International Excursions


York School students are given real opportunities to become citizens of the world.

The York School organizes a number of international trips supporting a range of curricular and co-curricular goals. Some of our most popular excursions involve a significant service element, including an annual trip to India, where students work at a school for settlement children, and a biennial trip to Tanzania, where students work at a home for street children. Other international opportunities at the Senior School level include music, art, Model UN, debating, athletic and language excursions. This year’s destinations include Bermuda, Hungary, Hong Kong, and several cities across North America.
 

India Trip


Tucked away on Vellalore Road, there is a very special project that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians. For the past seven years, the York School community has visited the Global Pathways School in the village of Chettipalayam, started by The York School founder, Barbara Goodwin-Zeibots and former Junior School Head, Barbara Galbraith. The school, which opened in June of 2009, runs from kindergarten to Grade 6.

Each year in March, a small group of Senior School students has the chance to travel with York teachers to the school to work with staff, assisting in child care, working on construction and maintenance projects, and taking part in various education efforts with the children.

The International Service Expedition to India is a unique leadership and community service opportunity for students that will challenge their world views, and lead to personal growth, greater international understanding, as well as increased sensitivity to the needs and perspectives of people living in developing regions of the globe.


Tanzania Trip


York School students also have the opportunity to travel with York School teachers to Tanzania. Over the course of their time in Tanzania, students are immersed in a variety of life-changing experiences. They experience African wildlife while on a camping safari, visiting culturally significant sites by traveling with guides to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Mto Wa Mbu town, and Manyara Park.
 
Perhaps more importantly, these students will make a significant impact while volunteering at the Amani Home for Children, a home for street youth in the village of Moshim.

The International Service Expedition to Tanzania is a unique leadership and community service opportunity for students that will challenge their world views and lead to personal growth, greater international and cultural understanding, and increased sensitivity to the needs and perspectives of people living in developing regions of our planet.