Academic Travel 2022

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We are thrilled to be bringing back Academic Travel in Summer 2022 to offer a variety of learning experiences for Middle and Upper School students. Waterford’s Academic Travel offers an exciting array of opportunities to learn in the context of diverse cultures and historically significant places. Information about these trips is given below. Please note the following important items:

  • Grade levels are the grade your child is currently enrolled for the 2021-22 school year.
  • To enroll, fill out the relevant application form linked below. A separate application is required for each course.
  • Completing the application form represents a firm commitment to participate in that course. Before applying, please check your summer schedule for conflicts.
  • Tuition for Academic Travel trips will be billed in two parts: 1) A deposit (50% of total cost) in January. 2) The balance in March. Please see the schedule at the bottom of this page. Note that tuition is given as a range of costs, and is dependent on the number of participants, airfare costs, exchange rates, etc. Once tuition is firmly established, the information will be promptly conveyed to participating families.
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to

Note about COVID-19 Interruptions: We will continue to watch the guidelines and directives from the Center for Disease Control and the Utah Department of Health. As we get closer to the date, and in careful consideration of the advice from these organizations, we will make updates with any of the below academic travel trips.

Upper School Shakespeare and Hiking in Southern Utah – 2022

  • Trip Leaders: Andrea Brunken and Alex Gould
  • Cost: $700 – $750.
  • Dates: August 15 – 17, 2022
  • Current Classes: Incoming (2022-23) X-XII
  • Group size: 10-20 students
  • Description: This two-and-a-half-day excursion will give students an opportunity to reconnect with friends and peers while experiencing Tony-award winning theater at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and enjoying the natural splendors of Southern Utah on the eve of a new academic year. On Monday, August 15th, the group will arrive in Cedar City in time for an afternoon hike in Cedar Breaks before enjoying a group dinner and an evening performance of All’s Well That End’s Well. On Tuesday, August 16th, we will hike the National Park, Kolob Canyon, in the morning before attending a matinee performance of The Tempest—a perfect compliment to this year’s summer Shakespeare read for Upper School. After an early dinner, students will have some time to explore Cedar City before we conclude our play-going with an evening performance of Sweeney Todd. On the morning of Wednesday, August 17th, we will depart Cedar City and make a stop in Fishlake National Forest to pay our respects to Pando, the world’s largest living organism, before returning to Waterford by mid-afternoon.
  • Because we need to purchase play tickets in advance, please only apply here if you can commit to the trip. The total cost will be billed to your Waterford account and payment due by June 15.

Costa Rica: Language Immersion, Service, and Adventure

  • Trip Leaders: Angela Bohcali and Anna White
  • Cost: $5,000- $5,400
  • Dates: June 10 – 23, 2022
  • Current Classes: IX – XII
  • Group size: 10-20 students
  • Description: Watch your Spanish speaking and listening skills soar, as you explore Costa Rica in a 14-day trip that includes a homestay, community service, and outdoor adventures. On the first leg of the trip, you will stay for 6 nights with families in Heredia, a city just outside the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. During the weekday, you will spend evenings with your host family and do daytime classes and activities with our group. Each morning’s language and culture class will prepare you to succeed in that afternoon’s activities, which include cooking, a dance lesson, an artisan market, arts and crafts projects, and a walk through the city. You will then spend a weekend doing activities with your host family. On Monday you will travel by bus to Camp Caño Negro, a wetlands area in the extreme north of the country. Our group will work for 5 days with a local service organization, SINAC, on initiatives to preserve/restore natural resources. You will get to know the locals well, as they explain the problems they are facing and the projects they are working on to solve them. During this time we will also have a soccer match with the community and go on a boat tour. The last 2 days will be spent in the cloud forests of Monteverde, Arenal Volcano National Park, and going zip-lining.

    Our host families have been carefully vetted and prepared by our travel company, WorldStrides, and they will take good care of you. Each of them will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which is also a requirement for travelers on this and all Waterford’s foreign trips next summer

France: Language Immersion and Culture in Provence

  • Trip Leaders: Véronique and Barry Willardson
  • Cost: $5,400 – $5,900 – 50% non-refundable deposit due in January and the balance due in March
  • Dates: June 18 – July 1, 2022
  • Current Classes: IX – XII
  • Description: Watch your speaking and listening skills skyrocket, as you stay for 9 days with families in stunningly beautiful Antibes, a seaside town near Nice. During the weekdays, you will spend evenings with your host family and do daytime classes and activities with our group, including a cooking class, learning to play Pétanque, a day at the beach, visiting a perfume factory, a treasure hunt, and much more. You will then spend a weekend doing activities with your host family. For the last 4 days, the group will be together, staying at a hotel in Les Baux-de-Provence, an amazing medieval fortress city on top of a rocky pinnacle. During this time we will take day trips to see the cathedral and a museum in Aix-en-Provence, a falconry show, a glass factory, a windmill, and finally visit the lavender fields, where we will learn together to make sweet-smelling soaps. During this trip you will find a nice balance between carefully-planned, fun activities and some free time to decompress, shop, play, and enjoy friends, old and new.
  • Our host families have been carefully vetted and prepared by our travel company, WorldStrides, and they will take good care of you. Each of them will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which is also a requirement for travelers on this and all Waterford’s foreign trips next summer.

