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Travel Opportunities

Hancock students have numerous opportunities for travel each school year. Trips come in all shapes and sizes. Locally, teachers frequently organize relevant curriculum extension activities, such as environmental forest clean-ups, theatre performances and college visits. A little further afield, students may travel to Springfield or Washington D.C. with organizations focusing on student voice and social justice, to the New York theater scene with Drama classes, or to Florida with the school band. Finally, every year the Eagles International program offers an exciting and enriching trip overseas.
  
 

Purpose
 

The mission of Eagles International is to provide opportunities for educational travel and to prepare students for success in today’s global society.  By participating in Eagles International, students will explore the culture and geography of various countries, becoming immersed in history, nature, language, architecture, important historical and contemporary figures, art, and cultural and societal norms. To date, Eagles International has traveled to Spain, Italy, France, China, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

Eagles International makes travel accessible to all and allows students to use the world as their classroom. We strive to open students’ horizons and demonstrate the importance of becoming lifelong learners. Students will become more responsible, mature, confident, independent, open-minded and will better understand the world in which they live.  For many students this will be their first trip abroad; this program provides an opportunity to travel with experienced teachers and guides who teach students about travel safety and cultural competence.

Who can participate?
  • All students who are interested in traveling to different places are welcomed.
 
 

Future - 2019 - Paris, Strasbourg and Munich

***We are currently planning for our 2019 Eagles International Trip! Click here for details about the trip, enrollment, and frequently asked questions.***

 

 

Present - 2018 - Costa Rica 

When searching for a location for this year's international trip, Costa Rica became the final contender because of the well-rounded educational experience it offers our students. It is a country rich in cultural, linguistic and biological diversity that will allow students to apply what they’ve learned in their math, science, and language arts classrooms in a real-world context. Its jungles and rainforests make an excellent opportunity to apply concepts of biology and environmental science through the exploration of these unique habitats and through the study of the vast array of wildlife that live in them, maintained and protected by our very own tour guides in the national park. The basic principles of physics will come alive as we use our weight and force to move from tree to tree on the zip line tour of Cloud Forest. Our students’ appreciation for cultural diversity and respect for humanity will grow as they meet students from a local elementary school and build connections with people they didn’t know existed out of the short bounds of Chicago’s borders. We’ll break bread together over traditional Costa Rican dishes and our students will learn that food, as much as language and music, tells stories of the history and lives of a people. And after our trip to Costa Rica, they will not only understand that what they learn in the classroom has meaning and value beyond the classroom, but they’ll also know what it means to be fully human and connected with the earth. This one Costa Rican experience will activate a lifelong desire to learn about other people and to see more similarities than differences.

Past Trips 

Places we have visited before include France, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, Ecuador and China. Take a look at our videos below from some of Eagles International recent trips to Ecuador (2017) and the north of France (2015). Will you be the next Hancock Eagle to soar through the skies to experience a new country and culture? 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Theater Trip

Almost 30 Hancock students embarked on a 5 day trip to New York City for an immersive Broadway experience over Spring Break 2018. Students saw two Broadway shows, visited two world-class museums, and toured several theaters and New York City landmarks including Radio City Music Hall, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center. Students participated in an improvisational acting workshop and a Q&A session with theater professionals. Students also had the opportunity to earn a 1/2 credit, equivalent to 1 semester of high school course work, if they completed a project associated with this tour. 
 
Photos coming soon! 

Further information, including a complete itinerary is available here.
 
To enroll you’ll need your tour number:
1958551WK
(The total trip cost for students if you register before March 24th is $2,113, and there is a monthly payment plan which makes your payment only $169 a month for 12 months. There is a $95 deposit required to hold your spot. If you register before March 17th, you'll get $50 off the total price.)
Staff
 
Mr. Phillips
Science Teacher
773535-2410
Staff
 
Mrs. Phillips
French Teacher
773535-2410
acphillips@cps.edu

Staff

Baranoff, Sarah
Teacher: English and Drama
 
Phone: 773.535.2410 x25323
Staff
 
Joyce, Maria Paz
Spanish Teacher
773535-2410
Ext. 25361