ParishAbroad is an education program that seeks to raise the global competency of Parish students through purposeful and meaningful travel.
Creating globally competent students rests on a curricular foundation that spans all subject areas, particularly social studies, history, world languages and the visual and performing arts. To achieve our purpose, we have created a three-dimensional approach to developing global competency.
- Create a positive disposition toward cultural differences and a framework of global values to engage those differences.
- An ability to speak world languages at advanced levels; Reaching fluency in another language allows one to enter into another culture with a depth and cultural understanding impossible without that skill.
- Deep knowledge and understanding of world history and geography, and of the global dimensions of topics such as health, climate change, economics, and of the process of globalization itself.
-Dr. Fernando Reimers, Harvard University
ParishAbroad Travel Opportunities
ParishAbroad breaks the barrier between the classroom and the "real world". These trips are led by Parish faculty, so students can see their own teachers leading trips, teaching and learning alongside them. This type of permeability enhances the impact of the program on the students as well as the classroom.
PARISH STUDENTS HAVE THREE DISTINCT TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
ParishAbroad has been life changing for our son. Immersing in host communities and living with families in a home-stay in India and Peru plants a seed into our growing men and women. This is a seed that cannot be taught in the classroom but must be experienced firsthand. When the children arrive back home, they have a peace about them and a new individualized worldview and sense of purpose. It is beautiful to observe this in your child. – Amy & Erik Harrington, Upper School Parents