WEEK WITHOUT WALLS

WEEK WITHOUT WALLS

Through WWW, students become engaged in experiential learning by partaking in service, action, or investigation. Experiential learning is one of the essential components of developing what educators refer to as the "whole child," and it is one of the major building blocks in helping each CAC student to reach his or her potential. In learning through participating in hands-on projects and to work as members of a group to achieve major goals students internalize learning and develop a stronger sense of responsibility, perseverance, passion, and creativity.

Students are often deeply impacted by these kinds of experiences, fondly remembering them long after their days at CAC are over. These experiences help to define CAC students and may guide them toward future ideals and decisions that will shape their world in ways that we may never be quite to measure through tests and exams.

  • DATES & DEADLINES Open or Close


    -  March 19: Students will be introduced to the trip offerings and registration process during the High School assembly.
                        - Students and parents will be able to see the WWW website with details about each WWW experience.
                        - Parents will receive an email with a link to the Electronic WWW Trip Preference form.
                        - We will hold an optional information session for parents and students from 7:00-8:00 pm in room MS 115.
    -  March 26, 8:00 am: The Electronic WWW Trip Preference Form is due. (Forms turned in after this time will receive the lowest priority for trip selections.)
    -  March 28: Trip lists finalized and announced to students; Trip Verification forms will be emailed to students. Students should print the forms to be signed by both students and parents. Students may also request a hard copy in the HS Office.
    -  March 29: Trip Verification Forms signed by students and parents are due in the High School Office. (Students turning in forms after this date risk losing their place on their preferred trips, though the student will be informed if the place is lost.)
    -  May 10: First payment (50%) is due. (Students paying after this date risk losing their place on their preferred trips, though the student will be informed if the place is lost.)
    August 27: Final payment due.

  • SELECTION PROCESS Open or Close

    This year, in an effort to reduce the amount of paper and increase the efficiency and reliability of the trip selection process, parents will be filling out the WWW Trip Preference Form electronically. Parents will receive an email with a link to the form and instructions. Parents must access the link through this email, and this will be the only way to register for WWW.

    A random number generator is used to place students in their highest priority WWW selection based on availability. Please remember that most WWW experiences are made up of students from all grade levels, and only 3-6 spaces may be available per each grade level. Late submissions will forfeit their place in the random selection process and will be considered last.



2018-2019 TRIPS

In Cairo Trips

Trip description: First semester of Senior year can be a challenging experience. Whether applying to university or completing assessments, it is a time when students are expected to be independent, responsible, and to do their best work. For IB Diploma students, it is even more difficult with the Theory of Knowledge essay, Extended Essay,
Trip description: Al Sorat farm is located in Giza, just off of the Mariotia Road about 4 km NW of the Pyramid of Djoser. Here is a link to a NY Times article about the farm.The group departs CAC at approximately 8:30 am each day and returns to CAC by 3:00 pm.
Trip description: Over one week, CAC students will be engaged in different Community Service Activities with local Egyptian non-governmental organizations. The project is designed to shed the light on some of the social issues that Egypt faces as well as providing a deeper cultural understanding of the Egyptian culture that CAC students do not always have the opportunity to see.
The focus of this week is to develop strategic and creative thinking.  Anyone can play Bingo or Go Fish, but the games played during this session require something more: strategic thinking.  During this week participants will play games.  But beyond that they will learn to think deeply and critically about games, developing strategies and learning how to think on their feet. October 7-11

Trip description:

First semester of Senior year can be a challenging experience. Whether applying to university or completing assessments, it is a time when students are expected to be independent, responsible, and to do their best work. For IB Diploma students, it is even more difficult with the Theory of Knowledge essay, Extended Essay,

CAS reflections, Written Assignments, and Internal Assessments. The aim of the Academic Retreat is to provide IB Diploma students in Grade 12 time to complete university applications and essays and IB assessments. Faculty will be available in a select few disciplines to provide support while students work independently through an agenda that they set for themselves.

Program cost:  none

Fitness Level: any

Trip description:
Al Sorat farm is located in Giza, just off of the Mariotia Road about 4 km NW of the Pyramid of Djoser. Here is a link to a NY Times article about the farm.
The group departs CAC at approximately 8:30 am each day and returns to CAC by 3:00 pm.



