The Blake School provides students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values. Students are expected to participate in an integrated program of academic, artistic and athletic activities in preparation for college, lifelong learning, community service and lives as responsible world citizens.
Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, insider’s access to living historians, service and analytical reflection, this one-of-a-kind educational trip empowers students to understand the causes and consequences of America’s most controversial war. Students learn of Cold-War era dynamics, geopolitical concerns, policies and personalities, which shaped the Indochina conflict. Through a comprehensive itinerary balancing active learning with quiet reflection, students are encouraged to perceive the Vietnam War through a lens of compassion. Ultimately, the synthesis of historical curriculum, conscious tourism, contact with living historians and daily journal-writing provide a framework for applying the lessons of the past upon the geopolitical conflicts of today.Register Now
Jon Dicus is a Social Studies and Spanish teacher at Blake School’s upper school. Combining his interests in living history and the Spanish language, Blake’s Cuba program offers a perfect platform to immerse students in the living and historical Cuba, currently experiencing vast diplomat changes in its relationship with the U.S.. Jon is happy to further Blake’s mission and core values of preparing its students to be lifelong learners, committed to community service and living responsibly and respectfully as world citizens through the person-to-person exchange, service-learning, and thoughtful curriculum and reflection offered through Peace Works Travel.Learn More
Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
The Santa Barbara Independent
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California