Service and Study Tours

Student learning and studying about global community. 

Greece/Jordan

Greece/Jordan

O’ahu/Hawai’i

O’ahu/Hawai’i

Uganda

Uganda

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

SOTA/SAMI Service and Study Tour Goals

  • To expose students to the unique cultural differences that coincide and collide with our own in a way that expands understanding, empathy, and relationships among colleagues.

  • To provide students with the opportunity to experience a personal encounter with social and cultural mechanisms and traditions through applied service.

  • To provide a contextual understanding of the significant contributions of a different culture through scheduled meetings before school for several months prior to departure.

  • To foster a more informed understanding of foreign or domestic experiences through the study of history, literature, art, language, economics, news, and current events. (Students will be required to read and study selected books during the summer and in the months prior to departure.)

  • To strengthen SOTA/SAMI Service and Study curriculum by providing an experiential opportunity for students to engage in one-on-one educational exchange.

  • To improve relations with international educators in other cultures for future opportunities in order to foster widespread participation opportunities for the Tacoma Public School District students.

Applications are available through Trip Leaders.

2019 SERVICE AND STUDY TOURs

Camp Seymour

Dave & Diane Savage

This SST gives SOTA, SAMI, and IDEA students the opportunity to work with 4th and 5th graders from local elementary schools in an overnight camp environment. Our students will act as cabin counselors for the young ones as they attend Outdoor School classes. Supporting Camp Seymour Naturalists, these classes include squid dissection, orienteering, rock climbing, zip lining, canoeing, and a visit to the reptile house. Our counselors will spend a week and a half at Camp Seymour and work with Arlington, Sheridan, Mann, Blix, and Stanley elementary schools. Throughout our time at Camp Seymour and back on campus, students will study how decisions that we make in our daily lives can lead to greater and lasting happiness. This SST is open to 10th graders!

O’ahu/Hawai’i

Matt Lonsdale & Kainoa Higgins

Aloha! Students on this SST will experience Hawaii’s majestic wonders while examining the social and environmental issues that threaten this most isolated archipelago. On the island of Hawai’i, we explore the geologic origin and cultural history of the islands. Hikes through lava tubes and lush rainforest in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park offer insight to nature’s awesomeness. On O'ahu, we serve the land and sea, environmental stewards alongside local organizations and local people. At the Hawai’i Institute for Marine Biology we hunt the reef for the elusive seahorse. We’ll also tour historic landmarks such as Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace before cooling off at a secret beach where you are sure to have a close encounter with resident Hawaiian green sea turtles. Ready for adventure? E hele mai kakou! Let’s Go!

Washington, D.C.

Matt Sherls

Washington D.C. is the epicenter of a massive political machine and 2020 is an election year! Join us as we explore what the United States of America currently is. Observe the political process in Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House. Take the opportunity to interact with both the Democratic and Republican parties who have candidates striving to be the next President. We will also meet with those who support or oppose from behind the scenes. We will talk with political figures who are supposed to represent you...do they? Students on this trip will promote political activism so all can see why politics matter. All of this will be supported by visits to all the major sites that any trip to our nation’s capital must include – the Smithsonian Museums, the Lincoln Memorial, the Pentagon, and more!

Greece/Jordan

Brian Scannell

This service and study tour will explore the rich history of both Greece and Jordan with special attention to the sites that gave birth to some of the most important stories humans have ever told. In Greece we will split our time between Athens and the island of Crete. The mythological tradition will be our focus and we will visit sites like the Acropolis, Delphi and Knossos. From Greece we will take a short flight to Jordan. For our service we will teach in two schools: one that serves students with disabilities and the other that serves refugee children from Palestine. We will also experience the rich geological diversity of Jordan from the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth), to the rugged canyons of the Dana ecological reserve, to the mysterious stone city of Petra, one of the new wonders of the world. Jordan is also the birthplace of the biblical tradition and we will visit the site of Jesus’ baptism, where Moses first saw the promised land and Lot’s cave.

Uganda

Melissa Moffett

Uganda (known as “the Pearl of Africa”) is a landlocked country in East Africa known for its coffee, tea, gorillas, and hospitality. We will spend our first week in the Entebbe/Kampala area working with a local school and visiting cultural and historical sites. Then, in partnership with COFIA Foundation and Tacoma Rotary North, we will head east to Rubongi to work on the Demonstration Farm Project. This farm grows food for school lunches, teaches the community cost-effective farming methods, and grows cash crops to send to market. We will also visit Sipi Falls, Nyero Rock Paintings, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) to see the gorillas. This trip will be labor intensive, and students should be physically fit and prepared to hike long distances. It will be well worth the effort!

2019 payment INFORMATION

Payments are due the 15th of each month through November. You will receive an invoice for the amount due to the email that we have on file for payments. You can pay via ACH or credit card through the payment portal. Please note that a 3.75% transaction fee is applied to credit card transactions.