Summer Term - Upper School Outdoor in Washington

Academic Travel - 2020

Academic Travel - 2020


Update due to COVID-19 Interruptions: Like many of you, we at Waterford are watching the guidelines and directives from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Utah Department of Health. In careful consideration of the advice from these organizations, we will make a determinations about each of the below academic travel trips. Decisions on cancelling some trips have been made, see below. 

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.

Note that tuition is given as a range of costs. Until the number of participants is known and airfare, exchange rate, etc. are established, it’s difficult to be precise about cost. Once tuition is firmly established, the information will be promptly conveyed to participating families.

Spring Break 2020: Humanitarian Service in Guatemala

  • Trip Leader: Nicki and Barbara Biscupovich
  • Cost: $2500 - $3000
  • Dates: February 28 - March 6
  • Current Classes: IX - XII
  • Description: Guatemala is among the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. A large percentage of the population consists of native Mayan people, who often live in remote and impoverished villages. Guatemala is also affected by poorly-developed and under-funded health services, social services, and education infrastructure. The people of Guatemala are some of the most thankful , appreciative, kind people you could meet. We love the people of Guatemala, which is one of the main reasons why we continue taking groups there. We hope you will have the opportunity to be a part of this trip, which will make a difference in the lives of many…including your own.  
  • Application Form


  • Trip Leaders: Tim Stout and Betty Bienert
  • Cost: $4800 - $5400
  • Dates: June 22 – July 3
  • Current Classes: IX - XII
  • Description: Come travel to China with us! Our 12-day trip begins in Beijing, where we’ll climb the Great Wall, explore the Forbidden City, and taste Beijing Duck. Then, we’ll take a high speed train to the home of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. We’ll also visit with students at Xi’an University, and take a bike ride around the old city wall. Next, we’ll visit the Pandas in Chengdu, learn to cook two Sichuan dishes, and see a Sichuan Opera. Guilin will take your breath away with its stunning natural beauty, including cavernous caves, limestone karst hills, and the meandering Li River. Finally, we'll participate in a two-day exchange at an international school in Guangzhou.
  • Application Form

France, Belgium, Netherlands: Culture, Art, and History  **CANCELLED**

  • Trip Leaders: Colby and Anikò Brewer
  • Cost: $5,500 - $5,800
  • Dates: June 23 – July 9
  • Current Classes: VIII – XII
  • Description: Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam are some of Europe’s most vibrant capitals. Travel through them with an accomplished, active artist and teacher. And have a wonderful time with a group of your peers, visiting many of the most historic museums and sites in Europe, to see first-hand the treasures they contain. Our first stop is Paris, where we visit the famous Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Sainte Chapelle and many other interesting sites. Our next stop is Normandy where we see Utah Beach, the American Cemetery, and the beautiful Mont Saint Michel. As we drive to Belgium we stop at Dunkirk, on our way to Bruges to see that unique city and take a canal boat ride. In Brussels, the group is participating in a fun Waffle workshop led by a local cook. Our last stop is Amsterdam, to see the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Rembrandt House, and much more.
  • Application Form

Upper School Outdoor Program: Lake Tahoe - Pacific Crest Trail

  • Trip Leader: Mr.  Watkins
  • Cost: $2,000 -2,500, dependent on enrollment
  • Dates: June 22 - July 1
  • Current Classes: IX-XII
  • Description: Come join your classmates on an amazing adventure exploring two of the crown jewels of the lower 48-states: Lake Tahoe and the Pacific Crest Trail! Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, sculpted by an awe-inspiring combination of glacial and volcanic activity, with diverse terrain that allows for seemingly unlimited exploration. Along the Lake Tahoe section of the Pacific Crest Trail — a trail that reaches from Canada to Mexico! — we will backpack through two wilderness zones, rock climb on world-class, granite rock climbing areas, and camp at unique alpine lakes. With the cobalt blue water reflecting the Sierras, the group will trace its way across airy ridgelines and dive into ponderosa and lodgepole pine forest. Via Ferrata, Packrafting and Paddleboarding are additional skills and activities that will be considered. Learn and practice teamwork, wilderness, and leadership skills. Find connections with your classmates based on support, respect, and fun!
  • Application form

