2019–2020 International Education Programs


Portugal — Program is FULL

Focus: Political Science & Model UN
Dates & Tuition: November 23–December 1, 2019 - $3500

This November, Loomis Chaffee students and faculty will travel to Lisbon, Portugal to participate in the Yale Model Government Europe (YMGE) Conference. Run by members of the Yale International Relations Association (YIRA)—a group of students with a passion for Model UN and international affairs—the conference draws hundreds of top high school students from around the world to raise awareness of and foster debate about international relations and global affairs in the European context. In addition to participating in the YMGE Conference, LC students will also visit the city’s historical and cultural landmarks, learn basic Portuguese, and experience local customs and traditions. Program is fully enrolled.


Focus: Environmental Studies
Dates & Tuition: March 6–16, 2020  $4950

This March, Loomis Chaffee students will follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and travel to the Galapagos Islands on a science-based excursion focusing on conservation and evolutionary biology. Working with local scientists, the group will participate in a citizen science projects investigating microplastics and their impact on the local wildlife (including the famous Galapagos tortoises), explore the impact of tourism on the Galapagos’ environmental sustainability efforts, and complete a mapping project for NASA’s Globe Program. Additional program activities will include hiking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, touring a volcano, and wildlife viewing.


Focus: History & Classic Civilizations
Dates & Tuition: March 6–17, 2020 - $4500

This March, Loomis Chaffee students and faculty will travel to Italy to explore the country’s current landscape by unearthing its ancient history. In partnership with Earthwatch, a non-profit citizen science organization, Loomis Chaffee students will work with archaeologists to help excavate Populonia, an ancient seaside city in Tuscany. After gaining firsthand archaeology, osteology, and art history experience in Tuscany, students will travel to Pompeii and Rome to test their newfound knowledge of Italy’s classical civilizations.

Puerto Rico

Focus: Learning Service & Environmental Studies
Dates & Tuition: June 6–13, 2020 -$2750

This June, Loomis Chaffee students will travel to Puerto Rico to participate in a learning service project. Working alongside an innovative non-profit organization that focuses on human and environmental needs in communities around San Juan, students will work with local organizations on the frontline of community development for 20+ hours helping Puerto Rico continue to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In conjunction with their service, Loomis students will also engage in an educational exchange with local communities and professional leaders to learn about environmental justice, Puerto Rico-United States relationships, social change, international development, democracy, and climate change via "Fair Trade Learning" practices. Through examining the issues via this pedagogical lens, Loomis students will be prepared to return to our Island fostering a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

British Columbia

Focus: Environmental Studies & Outdoor Education
Dates & Tuition: June 6–17, 2020 -$3750

This June, Loomis Chaffee students will travel to Vancouver Island to further examine this year’s all school theme of “belonging” through an environmental studies lens. Working, learning, and participating in outdoor education activities alongside members of Vancouver’s First Nation indigenous communities, students will study the heritage and wisdom of these resilient cultures to better understand the limitations of Western perspectives on “resources” and develop best practices for cultural and environmental sustainability moving forward. Program activities will include hiking, sea kayaking, and overnight camping. 


Focus: Historical Perspectives & Cultural Immersion
Dates & Tuition: June 6–18, 2020 -$5450

This June, Loomis Chaffee students will travel to Southeast Asia to explore the culture, customs, and history of Cambodia. Inspired by the student designed Genocide: Media, Remembrance, and the International Community course, this program will provide students with the opportunity to learn about and document the history, literature, arts, culture, gender roles, and modern-day economic realities of Cambodia via authentic interactions with local residents. Students will emerge from this experience as more informed, attuned, and ethical citizens of our global community.