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HOST AN INTERNATIONAL GUEST

Join the 150+ TVS students and faculty who have hosted our international guests!

Experience another culture without leaving your home--and share our culture with our international guests. TVS families are invited to host 1-2 students/adults at a time from one or more of these countries. Guests need a place to sleep, a hospitable home, and some meals with your family. See below for details, and contact Dr. Roemer to learn more!

Fall 2018:

1. HOST FOUND!. WHO: International Assistant Teacher (Female; 20 years old; teaching in 1st grade); FROM: Leiden, the NETHERLANDS (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences); WHEN: Sept 14 – Nov 2 (she will pay $100/week to her Host Family for the long stay)

2. HOSTS FOUND! WHO: 6 German Upper School students & 1 teacher; FROM: Trier, GERMANY; WHEN: Oct 7 -21 (2 weeks)

3. HOSTS FOUND! WHO: 14 Upper School students (8 girls; 6 boys) & 1 female teacher; FROM: Toluca, MEXICO (Tec de Monterrey High School); WHEN: Nov 19 – Dec 8 (3 weeks, including Thanksgiving); CLICK HERE to volunteer to host! We need: Nov 19-21 (1 girl); Nov 19-25 (1 girl; 2 boys); Nov 25-Dec 8 (1 girl)

Contact Dr. Roemer today for more info!

spring 2019:

4. HOST FOUND! WHO: International Assistant Teacher (female; 20s; teaching in 5-8 PE & Athletics); FROM: Haderslev, DENMARK (from a partner university in Denmark); WHEN: Jan 5 – Feb 16 (4-6 weeks); she will pay $100/wk to her Host Families for the long stay; looking for host family for at least first 4 weeks of her stay

5. HOST FOUND! WHO: International Assistant Teacher (male; 20s; teaching 9-10th grade History); FROM: Zürich, SWITZERLAND (from a partner university in Zürich); WHEN: Jan 13 – Feb 10 (4 weeks); he will pay $100/wk to his Host Family for the long stay; CLICK HERE to host!

6. Still need hosts! WHO: 12 Chinese students (MS & US) & 2 teachers; FROM: Beijing, CHINA; WHEN: Feb 10-23 (2 weeks); CLICK HERE to host!

7 & 8. 2 International Assistant Teachers (females; 20s; teaching in 7-8th Humanities): FROM: Aarhus, DENMARK (from a partner university in Denmark); WHEN: Jan 27 – Feb 17 or 24 (3-4 weeks); they will pay $100/wk to their Host Families for the long stay; looking for host family for first 3-4 weeks of their stay; CLICK HERE to host one or both!

9. Exchange Students Selected! WHAT: 1:1 Girls Exchange (Host then travel & be hosted!) WHO: 2-4 female 8th graders; WHERE: Edinburgh, SCOTLAND, U.K.; WHEN: Host April 12 - May 3; Travel to Edinburgh in June 7-28 and be hosted by your April guest and St. George's School for Girls

10. WHO: International Assistant Teacher (male; 20s; teaching in Kinder & 2nd grades); FROM: Leuven, BELGIUM; WHEN: March 17 – April 26 (6 weeks); he will pay $100/wk to his Host Family for the long stay & his stay can be split between 2 families; CLICK HERE to host!

11. WHAT: 1:1 Exchange (host then travel & be hosted!); WHO: 2-4 9th/10th graders; WHERE: Mackay, AUSTRALIA; WHEN: Host April/May (3 weeks); Travel to Mackay in July (3 weeks) and be hosted by your April guest and Whitsunday Anglican School.

CLICK HERE for more details about Hosting, including answers to FAQs.

TROJANS ABROAD TRAVEL PROGRAMS

In support of TVS’ Missions of “the development of wide constructive interests” and “intelligent citizenship” and Global Initiatives’ goals of global competency for all our students in Self-awareness, Empathy, Cross-cultural Communication, and Cross-cultural Understanding, each year we offer Trojans Abroad Programs to give our students opportunities to explore the world and connect with people from different cultures. Scroll down to see what TVS offers and other programs run by reputable third parties.

For reviews of previous TVS programs, CLICK HERE.

