Educational Travel

Opportunities for expanding global education exist for students through the travel abroad programs at St. Teresa’s Academy. Students immerse themselves in the language of the country in addition to learning about the country’s history and culture.

A sister school exchange program with St. Joseph School in Le Puy En Velay, France,  has been vital in continuing the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph and keeping their charisms alive. The congregation was founded in Le Puy in 1650. As part of the program, French students have traveled to Kansas City to live with STA families and attend school for two weeks out of the year. During the summer of 2017, STA students traveled to Le Puy for ten days to learn more about the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The program continues to offer STA students an opportunity to travel to the homeland of the Academy’s founders in odd-numbered years.

2019 Trips

March for Life Rally, Washington, D.C.: January 17-19, 2019
Students will receive information about the trip in the September 7 and October 4 Stars for Life meetings.
Contact: Andrea Arredondo

Los Angeles Service Trip: March 16 - 23, 2019 (Spring Break)
On this Los Angeles trip, we will explore the intersection of faith and service from a CSJ perspective. From the well-known Homeboy Industries to St. Joseph’s Center for the homeless, we will be learning about social injustices of Los Angeles by working with community-serving organizations founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph. We’ll wrap up the trip by spending a day on the beach under the Cali sun!
Contact: Andrea Arredondo 

Peru- Service and Cultural Trip: May 23-June 8, 2019 (dates tentative)
This is a cultural immersion service trip in which students will spend time learning about Peruvian culture in Lima, explore the wonder of Machu Picchu, and build relationships with Peruvians while doing service in the Sacred Valley.
Contacts: Andrea ArredondoMaria Laura Lopez GonzalesMaria Angeles Garcia Gil

Dickens Study Abroad:  June 8-21, 2019 (leave in the evening, does not conflict with testing)
The Dickens Study Abroad course is a quarter credit course lead by Dr. Stephen Himes. Students will spend thirteen days in London and Paris, engaging in learning activities at places like the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Library, the Charles Dickens Museum, and Shakespeare's Globe.  Students will learn from these scholars to create primary research, which they will turn into multimedia presentations for course credit. During the afternoons and evening, Dr. Himes will take travelers to his personally selected cultural and entertainment experiences, and teach how to navigate the cities like a student studying abroad!
Contact: Stephen Himes

Italy/Greece summer: June 13-21, 2019
Click here for details and itinerary.
Contact: Robin Good

Sister School Exchange Program: June 11-22, 2019
St. Joseph School 4 Boulevard Montferrand , 43000 Le Puy En Velay France. Visit Geneva or Paris, Le Puy, and  Lyon (A trip to our sister school is planned every other year during odd # years) Students attending this trip are invited to host a French student the following spring semester.
Contact: Barbara McCormick

Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam: June 13-24, 2019
This 12 day adventure will take us from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, Cambodia and end with several days in Thailand, including time in Bangkok and a beach day at Hua Hin! This once in a lifetime opportunity will include a guided tour of Vietnam War tunnels, a Mekong River jungle cruise, a visit to the old market surrounding Angkor Wat, and a tour of Khao Wang Palace. This trip is one of the rare opportunities where STA teachers take students to Southeast Asia. Click here for itinerary.
Contacts: Alicia StewartAnne PapineauCasey O’Flaherty

Pilgrimage Trip to Italy: June 23-July 4, 2019
Immersion trip to Italy (Rome, Florence, Siena, Vernazza, and Milan) w/ experiential learning element. Students enrolled in the Literature & Pilgrimage and AP Literature courses.
Contact: Kelly Fast

Jerusalem Farm: Summer 2019, dates TBD
Students are invited to immerse themselves in a week-long service retreat experience centered around Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. During this time you will live at the Farm, while going out each day to serve in the surrounding neighborhoods of Northeast Kansas City.
Contact: Andrea Arredondo 


Click here to read about trips from previous years.