2022-2023 Middle School Global Travel Opportunities in Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Florida


At Colorado Academy, we nurture dynamic thinkers and active citizens of the world through a curriculum that develops intellectual aptitude and character. Part of that curriculum includes experiences designed to offer students extended study outside the classroom and out of the country. These programs are strictly optional. Some are more academic and exploratory; others are more service-oriented. Each is designed to be a memorable and educational experience. There are a number of challenging and exciting programs in Middle School. No matter the destination, CA’s Global Travel program provides a wide range of opportunities for enhanced learning.

CA faculty members lead our trips, and some trips include arrangements by a trusted professional travel vendor. We are committed to helping students gain invaluable experience as part of a secure and safe travel experience. At CA, safety is our primary concern. Trips may be postponed or canceled due to weather, staffing, political unrest, pandemics, travel restrictions or advisories, or any other conditions that would compromise student safety.

Want to enroll?

The application window for Middle School Global Travel is open from November 1-15, 2022. To enroll, please complete this application by November 15 for consideration. Spaces are limited.

The trips are open to Middle School students. NOTE: The Costa Rica Interim is for students in Grades 7 & 8 taking Spanish only.

Questions? Reach out to the trip leader or contact Taja McKinney, CA Director of Global Travel.

Have Questions About Financial Aid?

Limited financial aid for travel programs is available for students currently receiving tuition assistance. We may not be able to cover fees for all who apply, yet we are committed to providing as many students as possible with the opportunity to participate. If you are currently receiving financial aid and are interested in a program, please contact Enrollment & Financial Aid Manager, Lisa Dean. All applications for financial aid are kept confidential, and the Travel and Exchange Program Financial Aid Committee makes all final decisions. Application for Financial Aid.

Dominican Republic

Service Adventure and Cultural Immersion

  • Location: Cotui, Dominican Republic
  • Dates: Spring Break – March 18-25, 2023
  • Trip Leaders: Jessica Campbell & Chris Hertig
  • Total Cost Estimate: $2,705 (Includes flight estimate and other incidentals)
  • Eligibility: Grades 6-8, no Spanish skills required
  • Capacity: 12-16 students
  • Vendor: Visions
  • Initial Application: Please complete this Google form by November 15.
  • Information Session: Monday, November 7 at 6 p.m., on Zoom (Update: this meeting will not be in person)
  • Detailed Itinerary: View here.

Trip details:

Join other Middle School students from Colorado Academy for a week to remember in La Republica Dominicana. No Spanish skills are required—just an open mind, enthusiasm, and a desire to make a difference. Help to build classrooms at schools that are filled to capacity, help to run a popular day camp for local children, and make an impact that will have positive ripple effects for years to come. Our home base is in the energized town of Cotui, a historic locale that dates to the early 1500s. Off the beaten path and in a quaint welcoming neighborhood, participants find their vibrant home away from home and enjoy practicing Spanish while having a fun and immersive experience in a new culture. 

Costa Rica

Leadership Program with Spanish Language Immersion

  • Location: Chilamate, Costa Rica
  • Dates: MS Interim – May 6-13, 2023
  • Trip Leaders: Sara Monterroso & Thanh Luong
  • Total Cost Estimate: $3,039 (Includes flight estimate and other incidentals) Note: This price includes a $400 credit per student for the Interim program.
  • Eligibility: Grades 7 & 8; students must be taking Spanish
  • Capacity: Minimum 10 students, maximum 25 students
  • Vendor: World Leadership School
  • Initial Application: Please complete this Google form by November 15.
  • Information Session: Monday, November 7 at 5 p.m. in the Middle School Community Room or on Zoom (passcode: password)
  • Detailed Itinerary: View here.

Students will hike in the rainforest and take an ethnobotanist class as they learn about eco-tourism. The group will focus on Spanish immersion experiences and will take a Costa Rican cooking class and tour a chocolate plantation. Through homestays in rural areas and engaging with community projects, students will gain a valuable understanding of different cultures and communities in Costa Rica. View the flyer. Read the full itinerary.

Florida Marine Science Trip

Habitat H20 Student Tour

  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Dates: Summer – June 5-9, 2023
  • Trip Leaders: Sue Counterman & Erin Galvin
  • Total Cost Estimate: $3,112 (Includes flight estimate and other incidentals)
  • Eligibility: Grades 6-8
  • Capacity: 6-16 Students
  • Vendor: World Strides
  • Initial Application: Please complete this Google form by November 15.
  • Information Session: Wednesday, November 2 at 4 p.m. in Middle School Room 104, or on Zoom.
  • Detailed Itinerary: View here.

This hands-on marine biology experience near Tampa will have students snorkeling with manatees and touching playful stingrays. Students will build on experiences from their classrooms and explore new ecosystems and environments as they explore both the importance of water in its many forms and the diversity of creatures that inhabit it. View the itinerary. Learn more about the vendor and program.