Tre and the Mekong river. You will experience a beautiful boat ride up the river to see coconut production facilities. Our final stop will be in Cambodia where we will start with Siem Reap, well known from the Tomb Raider movies. You will see wonderful Buddhist monasteries, the Victoria Gate and the Elephant Terrace where Angkor rulers would review returning armies. We will also tour the ancient Buddhist University of Preah Khan and finally get to experience Neak Pean, an island of temple sitting in the tranquil pools of an ancient reservoir.
For more information, please contact Modern & Classical Languages Faculty Ivy Jiang at firstname.lastname@example.org.