The Travel Center has a wealth of information about DCIS travel and travel related resources. Check out upcoming events, opportunities, scholarships, and school sponsored trips below! Or stop by and explore!
“Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes,’ otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life.” –Ian Fleming
WELCOME TO THE TRAVEL CENTER
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Tuesdays 7:30 – 3:00
Wednesdays 7:30 – 3:00
Thursdays 7:30 – 3:00
DEADLINES, SCHOLARSHIPS, OPPORTUNITIES
DCIS FOUNDATION TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS -Applications are open to high school students who have not previously received a DCISF grant and to middle school trips as a group, i.e., Costa Rica. Students can only receive one DCISF Travel Scholarship during their high school career
ORIENTATION -MANDATORY MEETING- Students MUST attend one of these! This is the only place you can get an application. Wednesday, January 7 OR Thursday, January 8 Lunchtime in the MUN Room
APPLICATIONS DUE Thursday, January 22
INTERVIEWS Tuesday, January 27 & Thursday January 29
Department of State Scholarships for High-School Students:
The U.S. Department of State is offering merit-based scholarships for high-school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year.
Applications will be accepted in the fall for:
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Apply December 2014 through February 2015 depending on the hosting organization
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) Apply by January 7, 2015
Other scholarship opportunities for high school students:
Euro Challenge: Euro Challenge is an exciting educational chance for high school students to learn about the European Union (EU) and the euro. Student teams of three to five students are asked to make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy and the single currency, the euro. They are also asked to pick one member country of the “euro area” (the 18 EU member countries that have adopted the euro so far), to examine an economic problem at the country level, and to identify policies for responding to that problem. Registration is now open
CIEE—Council on International Educational Exchange—is now accepting student applications for 30 programs in 16 destinations around the world. Students can choose from three kinds of programs:
Language & Culture – Whether they’re interested in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, Italian, or Arabic, students in language and culture programs will encounter instruction tailored to their level of proficiency, interactive language classes, and immersive experiences with a host family and native-speaking peers to rapidly develop their language proficiency.
Service & Leadership –For students interested in participating in a significant community project, these programs will foster their awareness as future global citizens and their ability to take action.
Content Studies – Students are encouraged to explore their passions while investigating a new culture and learning survival language in Botswana, Bonaire, Spain, or Ireland. These programs will help them develop their skills, do what they love, and prepare for their future—perhaps even for a career.
Learn more about the summer programs at: http://www.ciee.org/high-school- summer-abroad/ Open to students graduating in 2016, 2017, or 2018 is eligible to apply for a scholarship. Funds will be awarded based on merit and on financial need. There are three deadlines to apply: January 15, February 10, and March 1, 2015. Apply online at: http://www.ciee.org/high-school-summer-abroad/scholarships/
International Student/Teacher EssayContest: “Imagining a Better Future”:The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has opened a competition to teachers and students anywhere in the world. Essay topic: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place? Deadline: January 5, 2015
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships: Boren Awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Deadlines: January 27 and February 4, 2015
Christopher Columbus Awards: A community-based science and technology competition for middle school students provides hands-on experience with real-world problems. Eight finalist teams will participate in the National Championship Event and compete for valuable scholarships and the Columbus Foundation Community Grant, plus a $200 development grant to further refine their idea. Deadline: February 2, 2015
World of 7 Billion Video Contest: World of 7 Billion is holding a video contest for students to come up with innovative solutions to global challenges resulting from human population growth. Students must highlight a global issue dealing with either mass extinction, available farmland, or global education, explain why the issue is important, and provide at least one idea for a sustainable solution in order to be considered. Prizes include up to $1,000 for students and free curriculum resources for teachers. Deadline: February 19, 2015
THURSDAY, JAN. 8 @ 11:50-12:50 pm – MEET WITH A REPRESENTATIVE FROM ADOLESCO outside of the Travel Center. If you missed the opportunity in November, here’s a second chance to learn about this interesting exchange program. Adolesco offers language-immersion foreign exchanges for students ages 9 to 17. Live with a family in France, Spain, or Germany for 3 weeks to 3 months. Visit www.adolesco.org. Applications are due late January for summer 2015 exchanges.
THURSDAY, JAN. 15 @ 11:50-12:50 PM – MEET WITH A REPRESENTATIVE FROM ISA (INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ABROAD) outside of the Travel Center. Learn about academic year exchanges, semester exchanges, summer programs, GAP year programs, and more. Visit http://studiesabroad.com/ to learn more
FUNDRAISERS AND FUNDRAISING IDEAS!!!
LOOKING FOR FUNDRAISING IDEAS TO SUPPORT SCHOOL TRAVELS? - Join the other DCIS families and students that help at the food concessions during the Bronco’s games. This is a great way to make extra money for travels while at DCIS. Please contact Karen Gentzler at email@example.com for more information or to sign up!
FUND RAISE ONLINE - CHECK OUT GoEnnounce.com
EXCHANGES AND EXCHANGE STUDENTS
MEET OUR 2014-2015 EXCHANGE STUDENTS!
These students come from all over to stay with our families and study at DCIS for a year. Other exchanges occur during the year–some are shorter, 10 days to two weeks but add to our quest for cultural diversity and global knowledge.
COMING IN JANUARY 2015…. OUR TWO EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM PERU.
Meet Daniel Rosas and Fernanda Chirinos.
My name is Daniel Rosas and from Perú, I am 16 years old and my school here in Lima is called Trener. I have two brothers and one sister, also a stepfather and my parents. There are a lot of things I like to do in my free time, the most important one being watching films. I like to sit on my couch and watch any kind of movie, it can be of any time and any country, but is has to be a good one. Another thing I like to do is to play soccer (here it is called football) with my friends, and I also know a lot about the World Cup history, in case you want to know. The third thing I like to do is to make, play and listen to music. This is one of my biggest passions since I was eight years old. I can play the piano, the guitar and drums. Finally, I am very happy that I will be a part of your school, only for five weeks, but I am sure it is going to be a lot of fun with Astrid and Kathy. See you around!!!!!
My name is Fernanda Chirinos and I’m Peruvian. I am 16 years old and I study at Trener School. I have always lived in Peru, but I travel quite often. That may be one of my favorite things to do. I absolutely adore discovering new places. I don’t necessarily go to a place to see the typical tourist attractions, but to just walk around and get to know the place. Here, I live with my mom, my stepdad and my little brother. I also enjoy watching movies and reading. Honestly, I don’t think anything compares to watching a great movie with your closest friends. I recently started practicing aerial silks and I’m really enjoying it. It literally is like flying. Anyways, I’m really looking forward to this trip and meeting new people. See you soon!
AND COMING FEBRUARY 2015, OUR VISITING US BRAZIL CONNECT/CONEXAO MUNDO EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM PORTO VELHO AND COCOAL, BRAZIL!
HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT!
Contact the Travel Center if interested in learning more or hosting! Please complete our DCIS Host Family Application 05 21 13 so we have your information on file.
TWO SHORT HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2015 !
AFS is looking for families to host international exchange students for four days (January 21-25, 2015) while they are in Denver for International School Day (Jan. 23!). DCIS is again happy to be a part of this annual event. Please contact Claudia at AFSCOLORADO@gmail.com (We have two AFS exchange students at DCIS this year!)
US-Brazil Connect is once again partnering with DCIS and seeking host families for Brazilian high school students who will be visiting Denver from February 15-28, 2015. Contact Geri Badler in the Travel Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or if interested in hosting
2015 TEACHER SPONSORED TRIPS
ITALIAN EXCHANGE (Tentatively MARCH 25-APRIL 7, 2015 ) Open to high school students taking Italian. Sponsor: Ms. Bishop
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND EXCHANGE AND EXPLORATION (MARCH 21 -APRIL 7, 2015 ) Open to high school students. Sponsors: Mr. Reiter
LONDON THEATRE AND SHAKESPEARE (SPRING BREAK 2015) – Open to high school students. Sponsor: Ms. Younts
PERU – SERVICE LEARNING/HIKING TRIP (SPRING BREAK 2015) - Open to high school students able to carry 40 lbs. and hike 30 miles. Sponsor: Mr. Efting
SOPHOMORE CLASS TRIP TO CANYONLANDS, UTAH (APRIL 6-10, 2015) – Open to Sophomores! Sponsors: Ms. Finnegan-Doyon, Mr. Sallers, Mr. Adams MANDATORY PARENT MEETING ON JANUARY 15 FROM 5-6 PM
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (MAY 27-JUNE 3, 2015) – Open to high school students in Ms. Rivera’s Advisory. Sponsor: Ms. Rivera
VIVA ARGENTINA (JUNE 6-16, 2015) - Open to high school students and current 7th and 8th graders who speak or are currently taking Spanish. Sponsor: Ms. Hirsch
ENGLAND, FRANCE & SPAIN (JUNE 2-21, 2-15) – Open to high school students. Sponsor: Mr. Brown
SEVILLE, SPAIN (June 2015) - Open to middle school students in Ms. Burns Advisory. Sponsor: Ms. Burns
COSTA RICA AND NICARAGUA (JUNE 10-21, 2015 ) – Open to middle school students. Sponsor: Mr. Mahon