2019

**To learn about financial aid for Trojans Abroad Programs, CLICK HERE.

  1. AUSTRALIA 1:1 Exchange Program (Offered annually) Application DUE: Nov. 16

To make close friends from Australia, share our culture, and experience theirs

Core Experiences: Host a student from our partner school in Mackay; share/explore DFW & TVS together; be hosted by the same student and Whitsunday Anglican School; explore Mackay and its surroundings with your host family and the school

Ages/Max #: 9th or 10th grade at time of application preferred; 2 – 4 students

When/Duration/Cost: Host April/May (3 weeks); Travel in July (3 weeks); Approx. $2,000 (all-inclusive for travel; hosting costs not included)

Application: CLICK HERE

2. AUSTRIA TOE Beyond Program--TRIP FULL (email amosb@trinityvalleyschool.org to be added to the wait list)

To experience nature and practice leadership and self-discipline while hiking the Austrian Alps

Core Experiences: Hike the Alps, connect with nature, bond with your peers, and find the leader within

Ages/Max #: 9-12th grades at time of application; 24 students max.; Must be able to hike for up to 8 hours/day in high elevations

When/Duration/Cost: July 14-27, 2019; $4,050

TRIP FULL (email amosb@trinityvalleyschool.org to be added to the wait list)

3. CHINA Program (future offering in 2022) Application DUE Oct. 29

To experience first-hand the modern and ancient histories of Beijing and Xi’an and to enhance your language skills

Core Experiences: Walk the Great Wall, explore the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, & witness the scope of the terra cotta warriors; live with a Beijing family and attend classes at a Beijing school; improve or begin your Chinese language skills

Ages/Max #: 8-12th grades at time of application; 8-14 students

When/Duration/Cost: Approx. May 25 - June 12; Approx. $3,300 (all-inclusive)

Application: CLICK HERE

4. SCOTLAND 1:1 Girls Exchange (Offered annually) Application DUE Oct 14

To make close friends from Scotland, share our culture, and experience theirs

Core Experiences: Host a student from our partner school in Edinburgh; share/explore DFW & TVS together; be hosted by the same student and St. George’s School for Girls; explore Edinburgh and other parts of the U.K. with your host family and the school

Ages/Max #: 8th grade girl at time of application; 2 – 4 students

When/Duration/Cost: Host April 12 - May 3; Travel June 7- 14 or 28 (2-3 weeks); Approx. $2,000 (all-inclusive for travel; hosting costs not included)

Application: CLICK HERE

5. SPAIN Program (future offering in 2022) Application DUE OCT 29

To experience first-hand the history and beauty of Seville, Spain and the surrounding region to enhance your language skills and understanding of the diversity of Spain

Core Experiences: Live with a host family for a more authentic Spanish experience and to improve your language skills quickly; take formal classes with local teachers in the mornings then go on excursions in the afternoons and weekends; visit historical sites; enjoy the deliciousness of Spanish cuisine

Ages/Max #: 8-12th grades at time of application; 10-18 students

When/Duration/Cost: Late May/early June (15-17 days); Approx. $5,100 (all-inclusive)

Application: CLICK HERE

6. U.K. Program Application DUE OCT 29

To witness British/Scottish history and experience their literature

Core Experiences: Experience British/Scottish history and literature in London, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Oxford, and York

Ages/Max #: 8-12th grades at time of application; 10-18 students

When/Duration/Cost: June 11-20; approx. $4,067.

Registration link: http://www.explorica.com/Trinity‐8258

Application: CLICK HERE


POSSIBLE FUTURE TRIPS

2020

  1. Australia 1:1 Exchange (9/10th graders preferred)
  2. Costa Rica TOE Beyond
  3. Scotland / England History / Literature Program
  4. Japan War & Peace (Program ends right before the Olympics, so your family can meet up to experience more of Japan on your own if you wish)
  5. Scotland 1:1 Girls Exchange (8th grade girls)
  6. Swaziland Cultural / Learning-Service Exchange (Spring Break)

2021

  1. Australia 1:1 Exchange (9/10th graders)
  2. Bahamas TOE Beyond
  3. France or Quebec, Canada Language Program
  4. Greece / Italy Culture / History / Excavation Program
  5. Morocco Culture / History Program
  6. Scotland 1:1 Girls Exchange (8th grade girls)

2022

  1. Australia 1:1 Exchange (9/10th graders)
  2. Austria TOE Beyond
  3. China Language / History / Home Stay Program
  4. Scotland 1:1 Girls Exchange (8th grade girls)
  5. Spain Language / Culture /Home Stay Program

NON-TVS TRAVEL PROGRAMS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):

The following abbreviated list is mainly for summer programs for 15-18-year-olds. There are also Gap Year programs (between high school graduation and beginning college) and semester and year-long programs available. Contact Dr. Roemer for more information.
CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.

When selecting a study abroad program beyond what TVS already offers, a few things you need to consider first are:

  1. where you want to go;
  2. for how long/when you want to go;
  3. what you want the focus to be (e.g., language, community service, TOE-like experience, school credit, home stay…);
  4. about how much you can spend; and
  5. why you want to go abroad.

African Leadership Academy Global Scholars Program
19-day global leadership program in South Africa; join an exclusive group of high school students from around the world; experience parts of southern Africa; volunteer with local organizations; make new friends; **study abroad and gap year programs also available at the African Leadership Academy

CIEE High School Summer Abroad
Language, Service Learning, Science, Arts, History, and other trips to Germany, the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Botswana, Ireland, Morocco, and more!

