For 45 years, Realms’ well-known International Program has exposed students to parts of the world many people never see. While other schools might offer travel opportunities, Realms believes in involving them directly in the details of these trips. Kids collaborate on planning every step of the way, from the destination choices to research into cost, travel methods, and accommodations. Their interests and input are even more crucial when it comes to choosing service and academic projects.
While we are always looking for service opportunities in our own community, our upper school students travel abroad every year to immerse themselves in a foreign culture, and to be of service to those in need. Recent international trips have taken our students to Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Chile, Peru, and Vietnam to name a few. Past international service has included digging ditches for village water supplies, building community kitchens and other facilities, teaching English, volunteering at orphanages, and other humanitarian projects.
International travel also offers our students the unique opportunity to extend their learning plans or create self-contained academic projects based on their destination. For example, on the recent trip to Belize, one student studied parasites indigenous to the area.
Alumni often tell us International Trips were the highlight of their Realms experience. It’s often hard work, but the personal growth that comes from challenging one’s ideas about the world