Travel Abroad Program

2016 – 2017 SCHOOL YEAR: The 4th trip for CSE’s Travel Abroad Program will be to Cuba via cruise (from Jamaica).

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*Flight leaves JFK 8:20 am on Friday, April 7th and lands in Montego Bay, Jamaica 1:29 pm (1 lay over)

Day 1

Afternoon: “Let’s Learn Cuban” – Join us for an in-depth discussion on what makes Cuban language different from her Latin American neighbors.

Day 2: Arrive 7 am, Depart 3pm

Morning: “Panoramic Santiago” Welcome to Santiago de Cuba, capital of the island and its cultural nerve center, on that’s core to the evolution of Cuba architecture, literature and music. Our first stop is the African Cultural Center to enjoy a traditional dance performance and a meet with the dancers. Take a stroll through the Patio of the Artisans and to Conga Gallery and its collection of contemporary Cuban art. Next stop is the Loma de San Juan and its manicured grounds, site of the only land battle of the Spanish-American War and home to the Unknown Mambi Soldier. Our tour continues through some of this city’s most famous avenues. We will pass the University of Oriente and visit the former Moncada Barracks, Revolution Square and El Morro Castle.

Afternoon: “Let’s Learn Salsa!” Lt us take you through all the salsa steps you need to know.

Day 3: At Sea – Authentic Cuban Experience Program on Board.

Morning: Start your day with an introduction to the unique instruments that make Cuban music so distinctive and infectious. Our Cuban musicians will demonstrate a number of traditional Cuban instruments, including bongos, the claves and the tres, Cuba’s famed three-string guitar.

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Join us for a Cuban cooking lesson and learn about some of the unique gems endemic to Cuban cuisine. Our chef will show you how Creole and Spanish cuisine blend to create the authentic, singular Cuban gastronomic experience loved all over the world.

Afternoon: Join us to find out how the country’s beloved “Habanos” are produced!

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Please join us for an informative documentary about Cuba.

Evening: Everybody loves to Cha Cha Cha! Join us for an authentic Cuban dance!

 Day 4: Arrive 9:30 am in Havana

Morning: Enjoy a lecture covering topics on which Cuba excels, such as social security, family code and agricultural co ops. “Real Taste of Havana: The old city center comprises a breathtaking mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments and a homogenous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards. Meander along the streets of the city and learn tales of this magical city’s storied history. WE will visit Old Havana to see the Royal Forces Castle, Saint Fransis of Assisi Square, the Cathedral Square and the Arms Square.

Afternoon: This Panoramic tour includes a photo stop at the gamed Old Capital building, then we drive past Revolution Museum, the Parquet Central and the Gran Teatro de Havana. We will stop at Revolution Square, where you will find the Jose Marti Memorial, the National Library and the Revolution Palace. We leave Revolution Square to continue our tour with a tour past some of Old Havana’s most important buildings, the University of Havana and the Alma Mater statue. WE end our tour at San Jose Market for more free time and the market’s unique shops and hospitable vendors.

Day 5: Depart from Havana at 5 pm

Old Havana and its fortifications are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was founded in 1519 by the Spanish and by the 17th century it had become one of the Caribbean’s main centers for ship-building. Our “More of the Real Havana” Tour features a visit to the Fine Arts Museum and the famed “Museo de le Revolucion”. Housed in the former Presidential Palace, the museum is devoted to the revolutionary war of the 1950s and to the country’s post-1959 history. Following, we will make a stop to marvel at the outdoor installations of legendary Cuban ceramicist and graphic artist Jose Fuster, a pioneer of Cuban visual art.

Afternoon: Join us for a brief discussion of visual art scene – influenced by both Latin America and Europe, Cuba’s vibrant culture and arts are the core to the country’s authenticity and to the life of its people.

Evening: Experience a selection of beautiful Cuban dances and live Cuban music by the “Latin Souls” band.

Day 6: Arrive 1 pm, Depart 6 pm

Morning: “El Ajiaco” Cultural Briefing – This hearty Cuban stew has been eaten on the island since the 1500s! It’s a mix of chicken, pork spare ribs, corn, malanga (yellow taro), plantains, yucca, Cuban boniato and pumpkin! You’ll experience a mix of diverse accents, myths, races and religions all stewed together – and to perfection!

Afternoon: Enjoy your afternoon in Punta Frances.

Evening:: The mambo is a fast ballroom dance of Cuban origin – it’s rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha-cha, but its pattern of steps is more complex. Don’t worry, though – we will help you through it.

Day 7: Arrive 7am, depart 3pm

Morning: You will have the unique opportunity to visit Clenfuegos, a 19th century planned city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. “The Pearl of the South”, this colonial gem was founded in 1819. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the neoclassical style and grew more eclectic. We will meet with local artists and see how the artists of this country collaborate to represent their society and culture.

Evening: Farewell event for the parents, Make Your Own Cocktail with Cuban mixologists.

