D-E 360º Travel

One way to bring Dwight-Englewood School’s Mission Statement to life is to create opportunities that allow students to nurture the skills and perspectives that help them become global citizens and leaders. To that end, we provide a wide range of international travel opportunities for our students to engage in the world.  Trips offered to date have been centrally-focused around science exploration, leadership development, community service and language/cultural immersion.  Some trips have offered course credit towards high school graduation as well as college credit.

Discover Peru!

8th Grade Peru Trip – Spring Break 2018
March 16-25, 2018

Embark on a Peruvian journey! D-E students currently in Grade 8 will explore the Andean countryside, tour famous fortresses, cathedrals, and ancient ruins, and immerse themselves in the local indigenous culture of the Andes.

  • Students will visit Cusco, former capital of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, Arequipa, and the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world.
  • We will also travel through surviving ruins that provide a firsthand look into the Inca people, while observing and learning about the convergence of pre-Columbian, Spanish, and Moorish cultures that have shaped the art and architecture of the Andes.
  • Peru is a country rich with history and remarkable for its indigenous people, culture, and traditions. Students will be travelers, not tourists, in environments far different from home.

An adventure awaits!

  • To download the Peru Trip Spring Break 2018 Flyer (PDF), click here.
  • To download the D-E 360° Travel Application Form 2018 (PDF), click here.
  • To register, click here.

Total trip costs $3,995. Deposit of $1,000 is required by October 16, 2017. This is a non-refundable deposit. 
Cost does not include trip cancellation insurance.

Questions? Email eganj@d-e.org or de360info@d-e.org

An Important Note about Schedule Changes: D-E 360° reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external operators or partner organizations, changes due to weather or safety concerns, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of a new activity for an old activity. The itinerary shown here provides our best projection of the daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

 

Discover the Fiji Islands!

Upper School/Rustic Pathways Fiji Service Trip – Summer 2018
June 22-July 1, 2018

Fall in love with this magnificent country as you escape to beautiful, secluded beaches and challenge yourself to embrace the simplicity of rural village life.  This program is being offered by D-E 360° in partnership with Rustic Pathways.

  • Work on a variety of community service projects while staying at the beautiful Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge Service Base.
  • From tutoring at a local school to working on small construction projects, you’ll have the ability to do a range of service work.
  • Get to know Fijian culture through our local staff who will teach you about the country’s history and local cultures.

Program Includes:

  • 6 nights of accommodation, all meals all days, all transportation (flight details TBD)
  • Rustic Pathways fulltime international and local guides
  • All activities as detailed in itinerary
  • Single point of contact from Rustic Pathways for support leading up to the program
  • Rustic Pathways 24-hour emergency support throughout program
  • All airport taxes and departure fees
  • All fees, community service donations, and guide tips

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day

  • Upon clearing customs and immigration, we will be greeted by Rustic Pathways’ Fiji leaders and transported to your new home at our beautiful Eco Lodge Base. After a round of icebreakers and introductions with the local staff, the group will receive an orientation about the week ahead. After unpacking your belongings in your bures, it’s off to the beach for a few hours of sun and fun for your first day in Fiji.
  • In the evening, the group will participate in a formal sevusevu ceremony (a traditional welcoming ceremony) and begin learning the intricacies of cultural practices in Fiji. Dressed in your new sulu (traditional Fijian sarong or skirt), get to know our local staff while sharing a bowl of kava. This evening, the group will have their first of our evening discussions and reflections, this one revolving around the idea of “service” in preparation for tomorrow’s community work.
  • Overnight: Rustic Pathways Eco Lodge

