Global Travel

Menlo students get out into the world to learn, serve, and make friends.

Menlo Abroad students live, work and go to school in Tanzania. Photo by Pete Zivkov.


Immersive Global Travel

Global travel programs provide unique opportunities for learning and service through sustained encounters with diverse linguistic, cultural, and naturalistic environments. As early as Middle School, students have an opportunity to experience local cultures firsthand, with immersive M Term programs led by experienced faculty.

M Term’s Borderlands Program May 2022

M Term’s Borderlands program offers three one-week domestic travel options to the Southwestern United States to study Indigenous America, the border wall, immigration, and a host of related issues. Led by Menlo faculty, small cohorts of students journey to one of three destinations in the southwest: El Paso, Texas, to study immigration; Northern Arizona to study the Navajo; or Southern Arizona to study sustainability. Each of these courses combines time on campus before travel for preparation and project-based post-trip follow up with one week of travel, during which students, learning from their direct experience, connect with diverse groups of people and engage in service-oriented activities. In these transformative—and fun—M Term courses students develop global competency and a sense of larger purposes while fostering connections with distant peoples and communities. View the trip brochures below, and also watch this video highlighting the inaugural year of the program.


Menlo Abroad


The Menlo Abroad program provides Upper School students with an experiential cultural immersion course through extended travel in a foreign country. Through facilitated curricula, service-learning, and homestay, students develop meaningful relationships with people and places within that country, make friends, and use their skills to address common problems. They emerge with a better understanding of themselves and their world. 

Interested in applying to one of these M Term programs? Complete the online application today.

  • Menlo Abroad: China - tradition and modernity in transition
    From the heart of Beijing to the Great Wall to the cities and villages of Yunnan, this trip introduces students to some of the geographic, linguistic, and cultural diversity of China, as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by China’s rapid pace of change. Students develop cultural understanding and new or sustained interests for further study at Menlo and beyond. Offered in affiliation with Where There Be Dragons.
  • Menlo Abroad: Guatemala  - cultural survival in a changing world
    Guatemala is a country of contrasts: it has stunning beauty, with complex biodiversity in volcanoes and cloud forests, but also landscapes marred by the effects of extractive industry. It has a long history of social injustice and subjugation of indigenous people but also a culture of celebration and revival. This trip introduces students to these contrasts through experiential learning in colonial and modern Latin American history, contemporary campesino culture, and the struggles for social and environmental justice. This is a holistic program, offering students opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with the people and landscapes of Guatemala, sharing personal and cultural narratives, while simultaneously cultivating a deeper sense of leadership, global engagement, and self-awareness through service. Offered in affiliation with Where There Be Dragons.

  • Menlo Abroad: Senegal  (new this year!) - two sides of a river
    This trip will immerse students in Senegalese culture, endlessly fascinating and renowned for its hospitality. The group will visit the bustling capital Dakar, including Ile de Gorée, the historic island where enslaved people first departed for the New World, the fascinating French colonial city of St. Louis, located on the Mauritanian border, and the beautiful Saloum Delta. The heart of the program is in Thiès, where students engage with homestays, complete service work, and develop their French and Wolof language skills. Offered in affiliation with Global Citizen Year. 

  • Menlo Abroad: Tanzania  - leadership, education, and development
    This trip is an investigation and experience of leadership development. After orientation, a hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro, and other visits to places of interest, the group will settle in Karatu, a religiously diverse and welcoming community in Northern Tanzania. Here the group meets homestay families and community members, begins Ki Swahili lessons, and engages with students and teachers at a local secondary school and in different kinds of community development work. Offered in affiliation with World Leadership School.

Video: Students and Faculty Share their Menlo Abroad Experiences



Middle School Travel

We are pleased to introduce Menlo Middle School’s summer trip to Taos, New Mexico, to meet, experience, and learn the ways of the Taos Indians. Led by Menlo faculty and assisted by Crossroads Travel, the Taos program is designed to teach Middle School students global competency and citizenship skills in an experiential, fun, and safe way. See the brochure for more information.