At Sacred Heart Academy (SHA), we believe that international travel provides students with an opportunity to expand the boundaries of the physical classroom to the world that exists beyond the school walls.
Through our association with ACIS, two trips are offered every year, each with a different focus and set of objectives. The first trip, an international service-learning experience, enables our students, for example, to work with economically disadvantaged students, explore the harsh realities of racial and ethnic injustice, and participate in conservation projects in the host country. The second trip focuses exclusively on cultural connections. SHA students engage people from other countries, creating a cross-cultural literacy that makes it possible for them to see the world from a different point of view.
In learning about others, they learn about themselves. International travel facilitates Sacred Heart’s goal of working “for peace and justice in an increasingly interdependent global community.”
We are pleased to facilitate two trips every year through American Council for International Studies (ACIS), a leader in quality educational travel. Dr. Ackerman, Director of International Studies and Travel at Sacred Heart Academy, has led SHA students overseas on over twenty trips during the past two decades. The cost of each trip depends on a number of factors, including destination, type of itinerary and length of stay.
2017 INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CONNECTIONS TRIP England and Scotland
During the Easter break in 2017, students traveled to England and Scotland for ten days, visiting many exciting destinations such as London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glen Coe, Loch Ness, and Inverness. The custom itinerary prepared for this trip included, among other activities, three West End theater performances, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, the Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Victoria and Albert museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, and an Edinburgh Ghost Tour. These activities provided students the opportunity to experience the culture from the inside out, experiencing firsthand what they have only read about in books.
2017 INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TRIP Service Trip to China
During their February break in 2017, students traveled to China for nine days, where they visited Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian. The itinerary developed for this trip emphasized two dimensions of service learning: (1) a commitment to promoting environmental sustainability, and (2) a commitment to helping the poor. Students worked on three service projects during their stay. Various aspects of Chinese culture complement the service component by teaching the students about the people they were serving and the natural resources they were helping to conserve.