Below is a tentative itinerary:

Sunday
Introduction to the farm, explanation of why it was built the way that it was, as an area of free interaction among animals. We discuss animal behavior, specifically in reference to interactions with our dogs. We have a working pack of roughly a dozen dogs of various breeds and varieties who live here and supply security at night and companionship during the day. As working dogs, they are trained not to “play” with children, to be well-mannered and obedient, but children who are unaccustomed to dogs need to learn how to speak to them. All of the animals living on the farm are social animals and there will be a discussion of what this means in terms of the birds and mammals on the farm.

Goats, sheep and cattle: We raise goats and sheep for breeders to buy to improve their herds. When we have a batch of babies, we have milk from the goats and sheep which is used to make cheese. If we have does or ewes to be milked, students can try it out, but if we don’t have any milk production we will bring some buffalo milk from a local farmer to make cheese.


Monday
Plant research and development: we try out new plant seeds for Egypt and we grow plants for the production of seeds. We have a garden area devoted to this activity. We will see how the garden is laid out, what we have growing, how we harvest seed and will do some planting.

Tuesday
Vet clinic: The farm has been providing free veterinary first aid and nutritional advising to the farmers of our area for about 6 years now. On Tuesday we go out to the farmers in the areas where they live and work, and we treat anything from pigeons to camels. Our means of transportation are a couple of donkey carts and we carry our medications with us. This is also a chance to do some interesting photography.

Wednesday
Edible plants, herbs and plant uses (and the fish farm if it is up and running) and an introduction to horse handling. The gardens around the house are full of plants that one can eat even though they are generally held to be for decoration. As well we grow herbs in the garden each of which has both a culinary and a medicinal use.

We will take students to meet the horses in the paddocks and to learn to brush and clean them and to do some walking exercises with them. We will talk about the care and feeding of horses and about why our horses all live in paddocks rather than boxes. We do a walk around the farm leading horses to learn how to communicate with them on the ground.


Thursday
This is the day that everyone looks forward to, horse-back riding. Our horses are rescues in the sense that they will never be sold to anyone. They stay at the farm until they die, and many of them have lived to a good age (About a third of them are 25 to 30+ years old, but they are healthy, happy and still enjoy taking people riding.) They have been carefully trained for trail riding and know how to recognize and assess situations out on the trails and how to deal with them without any panic or fear. They are all completely comfortable with novice riders and understand the need to care for them.


Meals are buffet style and include meat dishes and vegan dishes to cover any food orientation. We recommend that students attending wear comfortable long pants and comfortable shoes, such as sneakers, while attending the farm. Short-sleeved t-shirts are fine but it should be noted that there are flies out in the countryside and some of them bite. Dark colours are less likely to show dirt, sand, or dust.


Operator: Al Sorat Farm, Maryanne Stroud (owner)
Program cost:  LE 1,400 (includes lunch as well as daily transport to and from the farm)

Fitness Level: any

Trip description:

Over one week, CAC students will be engaged in different Community Service Activities with local Egyptian non-governmental organizations. The project is designed to shed the light on some of the social issues that Egypt faces as well as providing a deeper cultural understanding of the Egyptian culture that CAC students do not always have the opportunity to see.

This program aims to provide a programmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting identified community needs. Through these activities we aim to further community understanding and elevate civic responsibility.

Students are expected to learn:
How to deal with children from local organizations.
Do’s and Don’ts of visiting marginalized children and youth.
Tools to identify Community needs.
Designing a project to serve a community.
Different issues and how to deal with these issues.


Program Schedule:                                               
Students will spend one day at CAC with Alwan W Awtar and Wataneya in a Service Learning Workshop. They will spend two days working with Manahyaha, sharing a school day with the students in Behbet, working one day with daily farming activities, and visiting the island near Baharwa. They will spend one day working with Ahl Masr and at least one at the Zabaleen School (including a visit to the Mokattam Monastery. The exact dates and times of each service project are subject to change.
Seniors, please note that the Service Learning Workshop is scheduled for October 6, but we will make accommodations for those students taking the SAT.

Program cost:  LE3000
Fitness Level: any

The focus of this week is to develop strategic and creative thinking.  Anyone can play Bingo or Go Fish, but the games played during this session require something more: strategic thinking.  During this week participants will play games.  But beyond that they will learn to think deeply and critically about games, developing strategies and learning how to think on their feet.