Days 2 – 5: Community Service

  • Over the next four days your group will focus on their community service projects. After breakfast and informal language lessons, you will begin work on your service projects in one of the villages neighboring our Eco Lodge, as well as visiting some of the schools within our local community. Through decades of work in the community, Rustic Pathways has developed strong relationships with the local villagers and our service initiatives are an extension of these ties.
  • All our projects are designed with a grass-roots approach benefiting the community, locals and students.  Examples of service projects have included building toilets in a rural village, repairing homes for families in need or improving local school facilities. You may also help to plant trees for erosion control at a national park, prepare and deliver nutritious meals for families in need or join in a beach clean up. Your service will be varied, challenging and extremely rewarding and worthwhile.
  • Each afternoon our group will enjoy a variety of touring and adventure activities after our service work is finished for the day. Visit natural hot springs and mud baths; swim and enjoy an optional traditional massage if we wish. Another afternoon our group will visit the local markets and the historical Momi Guns for a breathtaking sunset.
  • The third afternoon you will visit Sigatoka Township, a small yet very culturally unique town. From Sigatoka we’ll take a short drive further along the coast to explore The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Enjoy a two-hour hike over enormous sand dunes before reaching the beach and trekking along the coast. You’ll also have an afternoon to enjoy kayaking on the beautiful waters of sheltered Momi Bay. We’ll observe the picturesque mangrove plants and intimate coastal waterways as we learn about how important these environments are for the local communities as well as the overall eco-systems of Fiji.
  • Each evening we’ll return to the Eco Lodge. One night students, teachers and staff will have the chance to work closely together to prepare and host an Indo-Fijian cultural night and on another evening you’ll enjoy a fabulous bon-fire. During these evenings students will take part in reflection periods, discussions and hear stories from the locals. In addition to group activities, students will also be given time (and encouragement!) to write in their travel notebooks.
  • Overnight: Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge

Day 6: Island Hopping Day

  • Once we have had our breakfast, we will depart Momi Bay and head out on an island-hopping excursion to explore the beautiful islands off the coast of Viti Levu. We’ll enjoy the opportunity to swim and snorkel these warm South Pacific waters. We’ll also cruise past some of the best surfing spots in Fiji (including world famous Cloudbreak) to check out the waves and the surfers. There’ll also be plenty of time to relax on the white sand beaches and grab an ice cream or a cold drink at one of the picturesque resorts. After dinner this evening, a formal farewell ceremony will be held to reflect on all the wonderful experiences we’ve shared.
  • Overnight: Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge

Day 7: Departure Day

  • After an early breakfast this morning with our group, we’ll travel to the airport for some high-fives and photographs before bidding Fiji an emotional goodbye. Moce!

An Important Note about Schedule Changes: Rustic Pathways and/or D-E 360° reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external operators or partner organizations, changes due to weather or safety concerns, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of a new activity for an old activity. The itinerary shown here provides our best projection of the daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

Join our Fiji Family Info Night with Staff from Rustic Pathways: Thursday, October 26, 7:00 PM, Klein Campus Center – Hajjar Auditorium. 

A Fijiian Service Adventure Awaits!

  • To learn more about our program partner, Rustic Pathways, visit www.rusticpathways.com
  • To download the Upper School/Rustic Pathways Fiji Service Trip – Summer 2018 Flyer (PDF), click here.
  • To download the D-E 360° Travel Application Form 2018 (PDF), click here.
  • To register, click here.

Total trip costs $4,895. Deposit of $1,000 required. This is a non-refundable deposit. Cost does not include trip cancellation insurance.

Questions? Email carrad@d-e.org or de360info@d-e.org or our Rustic Pathways Main Contact: Sammy Gacsi at: sammy@rusticpathways.com – 440.220.5093

Discover India!

Upper School India Service Trip – Summer 2018
June 23-July 2, 2018

Immerse yourself in India, a country rich with history and remarkable for its diversity of religions and communities.  During this 10-day trip to India, students will get a glimpse of India—from renowned historical sites to service learning in a village school to visits to the largest slum in India. It will be an experience that provides both exposure to the culture of India as well as a window into how the lower socio-economic strata of the Indian population live. Participants will be travelers, not tourists, in environments far different from home.

  • The trip will begin with a guided historical tour of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.
  • Next there will be a guided historical tour of the south Indian city of Hyderabad, a 425 year old city that blends Muslim and Hindu cultures.
  • Students will receive an on-site orientation from experts in rural development and then will spend 3 days engaged in a service-learning project at a primary school for low-income children. The rural stay will include village and farm visits as well as a visit to a microfinance company.
  • The trip will end with a visit to the city of Mumbai, where there will be a guided tour of Dharavi, one of the largest urban slums in the world.

Purpose

The purpose is to expose student travelers to various aspects of India (history, culture, religion) and different cross-sections of the Indian population so that students learn about India as travelers not tourists. Student learning will take place in the context of guided historical and cultural tours alongside a 3 day service learning experience that will prompt students to ask critical questions and which will foster individual growth.

On-Site Partner Organization

The trip will be coordinated through onsite host organization, the Bodhi School, which is in rural Telangana, outside the city of Hyderabad. See www.bodhisociety.org. The mission of the Bodhi School is to provide high-quality, English-medium education to children from impoverished backgrounds in the rural Narayankhed region of Telangana in India. Bodhi school has hosted student groups from the United States in the past, including 5 undergraduates from Tufts University who stayed for 10 weeks in 2017 and Teach for America teachers as well as high school students, including two students from DE. The Bodhi chairperson is a DE parent, Vikram Akula, and our primary liaison will be Bodhi board member, Sivani Shankar, who has extensive experience in coordinating foreign student internships and fellowships.

