School Break Travel

Throughout the academic year, students can expand their education into the global community. Our international trips include language immersion, historical study, global issues and exposure to the arts. Certain trips may not run each year and may be cancelled if there if is not enough interest from the student body.

All trips run over Spring Break unless otherwise noted.


Students travel to the capital city Buenos Aires for a cultural, educational and service experience focusing on Centro Conviven, a beautiful little community centre serving the people of the most impoverished neighbourhood in the metropolis. Whilst immersed in BA's diverse cultural and urban environment, students will have opportunities to discover the sights, sounds, history and geography of the city and connect in meaningful ways to build relationships with the children, volunteers and staff at Centro Conviven in social and work settings.

Running: 2015-16; 2016-17

Costa Rica

This trip combines a mixture of service and culture.

Running: 2018-19


Music, history and art aficionados will tour through Europe on this cultural trip. Concerts, museums and art galleries will be just a few of the places students visit.

Running: 2015-16; 2018-19

Galápagos and Ecuador

A trip for biology and ocean enthusiasts, the SMUS trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands is led by teacher Michael Jackson, one of the foremost experts on the Galápagos Islands. In Ecuador, students explore the Amazon Basin, study the rain forest in the Cuyabeno reserve, visit indigenous communities in the Andes and tour the Avenue of Volcanoes. For the final seven days, students experience the unique ecosystem of the Galápagos Islands by yacht, on foot and by snorkeling.


Students visit Udaipur, India through Free The Children to complete intensive leadership training, analyze complex social issues like poverty and child labour, and think critically about how they affect India and Asia as a whole. The trip involves school-building in a rural area, working in the Mother Theresa orphanages, and a reflection/spiritual retreat. Students are empowered to think critically about the challenges facing India today.

Running: 2016-17; 2017-18


Students interested in Japanese language or culture can test their speaking skills and explore this island country. As they study both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, students will visit historical sites and popular attractions as well as interact with Japanese peers.

Running: 2015-16; 2017-18

London and Italy

The music groups will tour London and Italy on this cultural trip. Concerts, museums and art galleries will be just a few of the places students visit in addition to their performances.

Running: 2018-19


Part service trip, part educational exploration, the SMUS visit to San Jose del Cabo will allow students to immerse themselves in another culture while helping other. Students will help with English lessons, reforestation and work on wildlife conservation with peers in Mexico. They will also visit historic sites, art galleries and local restaurants, as well as learn to cook and make pottery.

Running: 2014-15; 2016-17


In the rural villages of Jiquilillo, Los Zorros and Padreramos, students will be helping to install water filtration systems and distributing almost 100 bikes that were collected by our school community. In addition to working at local schools, participants will be sandboarding down the face of a volcano, surfing, and exploring a sea turtle preservation project. The trip also includes a visit to the historic city of Leon and lessons on local culture and language.

Running: 2016-17; 2017-18


In this African excursion, students help build a school in a rural area surrounding Arusha, Tanzania. This service-based trip allows students to better understand the world around them and to improve the lives of young Africans. By socializing with the local people, working on the school, and exploring the country including a safari to the Ngorongoro crater as well as an excursion to the island of Zanzibar, students gain unparalleled insight into part of Africa.

Running: 2018-19

University Tours

We offer university visits to Ontario (November), Maritime Canada (March) and Southern California (May).

Running: 2017-18; 2018-19

Washington, DC (Model UN)

Students will participate in the Ivy League Model United Nations. Utilizing their knowledge of global politics, students act on behalf of various countries and committees to resolve international disputes quickly and effectively. The trip will also include cultural/architectural excursions and exploration of the local cuisine.

Running: 2015-16; 2017-18; 2018-19 (February)


SMUS ViewbookThe Senior School viewbook provides an overview of programs and the SMUS experience.

See the Viewbook