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International trips for 2018

There are several irons in the fire regarding international trips for 2018. If you’re interested in any of the following trips, please attend the parents’ information evening on Tuesday, May 16.

Kugluktuk, Nunavut: March break 2018

Three lucky students will be chosen to do a one-week exchange with students from Kugluktuk, along with three girls from St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School. Students will attend school and take part in cultural activities in Kugluktuk and then host their partners in Toronto for a week. Students will be expected to reflect upon and share their stories with the UCC community in both assembly and classes over the course of the year. This will be hosted by Katie Tanz.

Poland Trip: March break 2018

UCC, in partnership with International Routes, is pleased to offer a unique educational trip to Germany and Poland for students wishing to learn more about the Holocaust, the Second World War and social justice. Students will explore central Berlin and make a half-day trip to Wannsee Conference House in Germany. Students will visit multiple locations in Poland, including Warsaw, Lodz, Tykocin, Lublin, Majdanek, Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Pre-trip meetings and post-trip CAS activities are part of the educational commitment to the program. This will be hosted by Rachel Metalin.

Uganda Trip: March break 2018

Students will travel to Uganda for 15 days and work with the Children of Hope Uganda non-governmental organization. UCC has been supporting this project for many years and Head Steward Adam Rothman spoke about it in assembly in early April. Students will be expected to share their experiences with their fellow UCC students during an assembly as part of their reflection. This will run in conjunction with the session in Costa Rica. This will be hosted by Jeff Richmond from Evolve Tours and Deirdre Timusk.

Costa Rica Trip: March Break 2018

Students will travel to Costa Rica for eight days and work on various projects in conjunction with local schools. The specific projects are still being discussed with the local schools and there will be some time set aside for some adventuring activities as well. Students will be expected to share their experiences with their fellow UCC students during an assembly as part of their reflection. This will run in conjunction with the session in Uganda. This will be hosted by Jeff Richmond from Evolve Tours and Deirdre Timusk.

Military History Immersion Trip: June 2017 (or June 2018)

This is an information trip for parents of students who are already going to France and Belgium on this trip this June, but please feel free to drop in if you would like to learn about the trip in case your son would like to go next year.

This is a special service trip in that the students are expected to give back to the UCC community by educating their fellow students about the experiences of UCC Old Boys. Students apply to go on this trip in September and, if accepted, spend the year researching their UCC Old Boy who died in the Great War. From taking part in First World War trench simulations at Norval to visiting the grave of their adopted Old Boy in France, students become immersed in the experience of a soldier from that time. Many thanks to John Cleghorn for his support of this fully funded trip. This will be hosted by Gregory McDonald.

Exchanges: Anytime

We’re connected to two schools: St. Peter’s in Australia and Bridgehouse in South Africa. The timing of exchanges is very dependent on the two students involved and is personalized for every family. As we move forward with the strategic plan, these options may change or expand. But if you have any interest, please reach out and have a quick conversation with Deirdre Timusk at 416-488-1125, ext. 3370, who would be happy to give you more details.