Each year SLUH offers students the opportunity to learn more firsthand about other cultures with trips to several different countries, including Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, Russia and Taiwan.
Pictured: Jr. Bills were keen to promote the U. High on Silver Strand Beach, one of the northwestern-most points in Ireland in a part of Donegal called Glencolumbkille, during their trip to Ireland in the summer of 2016.
The SLUH Ireland trip, led by Mr. Bill George, who started it in 1994, and Mr. John Kavanaugh '91, is an annual event offered to students who take Irish Literature as an elective in the SLUH English senior curriculum.
For the 2016 SLUH Ireland trip, eight students with Mr. George and Kavanaugh walked, hiked, and climbed the gorgeous Irish landscape; explored ruins, castles and sacred sites; and experienced music, drama, and art first hand in Dublin, Donegal and Derry. This year featured an especially memorable visit to meet the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley, his wife Dena, their son Brendan '94 and family friend Patrick Huber '92 in the Ambassador's residence in Phoenix Park.
Twelve Jr. Bills traveled to Taipei this summer to learn more about and experience Taiwanese culture firsthand. Led by Chinese teacher Yude Huang, along with Dr. Chingling Tai and Neal Perryman, the group visited St. Ignatius School in Taipei as part of their trip from June 6-16.
"Five of our students did card exchange projects with the students at St. Ignatius School last school year, so it was great for them to see each other face to face," says Huang. "They enjoyed seeing each other and sharing their thoughts of culture differences between both of our countries."
Huang adds they discussed strengthening the relationship between St. Ignatius and SLUH "because we are all brothers in Jesuit education."