Types of Travel

Group Travel

Note: Due to the pandemic 20-21 travel plans are currently on hold. We look forward to updating information on this site in January 2021.

DCIS offers students many opportunities for group travel. Some trips are teacher-led and open to all (click here to see photos from previous years’ trips). Others are class-wide trips for a particular grade level that mandate participation on either the trip or a local alternative. For example, the 10th-grade class has been to Canyonlands in Utah every year for a week for the last few years. Those who are unable to go opt for the local alternative, which offers a variety of cultural events and activities in or near Denver. 

Here is the proposed school sponsored group travel plans for 20-21. At this time all travel programs are on hold but we expect to still run the linked opportunities within the 21-22 school year as health and safety allows. Please contact the sponsoring teacher or Ms. Wickham courtney_wickham@dpsk12.org for more information.

Individual Travel/Study Abroad/Exchanges

DCIS Students travel with a variety of groups depending on their interests and goals. Below are some organizations that we partner with regularly due to the quality of their programs and how well they support the DCIS Mission.

Note: due to the pandemic we are not currently able to participate in hosting programs. We look forward to updating this site in January 2021.

Exchanges and Hosting

Hosting students from another country is “a way to connect with the world from our front door and see our country through another’s eyes.” So says DCIS parent Donna Bryson, whose family has hosted many foreign students, usually for a few weeks at a time (read the full article here).

Derek Chandler, who is a coordinator for Education First (EF) High School Exchange Year, says that being a host family is as rewarding for you as it is for the international student you bring into your home. You learn about another culture, you provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a teenager from across the globe, and you form a relationship that will stay with you and your family forever.

Hosts can opt for short-term or longer-term stays, from a few weeks up to a year. Hosting requirements vary but at a minimum typically involve providing the student with room and board and treating the student as a member of the family rather than as a guest. Host families are not paid, but in appreciation of their role as citizen ambassadors, they are eligible to take a charitable deduction on their income tax return. 

OrganizationHosting (H)/Exchanges (E)
Length of Stay

Contact
AFS-USAH, E6–12 weeks5 mos.10 mos.Claudia Thomas
website
EF High School Exchange YearH1 semester1 school yearDerek Chandler
website
AdolescoH, EVariesMarie Meyer
website
CIEEH1 semester1 yearAmanda Meyer
website

Contact Travel Center Director Courtney Wickham if you are interested in learning more about hosting. Please complete the Host Family Application so we have your information on file.