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, Colombia, Cuba or Costa Rica.