Summer Study Trips

Open to Hawai`i high school students presently in grades 9 – 11, the Summer Study programs provide rich opportunities for students to interact with people of the host country and to immersively experience their language and culture. No previous language knowledge is required. Partial financial aid is available to qualified Hawai`i students, based on need.

2016 Opportunities

Asian History: China and Japan

This course acquaints students with the unique eras of China and Japan during the pre-travel and post-travel classes, while emphasizing the learning outcomes and global citizenship while in country. Its major goal is to foster intercultural awareness and understanding of the historical forces that have shaped the ways of life and patterns of thinking of these cultures. The course emphasizes family systems, social structures, religious belief, and philosophical ideas of these non-Western cultures, with a special emphasis on literature, potential homestay experiences, historical on-site visits, and societal changes.

The course engages class participation and individual responsibility. Students are expected to keep well-organized notes and a journal that include notes on films, discussion questions, and on-site visits that will form the basis of seminar discussions. In addition to reading the class texts, students complete map and atlas assignments, readings from Asian literature, and individual and group projects on various Asian History themes. The student’s grade is based on written assignments (homework and formal essays), examinations, demonstrated cultural competency development while traveling, citizenship, participation, discussions, and projects.

Open to Grade 10. Prerequisite: a Gateway course. Successful completion of the pre- and post-travel course and trip earns one-half Punahou Social Studies credit.

Capstone Bhutan

This international version of Capstone combines class work at Punahou with travel to the country of Bhutan. Students engage in service learning around Bhutanese environmental protection efforts, the history and integration of Buddhism into daily life, and the impact of evolving educational systems. Students help plan the Haa festival, a significant summer event in Bhutanese culture. As a country that measures its success based upon Gross National Happiness, this unique experience provides students with cultural exchanges in different villages across the country. Throughout the experience, students explore the SEEDS curriculum (themes of Social Entrepreneurship, Economics, the Environment, empowering Deeds of service, and Sustainable solutions), which anchors this integrated learning experience. The course prepares students to do good work beyond Punahou by exploring what kind of a global citizen they hope to become. Case studies integrating the course's themes, field study in Bhutan, and hands-on experience in partnership with other global learners combine to form this innovative curricular experience.

Successful completion of this pre-trip course and trip satisfies the Social Studies Capstone graduation requirement and earns one-half Punahou Social Studies credit.

Capstone China

This international version of Capstone combines an understanding of one's place here in Hawaii with different environments in southern China. Students are based in Hong Kong, but also spend time in other towns and villages to collaborate with community-based organizations, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, designers and activists to develop personal and collective project ideas and leadership development. The program incorporates homestays in Hong Kong and the partnerships with students from Chinese International School can help Punahou students to focus on exploring their own questions and carrying out their social/environmental project ideas in the context of the local communities. Throughout the experience, students explore the SEEDS curriculum (themes of Social Entrepreneurship, Economics, the Environment, empowering Deeds of service, and Sustainable solutions), which anchors this integrated learning experience. The course prepares students to do good work beyond Punahou by exploring what kind of a global citizen they hope to become. Case studies integrating the course's themes, field study in China, and hands-on experience in partnership with other global learners combine to form this innovative curricular experience.

Successful completion of pre-trip course and trip satisfies Capstone graduation requirement and earns one-half Punahou Social Studies credit.

Contact

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Wendy Lee
wocenter@punahou.edu
808.943.3254 Tel

Trip Blog

  • CapSeeds - Arctic

    July 25, 2015

    The Capstone Arctic trip came to a close as the group headed back home to rejoin their families in Hawai‘i.