Menlo students get out into the world to learn, serve, and make friends.
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.
The Menlo Abroad program provides Upper School students with an experiential cultural immersion course through extended travel in a foreign country. These holistic programs offer an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships to people and places within that country while simultaneously cultivating a deeper sense of global citizenship, leadership skills, and self-awareness. Interested in applying to one of these M Term programs?
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Menlo Abroad: Guatemala - cultural survival in a changing world
During the trip and homestay with local residents, students learn navigation and self-reliance, study Guatemalan history and contemporary issues, immerse themselves in Spanish-language acquisition, and explore sustainable agriculture and rural agrarian life through service projects. Offered in affiliation with Where There Be Dragons.
Menlo Abroad: India - religion, resource management, and development
This trip will introduce students to North-Indian religion and culture. After a brief visit to Delhi and a longer visit to the holy cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar, the group will settle in the rural Himalayan community of Ranikhet. Through living with host families in Ranikhet, project work with the Pan-Himalayan Grassroots Development Organization, and the guidance and facilitation of Menlo teachers, students will learn first-hand about the host community itself and work to contribute positively to address pressing local and global issues.
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 geographical, linguistic, and cultural diversity of China, as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by China’s rapid pace of change. Students develop Mandarin language skills, cultural understanding, and new or sustained interests for further study at Menlo and beyond. Offered in affiliation with Where There Be Dragons.
Menlo Abroad: Tanzania - leadership, education, and development
After an 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.