Sample Itinerary 

  • Day 1 – Depart from the NY/NJ
  • Day 2 – Arrive in India
  • Day 3 – Taj Mahal trip (overnight in Agra)
  • Day 4 – Return to Delhi/travel to Hyderabad
  • Day 5 – Hyderabad tour
  • Day 6 – Travel to Bodhi school/service-learning site
  • Day 7 – Service-learning at Bodhi school
  • Day 8 – Service-learning at Bodhi school and return to Hyderabad by night
  • Day 9 – Travel to Mumbai/Dharavi slum visit
  • Day 10 – Depart for the U.S. (Day 9 night/Day 10 arrival)

An Important Note about Schedule Changes: D-E 360° reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external operators or partner organizations, changes due to weather or safety concerns, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of a new activity for an old activity. The itinerary shown here provides our best projection of the daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

About our Lead Chaperone

Gautham Akula is an educator who understands the importance of international education. He is uniquely qualified to lead this trip because he has lived and taught in Hyderbad, India, where the bulk of the trip will take place.

He is currently a 7th grade English and history teacher at the Dwight-Englewood School. He received his Master’s in Teaching from the New School University and has been teaching for the last seventeen years. Gautham began his career teaching with Teach for America in New Orleans and later taught ESL, Social Studies, and English in New York City.  Before joining Dwight-Englewood, Gautham spent eight years teaching in international schools in Beirut, Lebanon, Hyderabad, India, and Incheon, South Korea.  During his tenure, he led student trips to Greece, Egypt, Rishikesh, India, and Turkey. In addition to teaching, Gautham has coached basketball, soccer, and tennis. Gautham has seen firsthand how international trips force students to think critically about their world and their place in it.

Transportation and Lodging Accommodations

We’ve partnered with the American Council for International Studies (ACIS) to arrange for the D-E in India 2018 experience.  ACIS has a long-standing track record for providing quality educational travel.  They’ve worked with us to customize an experience that well supports the DE mission and educational goals.  For more information about ACIS, visit: https://www.acis.com/about

Join our D-E India Trip Family Info Night: Thursday, November 16, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Leggett Hall – Gelman Room. 

 

An Indian Service Adventure Awaits!

  • To download the Upper School India Service Trip – Summer 2018 Flyer (PDF), click here.
  • To download the D-E 360° Travel Application Form 2018 (PDF), click here.
  • To register, click here.
  • Total trip costs $5,500. Deposit of $1,000 required by December 15. This is a non-refundable deposit. Cost does not include trip cancellation insurance.
  • Balance of $4,500 due by March 15, 2018

Questions? Email de360info@d-e.org.

Discover Salamanca, Spain!

 

Upper School Salamanca, Spain Trip – Summer 2018
(Spanish Immersion and Academic Trip to Salamanca, Spain at the University of Salamanca — USAL)
June 26-July 30, 2018

Experience a “Salamazing!” 20+ year summer tradition with D-E Travel to Salamanca this Summer 2018. This year D-E in Spain is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. This university is about 15 years older than the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our trip will be a 5-week summer immersion program in Salamanca, Spain. We will visit Madrid and Segovia right after we arrive in Spain and before we go to Salamanca. We will also visit Toledo when we leave Salamanca at the end of July. And during the month we go to Portugal, La Alberca and Avila.

Program Highlights:

  • Pre-college experience and an opportunity for students to experience the culture of Spain and learn the Spanish language in a major World Heritage City and in a university setting.
  • Students will complete a Spanish immersion language course at the University of Salamanca for a summer program. They will earn 3 D-E credits for doing so successfully.*
  • Student will live in Spain for one month and will gain cultural awareness through visits around the country, applying their target language skills whenever possible, and learning about the history of the country.
  • A life-changing experience for students because it is completely immersive and benefits their overall development.
  • College- level study with professors at the University of Salamanca, Cursos Internacionales; vacation in Madrid, Segovia, Portugal, La Alberca, Avila and Toledo! All of our tours include meals and expert museum-guided and/or other cultural visits and, of course, study at the first university of Spain.

