TRIPs 2019-2020

At Moses Brown, we believe in bringing the world to our classrooms and our classrooms to the world. MB TRIPs – Travel, Research & Immersion Programs – will make journeying and discovery a pervasive learning paradigm throughout the school.

Interested in learning more about our programs? Here’s a list of TRIPs for the 2019-2020 school year.

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2019-2020 TRIPs
*please check back for additional details as they become available.

Lower School
Washington DC (Leaders: Carolyn Garth & Jeff d’Entremont)
White Mountains (Jeremy Saksik)
Middle School
NYC (Emilia Pena-Disla & Tony McClellan)
Upper School
Nepal Service (Laurie Nelson & Dominique Avila)
Galapagos (Eric Aaronian & Kate Kenny)
Italy (Chandra Harris & Claudia Perlini)
Dominican Republic (Kate Kenny & Dominique Avila)
Mass Moca (Kristin Street & Sarah Barnum)
Global Student Leadership -Summit- Switzerland (Gara Field & Sarah McShane)

Galapagos Islands
Trip Leader: Eric Aaronian Chaperone: Kate Turner
Size/Grade: 14 max, 9-12.
Dates: 7/1—7/11
Description: During the trip to the Galapagos Islands students will visit the sites that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and see wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Each day our private naturalist will take us to a different island and explore the wildlife and natural history of the archipelago. We will explore the islands on foot and by snorkeling in the water (travelers should be comfortable in and around water). Travel around the islands will take place on the M/Y TipTop II or a similar vessel. We will also spend time on the mainland where students will learn about the indigenous culture of Ecuador. This trip should generate interest of any student with an interest in biology, zoology, marine biology and/or those wishing to learn about conservation.

Dominican Republic Service Trip
Trip Leaders: Kate Turner and Dominique Avila
Number and ages of group members: 10 students (open to all US students) with two student leaders who have participated before
Dates: first week of march break
Description (100-125 words): Students travel out of their comfort zone and offer much needed help providing medical service (guided by a US Emergency Room doctor) and medication to residents of the bateys (small towns for sugar cane workers and their families). Dr. Molly Bliss ’86 helped bring the trip to MB and is an integral part of the preparation and experience in the DR. Students work with a group of Haitian and Dominican doctors, volunteers, translators, and other individuals related to the local hospital (Good Samaritan Hospital) to provide medical support and supplies. Many residents do not receive any medical support throughout the rest of the year and the service we provide is empowering and humbling for students. This is a unique opportunity for students interested in international service, medicine, or Hispanic/Haitian culture.

Nepal Service Trip
Trip Leader: Laurie Nelson/Dominique Avila
Size/Grade: 8 students max., Grades 9 – 12
Dates: June 2020
Students will engage in service work with Hands in Outreach (HIO), a program that supports several schools in Nepal, through teaching younger students, working as teacher helpers, or engaging in other projects defined by the school. Interested students should be adventurous, flexible, optimistic, and patient. In addition to service work, cultural explorations may include visiting temples, participating in a yoga retreat, and taking a short trek (without involving too much altitude). The group will stay in a centrally-located hotel and experience local food through dinners at area restaurants. The chance to come to know a country so different from ours is a unique and powerful one; following the Nepal trip in 2018, students started a club at MB to continue the relationships they had built.

Middle School 2020 NYC Trip
Trip Leaders: Emilia Pena-Disla & Tony McClellan
Size/Grade: Middle School Students 14 maximum
Dates: June 22-26
Description: Come explore NYC as we visit a variety of cultural, historical, and educational sights in the NYC area. During the school year students will work to build our itinerary likely to includes stops at the 911 Memorial, Museum of Natural History, Central park, Ellis Island, a Brooklyn food exploration and perhaps a Mets or Yankee game. We will stay in Manhattan and travel the five boroughs via subway and on foot for our 5-day 4 night adventure.

