Travel, Immerse, Learn, Expand

Global Studies

At Steamboat Mountain School, we build global understanding in ways no other school can match. Our one-of-a-kind Global Studies program combines cultural immersion, adventure, community building, and self-discovery as you spend four weeks each spring in a developing-world country. By the time you graduate, you will have spent four months in four countries on four continents.

If one goal of GIS is learning about the world, an equally important goal is learning about yourself. GIS moves you out of your comfort zone, boosts your self-confidence, and gives you a greater sense not just of the world, but of what you can contribute to it.

Off the Tourist Trail

Global Studies is not a typical tourist trip. As the name says, it’s an immersion—into the people, culture, and landscape of an unfamiliar nation.

Each year small groups of students travel with faculty guides to five destinations around the globe. Our destinations are developing-world nations like Senegal, Vietnam, and Peru. Students do homestays with local families and forge friendships with people on the other side of the world.

Traveling Responsibly

We travel humbly, responsibly, minimizing any negative impact while maximizing the positive ones: in recent years students have tilled fields in Tanzania, painted schools in Cambodia, and helped out at an orphanage in Peru. They’ve also climbed Machu Picchu, waded across Himalayan streams, and ridden camels on the Mongolian steppe.

If one goal of Global Studies is learning about the world, an equally important goal is learning about yourself. Global Studies moves you out of your comfort zone, boosts your self-confidence, and gives you a greater sense not just of the world, but of what you can contribute to it.

Where in the world…?

By the time you graduate, you will have spent four months in four countries on at least three continents. Global Studies groups have traveled to:

  • Cambodia
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Mongolia
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Vietnam