Immersion Experiences and Trips

Each year, Windward provides students several opportunities to apply what they have been learning in the classroom to real world experiences through a series of interdisciplinary travel programs abroad.

Past sites have included Guatemala, Tahiti, France, Iceland, Nicaragua, Peru, Cambodia, and Washington D.C. While some of these programs repeat year-to-year, new destinations are always added.

For more information, contact Dan Walker at dwalker@windwardschool.org

Program Highlights

Lycée Duruy French Immersion Exchange Program

Students spend 8 days living with a French family in Paris and visiting the many cultural and historic monuments that the city has to offer. The families are part of the Lycée Duruy community, with whom we have worked in the past with amazing success. Each Windward student is placed with one French student who shares similar ages and interests. The Parisian students will then come to Windward in October 2015 to complete our exchange.
Service Learning in Cambodia

In the summer of 2015, Windward students explored Cambodia on a twelve-day service learning trip. While in Cambodia, students collaborated with local communities to address three main challenges the Khmer people currently face: equitable education, sustainable tourism, and reconciliation. The students also worked with several non-profits whose missions are to provide excellent and equal access to education for underprivileged Khmer youth.
Exploring Art & Culture in Peru 

In February 2015, a group of Windward students as well as Visual & Media Arts chair Jeff Miller and Global Studies teacher Daniel Gutierrez spent nine days exploring art, culture, and service in Peru and connecting with the local communities of Peru’s Sacred Valley.

For the first half of the trip, students traveled to numerous archeological sites, towns, and museums including visiting the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. They then spent the remainder of the trip working with Quechuan men and women of the Sacred Valley, learning about the culture and tradition of the Andes. 
Service in the Dominican Republic

During the summer of 2014, upper school students and administrators participated in an eight-day service and culture program in the Dominican Republic coordinated by Education First (EF). The program is run by Outreach 360, which supports the Hope of a Child Orphanage. In addition to their service activities, students learned about the local culture visited many of the local sites. 
Junior and Senior Guatemala Trip 

This nine-day adventure included a cultural introduction to Guatemala and the Maya, while students focued on a longterm scientific research project comparing the use of second growth forest and shade coffee plantations by resident avifauna (birds).


The Global Student Leaders Summit in Shanghai, China

Students on the seven-day trip to Shanghai, China participated in Education First's (EF) second annual international leadership conference in the spring of 2014, which focused on global economics. Last year Windward attended EF’s first leadership conference, focused on environmental issues, in Costa Rica (see below). In addition to the stimulation two-day conference, students toured Shanghai, and visited a Chinese school. 
The Global Student Leaders Summit in Costa Rica

In celebration of Earth Day 2013, the inaugural summit was held in the ultimate learning environment for addressing environmental sustainability: Costa Rica. Together with teachers and experts, students spent five days in Costa Rica, exploring its rich biodiversity and learning firsthand about the environmental initiatives being taken by the country’s leaders. The trip culminated with a two-day summit on environmental sustainability. 
Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.