Singapore: Culture and History 2022

  • Trip Leaders: Tim Stout and Betty Bienert
  • Cost: $5800 – $6300. Half due as a deposit in January. Balance due in March.
  • Dates: June 21 to July 2, 2022
  • Current Classes: X – XII
  • Group size: 8-16 students
  • Description: When China became unavailable for travel, we pivoted to a trip to the amazing destination of Singapore. We will stay in a hotel in Chinatown, conveniently located near a Chinese language school, called LTL (Live The Language). Students will receive instruction each morning and will then be given a series of tasks to complete, for example, meeting people, asking directions, ordering at a restaurant, shopping for groceries, cooking an authentic Chinese meal, locating items in a scavenger hunt, joining in a Chinese Karaoke challenge, and bargaining in a market. Each afternoon and evening we will take in the sights and sounds of Singapore, as we explore the Marina Bay and Gardens, SEA Aquarium, Singapore Night Zoo, Singapore Botanical Gardens, and Universal Studios Singapore. We will take a bike tour, ride a cable car, use the metro, and enjoy leisurely strolls as we get better acquainted with this beautiful island, which is home to millions of ethnic Chinese people. We will also likely pick up key phrases in Malay and Tamil, also widely spoken there. 

Italy: Ancient Rome and the Renaissance – 2022

  • Trip Leaders: Heidi Poole and Julie Ransom
  • Cost: $6,500 – $7,300. One half of cost is due in a non-refundable deposit in January. Balance due in March.
  • Dates: June 13 – 24, 2022
  • Current Classes: VII-XII
  • Group size: 10-20 students
  • Description: Come and be amazed at the historical and cultural wonders of Italy, center of the Roman Empire and jewel of Renaissance Europe. Fly into Rome and spend most of the first week exploring the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican, the Borghese Gardens, the Catacombs, and so many other sites. You will enjoy the balance between scheduled visits and chances to walk through this amazing city and see what we discover. Take a bike ride along the Appian Way. Make a day trip via train to see the artistic and architectural wonders of Florence. After Rome, Sorrento will be our home base for the latter part of the trip, as we see Pompeii, hike on Mount Vesuvius, explore Herculaneum, the marvels of Capri, the Naples Archeological Museum, and the Amalfi Coast. We will have a dance lesson, eat amazing food, and enjoy some down time together in spectacular southern Italy. We will catch the flight home from in Naples.

US/MS Outdoor: Canoeing in the Boundary Waters
– Northern MN (2 groups)

  • Trip Leaders: Ms. Priscilla Stewart and Mr. Waterhouse
  • Cost: ~$1900 (VII-VIII) / ~$3300 (IX-XII). 50% Deposit due in January and the balance due in March.
  • Dates: June 18-24 (for current classes VII-VIII) and June 18-July 1 (for current IX-XII)
  • Current Classes: VII-XII
  • Group size limit due to permits: 7 students VII-VIII and 7 students IX-XII
  • Nota bene: We have a bit of a unique set up this year, running 2 trips that overlap at the start and are going to the same place, but the older students stay a week longer than the younger ones.
  • Description: One night in Minneapolis, then 2 nights at a YMCA camp for basic canoe training and practice, gear packing, and general preparation. Then a multi-day (3 day/2 night or 10/9 night day) canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, a 1 million acre preserve that National Geographic Traveler named one of its “50 Places of a Lifetime” to visit. Both groups will camp in the wilderness, paddling 6-10 miles per day. Swim in pristine lakes. Portage canoes from lake to lake. And experience wilderness unlike anything in Utah. The final night will be back at the YMCA camp with a banquet and a bonfire.
  • All travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Application and Payment Deadlines

December 10, 2021 – Application Deadline

To apply for a trip, click on the link at the bottom of that trip’s description and fill out the google form to which you are directed. Please note that the last question on the application is meant to be answered by the student. 

December 16, 2022 – Notification of accepted applications. 

On or before this date, the school will let students (and their families) know if they are accepted to go on the trip.

January 5, 2022 – Deposit Billed to Student Accounts

The tuition deposit is half of the trip cost. Registration is considered confirmed when the deposit is paid (by January 25). It is alright to pay off the entire amount at this time, as well.

January 10, 2022 – Deposit Payment Deadline

The deposit must be paid by this date to hold the spot on the trip. This deposit is non-refundable.

March 7, 2022 – Balance of Academic Travel Billed

The balance of the tuition for summer trips is billed on this date.

March 10, 2022 – Academic Travel Tuition Deadline

The balance of tuition for trips must be paid by this date.

Questions About
Waterford Travel Programs

If you have questions about a specific trip, please contact the Trip Leader, or the Director of Auxiliary Programs, Kent Hercules: or 801.816.2296.

Travel 2020

  • Culture and Community Service in Guatemala

Travel 2018-19

Travel with Summer Term in 2019 gave students memorable, even life-changing experiences. We express thanks to Faculty who designed and led these trips and to the families whose support made these trips possible.

  • Spring Break Humanitarian Service in Kolkata, India
  • Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
  • Choir Tour to South Africa
  • A History of Scotland: Vikings, Wallace, and the Bonnie Prince
  • Art and Culture in England, Denmark and Sweden
  • Outdoor Program: Escalante Expedition
  • Outdoor Program: Alaska: Majestic McCarthy
  • Outdoor Program: Ouray Ice Climbing