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.
Please contact the sponsoring teacher or Ms. Wickham email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.
|Organization||Hosting (H)/Exchanges (E)|
Length of Stay
|AFS-USA||H, E||6–12 weeks5 mos.10 mos.||Claudia Thomas|
|EF High School Exchange Year||H||1 semester1 school year||Derek Chandler|
|Adolesco||H, E||Varies||Marie Meyer|
|CIEE||H||1 semester1 year||Amanda Meyer|
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.