Villa Maria students have several opportunities to broaden their horizons through optional travel in the US and abroad.
Costa Rica Ecology Trip 2021
In summer 2021, a group of students toured the jungles, rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica on a 9-day adventure with Ecology Project International. The students captured and cataloged butterflies in the Veragua Rainforest — with one finding a rare species of butterfly that has yet to be identified! — and collected data on leatherback sea turtle hatchlings at the Pacuare Reserve. They took guided day and night hikes, exploring the biodiversity of their surroundings in both ecosystems, and observed monkeys, sloths, poisonous dart frogs, snakes, Agami herons, dangerous bullet ants, toucans, iguanas and leatherback sea turtles, just to name a few. (Read more.)
Disney Youth Education Series
Members of the Villa Maria freshman class have the opportunity to close out their first year of high school with a trip to Disney World for lessons in personal branding at Disney’s YES Program (Youth Education Series).
In summer 2019, girls traveled to Venice, Wengen, Paris, St. Malo, and Amsterdam. In other years students have experienced the sights and culture of Munich, Lucerne, Strasbourg, and more.