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 Gerry Bird
Irving and GEO Expeditions: Please contact Pete Andras

Global Learning Trips 2019/20

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  • Guatemala: Brewing Justice

    Tentatively March 12 – 23, 2019 with Operations Groundswell - open to all grades

    The “Brewing Justice” program goes deep inside the original Banana Republic where a seemingly fertile land conceals bitter fruit. From the bustling markets of Guatemala’s big cities to the smallholder farms of the western highlands, you will explore places where land and livelihoods collide with identity and examine why coffee and malnutrition often grow side-by-side. You will meet with producers in their fields, talk shop with fair trade retailers and experience learning service alongside local movers and shakers. You will follow a coffee bean from seed to shelf and learn how Guatemalan coffee growers are challenging the inequities of a global marketplace. (Projected cost:  $3500 CAD - students who receive tuition assistance at LCS may apply for additional funding for this experience.)

    • Learn about free, fair and direct trade while cultivating coffee alongside local farmers in Sacatepéquez.
    • Dip your toes in natural hot springs, and wade into sacred lakes while exploring Guatemala’s natural beauty up close and personal. 
    • Hike through the highlands while immersing yourself in Guatemalan history and culture while living with a community of revolutionary coffee farmers in Santa Anita.
    • Practice the traditional arts of natural dyes and back-strap weaving with the women of San Juan La Laguna who continue to express their Mayan culture through craft-based economies.
  • Morocco: French Language Trip

    Tentatively March 12-23, 2020 with Envoys - open to all grades

    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 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. This trip is for anyone who has previous experience in French and desires to deepen their understanding of the language while exploring a unique country in Africa. (Projected Cost:  $5400 CAD*)
  • Irving Expedition

    June - July 2020 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 2020 - 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. 

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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.

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