New England Expedition
Away But Home: A Writing Intensive Exploration
Locations: VT, NH, ME, & MA
For: Students Ages 15-18
What is home? What places, people, food, objects, songs, smells, ideas, and activities feel like home to you and why? As students and change-makers, why does it matter that we consider our relationships and responsibilities to the communities that we each call home? How do we, individually and collectively, build strong communities, and how do we react when those communities feel threatened? What does it mean to be from a place? And what pieces of that place do we take with us when we leave?
This five-week writing-intensive expedition is designed to give you the opportunity to answer these questions for yourself as you explore how different individuals and communities in New England define, create, defend, and transform home for themselves. You'll carry your home on your back as you hike through the mountains of New England; consider different perspectives on environmental, social, and economic justice as you meet and talk with people living in rural Vermont, coastal Maine, and downtown Boston; and learn about the histories, ecologies, and current struggles and success stories within these Northeastern states from the people who live there. As you travel, you will work with our faculty to craft your own personal essay about what home means to you - a written piece that can be used as a college application essay, submitted to a magazine or other publication, or kept as a personal chronicle of your summer travel experience.
Academic Courses Include
U.S. History, Natural Science, Writing, and Citizenship & Leadership