Explore the World with VES

Choose Your Trip. Pack Your Bags. Discover and Grow.

In an increasingly interconnected world, VES students can grow to be globally aware citizens and leaders. Participating in one of our many travel opportunities led by VES faculty, students:

  • benefit from cultural immersion, while serving others locally and abroad
  • connect with people who are quite different, while discovering their shared humanity
  • gain a depth of understanding and empathy unmatched by any other travel experience
  • become aware of their own identities as they relate to the larger world
  • return with an enhanced sense of curiosity, inspiration and motivation

We invite you to step outside of your comfort zone and transform your life!

March 2016 – Spring Break


Dates: March 19-29, 2016
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Larissa Knebel at lknebel@ves.org and Mr. Darko Sedlar at dsedlar@ves.org
Registration Deadline: end of September 

You’ll travel to Quito and PuertoAyora where you’ll visit the Quitsato museum and equator monument, Charles Darwin Center, Galapagos National Park and an archeological site. Tour Santa Cruz Island, take a Bahia tour by boat, enjoy a Tortuga Bay Beach excursion, and hike in the cloud forest! These are just a few of the exciting explorations you’ll have on this 10-day journey. You also will work on a service project on the island of Santa Cruz that will benefit the local community.

Price: Approximately $4110 per person. Price includes flights, transportation, accommodations, meals and group activities. (Price does not include passport/visa, pre-trip vaccinations, personal spending money or trip insurance.)

The detailed itinerary can be found at: https://etadventures.com/customerweb/signin

  • Trip Code: VES16
  • Password: galapagostrip16

Guadeloupe: Explore the French

Dates: March 19-29, 2016
Faculty Leader: Ms. Jocelyne Frazier at jfrazier@ves.org
Registration Deadline: end of September 

Don’t miss out on a 10-day visit to the beautiful French island of Guadaloupe in the Caribbean. You’ll learn about the responsible use and management of estuaries through scientific research, education, and stewardship at the Jacques Cousteau Reserve; tour the outer island of Les Saintes by boat and experience Nautica Plongee Caraibes diving instruction and an excursion; hike a volcano and much more! You also will work on a special service project that will benefit the community of Deshaies on the northwest coast of Basse-Terre Island.

A detailed itinerary can be found here.

Price: Approximately $3,500 per person. Price includes flights, transportation, accommodations, meals and group activities. (Price does not include passport/visa, personal spending money or gratuities/tips.)

Summer 2016

Global Service Learning in Guatemala

Faculty Leader: Chaplain Adam White at awhite@ves.org

In partnership with the Highland Support Project, you’ll head into the jungle of Guatemala and focus on service, building stoves and working on a reforestation project among the Mayan populations in the mountains. After three full days of service, you will continue your cultural immersion experience, taking in the sites and sounds of this beautiful Central American destination.

The Many Faces of China

Faculty Leader: Mr. Matt Johnson at mjohnson@ves.org

Through this holistic learning experience, you will spend three days with our host families, develop meaningful relationships to the people and landscapes of China, and learn about critical issues of the times like economic development, political ideology and cultural diversity as seen through the lens of urban and rural perspectives as well as ethnic versus national identity. We will then fly to the Yunnan Province of Western China, where you will stay in a temple, live in a rural home for a day and trek through one of China’s most beautiful national parks. Following these experiences and learning, you will do a comparative study of religion, politics, philosophy, and urban development. This trip will help you develop a sharpened understanding of yourself and the world we live in through the context of another culture, while cultivating a deeper sense of global citizenship and self-awareness.


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