Durham Academy works to instill a global perspective in each student, and there's no better way to understand the world than to experience it firsthand. From visiting a Daoist temple in Hong Kong, to offering helping hands at DA's sister school in Nicaragua, to forming lasting friendships with exchange students from Spain and France, international travel experiences have profoundly affected many DA students' perspectives on the world.
Several school-organized trips are offered to Middle and Upper School students during spring break and summer vacation. Learn more about upcoming trips below.
DA Upper School has tentatively scheduled a trip to China for June 2017 and will participate in an exchange with a Chinese high school in 2017-2018, with Chinese students visiting DA in January or February and DA students traveling to China in the summer of 2018.
Each summer, Middle School students travel to England and join school groups from across the United States and abroad each summer for a three-week program offered by the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA). ISCA staff, school faculty and students stay in dorms on the campus of Charterhouse School situated in the English countryside about 35 miles southwest of London. In addition to several day trips to London, students take excursions to Winchester, Portsmouth, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Stratford, Windsor and Canterbury. Every third day, students remain on campus for group activities and sports, including British games such as cricket, squash, rugby, netball and fives. This is an all-inclusive trip; even laundry is covered.
This 2016 trip, which is organized by Associate Director of Admissions Lori Reade and fourth-grade teacher Chris Mason, is scheduled for July 10 to 31. The trip is open to students who are in grades 6 to 8 in the current school year.
French students from the Institut Saint-Dominique de Mortefontaine arrive in October 2016 for a week-long stay with DA host families.
Middle School French teacher Teresa Engebretsen travels to France with eighth-graders each March to experience the wonders of Paris and nearby regions. See photos from the 2016 trip for a taste of what students will experience.
In the 2017-2018 school year, the Upper School will participate in an exchange with a French high school, with French students visiting in the fall and DA students traveling to France in March. View photos from the 2015-2016 exchange on Tumblr.
DA Upper School students will visit Nicaragua for an educational/service trip in March 2018. Students stay a portion of the week at Finca Esperanza Verde, an eco reserve, then spend the remainder of the week in home stays. They also visit an elementary school that DA helped build. This trip is open to any Upper School student.
During the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 school years, DA will participate in an exchange with students from a Madrid high school. Spanish students will visit DA in September, and DA students will travel to Spain in March.
In addition, DA Middle School students travel to Spain during spring break each March.