Travel Study

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain

The Harbor School Travel Study program develops students who are compassionate, curious and strong. Harbor students learn how to be independent while simultaneously developing an even stronger sense of belonging. As they live and work with their teachers and peers, away from their homes and their daily routines, they deepen their understanding and awareness of other cultures, and nurture their own lifelong passion for learning. Their Travel Study experiences inspire them to dream as well as to think differently.

Inspiring students to contribute with compassion to their community and the world around them, is our mission. As such, we integrate service learning into many of our Travel Study experiences.

Travel Study at Harbor consists of planned week-long experiences as well as many day excursions throughout the school year. Our week-long adventures include:

Camp Sealth

To begin the school year, all students in grades 4-8 embark on a stay at Camp Sealth on Vashon. This week brings faculty and students together in a community setting, renewing friendships, establishing new ones, collaborating, communicating and setting both a challenging and joyful tone for the upcoming school year. 8th grade are at Camp for 3 nights and 4-7th grade for 2 nights.

Voyagers Week Trips

Each March, students embark on a further, week-long adventure of their choosing. Each Voyagers Week trip is demanding in its own way. Students are continually challenged to push their own limits and must embrace the tasks or challenges that confront them in the best way possible. In multiage groups, our students look beyond their own individual needs and focus on the needs of the group and/or the culture within which their experience takes place. Trips change from year to year based on faculty and student interests. Several trips are designed to appeal to all ages in the Upper Elementary and Middle School, and a few are specifically geared toward our Middle School students. This year students will travel to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to DC to explore our nation’s capital, to the mountians for a Snow adventure, and explore other opportunities more close to home.

Class Trips

At the end of the year, challenging and inspirational class trips bring the cycle of learning outside the classroom to an exciting conclusion.

Upper Elementary (grades 4 & 5) take part in a series of day trips, usually with one overnight. Grades 6 & 7 embark on a full week adventure, while our 8th graders enjoy the culmination of our Travel Study progrma as they spend approximately 2 weeks together. This year, 6th grade explore Washington State, 7th travel to Santa Fe, while 8th grade spend two weeks in a homestay in Costa Rica.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

Anita Desai