Padua Academy cultivates global leaders through international trips and exchanges.
Teacher-led trips to international destinations enable juniors and seniors to explore class curriculum on a deeper level and become engaged global citizens. From studying Irish history in Dublin to practicing language skills in the South of Spain, Padua students gain a deeper appreciation for other cultures, an integral part of a transformational college preparatory experience. Information about upcoming trips abroad listed below.
Past trips include:
Paris, Strasbourg, & Lyon 2023 (pictured) Spain and Italy 2019 London 2019
Students will first travel to Italy where we will visit Rome and Florence. Notable sites include Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Spanish steps and much more! In Florence, we will see the Gates of Paradise, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, and the Piazza della Signoria. From Florence we fly to Madrid and experience the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, and shop in one of the famous mercados. We will also visit the nearby town of Toledo, known as the “city of three cultures”. The last city on our tour is Barcelona where we will visit the many architectural marvels of Antoni Guadi, including the Sagrada Famila. We end our adventure with a flamenco dinner before heading back home.
Students will travel to France and Italy to see sites associated with Padua’s patron saints. Highlights of the trip include visits to Annecy, France at beautiful Lake Annecy, a brief visit to Turin, and stays at our namesake city of Padua, the captivating medieval town of Assisi, the historically-rich city of Rome, and Vatican City, with a papal audience in Saint Peter’s Square. At each stop, we will visit beautiful churches, museums, and other important historical sites that are connected to the lives of Padua's patron saints; we will also visit major attractions such as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican museum.
Take advantage of round-the-clock daylight during the summer in this otherworldly place of dramatic beauty. Revel in the geothermal wonders of Iceland—Blue Lagoon hot springs, volcanic craters and subarctic fauna. From the capital Reykjavik you will travel the popular Golden Circle and see Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area. From there, continue on to the famous black-sand beaches of Vik and the Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur.
As environmental stuarts, we will be visiting glaciers and geysers. Students will first travel to Reykjavik where we will explore Viking World and take a tour of Reykjavik. Notable sites include Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Geothermal area. We then travel on to the Hvolsvöllur area and visit the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls and explore the famous black sand beaches of Vik Glacier Walk. We then visit the state-of-the-art Lava Centre and return to Reykjavík with a stop at a geothermal power plant. Finally we take an excursion to Alftanes peninsula and visit the Blue Lagoon before heading back home. More information about the trip we're planning with EF Tours HERE.
Parent Interest Meeting Nov. 30th: A parent interest meeting will be held via Zoom on November 30 at 7pm; register online for the meeting at https://bit.ly/47qp89n. Students or parents can reach out to Mrs. Christine Campbell at email@example.com for additional information
This European trip will take us to locations full of history, culture and meaning. We begin in Berlin, Germany, with the impressive architecture of the Brandenburg Gate. Walk along the Kurfürstendamm, a beautiful and elegant avenue full of stores, restaurants and people; there will be time for shopping and eating. Some of the twentieth centuries most important events will come alive at Berlin’s museums and memorials, such as at the Topography of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie, and the remains of the Berlin Wall. After a train ride to Warsaw, Poland, we will see some of this capital city’s sites, including the POLIN Museum, with its amazing use of technology. A guided tour of the site of the Warsaw Ghetto will unfold more of the history of 20th century Europe. We will then travel to Krakow in Poland, where Pope John Paul II served as archbishop. Krakow was spared destruction in World War II and so much of the original medieval town remains. It is a beautiful place to explore. A very different experience awaits us at the site of the Auschwitz - Birkenau death camp; it is a serious and somber memorial site that helps us to understand the reality of the Holocaust. The final stage of the trip moves us to the Czech Republic and the city of Prague. Here we will sample some of its most memorable sites, such as Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Jewish Quarter. Throughout the trip, we will benefit from expert local guides, who will help us understand and appreciate the sites that we’ll visit. Great food will be available everywhere on the trip. More importantly, the culture and history that we’ll experience can help open the world to us.
Parent Interest Meeting Dec. 7th: A parent interest meeting will be held via Zoom on December 7th at 6pm; register online for the meeting at https://bit.ly/3R1f2q7. Students or parents can reach out to Mr. Stopyra at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information
Padua Academy currently has an exchange partnership with our sister schools in France and Germany. Through homestay arrangements, students gain exposure to different cultures while connecting with international students who share our Catholic values. Groups of both male and female students typically visit for a 2 week period in October and are placed with host families from Padua and Salesianum. Host families provide room and board and the exchange students attend classes and participate in any extracurricular activities at Padua and Salesianum with their host. Weekends are spent with host families and both host and exchange students will spend a day together in New York City. For more information about this incredible opportunity which fosters life-long friendships and global awareness, please contact Jennifer Vintigni at email@example.com.