 *Flight leaves Montego Bay at 4:36 pm on Friday, April 14th and lands at JFK at 9:25 pm (1 lay over)

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Japan Itinerary (2015-2016 school year):

DAY 1: FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
Depart New York Kennedy airport via Cathay Pacific at 10 am.

DAY 2: SATURDAY, April 23, 2016
Arrive in Hong Kong at 2 pm. Connect on Cathay Pacific Flight at 3:10 pm.
Arrive in Tokyo at 8:30 pm. Balance of the day is leisure.
Overnight: New Otani Inn Tokyo

DAY 3: SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016
Depart on half day tour:

Overnight: New Otani Inn Tokyo

DAY 4: MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016
Depart on full day tour:

Overnight: New Otani Inn Tokyo

DAY 5: TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016
Spend the day at the beautiful Hakone National Park, home of Mount Fuji.
Overnight: Palace Hotel Hakone

DAY 6: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016
Take a high speed bullet Hikari train to Kyoto.
This afternoon is free for leisure.
Overnight: New Miyako

DAY 7: THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
Embark on a tour to Nara, former capital of Japan.
Visit the Todaji Temple and Nara park, where deer roam freely.
Enjoy the Tenryuji Temple and a small bamboo forest.
This afternoon is free for leisure.
Overnight: New Miyako

DAY 8: FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016
Visit the Aerial Garden Observatory located at the top of the Umeda Sky building.
Special lunch will be served prior to a visit to the Osaka Science Museum.
Overnight: Hotel Elsereine

DAY 9: SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
Return to Hong Kong and then JFK on Cathay Pacifc at 8:10 pm.

 

South Africa and Paris Itinerary (2014-2015 school year):

DAY 1: TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015

Depart New York Kennedy airport via Air France at 6:25 p.m.

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 01, 2015
Arrive in Charles de Gaulle airport at 7:50 a.m. where you will be met by a local tour guide and transfer for an ideal Paris city tour coach bus.
Drive will pass the Concorde Square and journey to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Obelisque, Notre Dame, St. Germain-des-Pres and drive through the 16th district.
Lunch and walk through the Latin Quarter and St. Germain-des-Pres arts district.

DAY 3: THURSDAY, APRIL 02, 2015
Arrive in Johannesburg at 10:00 a.m.
Visit to Lesedi Cultural Village: hosts five homesteads representing the different lifestyles of the Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, Ndebele and Pedi groups.
Bomo experience: escorted through craft markets to the orientation center
Grand finale of the tour: joint dancing and singing demonstration
Overnight: Garden Court Sandton City Hotel

DAY 4: FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2015
Depart on full day tour:

Overnight: Garden Court Sandton City Hotel

DAY 5: SATURDAY, APRIL 04, 2015
Pilanesberg National Park Safari : 25 seater open vehicles traverse a region populated by virtually every mammal in Southern Africa including the Big 5 – the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.
Overnight: Garden Court Sandton City Hotel

DAY 6: SUNDAY, APRIL 05, 2015
Day at leisure.
May want to visit the famous Rooftop Flea Market, Rosebank Mall or Gold Reef City, a theme park full with gaming, fun, fantasy and historical facts of the following areas:

Overnight: Garden Court Sandton City Hotel

DAY 7: MONDAY, APRIL 06, 2015
Transfer from hotel to OR Tambo Airport for South African Airways flight.
Arrive in Cape Town at 12:15 p.m.
City tour and visit Table Mountain by way of Cableway:

Overnight: Portswood Hotel

DAY 8: TUESDAY, APRIL 07, 2015
Tour:

Interact with the students at Isikhokelo Primary School.
Overnight: The Portswood Hotel

DAY 9: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 08, 2015
Visit to Robben Island Tour.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: The Portswood Hotel

DAY 10: THURSDAY, APRIL 09, 2015
Transfer to the airport for departure on South African Airways flight 332 at 12 noon.
Arrive Johannesburg at 2:00 p.m. Connect on Delta Airlines Flight 201 at 7:50 p.m.

DAY 11: FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015
Arrive Atlanta at 6:45 a.m. Connect on Delta Airlines flight 2350 at 8:30 a.m.
Arrive New York Kennedy at 10:37 a.m.

 

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In the 2013-14 school year, CSE will began its Travel Abroad Program. Our 1st trip was to Ghana, West Africa. The trip took place during the Spring break from April 12th to April 20th.

Background:
Ghana, originally know as the “Gold Coast”, takes its name from the Ancient Empire of Ghana. This Empire was located in present day Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and parts of present day Ghana. It existed until the 11th Century followed by the Mail Empire up to the 18th Century and finally by the Empire of the Ashanti which flourished until the 19th Century. The Gold Coast began trade first with the Portuguese in the 15th Century, and finally the British, first for gold then for slaves. Following a hundred year war of resistance with the Ashanti people, the country was colonized by Britain. Upon independence in 1957, it was renamed Ghana.

