Global Academic Programs
Berkeley Carroll's travel programs are part of the academic program, not stand-alone sightseeing trips. The kind of authentic global thinking we foster requires students to prepare beforehand and to engage in serious reflection while abroad. Throughout, students consider both their own place in the world, and their responsibilities to its future.
The Upper School offers four travel programs annually. The programs to India and Tanzania, open to students in grades 10-12, focus on leadership, global issues and community development. The language immersion programs to Cap d’Ail, France and Granada, Spain are for juniors and seniors.
IndiaThe India program (read the trip blog) runs for two weeks in March, during Spring Intensives. By way of preparation, students read excerpts from Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. They explore the South Asia collection at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and wrestle with the philosophical questions of ‘voluntourism’. The travel component is run in partnership with the World Leadership School, a socially conscious company that shares Berkeley Carroll’s values and is a leader in the area of travel safety. Students and teachers begin in Mumbai with an exploration of the contrast between the city’s incredible wealth and technological innovation on one hand, and the tremendous poverty - and a different kind of innovation - in its famous Dharavi slum on the other. Then the group travels to a small village in the southwestern state of Karnataka, where students live with families. Berkeley Carroll programs don’t include traditional service learning projects; instead they follow an accompaniment model that we think represents the future of ethical engagement with the developing world.
TanzaniaThe Tanzania program, also run with the World Leadership School, takes place in July. Students and teachers spend the two week Spring Intensive period studying the history, ecology, and cultures of Tanzania. They learn East African folktales and the basics of Kiswahili. They also read and discuss different perspectives on international development and critiques of volunteering abroad. After a brief orientation near Arusha, including a hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the group travels to Karatu, where students are introduced to their “buddies” for the week at Banjika Secondary School. Together, the students from Berkeley Carroll and Banjika work through a curriculum that explores leadership, gender, opportunity and education. At the program’s conclusion, the entire group goes on safari in Ngorongoro Crater.
SpainSimilarly, the program in Granada, Spain (read the trip blog), focuses on language skills. During Spring Intensives in March, students attend language classes at Centro de Lenguas y Educacíon Intercultural, a language school with a focus on learning by experience. The school is located in the heart of the Albayzín, the oldest neighborhood of the city. Students combine language classes with cultural activities, including visits to the Alhambra and the city of Córdoba, and they meet students at an area secondary school. Students turn their reflections into a group blog - en español.
Berkeley Carroll's newest program (read the trip blog) is offered every other year in partnership with the Brooklyn-based organization, The Paideia Institute. The academic program, for students of Latin language and Roman history, focuses on the heart of the ancient Roman world, including sites in Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome.