Knowing that a study abroad program is not right for every student, CHRHS offers students and staff opportunities to participate in short-term exchange programs in a number of host countries. These school sanctioned trips are organized by individual teachers who want to take students to different parts of the United States or to locations throughout the world. The teachers connect with schools for a reciprocal exchange whereby similar numbers of students in the host country will also visit Camden Hills Regional High School. CHRHS students host foreign students and vice-versa during most of the exchange trips.
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How Long is a Exchange Trip?
What Does a Typical Trip Cost?
Where do Students Typically Go?
Is Financial Aid Available?
Who is Eligible to Go on a Exchange Trip?
How Do I Find Out What Trips are Approved Each Year?
Who Chaperones Exchange Trips?
Who Pays for the Trips?
Are there Fundraising Opportunities?
How Long is a Exchange Trip?
An exchange trip typically last about two weeks. Travel is restricted to school vacations and a few school days before or after a vacation. The Five Town School Board must approve any trip in order for students and staff to be given release time.
An exchange trip can range anywhere from $2,500 to $3,000. The cost varies according to the location, dates of the trip, and at times the number of students on the trip.
Locations will vary from year to year. We do, however, have some favorite locations that students and staff have gone to for years. These locations include France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Scotland.
Yes, it is the explicit intent of the Five Town School Board and administration, to provide financial assistance to students who are considered economically disadvantaged. To qualify, a student must be on the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Our goal is to provide at least one full scholarship for every trip. Funding is dependent on a number of factors. Students are encouraged to sign up for trips even before they know if funding is available. If there is no funding, or they are not chosen for a scholarship, they are not financially committed and can withdraw from the trip.
For the most part, all CHRHS students are eligible to participate on an Exchange trip.
All trips are announced to students during school. Parents are informed by email, our automated phone system, and the school newsletter. In addition, each fall there is an Intercultural Programming Information Night at the high school.
The lead chaperone for any school sanctioned trip must be a CSD employee. If more than one chaperone is needed, preference is give to CSD employees. At times, non school employees who are approved by the high school administration may serve as chaperones. By School Board Policy, there must be one chaperone for every eight students. Great effort is made to have at least one male and one female chaperone on every trip.
Parents are responsible for the entire cost of an Exchange trip, although fundraising offsets some of this cost. Trips are usually approved by the School Board a year in advance. That gives parents time to set aside money and students time to earn money they can put toward a trip.
Yes, in fact, fundraising is required for all trips. The lead chaperone is responsible for spearheading fundraising, but typically parents organize fundraising activities.