Global Learning

Global Learning Trips

The LCS International Programs Office provides students with a wide range of meaningful, international service opportunities.

Each year during March Break, two or three LCS project teams (students and staff chaperones) travel abroad, roll up their sleeves, and engage with enthusiasm and hard work in a variety of service endeavours throughout the world. Over the last few years, LCS students and staff have contributed to projects in India, Kenya, Thailand, China, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Costa Rica and Peru. Many of these projects are offered in conjunction with established charities and tour operators, such as Habitat for Humanity, Operation Wallacea, Central American Service Expeditions, and Me to We with their affiliated charity, Free The Children.

In addition, LCS students regularly take part in Round Square International Service (RSIS) Projects, working cooperatively with students and staff from over 85 Round Square Schools throughout the world.

The RSIS December Projects provide the opportunity for students to travel to India, Cambodia, Kenya and Honduras, where they spend three weeks helping to build schools, dig wells, or lay pipe to help provide rural communities with fresh water.

Many LCS students also participate in the RSIS Summer Projects, which gives them the opportunity to perform similar volunteer service in Ladakh (India), Peru, and South Africa.
 
More Information:
Please contact Gerry Bird, Director of International Programs.
 

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  • Ecuador/Galapagos

    Tentatively March 8 – 20, 2018 with Evolve Tours - open to all grades

    Back by popular demand, students on the Ecuador trip will engage in unforgettable adventure, cultural and service opportunities within the indigenous Pulinqui community at the base of Ecuador’s spectacular Chimborazo volcano. Participants will experience the spectacular scenery of Ecuador’s mountainous interior on hikes of various difficulty levels, such as to the base of the volcano, and later they’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Quito. After five days in the Chimborazo region, the project team will transfer to the Galapagos island of San Cristobal where they will stay at an organic farm or "hacienda." Here students will take an active role in preparing food for the group in the family kitchen, harvest legumes to help feed the San Cristobal Tortoises, and assist with the eradication of invasive species, such as wild berries, in an effort to restore the giant tortoises natural habitat. They will also take a guided boat trip to Santa Cruz Island, enjoy hiking and snorkeling, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, and explore lava caves, in order to experience the unique ecology of this iconic archipelago, first-hand. A more complete project description is available in the trip itinerary.
  • Peru

    Tentatively March 7 – 22 with Rustic Pathways - open to all grades

    Participants on the Incan Energies and Spirituality trip will embark on a unique and powerful 15-day Global Learning journey. They will explore the intersection of spirituality and ancient civilizations, including the Incan culture, against the backdrop of the spectacular Andes Mountains. Students will be encouraged and supported to contemplate their spiritual beliefs by comparing and contrasting them with a variety of spiritual traditions, both contemporary and ancient, in the spiritually diverse towns within the Sacred Valley, the city of Cusco and breathtaking Machu Picchu. Participants will take part in yoga practices, meditation, witness a traditional pago ceremony to Mother Earth, work alongside local people in sustainable service projects, complete a weaving workshop and learn to make natural dyes, enjoy a sumptuous Pachamanca feast, and create a service learning opportunity with our Round Square Peruvian affiliate, Markham College. More information about the Incan Energies and Spirituality experience in Peru is available in the trip itinerary.
  • Morocco

    Tentatively March 7 - 17 with Evolve Tours - open to all grades

    A land of stark contrast and diverse culture, Morocco host a variety of french language experiences. Participants will begin their adventure in Marrakech where they will experience the masterpieces of traditional Moroccan art and architecture, one of which is the Ben Yusuf Madrassah, containing among other things, exquisite cut-tile mosaics and Islamic plasterwork. Travelling through Dades Gorge, they will head over the Atlas Mountains, where the terrain transforms from often snow capped mountains to dusty plateaus and bizarre rock formations. Passing through Ouarzazate they will visit a souk and Taorirt Kasbah. Continuing towards the Moroccan desert, participants will board camels and head into the dunes to enjoy a night under the stars among the ochre coloured sand dunes at Erg Chebbi, with only the Tuareg (Berber nomadic pastoralist people) and their camels for company. After a restful night in their tents, the group will head north for a glimpse of the rich culture and spirituality that is Fes. Also, the culinary capital of Morocco, students we will head off to the souk, where they will bargain with vendors and purchase all the ingredients needed for the typical Moroccan meal that they will learn to cook at the local culinary school. This experience will enrich their understanding of the Moroccan culture and students will be expanding their of the French language fluency throughout the experience.
  • Ondaatje Expedition: Mongolia

    June 21 - July 7 with World Challenge - Open to Grade 11 and 12 students

    A trek through the lowland meadow steppes of Mongolia, this experience will challenge a group of students for 7 days by horse and foot.Tsetserleg is west of Ulaan Baatar and the capital of the central Arkhangai Aimag. The trek leads through some classic Mongolian steppe lands leading into smaller valleys and rolling hills. The trek will finish at the natural hot springs at Tsenkher where they will have the chance to relax in the hot pools. On route back to Ulaan Baatar, the group will stop at the Mongol Els sand dunes. These provide a taste of the Gobi Desert and cover a vast area of a couple of thousand kilometres providing a spectacular scenery. Ending their time in Mongolia, the participants will spend a couple days in Ulaan Baatar to learn about the cultural background of the Mongolian people; learning more about Genghis Khan, visiting the Gandan Khiid monastery, seen today as one of Mongolia's most important monasteries. This trip will challenge participants in many ways and promises to be an amazing Ondaatje expedition experience.
  • Dr. Arnie Boyle International Community Service Bursary

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