* Following exams at the end of July, a certificate of successful study is awarded by the university for the student’s transcript and 3 D-E credits. Plus, up to 4 additional college credits can be awarded directly by the world renowned University of Salamanca facilitated by the D-E 360° Summer Connections program for successful completion of the USAL intensive Cursos Internacionales This is for those who participate in this D-E in Spain program!

Program Includes:

  • All expenses including international and local travel, hotels, one month’s room & board in a Spanish university dorm, a guided Spanish film series, pool passes, and daily chaperoning.
  • Complete medical insurance, interpreting / translation service, medical care, 24 hr. contact and assistance (from D-E in Spain chaperones).
  • Academic work: Your class placement is determined by experts at USAL. You will have twenty hours of language and elective classes per week. Beginners, heritage and ’native’ speakers of Spanish as well as students of other languages are welcome. Come to acquire or perfect your Spanish language and understanding of Spanish culture.

Flight Information

Tue – Jun 26, 2018     IBERIA 6252                JFK/MADRID                           9:05 p.m.         10:15 a.m.

Mon – Jul  30, 2018    IBERIA 6253                MADRID/JFK                           4:35 p.m.           6:55 p.m.

Itinerary

  • Tue – Jun 26
    • Day of departure from New York’s JFK Airport non-stop to Madrid, Spain
    • Dinner and breakfast served on board
  • Wed – Jun 27
    • Arrive Madrid Airport Transfer to hotel
    • Dinner and lodging at Hotel Mayorazgo
  • Thu – Jun 28
    • Breakfast Morning guided sightseeing of Madrid + Visit to the Prado Museum
    • Afternoon free to explore the city
    • Dinner and lodging at Hotel Mayorazgo
  • Fri – Jun 29
    • Breakfast Departure to Segovia by private motor-coach
    • Dinner and lodging at Hotel Los Arcos or similar
  • Sat – Jun 30
    • BreakfastFree day in SegoviaDinner and lodging at Hotel Los Arcos
  • Sun – Jul 01
    • Breakfast
    • Departure to Salamanca by private motor-coach
    • Drop-off in downtown Salamanca
  • Sat – Jul 07
    • Half day guided visit of La Alberca by private motor-coach
  • Fri – Jul 13 to Sun – Jul 15
    • Three day USAL Trip to Lisbon, Portugal. University run trip, motor-coach, hotel (Hotel Roma) and USAL professors as guides.
  • Sat – Jul 21
    • Half day guided tour of Avila by private motor-coach
  • Sat – Jul 28
    • Morning pick-up in downtown Salamanca
    • Departure by private motor-coach to ToledoDinner and lodging at Hotel Alfonso VI or similar
  • Sun – Jul 29
    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Morning guided visit of Toledo
    • Afternoon Cooking Class + DinnerLodging at Hotel Alfonso VI
  • Mon – Jul 30
    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Transfer by private motor coach to Madrid’s Barajas Airport for your flight back home to New York’s JFK Airport

Note: Family and friends can follow us throughout the trip’s duration on the D-E in Spain 2018 Facebook group page: “Salamazing con Sr. Murphy!”

An Important Note about Schedule Changes: D-E 360° Travel reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external operators or partner organizations, changes due to weather or safety concerns, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of a new activity for an old activity. The itinerary shown here provides our best projection of the daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

What Alumni Say

“The Salamanca trip was a genuine pre-college experience for me. After I got to college, I realized how much Salamanca had prepared me.” Seon Layne ’16

“Salamanca was an amazing experience.” Lisa Mordkovich ’15

“The trip to Salamanca was the best trip of my life.” Andrew Levine ’00

About our Lead Chaperone

Joe Murphy, D-E Ethics Department Chair has been Director of the D-E in Spain Salamanca Summer Immersion Program since 1997. This is our 21st year! BTW, Sr. Murphy is an official representative of the Universidad de Salamanca in NJ and Korea.

For more information, join our D-E in Spain Family Info Night on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Hulst House (Leggett Hall).

A Spanish Immersion & Academic Adventure Awaits!

  • To download the D-E 360° Travel Application Form 2018 (PDF), click here.
  • To register, click here.
  • Mandatory: D-E in Spain Orientation for Travelers (Date TBA); Signed D-E in Spain Agreement – will be provided during the mandatory Spain Orientation
  • Total trip costs $9,350. Deposit of $1,000 required by December 15. This is a non-refundable deposit. Cost does not include trip cancellation insurance.
  • $4,175 due by January 15, 2018
  • $4,175 due by March 15, 2018

Learn More  

Questions? Email de360info@d-e.org.