To prepare students to navigate both the opportunities and challenges characteristic of our increasingly interconnected world, Ethical Culture Fieldston School extends the boundaries of the traditional classroom with a variety of global learning experiences for students in Fieldston Middle and Fieldston Upper, mostly in the form of spring break trips and summer 项目.
ECFS believes that global education and travel should not be mere tourism; they must entail service in action. By combining service learning with cultural immersion, our students come away from their adventures with a better understanding of another culture through firsthand experience.
Whether through the partnerships that we have formed with educational or non-profit groups in China (Beijing and Nanjing) and French Guiana, 法国之旅, 西班牙, 魁北克, and elsewhere that complement our students’ study of foreign 语言s, or service 项目 faculty have led in Costa Rica and Haiti — global learning at ECFS enriches our academic 项目 with the multicultural dimensions of learning at all stages of development. By broadening their perspectives, students gain a deeper understanding of international issues and their responsibilities as global citizens.
Examples of recent global learning experiences
This trip featured a partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) in a joint filmmaking workshop and cultural introduction to British 历史. Students worked hand in hand with local artists to weave stories and initiate dialogues on film at the BFI/Southbank film center. 在旅行的过程中, students toured the British Museum, took a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath, 我在伦敦西区看了一场戏, and enjoyed a group bike ride through Hyde and St. 詹姆斯公园.
Students participated in a service learning program while immersed in the indigenous culture of Ecuador. They visited a local school for three days and then explored the Galapagos Islands — the natural habitat of giant tortoises, 陆地鬣蜥, 色彩斑斓的鱼, 还有海龟, among many other flora and fauna.
The goal of this trip was for participants to explore the modernity and traditional culture of Taiwan, discover the beauty of its scenery, and develop a relationship with local people. By visiting the iconic cities, 村庄, 还有自然地标, students learned about the 历史, 地理位置, 文化, and lives of different ethnic groups in Taiwan. Students also engaged in a community service project when visiting an indigenous village in Central Taiwan.
This trip provided students with a look into Ghana’s 历史 as well as the opportunity to see rural and urban life in modern day Ghana. In partnership with Project Okurase, students visited the village of Okurase to engage in community projects aimed at improving sustainability for the people in the village. While working with the people in Okurase, students participated in a cultural exchange of customs, 历史, 语言, 和艺术. Students also visited the Kakum National Park to learn about rainforest flora, Cape Coast and the African Diaspora Museum, 阿克拉的马科拉市场, 夸梅·恩克鲁玛国家公园, and the historic Elmina Castle. Students learned about the 历史 of the slave trade in Ghana and its connection to Charleston, 南卡罗来纳.