Global Learning

Hopkins seeks to nurture students as global citizens possessing 
the cultural knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity to fully embrace and navigate the larger world.
Hopkins encourages students to grow as global citizens and has sponsored foreign trips for many years. School Year Abroad continues to be an attractive option for students interested in studying abroad for a semester or year.

Recently Hopkins has sought to cultivate "global neighborhoods" in communities abroad, many of which are New Haven Sister Cities: Amalfi, Italy; Avignon, France; Changsha, China; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

These global neighborhoods are welcoming places where Hopkins students can learn about a different culture, build friendships with peers from a local school, and develop their language fluency through immersion.

The core of each of these global neighborhoods is a partnership between Hopkins and a secondary school or community organization. Hopkins students connect and work with partner school students in the context of their language classes several times during the academic year. In March, student groups visit partner schools and enjoy the hospitality of host students and their families. In turn, students from the partner schools visit us and stay with Hopkins host families. Hopkins also offers a service learning trip to Guatemala that runs each summer.

Contact David Harpin, Global Programs Coordinator, if you have any questions about global learning programs.

Global Programs

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  • CHINA


    Hopkins collaborates with Yali-Peicui School in Changsha, China. This vibrant partnership includes visits of Hopkins students to Yali-Peicui School in Changsha, China (Changsha is also one of New Haven's Sister Cities), during March vacation every other year. In turn, a group of Yali-Peicui students visits Hopkins each year. The guest students stay with Hopkins host families, get immersed in the life of the school, and explore New Haven.

    Hopkins art classes also collaborate with Yali-Peicui art classes to create a work of art during the school year between visits.

    Contact Lan Lin for more information about Hopkins's trips to Changsha, China.
     
  • FRANCE


    French classes exchange email and video with students at Lycee Louis Pasteur in Avignon, France, during the school year. The goals of this exchange are to develop language skills, to learn about French culture, and to build community.

    Hopkins organizes visits to Avignon during March vacation every other year. Students have the opportunity to explore Avignon, the city of the medieval popes, rich in history and art (and also one of New Haven's Sister Cities); they may also meet and spend time with their friends at the Lycee Louis Pasteur. These March trips include homestays with families in Avignon.

    Contact Tilden Daniels for more information about Hopkins's trips to Avignon.
  • ITALY


    Italian and Latin classes exchange email and video with students at Liceo Marini Gioia in Amalfi, Italy. The goals of this exchange are to develop language skills, to learn about Italian culture, and to build community.

    Hopkins organizes visits to Amalfi during March vacation every other year. Students have the opportunity to explore Amalfi, a medieval city rich in art, history, and culture (and also one of New Haven's Sister Cities), and to explore the connections between Amalfi and New Haven. They are also able to meet and spend time with their friends at the Liceo Marini Gioia.

    Hopkins partners with the Accademia Italiana in Salerno which provides language instruction and cultural enrichment opportunities.

    Contact Teresa Picarazzi for more information about Hopkins's trips to Amalfi.
     
  • SERVICE LEARNING TRIP TO GUATEMALA


    Every summer Hopkins students can participate in a service trip to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, which offers broad exposure to both Hispanic and Indigenous spirituality and culture, while working with under-served children in rural schools.

    Each year, students have learned a variety of skills, such as hand mixing cement, painting, building or planting, while working and cultivating friendships with the people they serve. 

    Students spend the mornings in service work. Afternoon activities include shadowing a Mayan family, visits to ancient ruins, organic chocolate factories, weavers’ co-ops, soaking in hot volcanic springs or hiking through the verdant countryside.

    Spanish students are encouraged to improve their language skills with the immersive opportunities the trip  offers. Language interpretation is available for students who have no background in Spanish.

    Contact Susan Bennitt for more information about the annual summer service learning trip to Guatemala.