Westwind Preparatory Academy Offers High School Students the Chance to Study Abroad in the Galapagos

High school students gain life and research experience while studying abroad in the Galapagos.

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Student studying in the Galapagos

Student studying in the Galapagos

...international school experience is crucial when preparing students to be successful in our global economy.

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 04, 2013

College students have used study abroad programs to gain a better understanding of other cultures, grow as an individual and as a resume builder for working while abroad. Now high school students around the country can gain this experience by studying abroad in the Galapagos at the Galapagos International Academy.

Beginning this summer, high school students worldwide can apply to participate in “The Galapagos Experience,” earning elective science credit while staying in one of the most exciting natural preserves in the world. Because of the limited access to the Islands, it is a rare opportunity to not only study but experience this environment there.

Westwind Preparatory Academy and the Ecogalapagos Foundation formed the academy with the goal to help high school students grow personally and professionally while giving them an experience of a lifetime.

Debra Slagle, superintendent of Westwind Preparatory Academy said, “We believe that an international school experience is crucial when preparing students to be successful in our global economy." Slagle added, “The Galapagos Experience not only expands on that critical part of our mission but also aligns with the focus of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in high school education today.”

Students will complete a vigorous course of study with classes held at the Darwin Center, located in the Galapagos National Park. Volunteering in the community and at the preserve is also required. This international experience will be important for students who apply to top tier universities. Snorkeling will be a major part of the curriculum, allowing students to apply what is learned in class and complete their capstone project. Students’ families can join them for the final week to get a glimpse of what the students have experienced and attend the students’ project presentations. Ultimately, Galapagos International Academy will offer summer sessions, as well as a full semester.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” Slagle said. “It will give students from Phoenix and all over the world the chance of a lifetime. We are grateful to the Ecogalapagos Foundation and the people in the Galapagos for making this amazing opportunity possible. Students who are interested in life science, biology and chemistry won’t want to miss this.”

Westwind Prep Academy is a high school located in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to the local students that attend the college prep school, there are also students from all over the world. Over the past two years, 85 students from 13 different countries have attended WPA. To find out more about Westwind Prep, visit http://www.westwindacademy.org.

Galapagos International Academy is a unique program centered in the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands where students can participate in volunteer programs and/or academic programs while living with local families and enjoying the chance to experience a new culture while providing a valuable service to the people of the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information, go to http://galapagosinternationalacademy.info/Home_Page.html.