October 7-11

Games Include:

Board Games:
Pandemic
Scythe
Settlers of Catan
Quantum
Sheriff of Nottingham
Go (Wei Chi)
Blokus
Card Games:
Gang Of Four
Hanabi
...and More.  

In addition to this players will explore the world of tabletop gaming with opportunities to participate in a brief Dungeons and Dragons campaign.  This game incorporates strategy and deep thinking with acting and collaborative storytelling.  

One key feature of this week:  NO video games.  We will spend the time in a fun and relaxing environment, but we will be unplugged.  During all gaming sessions there will be no phones, ipads or computers allowed in the room.  

The  goal of this session is to build relationships, have fun, and learn to enjoy activities without technology.  

Program cost:  none

Fitness Level: any

Out of Cairo Trips

Trip description:The Aswan Service trip will be on the banks of the beautiful Nile River in one of the most amazing cities in Africa, Aswan, rich with its pharaonic culture. Students will be teaching English and learning about the fascinating Nubian culture. We will spend around 5-6 hours per day teaching and engaging in cultural exchanges through activities such as learning new dances and drawing,
Trip description:WWW Berlin will focus on the elements of history and design that create the unique experience of Berlin.Design and technology are used with food, shelter, learning, entertainment, historical preservation, sustainability efforts, and much more. We will include elements that share Berlin's unique history and the current efforts to preserve and share it.
Trip description:The Business of London Week With Walls trip is an curricular-themed trip that is centered around London as a business and financial capital of Europe and the world. Students choosing to go on this trip will experience the inner business approaches of several prominent businesses and entities in and around London, UK. Stops will include the Bank of England, the All-England Lawn Tennis Club,
Trip description:Explore the fascinating city of Prague, Czech Republic through Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS). CAS Trips organizes its experiences around the IB Learner Profile, emphasizing student engagement and reflection. IB Diploma Candidates and students considering the IB Diploma can benefit from this trip.         
Trip description:Students will challenge themselves on this exciting WWW trip. Through a variety of outdoor activities, such as rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, and trekking, they will learn to face personal challenges and work as a team. As they go, students will learn backcountry skills and principles, such as river navigation, paddling techniques, trail etiquette, knot tying, map reading, top roping, belaying, and Leave No Trace.
Trip description:After completing this trip, students will be PADI-certified divers! Depending on their level of experience, students have the option of taking an Open Water course, an Advanced Open Water course, a Rescue course, or a course to retain an existing Open Water Certificate.
Trip description:WWW India is a service trip organized by the provider ME to WE. Students will be involved in a variety of different projects intended to remove barriers to education for the people of a WE Villages community. These projects could  range from school building, to tree planting, to restoration. Every day of the trip is made up of a combination of building activities,
Trip description:This trip to Italy will take artistically-inclined students to the Tuscan Hills between the cities of Lucca and Pisa and provide them the opportunity to see some of the artistic treasures of Florence. Students who are currently enrolled in visual arts classes or who have a keen interest in the visual arts are encouraged to apply for this trip.
Trip description:WWW Kenya is a service trip organized by the provider ME to WE. Students will be involved in a variety of different projects intended to remove barriers to education for the people of a WE Villages community. Activities could be laying bricks, digging wells to provide clean waters, or planting crops. Every day of the trip is made up of a combination of building activities, unique cultural experiences, and leadership skill building modules.
Trip description:This trip immerses students in the language and culture of Spain. Though it is open to all students, it is highly recommended for those enrolled in any level of Spanish course. This trip is run by ECCO, a tour company owned by a CAC alumnus.
Trip description:The Swiss Leadership Camp in the Gstaad valley is specifically designed for school groups and provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, goal setting, time management techniques and to collaborate more effectively in teams while working on exciting challenges and great outdoor activities in a unique mountain setting with experienced trainers,
Trip description:Students who are curious about college options, hungry for knowledge, and thirsty for self-exploration will thrive on this trip.  Be prepared to explore, question, learn, plan, and build relationships with your peers. Students will visit a range of private and public universities in the Washington, D.C. area. Student preference, by simple majority, will determine the final list of colleges to be visited. 

