Our students know that the classroom isn’t the only place where learning happens. Throughout the year, Catalina girls have opportunities to travel across the country and the world, serving others, learning to surf or scuba dive, and experiencing cultures they may not have been introduced to before. Our international, cultural, and service-based trips introduce students to daily life in other countries and cultures and help them to become open-minded citizens of the world.
At home or abroad, students serve those in need on service-based trips. On a recent excursion to Peru, students worked in a Cuzco-area school, spending time with local children and practicing their Spanish. A group of students also traveled to a village in India, where they helped a local family build a wall on their property.
Over the summer or during school breaks, students and teachers have opportunities to travel to glamorous cities and tropical oases. French students visited Paris, where they dined, shopped, and saw the sights, all in an immersion environment perfect for learning a language. Students also traveled to Costa Rica, where they learned to surf in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean.
Our annual Southern California College Trip offers students an opportunity to visit colleges and universities as they consider where they might apply to school. The chaperoned trip is offered during Winter Break.
The trip is ambitious in its design. Some of the schools students have visited include UCLA, the University of San Diego, San Diego State, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Chapman University, the Claremont Colleges, Occidental College, the University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, California Lutheran College, Westmont College, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Visits to the schools include a variety of programs such as campus tours, informational sessions, and bookstore visits.
In addition, each year students in the sophomore class travel to Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley for a tour of their respective campuses. This day trip is chaperoned by the sophomore class dean and our director of college counseling. The trip is an opportunity for sophomores to explore two very different college environments, and the visit gives them a sense of what type of school they may wish to apply to in the near future.