A model for other African countries, Ghana, can boast its peaceful political stability and growing economy. Like most African countries it is multi-ethnic with over 100 languages although English is the official language. Ghana has a population of 25 million and is the size of Oregon. After South Africa it is the largest producer of gold and diamonds, and the 2nd largest in cocoa. Recently, oil and natural gas have been discovered.

Ghana Itinerary (2013-2014 School Year) 

DAY 1: SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014

Depart New York Kennedy airport via Delta Airlines flight 478 at 10:00 P.M. Terminal 4. Check in at Delta Counter at 6:00p.m. In flight meals and movies.

DAY 2: SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014
Arrival in Accra at 1:05p.m. After clearing customs formalities you will be met by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in and to recuperate. Lunch
Evening: Orientation, Naming Ceremony and Welcome Dinner.
Evening: Meet Tailors and dressmakers featuring casual wear and formal garments made from local fabric and textile will visit your hotel. You may purchase ready-made clothes or place an order for a custom-made outfit. Hair braiders will also be available to showcase a wide range of hairstyles.
Overnight: SUNLODGE HOTEL or Similar L/D

DAY 3: MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014
Breakfast
Depart Accra on a drive along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut lined beaches to the Central Region. Arrive in Cape Coast by early afternoon and visit the Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum. The guide will conduct you to the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where our ancestors were bargained for and sold.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue to visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and later used as an auction market for slaves for a comprehensive guided tour. See the Slave dungeons and the condemned cell where slaves who attempted to escape were incarcerated.
Check in to your hotel and rest of evening free to rest and relax on the resort’s beach to watch the sunset.
Evening: dinner at hotel
Overnight: COCONUT GROVE BEACH or Similar B/L/D

DAY 4: TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
Breakfast
Depart after breakfast to visit the Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the “Kuntan Trail” with its countless trees with medicinal properties. For the young at heart experience the “Canopy Walkway” suspended 100 feet from the forest ground for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest.
Lunch at Hans Cottage Botel. View the resident crocodile as you enjoy your meals. After lunch visit a village School. Interact with the staff and pupils of the school
Evening: dinner at One Africa
Overnight: COCONUT GROVE BEACH or Similar B/L/D

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
Early breakfast.
8:00 a.m: Depart Elmina to Kumasi in Ashanti Region. Drive past Assin Manso, burial site of the remains of two former slaves exhumed from New York’s Wall Street and re-interred on Emancipation Day 1998 and the “Slave River” which was the last rest stop for slaves on their “one-way” trek to the Slave dungeons on the coast to await shipping to the “new world”.
Arrive in Kumasi and have lunch. After lunch go on a Kumasi city tour visiting Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, stop at the National Cultural Centre for drumming and weaving lessons, the University of Science and Technology and the Manhyia Palace and Palace Museum. Check in to your hotel.
Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: NODA HOTEL OR Similar B/L/D

DAY 6: THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
Breakfast
Depart to visit a few Ashanti craft villages to observe craftsmen at work and to purchase souvenirs gift. Ahwiaa specializes in woodcarvings such as stools and fertility dolls; Ntonso’s primary activity is the Adinkra mourning cloth and Tie-and-dye and finally to Bonwire, home of the famous Kente cloth. Learn about Kente weaving and batik making. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: NODA HOTEL OR Similar B/L/D

DAY 7: FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014
Breakfast and hotel check out
Depart Kumasi to Accra. Drive past several scenic villages and charming towns and through the evergreen forests.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Arrive in Accra late evening
Farewell dinner with entertainment at hotel
Overnight: SUNLODGE HOTEL or Similar B/L/D

DAY 8: SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014
Breakfast
Depart on a city tour of Accra visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, the final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana. Continue to the National Museum which houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts. Visit W.E.B. DuBois Centre for Pan Africanism. It is a centre for culture and also has a research library and gallery full of manuscripts. Here the Cambria Heights students will lay a wreath. Drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square- Accra’s ceremonial grounds. View in the distance Christiansburg Castle, office of the President of Ghana. Lunch at a local restaurant. Evening: 6:00 p.m.

Transfer to the airport for departure on Delta Airlines flight 479 depart Accra at 10:10 p.m.
SUNLODGE HOTEL B/L

DAY 9: SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014
Arrive New York Kennedy at 5:55 am

Fundraiser & Donations
CSE & our Parent Association have begun a series of fundraising events and activities to assist our students.

The cost per student is $3,000.

Any donation by you will be greatly appreciated. The exposure of traveling is invaluable and will leave a lasting impression on our students. Currently, the students are embarking on in-class cultural and historical research that will give them beneficial preparation for the trip. In addition to their personal growth and education, students will become global citizens, and gain a wider world view which can only be positive.

Please help our students meet their goal. Enrich their education in a way that only travel can do.

Student Budget:

• Airfare, hotel & tours: $2,500
• Visa/ Medical: $160
• Spending money: $150
• Insurance: $100
• Donation to the school in Ghana: $20- $100
(school supplies, medical supplies, personal hygiene supplies)