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.

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. 
More Information:
Global Learning and Ondaatje Expedition: Please contact Tim Rollwagen
Round Square: 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. 

Global Learning Trips 2021/22

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  • 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. 
    (Projected cost: $800 - 1200*).
  • 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


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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