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March Break Trips Range From Service to Immersive Exploration

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March Break Trips Range From Service to Immersive Exploration

During the recent March Break, Belmont Hill School students embarked on a series of enriching and diverse group trips, each offering unique experiences and opportunities for learning and growth.

Community Service in Lee County, Florida

A contingent of Middle and Upper School students participated in Belmont Hill's annual Community Service Trip, which this year took them to Lee County, Florida. In September 2022, the region was ravaged by Hurricane Ian, leaving behind a trail of destruction and urgent needs within the community. The students worked alongside local organizations to contribute to the ongoing recovery efforts, including building repairs, addressing food shortages, and participating in ecological cleanup initiatives. Moreover, they gained insights into the challenges faced by communities grappling with the impacts of climate change, particularly in the context of increasingly severe weather events. This trip was led by Mrs. Baker with assistance from Mr. Masiiwa.

Outdoor Adventure in New Mexico & Texas

Another group of adventurous students explored the rugged beauty of New Mexico and northern Texas during the Outdoor Adventure trip. The itinerary was packed with thrilling activities, from spelunking in Carlsbad Caverns to hiking in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The journey also included visits to notable sites such as the International UFO Museum in Roswell, the ancient Acoma Pueblo, and the breathtaking White Sands National Monument. Participants immersed themselves in the natural wonders and cultural heritage of the region, making unforgettable memories along the way. This trip was led by Mr. DeCaprio along with faculty chaperones Mr. Leonardis and Mr. G. Sullivan.

Exploring Senegal's Rich Culture

For students of the French language, the Francophone Sénégal trip offered an immersive journey through the vibrant tapestry of Senegal's culture and history. From the pink waters of Lac Rose to the bustling marketplaces of Dakar, participants had the opportunity to explore diverse landscapes and engage with local communities. Safaris in wildlife sanctuaries, bike tours of colonial cities, and visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites provided valuable insights into the country's heritage and identity. This trip was led by Mme. Montanaro with assistance from Mr. Cofield. 

Spanish Language Adventure in Costa Rica 

Students of all Spanish levels embarked on an adventure-filled trip to Costa Rica, immersing themselves in the language and culture of this Central American gem. Exploring historic districts, interacting with local schoolchildren, and experiencing adrenaline-pumping activities like whitewater rafting and ziplining, the group delved into the essence of Pura Vida living. The journey culminated in blissful days spent lounging on the country's renowned white sand beaches, capping off an unforgettable experience. This trip was led by Sr. Montoya with assistance from Mr. Bracken and Coach Vasiliades.

Each year, Belmont Hill faculty plan and lead students on a variety of domestic and international trips that reflect our teachers’ and students’ wide-ranging interests. These March Break trips not only provided students with opportunities for personal growth and cultural enrichment but also underscored Belmont Hill School's commitment to experiential learning and global citizenship. With memories captured in photos, these journeys will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the participants for years to come. We look forward to this year’s June trips:  

  • Geology and Ecology: Big Island Hawai’i
  • Classical History and Culture: Greece
  • Civil Rights & Leadership Trip: Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi
  • Kenney Legacy Trip: UK, Belgium, France

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