Hockaday students have been traveling abroad since the first class embarked for Europe in November 1928. The group spent seven months traveling and learning in Europe, spending time in Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Holland, and England. The travel classes continued until the outbreak of World War II. The travel program also included spring vacation trips to places such as Washington, D.C., New York, and Bermuda beginning in 1938. According to an article in Hockaday Alumnae Magazine, Fall 1946, Miss Hockaday’s vision for the travel classes is as relevant today as it was in the wake of World War II.
Miss Hockaday has been re-evaluating the Travel Classes, and she has come to the conclusion that in the future we must make some provision for the girls to meet people of their own age in other countries and must gain some insight into the schools of other people. Perhaps some of the glamour of the big hotels and the superficial sight-seeing will be missed, but something much more worthwhile will take its place. The only hope of the world is in real international understanding. Such understanding is not gained just through seeing the architecture, topography, and art of a country, however important these factors are. It is gained by seeing how other people’s minds work, what they love, how they live, and what they believe.
Today’s Hockaday travel program takes much the same approach, with students living like locals as much as possible. Through adventure and service, students open their eyes to new cultures and let the world truly become their classroom.
2013 Travel Opportunities
Travel to Costa Rica on a Spanish language immersion adventure. Students will live with a Costa Rican host family in Monteverde and experience first-hand the people, culture, and daily life in Costa Rica. Students will also participate in planned excursions where they will explore and learn about the diverse Costa Rican ecology and environment and participate in several community service projects. This trip is open to rising 7th-9th grade students.
History and art come alive in Italy. On a trip based on the Hockaday World History curriculum, students will view ancient ruins from the Roman Empire and visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. They will travel by train to Florence to see Renaissance art works in The Uffizi and to Venice to see the city’s architecture and learn about the Venetian crafts of glass blowing and lace making. Students will spend time with Hockaday alumnae currently living in Italy and participate in a community service project focused on the arts and history. This trip is open to rising 9th–12th grade students.
Explore three of China’s most amazing places: Beijing, where China’s modern political capital contrasts with its imperial past; Yunnan, one of the most beautiful places on Earth-the mythical home of the Shangri-la paradise with breathtaking landscapes and diverse cultures; and Shanghai, where China's economic boom has transformed this sea coast metropolis into one of the world’s great financial capitals. This adventure will survey materials from Hockaday’s post-AP Chinese Business course, and throughout the trip, students will partake in cultural lectures, short stories, poetry, and Chinese language learning to heighten their understanding and enjoyment along the journey. This trip is open to rising 9th–12th grade students.