This summer, students have been traveling the globe, learning about different cultures, practicing new languages and experiencing historic locations. BG’s study abroad program is designed to help students become well-rounded, global citizens who understand and appreciate the differences and similarities of international cultures.
Twelve students along with group leader Diane Hayes and religion teacher Mr. Bob Sutton traveled to Italy, touring iconic locations such as the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the Piazzale Michelangelo and the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, and the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon and the Colosseum in Rome. Students marveled at experiencing these sites in person after researching them during the schoolyear. The group was also moved to worship and pray where saints and popes have done so throughout history.
Along with these profound experiences, students also enjoyed tasting real Italian gelato and attending gladiator school.
Austria and France
One student from BG joined a larger group from other local Catholic high schools to visit France. The group visited the towns of Albi and Toulouse, enjoying churches and museums, including Saint Cecilia Cathedral. Students explored the area on scenic hikes and boating in and around Ambialet, enjoyed a local food tasting, and participated in a local hunting festival where they had up close experiences with birds of prey.
Three students along with teacher supervisors Jennifer Butler and Rachel Potopa visited Austria this year. While abroad they stopped in Vienna and Durnstein, to tour museums and churches, and enjoy Alpine lakes and other sights. The group also had a profound experience touring the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.
Two students participated in the China study abroad program, exploring major cities like Beijjng, Shenyang and Shanghai. Director of Enrollment Management and International Programs Yang Liu lead this trip along with group leaders Anna Shrift and Jana Sidler. The students visited many famous locations, including The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City and The Summer Palace. Students also took time toward the end of the trip to visit and volunteer at an orphanage in Shanghai. Students were able to practice their Chinese language skills and personally experience elements of Chinese culture.
Studying aboard is about more than sightseeing and trying new foods. International travel through BG’s study abroad program offers enriching learning experiences and helps students deepen their faith. They learn that they are part of a larger world and learn to celebrate the similarities and differences among international cultures. The intellectual, personal, academic and spiritual growth is truly life-changing.
Anticipated travels for BG 2020-21 Study Abroad include destinations such as Austria, Belize and France.