La Jolla Country Day School is an independent school in La Jolla, a community of San Diego, California. It was founded as the Balmer School by Louise Balmer in 1926. The school contains a lower school, a middle school, and an upper school.
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
Blair Overstreet is a World History teacher with over a decade of teaching experience and leading international trips and a lifetime as a world traveler. Having grown up in an insular town of Mississippi, she has dedicated her adult life to understanding the world around her and the people of other cultures. She lived in Italy for two years, has had month-long experiences in Guatemala, China, and India, and has led student trips to Italy, France, and South Africa. Her favorite thing about taking students on these trips is watching them not only learn more about other cultures but also seeing them examine their own culture. She’s excited about leading this trip to Vietnam because it’s a wonderful opportunity to be fully immersed in a history that spans the ancient, through colonialism, to the modern era and a chance to get to know the people working to improve their own communities.Learn More
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