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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave awaits those students you wish to visit the United States of America as their chosen destination for their Global Cultural Trip.
Below: a student-made video of our recent trip to Hawaii

Hawaii and San Francisco 

With 50 States to choose from, America has so much to offer.

In 2019 students at The International will have the chance to visit two of America’s most iconic States: California and Hawaii.

Our first port of call will be the city of San Francisco where students will get to experience all this culturally diverse city has to offer; from The Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay to Alcatraz prison and beyond.

We will savour the flavours of sour dough bread, ride the historic trams and admire the sea lions basking in the sunshine at Fisherman’s Wharf. We may even be luckily enough to catch an NBA game (schedule permitting).

Students will learn about San Francisco’s role in the sexual rights movement and visit one of America’s largest Chinatowns, but also have the chance to visit the world-renowned

Silicon Valley, the epicentre of today’s technological and social media revolution where we hope to tour one or more of the big three tech companies located there – Google, Facebook and Apple. 

Other highlights will include the Californian Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium. 

Aloha!

After our stop in the Sunshine State, we travel further west to say “aloha” to the island state of Hawaii. Hawaii is a destination that features prominently on most peoples’ bucket lists and despite being America’s youngest state, it has a rich history and intriguing cultural diversity to wet even the most seasoned of travellers’ appetite.

Hawaii is where East meets West, where Polynesian and Hula traditions infuse with Americana and Japanese influence. Hawaii is also the birthplace of surfing as both a sport and sub-culture which is deeply rooted in the Hawaiians’ laid-back “aloha” mentality. Therefore, both hula dancing and surf lessons will be an integral part of the programme.

From a historical point of view, students will learn about Hawaii’s monarchical past and the role the islands played in WW2 most importantly at Pearl Harbour.  Trips to the famous landmarks like Bishop’s museum, Diamond Head, the Pipeline, Dole Planation will be combined with active trips to the beach and hikes through the volcanic landscape.

Most importantly, we will have the chance to interact with the locals through our partnership with a local school (Waldorf Honolulu and/or Iolani School) where students will attend class, work on a collaborative creative projects together and experience what life is really like for young Hawaiians and discover the true meaning of ALOHA.

Want to learn about the Ukulele? Then check out our former student Ingi's instruction video below...

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