Trip description:
The Aswan Service trip will be on the banks of the beautiful Nile River in one of the most amazing cities in Africa, Aswan, rich with its pharaonic culture. Students will be teaching English and learning about the fascinating Nubian culture. We will spend around 5-6 hours per day teaching and engaging in cultural exchanges through activities such as learning new dances and drawing,

while also touring some of the amazing sights around Aswan.

Program location:
The program will be in Hesa Island, Aswan, Egypt.

Other activities may include:
Orientation session before the program begins.
Training for volunteers and materials for teaching.
Visiting one of Aswan's amazing islands, the Plant Islands.
Visiting Naser Lake
Visiting Philae temple
Visiting Nile Museum
Visiting Nubian Museum
Visiting Gharb Suheil

Cost including flights and program: LE 13,000

Operator: Have a Dream.

Room and Board: Students will stay in a guest house on Hesa Island by the Nile River and will be provided with three Nubian meals a day.

Trip description:

WWW Berlin will focus on the elements of history and design that create the unique experience of Berlin.

Design and technology are used with food, shelter, learning, entertainment, historical preservation, sustainability efforts, and much more. We will include elements that share Berlin's unique history and the current efforts to preserve and share it.



We will also visit examples of design in the areas of unusual experiences, such as the dark restaurant and EXIT Berlin; collective memory such as the History of Berlin Museum; entertainment, such as the Blue Man Group; and architecture, such as OlympiaStadion and Central Berlin. We will consider the issue of sustainability with a tour of the Kreuzberg neighborhood and a visit to BAU International, a Berlin university with a program in Design Tech. We will also focus some time specifically on technology at the amazing Games Science Center.

We will further focus on the history of 20th century Berlin by doing a walking tour of East and West Berlin, The Brandenburg Gate and downtown, and an interactive cold war experience and an artistic recreation of the Berlin Wall.

This trip is intended to be an overall consideration of the unique combination of technology, history, and design that have created modern Berlin.

Visas: Note that visa information is subject to change.

US citizens: Not required

Egyptian citizens: required, details online, but a visit to the German embassy will be required

Citizens of EU member states: no visa required (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein)

Other nationalities, please see the details online.

Flight cost: LE 9,485
Program cost:  $1650 (visa cost not included)

Room & Board: Students will stay in a hotel near Central Station in Berlin.

Most meals pre-arranged; a few will be open for students' choice of eating establishment (€200 is budgeted for this purpose and included in the cost listed).

Fitness Level: Moderate, walking tours up to 4 hours included in this trip; extensive daily walking required.  An easy two-hour bike ride is included in the trip, and therefore the ability to ride a bike is required.

Trip description:
The Business of London Week With Walls trip is an curricular-themed trip that is centered around London as a business and financial capital of Europe and the world. Students choosing to go on this trip will experience the inner business approaches of several prominent businesses and entities in and around London, UK. Stops will include the Bank of England, the All-England Lawn Tennis Club,

Warner Brothers Studios, and walking tours of Central London.

IMPORTANT: Students on this trip must be Grade 11 or higher due to tour minimum age restrictions. Students going on this trip must agree to a high amount of walking, and a dress code on certain tour days.

Flight cost:  LE 10,300
Program Cost: $2,300

Visa: information can be found here

Room and Board: Accommodations at a hotel; meals except those during transit are included in the price as a cash allotment.

Fitness Level: medium, extensive walking.

Trip description:
Explore the fascinating city of Prague, Czech Republic through Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS). CAS Trips organizes its experiences around the IB Learner Profile, emphasizing student engagement and reflection. IB Diploma Candidates and students considering the IB Diploma can benefit from this trip.         


                    
You will be introduced to the incredibly diverse history and culture and explore the Old Town, New Town, Jewish Quarter and Riverside areas by night.

Creativity:
An exploration of Prague’s vibrant street art scene, with the opportunity to create your own canvas to take home.
An introduction to the basics of Architecture and Design by the Design Disco team at ARCHIP design school.
Instagram photography workshop.                    

Action:
Whitewater rafting and archery in the Bohemian countryside.

Service:                        
A tour of Prague from a completely different perspective with one of Pragulic homeless guides.
In co-operation with Prague’s most out-reaching homeless charity Nadeje, working as a team to plan, prepare, cook and distribute a meal for 50+ homeless.

Designing, planning, and creating furniture from sustainable materials for a local community project.                
Assisting farmers at a sustainable, organic bio farm in the rural suburbs of Prague.    

