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.
2014 Travel Opportunities
Hockaday continues to go global in June 2014 with three travel and study abroad adventures. More detailed information that was presented at the Parent Meeting is available in the Downloads section of this page, or if you prefer, watch a replay of the Information Meeting
Upper School students have the opportunity to travel to PERU for a two week service learning project organized by Globe Aware. Hockaday students will connect with Peruvian student by learning, studying and engaging with the culture and people of the country throughout the school year, so that at the end of the year they can travel to Peru and engage in meaningful and purposeful community service projects. (This trip is open to all rising 9th-12th grade students.)
ROME AND SOUTHERN ITALY
This trip focuses on the conflict of the old and the new: how the ancient, the established, and the traditional define us, and how our environment sometimes forces us to change. Using an interdisciplinary approach to the Hockaday curriculum, this trip will complement students’ education in the fields of art, culture, economics, politics, history, language, and science by immersing the students in ancient and modern Southern Italian culture. (This trip is open to all rising 9th-12th grade students.)
This interdisciplinary trip is designed to provide students with a glimpse of classical history in BRITIAN through the lenses of science and art, the goal being to explore the world as it looked before disciplines of learning were distinguished in isolated perspective. Beginning our journey in Greenwich, England, “the home of time and the meridian line,” with sketchbooks in hand, students will start measuring with a pencil, exploring the nature of measurement–from the artistic to the scientific, past and present. (No previous artistic experience is required!) (This trip is open to all rising 9th-12th grade students.)
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Contact: Elizabeth Smith