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Global Experiences

Lead From Here. Across the Globe. Ravenscroft is committed to nurturing and preparing future citizen leaders to thrive and become positive contributors to society in a complex and interdependent world. Our global travel, study abroad, hosting and exchange programs are one way we cultivate global perspective and cultural awareness.

Each year, Ravenscroft offers Middle and Upper School students a variety of travel and study abroad options that, through service learning opportunities, challenge, expand, and shape student’s views in ways that span international boundaries.

Upper School Experiences

Global Citizens Initiative - Harvard University

Global Public Service Academies - Belize

Offered over spring break, this program allows students to combine curricular exploration of public health policies in Belize. While working with faculty and medical fellows from Duke and Harvard, students immerse themselves in the culture, learn about health care and other issues in the developing world.

Pack for a Purpose - Zambia

Offered over spring break, students organize a drive to gather donated school supplies that they then take to schools in Zambia - Uyoba School in Mfuwe, and Siandunda School in Livingstone.

Siempre Verde - Ecuador

“The Cloudforest Classroom,” Siempre Verde, offers classes in Language and Cultural Immersion, Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Art and the Environment and more.

Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Session - Italy

Spoleto Study Abroad is an intensive interdisciplinary program focusing on the arts and the humanities. During the three week summer session, students explore the rich cultural and artistic heritage of central Italy, work with talented faculty and peer students from around the world to create works and to grow academically and artistically. Participating for more than 20 years, Ravenscroft is a founding member and current consortium school with Spoleto Study Abroad.

Middle School Experiences

World Wars Historical Experience - France/Germany

Offered during spring break, sixth and seventh grade students delve into World War I and World War II topics, covered in the history curriculum, through the exploration of various cities, monuments, museums and historical locations. Watch a video testimonial from a student who went on the trip.

Service and Cultural Immersion Program - Costa Rica

Held during spring break, the Costa Rican immersion program features language development, cultural immersion, and service opportunities. Students participate in a service initiative to clean up a river and spending significant time at a rural school in the village of Atenas delivering supplies and working with students. Participants will learn Costa Rican traditions, engage in ecotourism, and hone their Spanish skills as well as visit Volcano Poas, The Paz Waterfall Gardens and El Refugio Herpetologico.

Global Student Leaders Summit - Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Open to 8th and 9th grade students, the experience starts with a two-day leadership summit in Milan, one of the epicenters of the slow food movement, and includes meeting with world-renowned speakers, attending expert-led workshops and gaining valuable insight into how food connects plates, people politics and culture. After the conference, the group travels through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia to learn about how the regional landscapes helped shape a variety of practices and culinary traditions.

Summer Exploration Camp - England

The ISCA campus is located in Charterhouse School, an old and prestigious independent school nestled in the British countryside. Students visit and learn about the Tower of London, House of Parliament, Shakespeare and Stratford, Westminster Abbey, Bath & Stonehenge, Global Theatre, Canterbury, Becket and Chaucer, Wimbledon, Blenheim Palace, Oxford, and Windsor Castle. In addition, students visit Emanuel School, founded in 1594. The Emanuel School, like Ravenscroft, is one of very few schools that work with the Center for Creative Leadership.

International Exchange and Hosting Opportunities

China

For students interested in exploring the Chinese culture, our partnership with Beijing No. 20 High School provides an exceptional opportunity. Ravenscroft families host a student from Beijing No. 20. High School, and aid their guest while exploring American culture in Raleigh. During the summer, Ravenscroft students immerse themselves in the Beijing culture for two weeks by living with a host-family in Beijing while attending a class at Beijing No. 20 High School.

English-speaking Union Program

Interested in English-speaking opportunities to further a global education? Ravenscroft participates in the English-speaking Union Program. With this exchange program, Ravenscroft families welcome and host a student from the United Kingdom or Argentina for the second semester of the school year. Upon graduation, Ravenscroft students attend a postgraduate “gap year” or a semester studying abroad in the United Kingdom or Argentina.

Guatemala Hosting Program - Experiencias Interculturales

With this program, Ravenscroft families welcome and host a student from Guatemala for two months, mid-October through mid-December.

Spain

For students interested in exploring the Spanish culture, our partnership with the Centro Escolar Amanecer School, in Alcorcon, Madrid provides an exceptional opportunity. Ravenscroft families host a student from Madrid for approximately three weeks during the fall semester, aiding their guest while exploring American culture in Raleigh. Then, in February, Ravenscroft students immerse themselves in the culture of Madrid while attending classes at Centro Escolar Amanecer School.

“It is safe to say that hosting Álvaro was the best decision and experience of my entire high school career. I created lifelong relationships with both my American and Spanish peers, I learned a lot about a culture and lifestyle that fascinates me, and I believe that I came out as a better person."

Clubs and Organizations

Global Ravens Organization (GRO)
China Care Club
Classics Club
ECO Club
French Club
International Microlending Club
Model UN
Spanish Club
Students Embracing Differences