Trips and Tours 2016-2017

The proposed tours for the 2016/2017 school year are listed below. Please contact the tour's coordinator for additional information.

Guatemala Service Tour 2017
Status:
Application information coming soon
Coordinator: Heather Morris
Category: Service, Culture
Grades: 10 - 12 during the 2016 - 2017 school year
Timeline: Spring Break 2017: March 11 - 23, 2017
Length: 12 days
Estimated Cost: $4000
Description: The Guatemala tour will involve approximately 2 weeks of travel and volunteer work near the village of Tecpan in partnership with Project Somos and Stratosphere International. Our tour partner, Stratosphere International, operates out of Vancouver and supports the logistics of travel, including pre-trip workshops to adequately prepare our students for their international student experience. Project Somos is a foster home community that will support 49 orphaned and abandoned children in homes with Guatemala foster mothers. St. George's students previously travelled to Guatemala with Project Somos and Stratosphere in Spring of 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Students will work alongside the full time local construction staff and foreman to support a village for orphaned and abandoned children. This is a physical volunteer experience that involves basic construction work, gardening, and preparation of buildings and special rooms. The work changes depending on what the village needs at the time. Past groups built a massive perimeter wall and completed the playground space. Volunteers will stay in large safari style tents on on the property for 1 week. Students will also visit Antigua, a former Spanish colonial capital and UNESCO world heritage site and take a retreat visit to Lake Atitlan, a stunning inland lake surrounded by volcanoes and Chichitenango where students can explore and learn about modern day Mayan culture.
 
South Africa Conservation Biology and Ecology Tour 2017
Status:
Applications due October 22 - Information package located below
Coordinator: Catherine Holmen
Category: Biology, Ecology, Sustainable Resources, Culture
Grades: 10 - 12 during the 2016 - 2017 school year
Timeline: Spring Break 2017: March 9 - 25, 2017
Length: 15 days
Estimated Cost: $6500 - $7000
Description: The first week of this trip involves conducting research at the Balule Reserve in Kruger National Park.  Students will participate in large game reconnaisance along specific transects, bird counts, flora identification, setting up an retrieving camera traps and examining the impact of eleplants on the ecology of the park.  Students stay in small dormintories at an established research centre.  The second week will operate from a marine research site run by Operation Wallacea in Sodwana. The main objective at this site is to learn about coral and reef fish communities so the effectiveness of the conservation management strategies can be assessed. Students participate in either snorkelling or SCUBA diving on the reefs.
Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1150 students, 109 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George's School truly is Canada's World School for Boys.
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