You will also learn some top tips and secrets using the online CAS Connect! and Reflections Centre, as well as your own CAS Trips Prague Participants’ Guide to complete some exciting digital reflections challenges.

Visa: The Czech Republic is a Schengen visa country. Note that visa information is subject to change.

US citizens: Not required

Egyptian citizens: required, details online, but a visit to the Czech embassy will be required

Citizens of EU member states: no visa required (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein)

Other nationalities, please see the details online.

Flight cost: LE 9,700

Program cost: $1.450 (visa cost not included)

Room and board: Students will stay at a hotel. All meals are included in the price of the trip except during transit.

Operator: CAS Trips

Fitness Level: extensive walking required

Trip description:
Students will challenge themselves on this exciting WWW trip. Through a variety of outdoor activities, such as rafting, rock climbing, kayaking, and trekking, they will learn to face personal challenges and work as a team. As they go, students will learn backcountry skills and principles, such as river navigation, paddling techniques, trail etiquette, knot tying, map reading, top roping, belaying, and Leave No Trace.

They will also learn about river ecosystems, farming techniques, and Croatian history.

Visa: Families with students on this trip will be responsible for obtaining a tourist visa. For further information, check the Croatian Embassy in Egypt website. Note that visa information is subject to change.

Mandatory Equipment
Please see the detailed packing list (click here for details). All students will be required to bring their equipment to school for a mandatory equipment check.
Students will be provided with waterproof pants and jacket as well as wet and/or dry suits for the water activities.
Operator: Huck Finn

Flight cost: LE 10,600
Program cost:  $2100 (visa cost not included)

Room and Board: Camping and mountain huts. All meals starting with lunch on October 5th are included. Students will need to pay for their own breakfast on October 5th and lunch and dinner on October 11th.

Fitness Level: High - the group will be hiking, rock climbing and kayaking.

Trip description:
After completing this trip, students will be PADI-certified divers! Depending on their level of experience, students have the option of taking an Open Water course, an Advanced Open Water course, a Rescue course, or a course to retain an existing Open Water Certificate.

This trip will begin with after school sessions in September for fitting of equipment. There will also be required 2-hour classroom sessions after school from September 30-October 3. The tentative schedule has students doing required 2.5 hour pool sessions at CAC from October 4-7, with a day of rest on October 8. Students will travel to Hurghada by bus on October 9 and return October 12.

Costs:  
Open Water Course: LE 22,300
Advanced Open Water Course: LE 23,800
Rescue Course: LE 24,600
Certificate Retention Course: LE 16,600

All costs above include the course, transportation to Hurghada, dives, equipment, certification, hotel stay, and all meals at the hotel except drinks. Enrollment in any course other than the Open Water course requires approval from the dive master and proof of an Open Water Certificate that will be valid and current during WWW.

Operator/Dive Master: Dr. Hussein Ramadan

Room and board: 4 day/3 night stay in a beach-side resort at the Sharm El Naga Resort  

Fitness Level: Must be a swimmer! No prior diving experience is required for the Open Water course.

Trip description:
WWW India is a service trip organized by the provider ME to WE. Students will be involved in a variety of different projects intended to remove barriers to education for the people of a WE Villages community. These projects could  range from school building, to tree planting, to restoration. Every day of the trip is made up of a combination of building activities,

unique cultural experiences, and leadership skill building modules. Students will also visit the City Palace and Rankakpur Temple.

Students will travel to Udaipur, India. Then they will be transferred to accommodations near the WE Villages community in Rajasthan Province where they will volunteer.

Other activities may include:
Henna Workshop
Hindi Lessons
Visits to Kumbhalgarh fortress
Morning Yoga Lessons
Community Visits
Samosa Making
Visit to the Old City Market and a local tailor
Bollywood dancing Lessons
Morning in the Village
Nature Walks

Visa: Families with students on this trip will be responsible for obtaining a tourist visa. For further information, check the Indian Embassy in Cairo. The visa process can be started online here. Note that visa information is subject to change.

Operator:
ME to WE

Flight cost: LE13,300
Program cost:  $2100 (visa cost not included)

Room and Board: Most of this trip will be spent in a comfortable, tented camp compound maintained by Me to We, located about two hours outside of Udaipur in Rajasthan; all meals provided except during airport transit.

