Global Learning

Global Learning Trips

The LCS Global Learning program provides students with a wide range of meaningful, international opportunities. These opportunities include grade 10 exchanges, global learning March Break trips,  adventure/expedition programs, and Round Square Conferences and language exchanges.

Each year during March Break, two or three LCS teams (students and staff chaperones) travel abroad and engage with enthusiasm in a variety of experiences that involve, but are not limited to, service learning, global learning, and language and cultural immersion throughout the world. Over the last few years, LCS students and staff have traveled to India, Ecuador and Galapagos, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru and South Africa. Many of these experiences are offered in conjunction with established tour operators, such as Evolve ToursOperation WallaceaCentral American Service ExpeditionsRustic Pathways, and Envoys.

View Global Learning Opportunities - March 2023.

Student Exchange Program
Through the Round Square network, students have the opportunity to live the life of another student through our grade 10 exchange program.

Round Square Conferences
Students regularly travel to participate in the Round Square Conferences that occur twice a year around the world. These are life-changing experiences that allow students to gain skills found through the Round Square IDEALS - Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service.
Outdoor Expeditions
Students have the opportunity to build their outdoor skills through our three expedition programs that occur bi-yearly:
  • The Irving Expedition takes grade 11 and 12 students to Canada's north for a whitewater paddling expedition on a northern river. Past expeditions have explored the Keele, Wind and Mountain Rivers.
  • The Guest Expedition Ontario program takes grade 9 and 10 students to remote parts of Ontario to hone their tripping and paddling skills.
  • The Ondaatje Expedition takes grade 11 and 12 students around the world with an aim at pushing student comfort zones through adventure and leadership - this program has traveled to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Mt Elbrus in Russia, Iceland, Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Lost City in Colombia, and most recently to the Stepes of Mongolia. 
For more information on Global Learning Trips at LCS, contact:
Global Learning Trips and Ondaatje Expedition: Please contact Emma Heeney
Round Square Exchanges: Please contact Tim Rollwagen
Irving and GEO Expeditions: Please contact Pete Andras

Global Learning Trips 2022/23

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    March Break - Morocco

    Morocco is a country with a complex history and a fusion of cultures and languages. Known for its spices, food, diverse landscapes, and bustling markets, Morocco is a mecca for culture and language enthusiasts. Its unique geographic position in Africa offers seaside surf towns, ancient desert communities surrounded by palm tree oases, and Berber villages dotting the Atlas mountains that climb out of the desert sand. While exploring Morocco you will deepen your understanding of the Arab world while practicing your French along the way. Some highlights of this trip include homestays with local families, a desert camel experience where you will stay in Berber tents among the sand dunes and under the stars, exploring the famous Moroccan markets of Marrakech, and many more amazing experiences. 

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    Projected cost: $6500 CAD

    March Break - Colombia

    Colombia is incredibly diverse in its landscapes and culturally rich in heritage. On this trip, students will have the opportunity to explore Colombia’s turbulent history while engaging in current practices of global innovation and sustainability. The itinerary includes activities and project visits that focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students will also have a unique opportunity to engage in a SDG Action Challenge that will connect them to the SDGs and give them tangible skills to combat issues in their own communities. Some highlights of this trip include rafting down a beautiful 8-km stretch of crystal-clear river in Rio Claro following a zip-line experience through the trees, making coffee from scratch, riding up the Medellin cable car, participating in a sustainable cooking challenge with fresh crops you harvest that day, learning a traditional dance technique called champeta, engage in a drumming workshop, and much more! 

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    Projected cost: $5000

    March Break - Yukon

    The Yukon, land of the midnight sun, home to the infamous gold rush, known for its hospitality and wondrous scenery, is the perfect setting to explore Canada’s outdoors. Students will broaden their horizons and learn about the Canadian north through a variety of experiential and diverse activities. The trip itinerary is built around three main themes: Food Security & Agriculture in the North; Land Stewardship & Conservation; Indigenous Cultures & Communities. While exploring the Yukon, you will deepen your understanding of the geographical impact of climate change, while engaging with indigenous leaders along the way who share complex stories of past and present. Some highlights of the trip include a hike up the Kaskawulsh Glacier, a foraging walk throughout Dawson City, a visit to Tombstone Territorial Park (one of Canada’s only indigenous managed national parks), a relaxing evening enjoying redeveloped hot springs and hot pools, baking bannock, and much more! 

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    Projected cost: $5500
  • Ondaatje Expedition

    Open to Grade 11 and 12 students

    The Ondaatje Expedition takes grade 11 and 12 students around the world with an aim at pushing student comfort zones through adventure and leadership - this program has traveled to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Mt Elbrus in Russia, Iceland, Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Lost City in Colombia, and most recently to the Stepes of Mongolia. 
  • Irving Expedition

    June - July with Canoe North - open to Grade 11 and 12 students

    This expedition will involve an amazing 12-13 day canoe trip on the Keele River in the western region of the North West Territories, in northern Canada. The Keele River region is located in the Mackenzie Mountains of the NWT and is a stunning and beautiful experience with picturesque views with some amazing day hikes along the way. The water is extremely clear and wildlife sightings could include; caribou, arctic fox, wolves, and numerous water foul. The trip begins in the upper region of the Keele River watershed and runs northeast to the confluence of the Keele River and the historic Mackenzie River. The Irving trip is sponsored by the Irving family and has been a long-standing part of our outdoor education and experiential program at Lakefield College. This opportunity is only open to students in grades 11 and 12.

    Projected Cost: $4500 CAD
  • GEO Expedition

    June - July - Open to Grade 9 and 10 students

    In honour of Terry Guest (Headmaster of LCS from 1971 to 1985), we are excited to announce the creation of Guest Expedition Ontario - GEO. The Guest Expedition Ontario is designed to provide optimum expedition experience to ignite the imagination of students and help them to discover what they are capable of in a supportive setting. This year's GEO trip will be an 8 - 10 Day Sea Kayaking Adventure in Georgian Bay. Students will Kayak between Killarney and Byng Inlet, traveling through the Harvey First Nations Territory. Students will visit the picturesque pink rocks of the French River and Key Harbour and paddle through the crystal blue waters of Georgian Bay.  This biennial Ontario-focussed expedition will be available for 8 to 10 students from Grade 9 and 10, with a willingness to take on an adventurous outdoor experience. 
  • Fee Cancellation Policy

    Note: *Prices are approximated and may be subject to change.

    Once the offer of a position on a project team is made, accepted, and approved by at least one of the student’s parents or legal guardian, the trip fee will be billed to his/her LCS account. This will enable the school to recover deposits paid in advance to the tour company, airline, etc.  After that, should a student wish to withdraw from the trip for any reason, we will try to fill his/her spot with someone from the reserve list, if there is one. However, the later a cancellation is made, the less likely it is a replacement will be able to be found. In such cases, please be advised the entire trip fee may be non-refundable. 

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Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.
Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.

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