Spain - Easter 2018
Hosted by Dr. Liz Baker and Spanish teachers Julia Amigo, Julia Gargallo, Maria Angeles Garcia and Maria Laura Lopez, this tour gave students the opportunity to be safely immersed in the language and the culture of Spain. On this eight day trip, students had a chance to explore the cities of Madrid, Avila, Segovia, and Toledo. They toured world famous sites such as the Museums of El Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen, the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, the Avila Medieval Walls, and the birth house of Saint Teresa.
London and Paris: "A Tale of Two Cities" Study Abroad - June 9-22, 2018
The "A Tale of Two Cities Study Abroad" course is an actual study abroad lead by Dr. Stephen Himes. Students spent ten 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. We learned from these scholars to create primary research, which the students turned into multimedia presentations for course credit.
Site of Central Europe - June 11-22, 2018
Led by STA teachers Alicia Stewart, Anne Papineau, Casey O'Flaherty, and Kelly Scott, this 12 day trip ventured through 4 countries and 6 cities. The tour began in Budapest, Hungary move to Vienna, Austria before heading through the countryside to Cesky Krumlov and Prague in the Czech Republic. Continuing on to Germany and the cities of Munich of Berlin.
This trip connected the ancient with the modern visiting cities that were part of the Holy Roman Empire, Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and fought over in WWI and WWII. We explored palaces (Royal Palace Budapest), parliaments (Reichstag Berlin), art (Vienna Opera House), culture (Jewish Quarter in Prague), and religion (Matthius Church Budapest). We also took a day to truly experience history with a visit to Dachau, one of the largest WWII concentration camps in Germany.
Pilgrimage Trip - June 24-July 6, 2018
Immersion trip to Italy (Rome, Florence, Siena, Vernazza, and Milan) with experiential learning element. Students enrolled in the Literature & Pilgrimage and AP Literature courses. This trip was led by STA teachers Michael Sanem and Kelly Fast.
Destination Paris: March 2017
French teacher Alice Amick offered a self-guided trip to Paris through Passports Educational Travel for Spring Break 2017. This flexible program provides a supportive framework (flights, centrally-located accommodations, breakfast, some pre-arranged dinners, Metro passes, a boat ride on the Seine, etc.), leaving participants free to experience Paris “through the back door” as Rick Steves would say. We used public transportation and designed our own itinerary to explore the museums, cathedrals, monuments and distinctive neighborhoods of Paris, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre and much more. The trip was open to French students and their family members.
Guatemala Mission Trip: March 2017
This service trip took us to the community of San Andres Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. A group of indigenous religious women in the community hosted our volunteer team at the Carmelo de Nazareth convent, providing meals and lodging. They also helped us identify service projects that would have a positive impact within the community. Our primary work so far in Guatemala has been building ventilated stoves for families in the community. Many people cook with open fires inside their home, breathing in toxic fumes and becoming ill. By building simple, cement block stoves that carry smoke outside of the home, we can improve community health in a substantial way. We also served the San Bartolomé school in the community, and completed repair projects that were desperately needed there. Click here for further details on the trip
For more information about Homes from the Heart visit their website: http://www.homesfromtheheart.org/guatemala/
Le Puy France: June 2017
St. Teresa’s Academy students and faculty traveled to Le Puy, En Velay (France), to visit our sister school, St. Joseph School (founded in 1850), during the summer of 2017. STA will partner with students and families of Saint Joseph School to provide home stays for students, visits to local attractions, and a day trip in Paris and Lyon. Students and chaperones from Rockhurst High School also traveled with this group. Learn more about our sister school by visiting their website by clicking here.
Italy: June 2017
Latin teacher Ms. Sue Marquis led a trip to Italy in June 2017 through Passports Educational Travel. The trip was open to all current Latin students and their family members, including current freshmen. The Venezia, Firenze, Roma trip explored the cities of Venice, Padua, Florence, Pisa, Assisi, Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. The tour included paid visits to sites such as the Duomo in Florence, the Vatican, St. Peter's, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum in Rome, all led by local tour guides. Accommodations were in centrally located three-star or four-star hotels with two meals a day provided. A specially-trained courier accompanied the group throughout the tour.
England and France: June 2017
Student Trip Opportunity: STA history teacher, Mr. Mike Egner, led his fourth student trip to England and France, which took place June 13-22 in the summer of 2017. Students in all grade levels were eligible to take part in the trip. This 10 day trip to London-area England and France included visits to historical and cultural sites in London and day trips to Cambridge, Oxford, Stonehenge, Canterbury, Dover, and Greenwich. Paris sites included the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre District, Sacre Couer, Versailles Palace and Gardens, and the Catacombs.
Italy: Literature & Pilgrimage: June 24th-July 6th, 2017
Students enrolled in Literature & Pilgrimage spent two weeks in Italy studying the works of Dante's Devine Comedy. Led by Kelly Fast and Michael Sanem, students traveled to locations associated with Dante's works, creating a cross-curricular, interdisciplinary experience to ponder how the essential questions of vocation, pilgrimage, and faith affect their own lives.
Japan: Summer 2016
St. Teresa’s Academy students and faculty traveled to Tsu, Japan, to visit our sister school, St. Joseph Joshi Gakuen, during the summer of 2016. STA partnered students and families of Saint Joseph Joshi Gakuen to provide home stays for students, visits to local attractions, and attendance at the school’s annual bazaar. The total cost of the trip, including flight, ground transportation, food, medical/accidental insurance, and housing will be $3,500. A $350.00 deposit will hold your daughter's registration. Learn more about our sister school by visiting their website at www.sjjg.ac.jp. Questions or to register, contact: Barbara McCormick, Academic Affairs Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of China June 8 - 20, 2016
STA social studies teachers Ms. Papineau and Ms. Stewart took a group of students to China over the summer. The Best of China tour was a 13-day trip where students had a once in a lifetime chance to explore the cities of Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The tour included world famous sites such as the Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Soldiers, and Victoria Peak all lead by local tour guides. This trip was conducted by the travel company Explorica.
Click the video below for a sneek peek into their travels.
Paris & Rome
June 7 - 15, 2016
STA students and parents had the unique opportunity to experience two major capitals of Europe. Alice Amick and Sue Marquis hosted this trip through Passports, Inc. On this nine-day adventure, travelers visited iconic landmarks in and around Paris, such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Versailles. They then traveled to Italy to visit historic sites such as the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Vatican, with side trips to ancient Pompeii and Ostia Antiqua. In addition to enjoying the cultures and languages of each country, the students developed the skills to become world travelers.
Italy: Literature & Pilgrimage
Students enrolled in Literature & Pilgrimage spent two weeks in Italy studying the works of Dante's Devine Comedy. Led by Kelly Fast and Michael Sanem, students traveled to locations associated with Dante's works, creating a cross-curricular, interdisciplinary experience to ponder how the essential questions of vocation, pilgrimage, and faith affect their own lives. Pictures from the trip are featured below.