TRIPs

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. As we all know, the COVID-19 global pandemic up-ended global and domestic travel in 2020. We ask for patience as we continue to monitor the domestic and global health situation and make decisions regarding MB TRIPs. As always, student safety is our top priority and we will continue consulting with medical and scientific experts as we plan to resume MB TRIPs.

More about the history of MB TRIPs:
This program is designed to pique student interest in all three divisions. Lower School students build self-reliance skills by roughing it in the White Mountains, while Middle School students have applied lessons from their science classrooms to hands-on fieldwork in Yellowstone National Park. Upper School students serve and learn through engaged scholarship in the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Kenya, and in Providence. Other trips, such as a tours of Spain and Italy, as well as the War Memorial Tour of Washington D.C., enhance academic courses and help build a shared passion for learning and global citizenship. Check out our MB TRIPs 2021 in the information below.

Planned TRIPs for 2022

2022 MB TRIPs

Lower School TRIPs
White Mountains – 3rd & 4th
Washington DC – 5th grader

White Mountains 2022
Trip Leader: TBA
Size/Grade: 12 students, rising 4th and 5th graders by summer 2021
Dates: June 2022
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.

Washington DC 2022
Trip leader: OJ Martí
Size/Grade: Trip is available for all current 5th grade and 6th grade students
Dates: June 2022
Description: 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 Friends Council on National Legislation; the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Fredrick Douglas House; Lincoln Cottage; MLK Memorial; Washington Monument; the Lincoln Memorial; as well as meeting with a RI Congressperson or Representative. 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.

Middle School TRIPs

Yellowstone National Park Service Trip 
Trip Leader: Tony McClellan/Chaperone: Mo Nagle
Size/Grade: 13 students max., grades 6 – 8
Dates: June 2022
Description: This trip is to get students out into the natural world to conduct “citizen science” working with the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park by serving a local rancher in helping to replace cattle fencing that inhibits the natural migration patterns of Pronghorn and other animals. Students will also take-in some of the natural features of the world’s first national park. Overnights will consist of a camping trip with various excursions in and outside the park. We plan to go on moderate hikes, spend time wolf watching, and work closely with a rancher outside the park.

Upper School TRIPs

Dominican Republic Medical Service trip
Trip Co-leaders: Kate Turner and Dominique Avila
Size/Grade: 10 students (open to all US students) with two student leaders who have participated before
Dates: March 2022
Description: 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.

Food and Culinary History in Emilia-Romagna, Italy- Summer 2022
Trip Leader: Chandra Harris/Chaperone: Adolphe Coulibaly
Size/Grade: 25 students max., Grades 9-12
Dates: June or July 2022
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 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 which celebrates Italy’s first cookbook.

Spain
Trip Leader: Dave Flaxman
Size/Grade: grades 9-12, minimum 12 students, maximum 26
Dates: June 2002
Description: This trip is a profound exploration of the vibrant culture and history of Andalucía, Spain.  The purpose is to bring the past to life through storytelling and direct experiences with Spanish people and the stunning historical sites of southern Spain.  Of particular importance is the medieval Golden Age of Spain, when Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in an age of peace, tolerance, and great prosperity. By spending time in both cities, rural towns in the mountains, and coastal villages, students will come away with a deep appreciation for how much Spain has changed over the centuries while maintaining fascinating traditional customs that inspire. The trip is designed to build community ties and there is plenty of emphasis on both personal and group reflection (including a MFW under the stars).  All students are asked to engage in public speaking and serve as group leaders. This trip directly relates to global awareness, ethical leadership, and expert thinking.

Galapagos Islands
Trip Leader: Eric Aaronian/Chaperone: Kate Turner
Size/Grade: 14 max, 9-12.
Dates: July 2022
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.

Global Student Leadership Summit: Switzerland & Germany
Trip Leader: Gara Field/Chaperone: Sarah McShane
Size/Grade: 18 students max., grades 9 – 12
Dates; July 2022
Description:
The focus of this 12-day trip to the 2022 Global Student Leadership Summit is on The Impact of Sports & Wellness. Whether it’s decreasing stress levels or regulating heart rates, spending time in the great outdoors can have a positive impact on our overall well-being—which makes this tour just what the doctor ordered. From bustling Geneva to storybook Lucerne, your journey through Switzerland includes exciting outdoor sports and soothing wellness activities against backdrops of spectacular Alpine scenery. Soar over Interlaken valleys by zipline, stroll the banks of Lake Geneva, and relax in mineral baths on Mount Rigi. Then, end your trip in Berlin, where you’ll come together with other students and teachers from across North America and Europe to focus on The Impact of Sports & Wellness around the world.  We will attend expert-led workshops, develop skills like creativity and collaboration by working in small international teams to propose solutions to a global challenge.

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