Fitness Level: Medium - the group will be walking/hiking; light lifting may be involved

Trip description:
This trip to Italy will take artistically-inclined students to the Tuscan Hills between the cities of Lucca and Pisa and provide them the opportunity to see some of the artistic treasures of Florence. Students who are currently enrolled in visual arts classes or who have a keen interest in the visual arts are encouraged to apply for this trip.

Students will spend four nights at La Vigna Studios. During a week of fine art workshops with "master artists" and intensive studio investigations, students will be encouraged to explore a variety of the following possibilities: fresco painting or egg tempera, life drawing, printmaking or assemblage sculpture. The week will also include field trips to local art and natural history sites during the day. The program will be tailored to support students interested in taking their art-making to the next level, including students with advanced and intermediate art experience. Students will focus on studio work and keeping up with an in-depth artistic journal.

In the evenings, students will have the option to continue work after hours in the studio at the farmhouse accommodation; other activities such as nature walks and a culinary lesson will also be offered in the evenings.

Our time in Florence will include a guided cultural tour, guided tours of the Duomo, the Uffizi, and the Accademia, and a self-guided tour of the Boboli gardens.

Visa: Not required for US and EU citizens. Egyptian citizens must have a Schengen visa. Egyptian families are advised to begin this process in early August. Note that visa information is subject to change.

Flight cost: LE 8,450
Program cost: $2,150 (visa cost not included)
Approx Euro 100 max spending money needed for snacks and an optional art-supply shopping trip in Florence.  Any souvenirs/additional shopping are optional. Opportunities for shopping will be limited.

Room and Board: Four nights in San Bernardo di Calci, a spacious and charming agriturismo, within close walking distance of La Vigna Studios -- accommodation includes a swimming pool, two spacious farmhouses, and central heating (if needed). All meals provided. Meals with vegetarian and halal options will be available with prior notice of student dietary restrictions. Two nights at a hotel in Florence, with breakfast included. Meals in Florence are included in the trip price.

Fitness Level: Moderate to Fit--extensive daily walking required in Florence, and daily walks up and down steep Tuscan hills.

Trip description:
WWW Kenya is a service trip organized by the provider ME to WE. Students will be involved in a variety of different projects intended to remove barriers to education for the people of a WE Villages community. Activities could be laying bricks, digging wells to provide clean waters, or planting crops. Every day of the trip is made up of a combination of building activities, unique cultural experiences, and leadership skill building modules.

Students will travel to Maasai Mara, where they are going to volunteer. On their way they will stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint, where thousands of animals pass through annually for the great migration.

Activities will include a village water walk, a safari with a Maasai warrior, Rungua making, and visits to an all girls secondary school, a health clinic, and a WE Villages farm.

Other activities may include:
Medicine Walk and Masai Warrior Training
Maasai Storytelling
Community Visits
Beading with Maasai Mamas
Swahili Lessons
Mulot Market Visit

Visa
Families with students on this trip will be responsible for obtaining a tourist visa. The visa process can be started online here. Note that visa information is subject to change.

Operator: ME to WE
Flight cost: LE 9,500
Program cost: $2,225 (visa cost not included)

Room and Board: Students will stay in a comfortable, tented camp compound maintained by Me to We; all meals provided except during airport transit.

Fitness Level: Medium - the group will be walking/hiking; light lifting may be involved.

Trip description:
This trip immerses students in the language and culture of Spain. Though it is open to all students, it is highly recommended for those enrolled in any level of Spanish course. This trip is run by ECCO, a tour company owned by a CAC alumnus.



Take an exciting journey through Spain that most tourists never see, and experience the ancient sites and modern cities of this diverse country. It's a tapestry of culture, language immersion, and community service throughout this diverse and enchanting country.

Educational Focus and Highlights:

Language learning through interactive, guided adventures, exchange, and participatory daily activities.
Art, History, and Architecture through educational visits to landmarks in Granada, Cordoba, Madrid
Exchange with local students in games, sporting  events, dance lessons, and projects

Day 1: Madrid

In Madrid, we will visit the cosmopolitan inner city and the palaces of another  era. During our stay, we visit the world-renowned Prado Museum, and stroll through the Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park. We will get to know each other, establish both personal and group goals specifically designed for this program.

