Global Education  Every year faculty from Rock Bridge lead educational tours for students through EF Tours.
  Below you can find information about EF Tours and the trips currently scheduled for 2017
 
 
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, global education is more important than ever. Together with educators worldwide, EF Tours provide experiences that teach critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and global competence.
 
EF Tours provides people everywhere the opportunity to participate in their mission of "opening the world through education" through their Three Pillars of Learning:
 
   1. Cultural Experiences: EF educational travel and cultural exchange programs provide international and domestic travel experiences, hands-on learning and lasting cultural connections for both students and adults.
   2. Language: Students learn new languages for school, work and personal growth, online and in EF classrooms around the world. Study abroad programs allow them to practice and improve where the language and culture come to life.
   3. Academics: Fully accredited EF schools offer International Baccalaureate diplomas and university preparatory classes —all of which emphasize experiential learning. In addition, we are affiliated with Hult International Business School where students can earn both a bachelors degree and an MBA.

Currently scheduled  2017 EF Tours:   
 
2017 Tours:
Scotland and Ireland
These lands were once home to ancient Celtic and Gaelic tribes; today their histories blend comfortably into the modern day.
Step into the Middle Ages on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and under the towering spire of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. In Belfast, old conflicts have given way to an influx of restored 19th-century architecture and a thriving arts scene.
Requested Departure Date: June 13, 2017
Requested Return Date: June 22, 2017
For more information and to view the full tour itinerary visit: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1760603ku
 
Europe's Mediterranean Coast  
Discover how Cinque Terre has retained its original charm, learn how the French Riviera became the place to be for generations of rich and famous, and see how Antoni Gaudí’s surreal architecture has turned the city of Barcelona into one big gallery. 
Leader: Bryn Orton
Requested Departure Date: June 5, 2017
Requested Return Date: June 13, 2017 
For more information and to view the full tour itinerary visithttp://www.eftours.com/1825394KN 
 
The Galapagos Islands
Your perspective on the world evolves when you walk in Darwin's footsteps on this fascinating archipelago. On Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands, observe the giant tortoises, finches and mockingbirds that helped solidify Darwin's theory of evolution. On mainland Ecuador, the discoveries are more culturally oriented at Quito's Independence Plaza, the Intian Museum and Otavalo.
Requested Departure Date: June 27, 2017
Requested Return Date: July 5, 2017 
For more information and to view the full tour itinerary visit: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1806464ZC
 
Discover Costa Rica
Enjoy a chocolate tasting as you learn how cocoa is harvested at Tirimbina Biological Reserve, and experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Sarapiquí River. In Guanacaste, explore Palo Verde National Park on a boat tour.  
Requested Departure Date: June 19, 2017
Requested Return Date: June 26, 2017
For more information and to view the full tour itinerary visit: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1831352WF 

Rotary Youth Exchange:
 
*Scholarships available through the Elizabeth Upton Foundation.*  
For more information contact Marilyn Upton at marilynpizzey@icloud.com 
 
Rotary International is the largest and oldest international service organization in the world. With over 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries, it is a respected network of people whose overall mission is to build bridges of friendship, tolerance and understanding and to make the world a more peaceful place in which to live.

The Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program, which began in 1972, has become one of the most respected exchange programs in the world. Each year more than 7000 students from over 80 countries participate in the program.

The strength of the program lies in its international network of thousands of Rotary volunteers who donate their time and resources to help improve their local communities and our international community. The RYE program provides an opportunity for outstanding students from all walks of life to study abroad for an academic year, with the local Rotary Club underwriting most of the costs. Only exceptional students, who are qualified, are invited to represent Rotary as Youth Exchange students.
 
The Rotary Youth Exchange Program costs MUCH LESS than other programs. This is due to the fact that the program is made up largely of volunteers. As a general rule, the exchange costs in the neighborhood of $5000 – $6000 total.excluding any Rotary trips that are offered. Compare this to AFS or YFU (Youth for Understanding) or other programs.

Rotary students normally live with three (3) host families during the year – not just one family, and there are several advantages to this arrangement. First, the student has a well-rounded experience by being exposed to a broader cross-section of the community since each family will have a different lifestyle and perspective. Second, in the event that the student and one of the host families don’t adjust well to one another, alternate families have already been identified and are prepared to “step in” and take the student into their homes immediately.

Rotary Youth Exchange is not for everyone. However, for those exceptional students who are mature, academically successful, adventuresome, and ready to meet the challenges of living abroad for a year, the RYE Program will be a mind-expanding, life changing experience. 

The U.S. Department of State Announces Scholarships for American High School Students to Study Abroad! Below is information about some of those programs.
 
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
Offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are dueDecember 1, 2015. Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.
 
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
Offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/. Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency. 

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit www.exchanges.state.gov or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to youthprograms@state.gov. 


Keio Academy of New York: US - Japan Summer Cultural Experience
Keio Academy of New York is a private co-educational, independent secondary school chartered by both the University of the State of New York and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS). It is the only overseas operation affiliated with Keio University. 
The Summer Program was launched in 2008 to further expand Keio Academy of New York's efforts towards advancing bilingual and bicultural education.  Open to middle and high school students from Japan, the US, and the rest of the world, Keio Academy offers opportunities for close interaction between participants to encourage understanding and learning between different cultures and backgrounds.   

World Heritage International Student Exchange
For more information about World Heritage International Student Exchangehttp://www.world-heritage.org 
World Heritage High School Student Exchange Program is one of the most respected international organizations dedicated to education through student exchange. World Heritage International Student Exchange has been a leader in the field for over 30 years and here's why:
  • Largest number of countries available
  • Students get to choose where they would like to spend their exchange year
  • No foreign language requirement
  • The lowest fees of any high school exchange program and all inclusive
  • Many scholarships available for merit and financial need based students
  • 2.7 GPA minimum requirement
  • Semester and year as well as summer language programs offered 

Nacel Open Door:

Nacel Open Door, Inc. (NOD) is dedicated to promoting international understanding and language education.

NOD believes it is essential for young people to develop a deeper awareness of their role as citizens of the world through direct experience in other cultures and languages. Homestays are the foundation of most NOD programs. The friendships that result from living as a member of a Host Family encourage continued communication and understanding of other peoples. NOD is committed to providing accessible and affordable programs which include the Academic Year Program, Private School Program, Short Term Programs and Americans Abroad program.

NOD offers programs in the U.S. and abroad, homestays, orientation information for participants, coordinated travel arrangements and comprehensive insurance coverage for students, and a well-structured support network. For more information about Nacel's Exchange Programs visit: http://www.nacelopendoor.org/exchange-programs.html

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