Experiment Leadership Institute
Fully-funded 6-week leadership programs in South Africa or India

Fort Worth Sister Cities International
9-11 day culture exchange/home stay trips to Hungary, Germany, Italy, or Mexico for Spring Break and China, Japan, France, e-Swatini/Swaziland, or Indonesia in the summer (offerings vary annually)
Applications: due around October 14 (including teacher recommendation)

Oxbridge Academic Programs
4-week pre-college academic programs and language immersion in England, France, Spain, or Scotland

School Year Abroad
5-week language and cultural immersion in China, France, and Spain; global studies training in Italy

Texas Global Education
Local non-profit organization that offers 3-4 week cultural/homestay and language exchanges in Costa Rica, Greece, and Japan

U.S. State Department Youth Ambassadors Programs
3-4 week Youth Ambassadors, Youth Leadership, American Youth Leadership Program; These trips are fully funded by the State department; click on the above link for more details/application.

Where There Be Dragons
4-6 week service/adventure/cultural/language exchange trips to China, Southeast Asia, Himalayas, Latin America, Africa, Middle East; college credits possible; **Semester and Gap Year programs available too.


There are many other programs available for you to consider. Talk with Dr. Roemer if you are interested in going abroad on one of these or if you'd like help searching for other programs.

Stephen Seleny Travel Endowment Application

LOCAL/STATE CAMPS AND PROGRAMS

CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR UPDATED INFORMATION

Camp CommUNITY
Multicultural Alliance Students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and options come together for a 5-day residential camp focusing on leadership and social change. For 10-12th grades (at time of application); advanced registration around May 1. Camp dates: June 28-July 2, 2017; Cost: $325 (financial aid available)

Global Ethics and Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium for High School Students
Univ. of Texas at Austin This camp is a unique university program for high school students interested in talking about the world, conflicts, and ethics and learning some skills of their own; fees range from $885-$1400. Financial Aid available. June 18 - June 30, 2017 (1 or 2 weeks). Deposit is due by May 20, 2017.

International Leadership Academy
Fort Worth Sister Cities International 2-week residential program focusing on making international friends and gaining leadership skills. Upper School (For current 9-12th grades; applications due Feb. 17, 2017 (includes Teacher Recommendations); program dates July 15 - 30, 2017; Cost: $1050

Middle School (6th-8th grades at time of registration; registration due April 21, 2017; program dates July 10 - 14, 2017; Cost $325; CLICK HERE to learn more)

Fort Worth Youth International
Join the Youth Board for Fort Worth Sister Cities International and get involved in their activities while meeting people from around the world. Excellent community service opportunities! To get involved on the Youth Board, check the FW Sister Cities calendar for open events for students.

TVS GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AWARD

This award recognizes 1-3 seniors who have demonstrated exceptional Upper School leadership in the world through an intimate understanding of, and repeated interactions with, people from different parts of the globe. Past recipients have proven to be conscientious global citizens through actions such as travel to foreign countries, advanced communication skills in at least one foreign language, hosting or being hosted by people from one or more countries, or participation in domestic international programs. See the list for the International Goodwill Ambassador certificate below for other examples. Contact Dr. Roemer to nominate a student, yourself, or a friend.

Past Recipients:

  • 2014: Zach Harris, Anne Jacobs, & Mandy Miller
  • 2015: Stephanie Bell
  • 2016: Margaret Murray, Siva Paladugu, & Aniqa Premjee
  • 2017: Grace Beasley
  • 2018: Allison Byrd, Kamryn Dow, & Sarah Shamai

TVS INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

This certificate recognizes Upper School students who have shown a commitment to improving our community’s understanding of, and who have had repeated interactions with, people from different cultures. Contact Dr. Roemer to nominate yourself or a friend. New and repeat award recipients must have participated in at least three new programs/activities each year:

  1. Successfully completed (or nearly completed) the highest level of world language study offered at TVS or approved online course;
  2. Able to converse with fluency or near fluency in more than one language;
  3. Traveled/Studied for at least 8 days in a foreign country on a formal program;
  4. Hosted or was hosted by one or more individuals from abroad;
  5. Participated in a local or domestic international program;
  6. Active member of an international club (e.g., Jr. World Affairs Council, International Food Club, etc.),
  7. Completed volunteer work in another country;
  8. Made a formal presentation of knowledge gained from experience with another culture;
  9. Successfully completed (or nearly completed) coursework on advanced international topics (e.g., AP European History; AP Human Geography, AP World History, Global Leadership, Religion in Culture, Social Justice, etc.);
  10. Volunteered at an International Fair (TVS or elsewhere); and
  11. Other (contact Dr. Roemer for other suggestions).

Global friendships start here.