Field Course Highlight: Giving Back Through Service & Community Development


Twice a year, The White Mountain School offers its students a variety of opportunities to gain mastery of topics that are best learned out of a classroom setting during week-long Field Courses. Each of these immersive experiences allows an in-depth, academic exploration of a specific topic and occurs within a geographic setting ideal for authentic study. These memorable excursions provide an incomparable means for students to explore and develop their passions beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.

imgp4085One of the eleven Field Course offerings this March – Exploring the Culture and Social Justice in the Developing Caribbean Nation of the Dominican Republic –  brought White Mountain students to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where they completed community development projects in the community of La Sabana Perdida. Lead by White Mountain Faculty member Matthew Toms, the students explored poverty, social development and social justice in the Dominican Republic through direct service learning work and preparatory & reflective class sessions and discussions. The service learning component included working on a construction project and providing support to a local elementary school.imgp4229

In addition to the aforementioned trip to the Dominican Republic, White Mountain students also participated in the following Field Courses – Green Living in the Urban World: Sustainability and Service in Montreal; Leadership in the Natural World: Practical Applications of Leadership and Communication; Intersectional Feminism: An Examination of Gender, Power, and Race; Maine Coast Independent Student Project; The Physics of Climbing; Winter Photography in The White Mountains; Buddhism and Mindfulness: The Study and Practice; Economics: A Case Study Through the Ski Industry; Ekphrastic: Exercises in Art and Writing; and Avalanche Science and Education: Exploring the Mountains of Idaho.

imgp3999The White Mountain School has dedicated its academic curriculum to stimulate student inquiry and engagement.  Oftentimes, students further pursue passions inspired by Field Course in other areas like their LASR project. Learn more about our Field Courses and LASR on our website.

You can see some photos taken during this exciting Field Course opportunity below.

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