International Education Programs

Short-term, faculty-led study abroad programming focused on providing Loomis students with opportunities to engage in active, inquiry-based learning and to cultivate meaningful connections to people and places beyond The Island. 

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June 2022 “Close to Home” Programs

The Alvord Center is pleased to resume our student travel program with “Close to Home” International Education Programs in the summer of 2022. Due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to stay “local” and focus on the incredible learning opportunities available to our students in the Northeast. We will not be traveling via plane as all three program destinations are within driving distance of the Loomis Chaffee campus

Northeast Kingdom & the Connecticut River

Northeast Kingdom & the Connecticut River

Focus
Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies & Outdoor Education

Dates & Tuition
June 7–16, 2022; $2,300

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This summer, Loomis Chaffee students will have the opportunity to participate in “Headwaters to Home” — an interdisciplinary learning expedition along one of New England’s most prominent ecological features, the Connecticut River. Following a three-day, place-based training and orientation program in the Northeast Kingdom, the group will depart the Connecticut River’s headwaters by canoe, paddling south until they arrive home — the Loomis Chaffee meadows. Stops along their journey will include visits to prominent ecological and cultural sites and conversations with local experts in geology, hydrology, Indigenous history, and art. During the voyage, the group will immerse themselves in the Connecticut River watershed, learning about its cultural and ecological histories and how these stories can empower students, individually and collectively, to take action and protect it. 
 

Buzzards Bay & Martha’s Vineyard

Buzzards Bay & Martha’s Vineyard

Focus
Historical Perspectives & Cultural Stewardship

Dates & Tuition
June 7–15, 2022; $2,700

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This summer, Loomis Chaffee students will travel to New England’s southeastern coastline to explore the dynamic culture, customs, and history of Buzzards Bay and Martha’s Vineyard. Well known as the epicenter of the whaling and maritime industry in the early- and mid-19th century, Buzzards Bay and its surrounding islands also played a vital role in the establishment of the Portuguese diaspora in the United States and the development of a unique “power of place” narrative in African American history. Through place-based experiences featuring interactions with local experts and residents, learning how to sail, and exploring local landmarks, students will immerse themselves in the history, literature, arts, trades, and culture of this unique region, developing skills to become more informed and engaged citizens of our burgeoning “glocal” community.

Adirondack Mountains & Lake George

Adirondack Mountains & Lake George

Focus
Engaged Citizenship & Leadership Development 

Dates & Tuition
June 7–13, 2022; $1,600

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This summer, in collaboration with the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, Loomis Chaffee students will explore their leadership capacities while on an adventure in the Adirondack Mountains and at Lake George. While hiking, rafting, and completing ropes courses and team-building activities, students will apply strategies and develop skills that strengthen their active listening, open communication, critical thinking, and self-reflection techniques. Working alongside peers, faculty, and local partners, the group will learn how to put theory into action, improving their ability to adapt to new challenges and enhancing their leadership potential at Loomis Chaffee and in their local community. Students will emerge from this experience as more engaged citizens with a deepened commitment to the best self and the common good.
 

 


 

Helpful Information

Language Requirements

There are no language requirements for the June 2022 “Close to Home” International Education Programs. 

Application Deadlines

Applications and advisor recommendations for the “Close to Home” International Education Programs are due January 17, 2022. The application and advisor recommendation forms can be found below:

Tuition

The program tuition fee includes the cost of accommodation, food, activities, and transportation.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for the “Close to Home” International Education Programs is available to students currently receiving aid through LC’s Financial Aid Office. Students are eligible to receive aid for one International Education Program during their LC career.

Carbon Offset

Due to the large carbon footprint incurred during travel, a portion of each International Education Program’s tuition will be used to fund activities and sponsor projects to offset the group’s carbon emissions.