Summer is the perfect time to travel, explore and serve.
Our programs in China, France, Morocco, and Spain extend an invitation for students to immerse themselves in the language, daily routines, and cultural habits of another country. Your time abroad with Choate teachers, native of the host country and from our Wallingford campus, is designed to build independence, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and adaptability through exposure to new ways of living and thinking.
June 21st - July 26th
This five-week academic program in China is open to beginning through advanced level high school Chinese language students, and balances language immersion and course work with an exploration of urban and rural development in Beijing and Shanghai. Through their studies, the homestay with local Beijing families, and our explorations outside of the classroom, participants improve their language fluency in four essential language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, daily immersion in the Chinese culture allows students to gain self-confidence and a better understanding of themselves as global citizens while they hone interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills. Successful completion of Summer Study Abroad in China will fulfill the contemporary global studies graduation requirement for Choate students.
June 15th - July 19th
Our five-week program in France offers intermediate to advance level high school French language students the opportunity to live, study, and travel in France. During the program students live in Parisian homes, take courses conducted exclusively in French, and travel to the Loire Valley with their teachers. Through art history and French history, and during 4 to 5 museum visits per week as well as regular reading and writing, students are encouraged to reflect on French culture and language, thereby improving their interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills. Upon successful completion of the Art History course Choate students will earn a visual arts credit. Successful completion of Study Abroad in France will also fulfill the contemporary global studies graduation requirement for Choate students.
June 10th - July 8th
Our four-week program in Morocco is open to beginning through advanced level Arabic language students as well as intermediate to advanced level French language students who are interested in studying in this Francophone region. Students live with host families in Rabat (either Arabic or French-speaking), attend appropriate language classes, take a course in Moroccan colloquial Arabic, and participate in lectures and cultural activities designed to immerse themselves fully in Moroccan culture. Excursions to Fez, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Merzougua, Auberge (the desert), Ouarzazate, and Marrakech round out the experience. Successful completion of Summer Study Abroad in Morocco will fulfill the contemporary global studies graduation requirement for Choate students.
June 21st - July 26th
Our five-week program in Spain offers intermediate to advanced level high school Spanish language students the opportunity to live, study, and travel in Spain. Students reside with families in La Coruña, Spain (Galicia), take courses in Spanish Art and Architecture, Spanish Civilization, and either Spanish Literature or Spanish Grammar, conducted exclusively in Spanish, and visit local cultural and historical sites. The final week of the program, with excursions to Salamanca, Segovia, Toledo, and Madrid is designed as an integral part of the experience and an extension of the classroom. Daily immersion in Spanish studies and in the routines of life in La Coruña, and on excursion allows participants to improve their knowledge of Spanish language and culture, and to gain self-confidence, and a better understanding of themselves as global citizens. Successful completion of Summer Study Abroad in Spain will fulfill the contemporary global studies graduation requirement for Choate students.
Choate Volunteer Corps: Ghana
The Ghana program is marked by two and one-half weeks of cultural immersion, the opportunity to build relationships and gain experience in a classroom setting. Students learn about the intersection of education and poverty eradication. The program’s service project offers an authentic solution to a real problem faced by Heritage Academy. The trip is made up of two parts:
- Teaching classes to middle school children at Heritage Academy in Breman Essiam, Ghana
- A service project that benefits the school. The group resides in a rented guest house in Ajumako, a nearby town.
Students teach two or three 50-minute classes per day either alone or with a partner. In addition, all students work with Heritage students in the Reading Program for two periods each day. After school, the group engages in a community service project to support Heritage. Past projects have included painting classrooms, building bookshelves and organizing the library, and making bricks for repairs and new construction. Weekend trips include visits to the Cape Coast and Kakum National Park, as well as historical and cultural sites such as the Elmina slave castle, the National Museum in Accra, and the W.E.B Dubois House.
Successful completion of the Choate Ghana Summer Program will provide Choate Rosemary Hall students with the community service hours required for graduation.