6 days

Program Overview

As the foundations of U.S. history were set in Washington DC, this is the perfect place to explore Catholic heritage as well. Discover the first Catholic parish founded in the Federal City of Washington DC, St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Tour the Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which still continue as beautiful symbols of spiritual commitment and tradition. Go on an educational tour at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine through the permanent exhibit, A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II. In Frederick County, visit The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was the first American-born person canonized by the Catholic Church, and celebrate Mass at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Experience an immersive journey of Biblical storytelling at the Museum of the Bible, and then visit the woodland sanctuary of the Benedictine monks at St. Anselm's Abbey. Spend time getting to know the local community by participating in a service learning activity with a Catholic charity group.

Engage students in a hands-on learning experience of U.S. history foundations and landmarks. On a tour of the memorials, students are invited to reflect on the sacrifices of brave soldiers who have defended American ideals and freedoms. At the U.S. Capitol Building, see the artistic representations of history in the Crypt, Rotunda and the National Statuary Hall. Go on a journey through the origins of American independence at the National Archives, viewing the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Encourage students to discover the evolution of U.S. history on a scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museums. In Arlington National Cemetery, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visit the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, to see the statue of six Marines raising the American flag. Explore the Kennedy Center, viewing the bronze bust of the 35th president of the U.S. and seeing the international flags in the Hall of Nations.

Daily Itinerary

Learning Outcomes

On this Washington DC Catholic Heritage program, students gain a deeper understanding of U.S. History and Catholic heritage in America. Give them a firsthand look into U.S. history on tours of the memorials, Capitol Hill, the National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery and the Kennedy Center. Engage students in experiential learning on a scavenger hunt through the Smithsonian Museums. Go on a Catholic pilgrimage in America on visits to shrines, basilicas, monasteries and abbeys in Washington DC and Frederick County. Get students involved in civic engagement within the local Catholic community in a service learning activity. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy that are centrally located.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

Insurance

International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.

Interactive Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

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