Spain: Language, History, and Culture  **CANCELLED**

  • Trip Leaders: Nicki and Barbara Biscupovich
  • Cost: $5,000 -5,500, dependent on enrollment
  • Dates: June 10-June 29
  • Current Classes: IX-XII
  • Description: A visit to Spain is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have. Spain brings excitement and life to anybody who ventures there. It will leave a lasting memory because of its melting pot of culture, art, architecture, music, food, history, and traditions. On this 3-week trip, explore many different cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Zaragoza, Salamanca, Cordoba, Santander, Malaga, and Picos de Europa. Experience important museums, caves, monasteries, cathedrals, castles, the Roman amphitheater, a Flamenco Show, a bullfight, beaches, and La Alhambra, just to mention a few. If you decide to go on this trip, you will never regret it. Come practice the language you have learned and bask in the culture of historic, unforgettable Spain.
  • Application form

Orchestra Trip: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia (This trip is already full)

  • Trip Leader: Kathy Morris
  • Cost: $7,000
  • Dates: June 9-21
  • Current Classes: VIII-XI
  • Description: One of the most enriching experiences that an orchestra tour provides is that of the performances themselves. Students will give at least 5 full length concerts in various churches and concert halls in Venice, Ljubljana, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik. In the past we have performed in a variety of amazing venues -- everything from small, intimate churches, to classical concert halls, 800 year old opera houses, and a rock concert style stage at the World Expo in China. A Waterford orchestra tour is a year long commitment to your instrument and our program. It is the only time that Waterford students have the opportunity to prepare an entire concert’s worth of varied repertoire. The amount of repertoire and therefore practice that a tour requires is often the turning point in a student’s musical career at Waterford. Students will be required to keep a journal, participate in daily discussions and present a paper at the end of the trip. Going on an orchestra tour requires hard work, but in the end builds camaraderie and character, and is a life changing experience that one will never forget.

Middle School Outdoor Program: Teton Rock & Water

  • Trip Leaders: Mr. Watkins, Mrs. Joslin, and Mr. Waterhouse
  • Cost: $1,200 - $1500
  • Dates: August 17-23
  • Current Classes: VII-VIII
  • Description: The Waterford Outdoor Program is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join your classmates for an unforgettable adventure in Grand Teton National Park, near Jackson, Wyoming. Our trip will begin with a two-day kayaking trip across the stunning Jackson Lake, where we will explore an immaculate shoreline before stopping at our secluded campsite near Spalding Bay. We will fall asleep under the stars of the wide Wyoming sky, embracing the power of pristine wilderness. After kayaking and camping for two days, we’ll backpack through Alaska Basin with the Teton mountains ever-present above us. After hiking out near Phelps Lake, the group will raft and paddleboard a Wild & Scenic designated section of the Snake River with the Teton Range looming above us. Wildlife is abundant and the sightings will be many as we meander across the valley floor and look for wild trout while we float along. Bear and bison, moose and muskrat, beaver and bald eagle all frequent this area. After floating the Snake River we’ll head to Jackson to enjoy a final celebratory dinner as we look back on an exceptional week in the Tetons.
  • Application Form


October 22, 2019 - Application Deadline

To apply, visit the Summer Term website at and fill out the appropriate form. Trip leaders may have additional requirements for applicants. They will contact you and/or your student with this information upon completion of the Application Form.

November 8, 2019 - Deposit Billed

The tuition deposit is half of the course tuition. The deposit must be paid by the first day of class after Thanksgiving break, Dec. 2.

December 2, 2019 - Deposit Payment Deadline

The deposit must be paid by this date. The deposit is non-refundable.

January 6, 2020- Balance for Spring Term Trips Billed

The balance of the tuition for trips scheduled in Spring Term 2020 will be billed on this date.

January 31, 2020 - Balance of Spring Term tuition Deadline

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

March 11, 2020 - Balance of Summer Term Tuition Billed

The balance of the tuition for trips happening in the Summer months is billed on this date.

March 29, 2020 - Summer Term Tuition Deadline

The balance of tuition for Summer Term 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 last year, 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



The trips listed below have been approved for Spring and Summer 2021 and are provided to help you in making long-term plans. The list may change as circumstances warrant. Please speak with the leaders of these trips if you would like additional information.