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Beyond the Classroom Experience

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Our Community Values in Action

Each year, GWUOHS students have the opportunity to participate in our annual Spring Break trip.  The trip affords students the opportunity to travel internationally and to meet classmates, teachers and administrators.   This trip also supports our school mission of preparing students to contribute significantly, responsibly, and respectfully in a global society. 

This March, a group of GWUOHS students traveled to Paris and the French Riviera. Our trip began in Paris, where we spent three days exploring the city—including visits to Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and shopping on the Champs-Elysees. 

From Paris, we boarded a train to the beautiful Provence region of France, where we visited the towns of Avignon, Arles, and Aix-en-Provence. In Avignon, we visited the medieval Palais des Papes, or Pope’s Palace, which hosted several French Popes in the 14th century. We visited several real-life locations that inspired the work of Vincent Van Gogh, and even stopped for a bite at the Cafe Van Gogh.  From the Provence region, we boarded our bus to beautiful Nice, in the French Riviera region. Nice is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in France, along with much of the charm of both France and Italy, as the Italian border is only moments away. We also visited the principality of Monaco to view the changing of the guard and take in the beautiful views and pristine beaches.

Throughout the trip, our students were led by our EF tour director Jean-Jacques (JJ) who kept us informed and educated throughout our visit. Our students were also provided the ability to form friendships and get to know one another on this trip better than they ever could have in the online setting. Speaking on this, group member Josie Denson stated, “I enjoyed meeting new people, having fun and making memories with them”.  This trip was truly an experience to take in the best of French culture, sights, food, and to make friends along the way.

In March of 2017, we will be traveling to beautiful Italy to tour Florence, Venice, and Rome.  Click here to learn more about this tour visit.


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