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Upper School Trips 2018-19

Trip Details

Upper School Backcountry Ski & Splitboard

Upper School Backcountry Ski & Splitboard

Trip Type:

Outdoor / Training

Leader:

Martin Brakke & Catherine Klem

Dates:

February 16 - February 24

Approximate Cost:

$2500

Trip Information Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 18
6 PM, STREAM Bldg

  • Baker Mountain Guides Backcountry Pro 1 Course is designed for strong, recreational skiers and snowboarders who dream of big mountains beyond the rope line. The BC Pro 1 prepares students for travel in challenging, non-glaciated terrain. An emphasis on navigation and tour planning unlocks access into the great, white unknown. Explore the backcountry with confidence built on experience, mentorship, and feedback.

  • 9th-12th grade

  • 6-8 students

France - 10th - 12th Grade

France - 10th - 12th Grade

Trip Type:

Language / Cultural

Leader:

Alice Laskin

Dates:

March 30 - April 10, 2019

Approximate Cost:

$4270

Trip Information Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 18
6 PM, STREAM Bldg.

  • During their 10 days in Paris and Nantes, students will live in French - hearing it, speaking it, reading it and seeing the language in action - 24 hours a day. Students will explore Paris’ rich history, artistic heritage and modern culture through museum and monument visits, walking tours, a cooking class and more. In addition, students will complete a 4-night homestay with a French family in Nantes. During our time in Nantes, students will visit Lycée Jean-Perrin, the high school with which SAAS participates in the Passepartout exchange (we host 2 French students each year, and send 2 SAAS students to France).

  • Current 10-12th grade students enrolled in French.

  • 15-19 students

New Orleans -Upper School

New Orleans -Upper School

Trip Type:

Service

Leader:

Rachel Leavitt-Baron

Dates:

End of March -through Spring Break

Approximate Cost:

$2300 - $2400

Trip Information Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 18
6 PM, STREAM Bldg.

  • Service learning combines volunteerism with education and reflection, striving to create meaningful service that truly benefits communities. This trip is a two-week experience emphasizing volunteer activities and community involvement. Projects include rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina; restoring wetlands; and working with various local partners. Students learn about regional history and a diverse socio-economic culture through a broad variety of experiences, including maritime research, cultural tours, and community events. 80 hours of service credit is awarded upon successful completion of the trip.

  • Current 9-11th grade students

  • 14-18 students

Senior Yukon Trip

Senior Yukon Trip

Trip Type:

Outdoor / Social

Leader:

Stacie Cone

Freddy Carley

Margie Young

Brooks Hopp

Dates:

March 29 - April 8

Approximate Cost:

$1750

Trip Information Meeting:

The meeting will be in late Winter after sign-ups are complete.If you will be applying for financial aid, please submit the form by October 29 

  • Seniors will head to Whitehorse, Canada and stay at a camp on the shores of Lake Laberge – frozen over in the months of March and April. The group will stay in cabins and snow camp on Lake Laberge, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice-fishing, and northern light watching. Lake Laberge is located near Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, roughly 90 miles northeast of Skagway across the Yukon/Alaska Border. It is an opportunity for the senior class to have one more fun experience together as a class and begin the discussion of saying goodbye. Students will be exposed to some outdoor opportunities and participate in group building activities. There will be lots of time to hang out with faculty and friends around a fire.

  • 12th grade students

  • No limit

Zambia - Upper School

Zambia - Upper School

Trip Type:

Cultural / Service

Leader:

Brooks Hopp

Hannah Chapin

Dan McGill

Dates:

June 20 - July 11

(dates may vary slightly)

Approximate Cost:

$5200 -$5300

Trip Information Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 18
6 PM, STREAM Bldg.

  • Work as a team (SAAS students/faculty and Zambia students/adults) to accomplish educational and service projects with our partner Lusaka schools and clinics. Learn about educational, health, and social issues in a developing nation; engage with the people and culture; continue to build for the future of the program; and have an adventure (not a vacation) with a combination of hard work, fun, safe risk-taking (e.g. safari, etc.), team work, dealing with new world-view/cultural views, sharing cooking and other daily tasks, etc. Students on this trip earn 40 or more hours of service credit.

  • Current 9th -11th grade students. Priority given to rising 11th-12th graders.

  • 12-14 students

Alaska - Upper School

Alaska - Upper School

Trip Type:

Outdoor

Leader:

TBA

Dates:

June 19 - July 2

(dates may vary slightly)

Approximate Cost:

$3200 - $3500

Trip Information Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 18
6 PM, STREAM Bldg.

  • This fast-paced trip provides a series of Alaskan wilderness adventures with an emphasis on group development, leadership skills, and environmental awareness. Building on existing relationships between the local Alaska Native people and the land, participants will have a unique opportunity to experience culture and nature where they intersect with subsistence and stewardship of resources.  Objectives: Provide a forward-moving and physically challenging series of experiences that give students the opportunity to learn wilderness skills, increase self-reliance, develop teamwork, and overcome natural obstacles and challenges. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the Alaskan wilderness, wildlife, and Native culture. While participating in subsistence and sport fishing students will be responsible for caring for the catch. They will learn to process fish from the river to the freezer. Pending fishing conditions students return home with their efforts. Lessons learned will have a depth that encompasses the cumulative daily experience of exploring ecosystems and experiencing life cycles in the wild.

  • Current 9th-11th grade

  • 8-12 students

Costa Rica - Upper School

Costa Rica- Upper School

Trip Type:

Language / Culture

Leader:

James Watson

Dates:

June 18 - 28

Approximate Cost:

$3700

Trip Information Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 18
6 PM, STREAM Bldg.

  • The Costa Rica trip will have three goals. First, students will experience Costa Rican culture through such activities as visiting a native village, participating in a mask-making workshop, touring a coffee plantation, and completing a two-night homestay. Next, students will have the opportunity to use Spanish with native speakers during their homestay, with Costa Rican guides, and with other people we encounter during the trip. Finally, the trip has a community service component in which students will monitor populations of sea turtles and work on a mangrove restoration project. Each student should be able to complete 18 hours of community service on this trip.

  • Current 9-11th grade enrolled in Spanish

  • 18-22 students

Important Dates


Thursday, October 18 Trip Night
6:00 PM, STREAM BUILDING

A chance to explore all trips being offered this school year. 
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM ask questions, explore options
6:50 PM - 7:25 PM breakout trip presentations

Monday, October 29 Trip Sign Up Deadline
Trip Financial Aid Application Deadline
Friday, November 9 Student notification about trips
Parents notified of Financial Aid Grants
Tuesday, November 20 Last day to accept trip/financial aid offer (paperwork & deposit due)
Friday, December 14 Last day to cancel and receive a full refund of deposit*
*Cancelling trip participation after this date forfeits your deposit.
In addition, depending on the time of cancellation, families may be required
to continue to pay a portion of all, of the remaining total cost of the trip.