Global Travel

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

Menlo Abroad India 2016




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 summer programs led by experienced faculty.

Menlo Abroad

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 the summer programs?
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  • Menlo Abroad: Guatemala
    For the fourth year, we will offer a three-week trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2018. 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
    For the third year, we will offer a three-week trip to India during the summer of 2018. The 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
    New this year, we will offer a three-week trip to China in the summer of 2018. From the heart of Beijing to the Great Wall to the cities and villages of Yunnan this course 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
    New this year, we will offer a three-week trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2018. 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.
School Year Abroad

Menlo students may choose to spend a year studying in another country.

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.