According to The Association of Boarding Schools, Study Abroad Programs Not
Just for College Students Anymore
Service-oriented study abroad trend emerging in college prep boarding schools. According to
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), an increasing number of North American college
preparatory boarding schools are offering study abroad programs at the high school level, most
often with a service component.
Asheville, NC (PRWEB) Feb. 3, 2010 -- According to The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), an
increasing number of North American college preparatory boarding schools are offering study abroad programs at
the high school level, most often with a service component. This growing trend - begun in some schools as
recently as this year and in others as far back as two decades - aids in providing a global education and preparing
students not only for college but also for life.
Shawnigan Lake School, a boarding school located in British Columbia Canada, offers EDGE, a branded
leadership program. Following the tsunami that devastated the coast of Thailand in 2004, a team of Shawnigan
volunteers joined forces with Thai construction students to help in the gigantic rebuilding program. Shawnigan
teams have returned to Thailand each year since, working with their counterparts to construct learning centers and
to support educational opportunities in rural areas. Ability to pay is not a factor in selecting students into the
program as it is supported by school donors.
"Looking back, it is apparent that our EDGE Leadership program was a natural step in the evolution of our
school and our community," explains Peter Yates, the program's coordinator. "Citizenship used to have a local
context, but today it is global."
Several other boarding schools have a dedicated faculty member focused on service abroad. Wasatch Academy in
Utah recently hired a new Director of Experiential Education who is charged with designing trips of both cultural
and humanitarian value. Students have the option of several Spring bre