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 Tours
, Operation Wallacea
, Central American Service Expeditions
, Rustic Pathways
, and Envoys
In addition, through the Round Square network, students have the opportunity to live the life of another student through our grade 10 exchange program. Students also 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.
Beyond Round Square and global learning trips, students also 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. 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, Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Lost City in Colombia, and most recently to the Stepes of Mongolia.
Global Learning and Ondaatje Expedition: Please contact Tim Rollwagen
Irving and GEO Expeditions: Please contact Pete Andras
Please note: The safety of LCS community members is of utmost importance. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact international travel, trips outside of Canada have been paused for the 2021/22 academic year. Lakefield College School optimistically looks forward to planning domestic travel opportunities in 2022 should public health guidelines permit. Please visit this page for further updates.