Days 2-4: Granada

Our base is the Fundacion Escuela de Solidaridad (FES), near historic Granada. FES is a non-profit offering assistance to single family and immigrant families in need. We will begin our trip welcomed into the community to participate in cultural activities and community service projects. It is an unique introduction to Spanish culture  and practice for our language skills.

Our community and educational projects may include: working in the preschool, teaching English, preparing meals, gardening, building greenhouses, and making candles to sell and fundraise. Being so close to the city, we are able to visit the beautiful Alhambra, a Moorish  palace-fortress from the 13th century. Put on your dancing shoes for a flamenco lesson and soak in the Andalusian culture!

Day 5: Cordoba

Saying goodbye to our new friends at FES,we stop in Cordoba for a day. We visit the Great Mosque of Cordoba, known as the the Mezquita.This astoundingly beautiful structure is representative of the confluence of Arabic, Christian, and Jewish cultures in the region. We also enjoy a classic Andulsian lunch and have time to explore the architectural wonders of Cordoba by foot.

Days 6-7: Cordoba-Madrid

On the last day we will transfer  back to Madrid for one night before the final departure.There the students can enjoy some free time to stroll through the beautiful Plaza Mayor  and spend  some  quality time  in  the Retiro Park;

Operator: ECCO

Flight cost: LE 9,480
Program cost:  $2,275 (visa cost not included)

Visa: Spain is a Schengen country. Note that visa information is subject to change and can be found here.

Room and Board: Hotels in Madrid, Granada, and Cordoba. Meals included except in transit.

Fitness Level: Some walking required.

Trip description:
The Swiss Leadership Camp in the Gstaad valley is specifically designed for school groups and provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, goal setting, time management techniques and to collaborate more effectively in teams while working on exciting challenges and great outdoor activities in a unique mountain setting with experienced trainers,

professional mountain guides and coaches.

Excursions and outdoor activities may include:
Glacier Visit
Mountain Lake Expediction
Mountain Hike
Peak Walk
Camp Fire and Music
High Altitude Ropes Course
Archery Workshop
Rock Climbing
First Aid Training
Ice Skating
Geneva Excursion
The Boat Game
United Nations Visit                
            
More Information and video: Swissleadershipcamp.com

Please visit swissleadershipcamp.com for more information.

Room and board:
•    Typical Swiss style wooden and stone chalet.  Students share a room with one other student and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms. All meals included except during transit.
•    All diets are catered for including but not limited to religious diets, vegetarian, 100% gluten free, sugar free and other requests.

Additional information:
•    Families receive a full info package including dietary requests, packing list, health form and daily blogs.
•    To give an idea of items on the packing list: regular clothes, hiking shoes for activities, warm fleece, water and wind resistant jacket, gloves, sunglasses and hat for glacier expedition.
•    All other materials for activities are provided by the camp.
•    No extra supplies or vaccination needed.

Fitness level: A unique combination of activities is offered and can be enjoyed by all students regardless of age, fitness level or experience.

Visa: Information about which nationalities require visas can be found here. Students are provided with a support letter for the embassy if needed. Note that visa information is subject to change.

Operator: The Swiss Leadership Camp
Flight Cost: LE 11,250
Program Cost: $1,900 (visa cost not included)

Trip description:
Students who are curious about college options, hungry for knowledge, and thirsty for self-exploration will thrive on this trip.  Be prepared to explore, question, learn, plan, and build relationships with your peers. Students will visit a range of private and public universities in the Washington, D.C. area. Student preference, by simple majority, will determine the final list of colleges to be visited. 

This will be a dynamic trip, a fun trip, and most importantly - a journey to help plan for your future. We will travel by van and foot.

Schools we plan to visit (subject to change)

American University   
George Washington University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Goucher College
Johns Hopkins
University of Maryland College Park
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee
William and Mary


Visa:
Families with students registering for this experience may be required to obtain a visitor visa for visiting the United States, depending upon nationality. Consult the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs website for specific information. Note that visa information is subject to change. Families are responsible for getting the appropriate visa.

Flight cost: LE18,850
Program cost: $1,850 (visa not included)

Room and Board: Double and triple hotel rooms with wifi and breakfast included; price also includes lunch and dinner each day.  We will have one large alumni dinner event, where students can talk to CAC graduates.

Fitness Level: medium; lots of walking