High School & Study Abroad – Travelers to Leaders, Travel Tours to Engaged Outcomes. What applied learning actions are students taking after study abroad?

Nov 18, 2020
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

High School & Study Abroad – Travelers to Leaders, Travel Tours to Engaged Outcomes. What applied learning actions are students taking after study abroad?

High Schools are seeking to produce empowered global citizens and to encourage lifelong engagement with critical issues. This session will introduce you to three different schools with programs designed to achieve these goals and with student bodies that are engaging with study abroad beyond educational travel tours, with significant scholarship opportunities. The session will then introduce a four-student panel to talk about their study abroad experience, inspiration, current actions and future aspirations as influenced by their study abroad experience and participation in their home school’s world languages and global initiatives. The session will conclude with time for Q&A.

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  • Sean Raymond, York School, Monterey CA
  • Tom Kennelly, Boston Latin School
  • Francesca McAuliffe, Stuyvesant High School


  • Danielle Augustin, Boston Latin School
    Danielle participated in the BLS-Beijing Homestay Exchange Program while she was in 10th grade.  She hosted for 3 weeks and then traveled to China for 10 days and stayed with her partner. In addition, Danielle traveled to Quebec with her French class in grade 8 and participated in the BLS-Strasbourg Exchange Program. Her participation in all three programs was supported by the BLS Clough Center for Global Understanding.She is currently studying Biochemistry at Boston University and plans to study abroad in France while in college.
  • Sarah Cheyney, Stuyvesant High School, NYC
    Sarah participated in the CIEE Global Navigator Program in Barcelona, where she lived with a host family and studied Spanish language and culture. She fell in love with travel and language learning and has continued taking classes this summer in quarantine, as well as participated in writing competitions for Spanish learners.She enjoys reading fiction in Spanish and also plans to eventually take a gap year to return to Spain and brush up on her skills!
  • Xianghan He, Boston Latin School
    Xianghan participated in the CIEE Global Navigator program in Germany where he studied German language and culture during the summer between 10th and 11th grades.“Since my return, I’ve gone through my AP German class with flying colors, while leading the German Culture Club at our school. We organize school-wide events to showcase German language and culture, even while we’re in virtual.”
  • Cynthia Ortiz-Naranjo ‘21, York School
    By senior year, I will have participated in Model UN for two years as both the Head of Delegate Training and a North-American diplomat for MUN Impact in which I promote the SDG’s and club partnerships.  I am also an active member of Asian and Hispanic culture club where I participate and help organize activities hosted by both clubs. As a part of the Critical Issues Forum my junior year, I researched on the topic of Nuclear Proliferation and attended a lecture at the MIIS at Monterey. I plan on being a part of the Critical Issues Forum my senior year as well. I will have been in the Chinese Honors Society for 3 years and am qualified for the Latin honors society as well.My project has two main components to it: mentoring MUN students in a 4 week long course on the Economic Inclusion of Refugees presented by UNHCR and then presenting at the MUN Impact Global Summit focusing on refugees and using examples of German policies to strengthen my presentation. My workshop will focus on humanizing refugees since there are present day refugee crises that don’t receive national attention such as the Rohingya genocide. By incorporating kahoot into my workshop, the lessons about Refugees and the benefits of having them will be integrated within participants since it’s both fun and educational. To combat xenophobia, my workshop would be informative and provide ways to help while simultaneously encouraging participants to adopt Willkommenskultur–German for a culture of welcome.