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Spring 2022 Global Travel Trips

Through the Global Travel Program, Upper School students at Abington Friends have the opportunity to travel to locations far and wide to form deep connections with people, places and ideas. All of our trips focus on experiential learning and cultural immersion and every exploration is followed by reflection and activities that examine a broader meaning. Our diverse selection of trips, outlined below, help to cultivate inquisitive learners who understand their personal obligation to the global community and are prepared to engage with the world. Twelfth grade students have the option to make these trips the basis of their Senior Capstone Projects.

Applications are due November 29, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Bike Trip: Riding the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O TowPath

May 28 – June 3, 2022

Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C.

Trip Coordinator: Dan Taboada

Open to all students, approximately $1500

Students will experience the entire trail on this 334 mile adventure.  The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail connects Pittsburgh PA and Cumberland MD on 150 miles of crushed limestone rail-to-trail bliss.  On this recently-constructed and modern trail, you will experience one of the most scenic parts of our country in the Laurel Highlands.  The Continental Divide,  Salisbury Viaduct, Ohiopyle State Park, and the Big Savage tunnel are just a few of the highlights that make the GAP an undeniably epic experience.  The C&O Canal Towpath between Cumberland MD and Washington, DC is 184 miles of dirt road double track fun!  This section of trail pre-dates the US Civil War.  The Paw Paw Tunnel, Antietam Battlefield, Lock Houses, Turtles and historic trail towns are just a few of the highlights as you literally cycle through history.

Bike Trip Application

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership 

May 29 – June 4, 2022

Rockland, Maine 

Trip Coordinator: Brian Cassady

Open to all students*, approximately $1500

*NOTE: For students who were signed up to participate in the Hurricane Island trip that was cancelled by COVID, that will factor in the decision-making process.

Live off-the-grid on an island in Maine! Hurricane Island is carbon neutral and the operations of the island community are environmentally sensitive, including the use of solar arrays to generate power for the island. The Hurricane Island experience is designed to give students first-hand experience with the scientific process. 

The trip will introduce students to an aspect of the island (the intertidal environment, our sustainable infrastructure, terrestrial ecology, freshwater resources, or migratory birds) and then prompt them to generate questions and a field experiment around that topic. Students experience an immersive process of designing data collection forms, maintaining a consistent sampling protocol, synthesizing and presenting their data, and finally holding a debrief of the scientific process. These are invaluable skills for students interested in pursuing field-research focused degrees in college. Students also participate in rock climbing and other adventure programming! 

Hurricane Island Information

Hurricane Island Application

West Coast AAPI: History, Immigration, & Activism

May 30-June 6, 2022

San Francisco to Los Angeles, CA

Trip Coordinator: Tina Yen

Open to all students, approximately $3500

How did Asian immigrants contribute to the making of the United States? How was an Asian American identity born? Was Angel Island really the “Ellis Island of the West?” This inquiry-driven exploration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) history takes students back in time, starting with the post-Reconstruction period in order to critically examine what it meant to be strangers in a foreign land, living, laboring, and growing roots as the United States grappled with its national identity. Students will continue their journey through time by experiencing Angel Island and San Francisco’s Chinatown, the former site of the Manzanar Japanese Internment Camp, Koreatown in Los Angeles and other present-day immigrant communities popping up in Southern California. 

With culture and history comes food, and students will also get to explore a variety of different cuisines while on this trip. Come with curious taste buds and an open mind! Other excursions include touring San Francisco and witnessing the natural beauty of California. This trip would be great for students who are interested in exploring different cultures, learning about history, practicing storytelling, and engaging with social justice and community activism. Options for a senior capstone project are also possible in consultation with the trip leader.

West Coast AAPI Trip Application

Yellowstone: Wildlife Ecology (Senior Capstone Project)

May 18-26, 2022

Yellowstone National Park, MT/WY

Trip Coordinator: Brian Cassady

Open to all 12th students first, approximately $3100

“An abundance of wildlife. Hot pools, boiling mud, and countless other thermal features. America’s first National Park is brimming over with natural wonders, and you’ll get up close with many of them on this field research course.”  This is just a sampling of the experiences that students will have on this amazing opportunity to work in the field with experts from the National Forest and National Park services.  Students will spend 8 nights in a rustic lodge while immersing themselves in all that Yellowstone has to offer.  Looking for wolves and grizzly bears, and tracking bison will certainly be among the highlights for all participants.  The program concludes with a whitewater rafting trip down the Yellowstone River.  

NOTE: This trip is first being offered as a Senior Capstone Project for eligible 12th graders.  Any remaining trip spots will then be opened to students in other grades

Yellowstone: Wildlife Ecology trip information from Ecology Project International

Yellowstone Application

Frequently Asked Questions about Global Travel