Global Curriculum

Experiential Learning & Service

Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of activities throughout a Vistamar student’s time. From grade level retreats, spring and summer trips to senior projects, all students take part in experiential activities. At Vistamar, we believe that students need time outside the classroom to learn in new environments, expand their horizons, and get to know each other better.
 

Please contact Ann Petit at AnnPetit@VistamarSchool.org for more information.
 

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Grade Level Retreats 

    Grade Level Retreats

    Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 all take part in one grade level retreat each year. Getting off campus for this overnight trip allows students the opportunity to get to know each other better, recharge their batteries, and get outside their comfort zones.

    Ninth graders have their retreat in September, letting new students get to know each other outside the classroom. They take part in group activities that challenge them to work together as a team. They also challenge themselves independently through an alpine tower experience.

    Tenth graders leave campus in mid-January for their overnight retreat. Reconnecting and refocusing are emphasized for students. They work with each other through a ropes course and team building activities. Hiking allows them to chat with each other while exploring the natural world.

    Eleventh graders retreat in late May. This is the time for them to reflect on the past three years and begin to take the reins of leadership they will have as seniors. It also is a great time to reconnect with friends, share tales over a campfire, and enjoy nature.
     
    For more information, contact Stephanie Garcia: StephanieGarcia@VistamarSchool.org
  • Spring & Summer Travel 

    Spring & Summer Travel

    Each year, Vistamar offers trips over spring and summer breaks. Most trips have a service learning component integrated. The actual service depends on the location and community needs. In the past, students have worked in schools, done carpentry, spent time with seniors, dug irrigation ditches, poured concrete foundations and much more. Cultural immersion is also an important part of each trip. Students get to know local people, eat local food, and learn about different ways of life.

    Locations vary from year to year, and include domestic as well as international locations. Students on these life-changing trips have journeyed to Peru, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, China, Montana, Mississippi, Baja, Puerto Rico, and the Southwestern US. Trips are open to all grade levels, and some supplemental needs funding is available.

    This year’s trip is with Sojourns to the Past. Students will be traveling to the southern part of the U.S. and will learn about the civil rights movements. They will have opportunities to interact with people who were a part of the movement. As always, we’ll ask students to connect what they are learning to their community back home.

    In March we’re offering a trip to the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.
     
    For more information, contact Stephanie Garcia: StephanieGarcia@VistamarSchool.org
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