Berkshire Waldorf high school students travel at least once during their high school years, to Munich if they study German, and to a Spanish-speaking country if they study Spanish. Our students attend Waldorf schools abroad and stay with local families, allowing them to experience another culture and school setting and to attain fluency in a foreign language.
“These trips encourage real, practical foreign language learning,” says Stephen Sagarin, Faculty Chair. “Our slogan is, ‘Small School, Big World,’ and travel every other year broadens our students’ experience of the world we all share. There is no substitute for working and learning side-by-side with those who speak different languages and live in different cultures.”
German and Spanish language trips are financed by intensive student fundraising as well as grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the German government. The foreign student visiting program has flourished at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, with German students from Waldorf schools spending time with us, and continued biennial trips to Munich and Peru or Colombia or, most recently, Cuba.
German language students at the Berkshire Waldorf High School visit their sister school in Munich every 2 to 3 years, with their teacher, Ursula Wirth. In Munich, they live with German families and attend classes at the Munich-Schwabing Rudolf Steiner School. The group also travels within Germany, including past trips to Vienna or Berlin, before returning home.
Spanish students have traveled to Peru, Colombia, and, most recently, to Cuba. Students who went to Peru for 3 weeks during the spring of 2004 attended the Lima Waldorf School, worked on a community service project for women and children, and trekked to Machu Piccu in the high Andes.