Mass MoCA Madness
Trip Leaders: Kristin Street and Sarah Barnum
Size/Grade: 10 max, 9-12.
Dates: 11/1-11/3
Description: Located in North Adams, MA, set in the majestic Berkshires, Mass MoCA, a center for world class art, has transformed a former industrial site into the largest contemporary art museum in the country. We will explore the Mass MoCA complex, be exposed to large scale contemporary artwork, hike through forests during the height of leaf-peeper season and climb nearby Mount Greylock. The Clark Museum and Williams College Museum are also nearby to visit. We’ll stay in a large house, shop for simple meals, cook together amid lively conversation and shared tasks while discussing the art and nature seen during the day.

Global Student Leadership Summit: Davos, Switzerland
Trip Leader: Gara Field/ Chaperone(s): Sarah McShane & Graham Holland
Size/Grade: 18 students max., grades 9 – 12
Dates – July 9 – 17, 2020
Third party agency affiliation: EF Educational Tours
For centuries, sports have helped people build resilience, confidence, and the power to collaborate— but more than that, they’ve built bridges within communities and between cultures. It’s just one way the world approaches wellness, a topic that’s deeply personal, and at the same time, universal. The 2020 Global Student Leadership Summit in Davos, Switzerland will explore The Impact of Sports & Wellness around the world, from what people eat and think to how we care for ourselves and stay active. Before heading to Davos for the Summit, we will arrive in the picturesque Swiss city of Lucerne to spend four days exploring, including a gondola ride to Mount Rigi, spending a relaxing afternoon at a mineral health spa, team-building via ropes course, and kayaking on Lake Lucerne. On Day 5, we head to Davos, Switzerland, an Alpine resort town with sky-high elevation and stunning views, also known as a hub for innovation. Home to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, Davos is where business, government, and civil society leaders from Bill Gates to Bono come together to discuss the world’s most pressing issues. This student-centered trip – focused on design thinking, sports, wellness, and innovation – embodies all aspects of what MB values as its North Stars: ethical leadership, expert thinking, and global awareness.

White Mountains 2020
Trip Leaders: Jeremy Saksik & TBD
Size/Grade: 12 students, rising 4th and 5th
Dates: June 2019 (Typically the week after school gets out)
Description: Experiencing the simple wonders of the White Mountains can be magical. Our group joins Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) educators for one night at the Highland Center, an AMC roadside lodge, and two nights at an AMC maintained backcountry hut. Carrying all of their own gear throughout the trip helps students build resilience and self-reliance skills. Field experiences include games and challenges to test the group’s communication and problem-solving skills, map reading activities, and discussions about wilderness ethics. Moses Brown teachers collaborate with AMC staff, who have years of backpacking experience, wilderness first aid certificates, and a shared desire to use the outdoors as a rich teaching tool, to create this highly memorable experience.

5th Grade Washington DC Trip
Trip Leaders: TBD
Number and ages of group members: Trip is available for all 5th grade students
Dates: June 15-18
Description (100-125 words): This capstone trip connects to the 5th grade social studies curriculum focused on human rights, the Civil Rights movement and non-violence, as well as provides a fun, culminating experience for our lower school students. We will visit the US Institute of Peace; the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Fredrick Douglas House; Lincoln Cottage; MLK Memorial; Washington Monument; and the Lincoln Memorial. We also will spend a fun afternoon at 6 Flags! We partner with an educational travel company and are led by a professional guide and Washington DC expert.

Food and Culinary History in Emilia-Romagna, Italy- Summer 2020
Trip Leader: Chandra Harris Chaperone: Claudia Perlini
Size/Grade: 25 students max., Grades 9-12
Dates: June 17-27, 2020
Brief description: Join us for a tour of the history and cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, famous for tortellini, ravioli, and lasagna. We will be based in the regional capital of Bologna, one of the richest and oldest cities in Italy and the center of one of the oldest universities in Europe. From here, we will take day trips to the cities of Parma, known for its cheese and ham, Modena, famous for balsamic vinegar, and Faenza, one of Italy’s top producers of ceramics. Students will see how Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and prosciutto ham of Parma are produced, as well as taste balsamic vinegar in Modena. They will also learn about the Slow Food movement, visit the International School of Italian Cuisine, and participate in the Festa Artusiana, a festival that celebrates Italy’s first cookbook.

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