Students develop a deep understanding of other perspectives and of themselves.
Through our global programs, Rye Country Day School is dedicated to preparing students to participate actively and ethically in a global community and to both understand the nature of globalization and their responsibilities as citizens in an evolving world.
A global citizen:
- thinks deeply about issues of global significance and strives to use his/her knowledge and experience to address challenges and create positive social change globally and locally.
- observes the interconnection between individuals, systems, and how his/her actions affect and are affected by those of others, and makes meaningful contributions to the broader community based on this awareness.
- develops authentic relationships and collaborations with people and communities locally and internationally through cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.
- takes thoughtful and compassionate action on behalf of human rights and social justice and understands that these issues are best approached with an empathetic understanding of our cultural diversity and shared humanity.
To promote the ethics of global citizenship, Rye Country Day School:
- develops and delivers a curriculum that fosters a comprehensive understanding of world cultures, natural environments, and social and political systems.
- requires the study of world languages and cultures, which are necessary for intercultural understanding, dialogue, and relationships.
- cultivates actively a commitment to pluralism.
- encourages the members of its community to explore their individual identities and cultural perspectives.
- promotes cross-cultural engagement and learning through experiential cultural immersion programs and educational exchanges, both locally and abroad.
- builds and nurtures local and global partnerships that foster in students a sense of respect and appreciation for diverse perspectives, cultures, people, and environments.
- uses technological resources and training to facilitate global connections.
- fosters environmental stewardship by supporting a variety of sustainability initiatives designed to minimize our negative collective impact on the natural world.
2020 Global Program
Trips are scheduled for June 2020 and will be open to 9th - 11th grade students.
Applications are now open for this year’s Global Studies summer programs, Iceland: Sustainability and Renewable Energy and El Paso, TX: Border Studies and Collaborative Leadership. There will be an informational meeting for students and families in Grades 9 – 11 on Tuesday, October 15, from 7 – 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. At this meeting, we will present both programs to all interested students and families.
Applications for both programs are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 28. A faculty committee will review all applications, and participant selections will be announced by Friday, November 15. Participants will be asked to confirm their spots on the trip by November 26.
If you have any questions please reach out to Dan Murray, Global Studies Coordinator, at Daniel_Murray@ryecountryday.org or 914-925-4535.
Iceland Sustainability and Renewable Energy
June 13-21, 2020
Explore the land of fire and ice and experience the surreal landscapes and unique culture that make this Nordic island one of the world’s top destinations. Discover Iceland’s incredible sources of sustainable energy through outdoor activities and visits to high tech facilities. Investigate a rift between continents, walk black sand beaches in search of puffins, and hike through Iceland’s stunning National Parks for epic views of volcanos and glaciers. From gushing geysers to volcanic mountains, this program provides an in-depth look at how this small nation has harnessed energy from its unique geology.
Students will travel to the Golden Circle, visiting the natural wonders of Iceland, the continental divide, geysers, and waterfalls and learning how these resources drive Iceland’s alternative energy economy. The group will explore Reykjavik’s vibrant urban environment and get to know the quieter coastal towns of Vik and Eyrarbakki for a unique perspective on the different cultures of Iceland.
By learning about the environment, we will begin to relate our activities to the larger topics of energy and climate change. How has Iceland’s approach to energy impacted the local environment and the world? What lessons can we learn from Iceland? This course is designed to provide a real-world understanding of how sustainable and alternative energy is implemented in Iceland. We will explore a new environment and develop an appreciation for a culture that varies from what we are accustomed to at home. Most importantly, we will gain a greater appreciation for the way local efforts toward conservation impact the local environment and the world.
The program is offered in partnership with Broadreach, a world leader in international education. Broadreach has been leading programs to over 50 countries since 1993. All current ninth through eleventh grade students may apply to participate in the Iceland program.
Lead Chaperones: Clemmie Everett and Kerry Linderoth
Estimated Program Cost: $4,600
This fee includes round-trip airfare from NYC to Reykjavik, Iceland, all ground transportation including public transportation, lodging, meals, and entrance fees for museums and other cultural excursions. The estimated cost is based on the price of flights available at the time of program planning and a minimum enrollment of 14 students. The final cost will depend on group size, airfare, and other program costs.
El Paso, TX Border Studies & Collaborative Leadership
June 14-20, 2020
El Paso, Texas, has always existed between two different worlds. Because of its unique history, El Paso represents a fascinating window into the complexities of the US-Mexico border—and the complexity of many international borders around the world. The nearly 2000-mile US-Mexico border sees 350 million legal crossings annually, making it the busiest border in the world. During this program, students will gain a multifaceted perspective on the immigration experience through partnerships with local NGOs, conversations with community leaders, and learning sessions designed to promote students' understanding of global issues, leadership, and local culture.
Students will fly into El Paso and will quickly become immersed in the complex Mexican/American culture that exists in the region. The group will stay at a local retreat center outside of the city. Students will meet and work with the leaders of a network of nonprofit agencies in El Paso that provide shelter, food, legal advocacy, and other services to immigrants. Through these experiences, students will deepen their understanding of timely current issues with global and local implications. The group will stay on the US side of the border throughout the duration of the program.
The program is offered in partnership with World Leadership School, a socially conscious company and leader in the area of travel safety. Two World Leadership staff members will accompany our group and facilitate our learning sessions throughout the week. The mission of World Leadership School is to empower young leaders to find innovative solutions to the world’s pressing problems. World Leadership School's Collaborative Leadership Programs offer life-changing experiences for students to learn about global issues and leadership. All current ninth and eleventh grade students may apply to participate in the El Paso program.
Lead Chaperone: Laura Mungavin
Estimated Program Cost: $3,200.
This fee includes round-trip airfare from NYC to El Paso, TX, all ground transportation including public transportation, lodging, meals, and entrance fees. The estimated cost is based on the price of flights available at the time of program planning and a minimum enrollment of 10 students. The final cost will depend on group size, airfare, and other program costs.