Winterim is an Upper School Program that takes place every other year (odd years) during March and gives students the opportunity to travel both abroad and domestically and learn about people, cultures, customs, history, language, science, and the environment. Students may choose to participate in School trips to places such as Belize, China/Korea, Europe (England/France, Italy/Greece, France/Spain, Germany/Austria, Iceland), India, and the Dominican Republic. Domestic trips have included visits to the Southwest, New York City, and Washington, D.C.; a week of local day trips in Boston is always offered as well. Trips offer a variety of activities that enhance students’ learning from several angles, whether they be from a multidisciplinary examination of a theme, a service-learning program, or an opportunity to help them attain goals toward graduation or Diploma program requirements. All Upper School students are required to participate in a Winterim Program.
In order for students to be committed participants in a global community, they need to know first-hand and up-close what that global community looks like.
It’s all in the preparation.
The Winterim experience begins in the classroom. Working with faculty in small trip groups, students research locations, share information, build relationships, and define the curricular and cultural context for their chosen trip during weekly Winterim classes. This pre-study lays the groundwork for truly meaningful travel experiences.
And away we go!
Each Winterim Program is comprised of up to seven international, national, and local travel destinations. In the recent past, students have journeyed to places in Asia, Africa, Western Europe, Central and South America, New Orleans, and other locations within the continental United States. An essential question or theme framed each of these trips. For example, students on the London-Paris: A Tale of Two Cities trip investigated social justice through the eyes of Dickens, comparing current human rights issues with those of the Victorian age. The environment and its sustainability served as the platform for study in Belize where students visited the Smithsonian Laboratory and tracked marine life in the coral reefs. In both Senegal and Beijing, students visited Brimmer and May sister schools and engaged in cross-cultural exchanges while building sustainable international connections with their peers.