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Educational Travel

Going on the Sichuan Expedition challenged me to achieve more than I thought was physically possible. I had to rely on the other students in my TrIBES when I felt like I couldn't keep going. And to top it all off we got to enjoy the beautiful vistas of mountainous China together.

2016 Sichuan Expedition team member

While living, working and studying in a foreign country admittedly has its share of challenges, Concordia students are truly blessed to be spending a part of their formative school years in China—a country teeming with both history and modern day adventure and where the culture is unique and awe-inspiring. For students seeking opportunities to serve and lead, China is a place where they can have an impact. Concordia has purposefully designed its educational travel program for students to grow through intimate experiences and improved understanding of their host country. Unique opportunities are offered in each division.

Shanghai Experiences

Elementary School Students explore Shanghai through day trips.

Middle School Trips

Students embark on exciting and engaging trips to four of China's most historic and scenic areas.

High School TrIBES

TrIBES courses are diverse and include community service, cultural studies, and outdoor adventure.

Elementary School

Elementary students explore Shanghai through day trips where they are exposed to adventure, culture and the concept of what it means to think as global citizens. Lessons taught during day trips help students to apply what they are learning in school to their everyday lives. Whether it's science, like Grade 4 going bowling as a part of their unit on energy, social studies, like Grade 3 riding the Metro to the Shanghai History Museum as they study maps, or literacy, like Grade 1 visiting the public library during their Readers Build Good Habits unit, creative trips like these serve to reinforce important classroom knowledge.

Middle School

Middle school students, teachers and chaperones embark on exciting, engaging, age-appropriate trips to four of China’s most historic and scenic areas. These trips occur in the first semester, and destinations complement classroom learning and give students hands-on exposure to the rich history and culture of China.

Important Note: All middle and high school students are expected to leave and return in their original assigned group with no exceptions granted. School is out at 11:30 AM on the Friday after all groups have returned, and family travel should only occur after dismissal.

Grade 5 Nanbeihu

Students take their first trip away from Shanghai and travel to Nanbeihu for a two-night adventure. Teamwork, trust, self-confidence and creative challenges add up to a fun and enriching three days of self–discovery and growth.

Grade 6 Moganshan

Grade 6 students participate in a four day, and three night trip by bus to the beautiful Discovery Adventures Moganshan Park in Moganshan. The Discovery Adventures program provides an outdoor training course. As they explore through abseiling, ferrate, slack line, hiking, crossing systems knots, and multiple team building activities, students will gain knowledge and tap into their inner strength to build on personal confidence through outdoor education.

Grade 7 Beijing

Students take a week-long trip to China’s capital city, Beijing, and spend time climbing spectacular unrestored portions of the Great Wall, learning about China’s capital and working with peasants to grind out a daily meal from scratch.

Grade 8 Dali

Grade 8 students will travel to Dali in the beautiful Yunnan region of China. Yunnan—which literally means “South of the Clouds” due to its location just south of the Tibetan Plateau—is home to some of the most diverse cultures, ecology, and terrain in China. Students will experience local culture, nature, food, as well as participate in multiple service opportunities throughout the week.

High School

Concordia’s high school provides its student body with an annual weeklong educational travel experience within China called “TrIBES” (Transforming Individuals By Education and Service).

TrIBES is an ambitious program with many goals. It provides Concordia high school students with an opportunity to build strong community ties between students and with their teachers. Student experiences become their classroom and teach them much that cannot be learned in the traditional classroom setting. TrIBES exposes students to cultures beyond their own and challenges their preconceived notions through discussion and reflection. The program develops communication, leadership skills, self-reliance and compassion.

Important Note: All middle and high school students are expected to leave and return in their original assigned group with no exceptions granted. School is out at 11:30 AM on the Friday after all grade levels return, and family travel should only occur after dismissal.