Global Studies

At Steamboat Mountain School, we build global understanding in ways no other school can match. Our one-of-a-kind Global Immersion Studies (GIS) 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.



2017

Steamboat Mountain School is thrilled to announce the Global Immersion Studies Program students will spend one month (April, 2017) exploring: Trip 1 Sikkim region of Northern India with faculty leaders Gina Wither and Robbie Tesar. OR Trip 2 High Andes of Ecuador with faculty leaders are Charlie Smith and Kaiti Kinshella.  OR Trip 3 Australia to  work with 2 Aboriginal communities with faculty leaders Margi Missling Root and John Morse.

These amazing travel experiences will help our high school students deepen their understanding of culture and responsible travel.

Ecuador 2017 Blog

India 2017 Blog

Global Studies

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 Immersion Studies, or GIS, 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 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.

Where in the world…?

By the time you graduate, you will have spent four months in four countries on at least three continents. GIS groups have traveled to:
  • Cambodia
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Mongolia
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Vietnam