Service and Study Tours

Student learning and studying about global community. 

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.

2018 Service and Study Tour Dates to Remember

March 1, 2018 - Applications for students.

Parent and Student Information Nights (attend one of these):  

  •    Monday, March 6, 6:00pm at the Pagoda at Pt. Defiance Park
  •    Tuesday, March 7, 6:00pm at the SOTA Theatre located at 118 Commerce Street
  •    Wednesday, March 21 - Applications due

Return all application forms to:
Melissa Moffett at iDEA – 6701 S. Park Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408
Lauren Anderson – Portable A at SAMi.
Betsy Gordon in the Post Office at SOTA.

2017 payment Schedule

Payments are due the 15th of each month through November.

Please note that a 3.75% credit card transaction is applied to credit card transactions. If you would like to mail a check please see below for payment amounts.

Date Due    National Parks     Africa, Indonesia, Cambodia
15-May           $500.00                         $500.00
15-Jun            $400.00                         $800.00
15-Jul             $400.00                         $800.00
15-Aug           $400.00                         $800.00
15-Sep            $400.00                        $800.00
15-Oct            $400.00                        $800.00
15-Nov            $350.00                        $500.00

Please make checks payable to Elements of Education and mail to:

PO Box 1382
Tacoma, WA 98401