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