DCPS Study Abroad Blogs
Each DCPS Study Abroad trip has created a blog for their students to share their experiences through text, video and pictures. The Global Education team will be featuring especially moving or fun posts from the trips to highlight here. Be sure to check back every couple of days to see what's new!
Check out our featured blog posts from trips here! Until our last trip returns on July 22nd, DCPS Global Ed will select top-notch blog posts to be featured here.
2017 Featured Posts
8th Grade Culture & Service in the Dominican Republic
11th Grade Panda Service and Conservation in China
July 15th, 2017
Written by: Carl Morison
After about 30 hours of travel, we finally arrived in Chengdu, China! We were all tired out but ready to get started on the fun part of our adventure. After landing and clearing immigration in Chengdu, we met our tour guides from Rustic Pathways: Lee, Tory, and Haley. Afterwards, we got on our bus to the Holiday Inn Express Huanhuaxi, where we would stay for the night.
Our travel experience was pretty good, as we had enough time for our connections in JFK and Seoul, and our flights were more or less on time. Most of us managed the long haul flight well by sleeping and watching movies. Between New York and Seoul we flew on an a380 plane with ~500 people--the biggest passenger plane I'd ever seen!
Despite our wariness from the long haul flight, we are all ready to get started on our itinerary. Today we go to the Dujiangyan Irrigation system, and tomorrow we begin our work at the panda conservation center! I'm excited to begin our activities and get some authentic Chinese food.
11th Grade Nueva York: A Latin-American Perspective
8th Grade Nueva York: A Latin-American Perspective
8th Grade Spanish Language Immersion in Madrid
8th Grade Spanish Language Immersion in Costa Rica
11th Grade Service and Language Immersion in the Dominican Republic
11th Grade Peru
8th Grade Language Immersion in Paris
11th Grade Guatemala Program
11th Grade Argentina Program
Read more on the Argentina Program's blog here!
June 20, 2017
Written by: Cameron Gray
Walking Tree Student Participant
Today’s adventure included: An underground trip, a casual stroll in the expansive Botanical Gardens, two flea market excursions, a delicious chorizo experience and a sampling of the work of Argentina’s front-running modern artists. Understanding any culture different from your own requires exploration, which rests heavily on immersion. Navigating through the busy streets of San Telmo and Palermo, allowed us the opportunity to pick up common phrases such as “Subte”, “permiso” and “cuanto sale?” Stray cats and dogs, warm greetings and inclinations to be physically friendly, are just a few of the differences from the customs in the United States.
After leaving Chori, we boarded the bus and headed towards El Museo de Arte Moderno, de Buenos Aires. Before our scheduled tour, a few students took the time to enter Diego Bianchi’s interactive installation, which featured disembodied mannequins, fractured mirror displays, sliding wall components and brilliant strobe lights. The accompanying pamphlet included a discussion about the correlation between physical exhibition space and the essence of the contemporary art that inhabits it. The progressive art movement is very much alive in Buenos Aires and is establishing a basis for the future of art.
11th Grade Language Immersion and Service in the Dominican Republic
11th Grade Service Learning in Senegal
Last Year's Featured Posts:
8th Grade Ecuador
11th Grade Dominican Republic
11th Grade Barcelona
11th Grade Peru
8th Grade China
8th Grade Costa Rica