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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.

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 2023/24

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    March 7-20, 2024 - 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!

    Projected cost: $5000-$5300
  • Irving Expedition

    Summer 2024 - Keele River, Northwest Territories

    Paddling the Keele River is a world-class adventure. Its turquoise waters wind their way 310 km through the towering Mackenzie Mountains and some of the most remote and pristine wilderness left on the planet. The river is fast but fun and friendly, with exciting but manageable whitewater and no portages. Jaw-dropping spectacular scenery, superb fishing, hiking opportunities and excellent wildlife viewing make this trip one of LCS’ favorite mountain rivers. The Keele River is suitable for novice to intermediate paddlers, but more skilled paddlers will still havelots to enjoy!

    Projected Cost: $5900
  • GEO Expedition

    Summer 2024 - Georgian Bay, Ontario

    The 30,000 Islands make northeast Georgian Bay a kayaker’s paradise. From a few square meters to several square kilometers, these granite islands form a protective maze for the paddler to explore. Away from the sheltered channels, there are also open bays and crossings to distant islands for the experienced paddler. There is very little soil in this area, and most of the vegetation on the coastline consists of wind-twisted and gnarled trees that are far older than they look. It’s a harsh and fragile environment – the least-settled wilderness on the great bay. This 8-day trip begins in Killarney Provincial Park with a short skills clinic and a short paddle down a sheltered river to the wilderness of the bay.

    Students will camp on deserted islands and enjoy great food, and spectacular sunsets. There will be lazy days, and as our confidence grows, the challenge of open-water crossings and big waves. Finally, students will reach the journey’s end at the remote outpost at Hartley Bay on the beautiful French River.

    Projected Cost: $1500
  • 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. 

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca


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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