Global Citizens are those who continuously seek to deepen their awareness of their place and responsibility in an increasingly interconnected world, both locally and globally; those who stand in solidarity with others in the pursuit of a sustainable earth and a more humane world as true companions in the mission of reconciliation and justice.
- Society of Jesus, Secretariat for Education
Since the founding of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius Loyola called his companions to live the mission of the Society of Jesus in a global context, to travel to the frontiers, to be with those on the margins. Ignatius wrote to his brother Jesuits about mission, “It is according to our divine calling to travel to various places and to live in any part of the world where there is hope of God’s greater service and the help of souls.” St. Ignatius’ vision for the Society of Jesus was from the start one with a global perspective.
Today, Jesuit schools continue to be inspired by this vision and are committed to educating students in a global context. Fordham Prep’s Global Education Program aims to raise student awareness of the world outside their own environment through the exploration of different and diverse cultures in the world community. This awareness will prepare students to be more empathetic, accepting of differences, aware of social justice and human rights issues, and better prepared for an interconnected and diverse world in which they will live and work. They will also be better prepared to understand and embrace world cultures, communicate effectively at a global level, respect and value diversity, understand and take action against injustices, and develop skills necessary to work cross-culturally.
For more information about our Global Education Program contact Ms. Teresa Di Vita-Geremia, Coordinator of Global Education.
Global Education Committee
- Russell Baker, Modern Language Department
- Brian Carney, VP for Mission & Identity
- Pierre Chavez, Assistant Coordinator and Science Department
- Arianne Dempsey, Mathematics Department
- Stephen Distinti, Classics Department
- Teresa Di Vita-Geremia, Coordinator and Modern Language Department
- Yi Han, Modern Language Department
- Patricia Lee, English Department
- William Magner, English Department
- Patricia Morris, Modern Language and Mathematics Department
- Dr. Joseph Petriello '98, Principal
- Patricia Simeone, Modern Language Department
This is a two-year program that will give students who successfully complete it an academic designation of Global Scholar. Students will need to take part in and complete numerous activities which will culminate in the creation of a Global Education research project, which will be included along with other reflections and artifacts in a final portfolio. Learn more about how to be a Global Scholar here.
Students can apply to participate in international exchange trips with other Jesuit high schools as well as academic and cultural immersion experiences. Application dates will be communicated in the daily announcements and through email. (NOTE: If you are considering traveling this year be sure to apply for a passport or a renewal if your passport expires within 6 months of travel dates as soon as possible as there are delays in processing.)
Fall and February Trips
This program, in collaboration with students from Boston College High School, includes a collaborative retreat experience, a stay with host families while attending daily classes at Loyola High School, and participation in a safari.
Students travel to Clongowes Wood College, a Jesuit boarding school located in the town of Clane in County Kildare, Ireland. As part of this program students stay in the dorms at Clongowes, attend classes with with host students, take part in service opportunities and explore neighboring cities like Dublin. This program also includes a reciprocal visit during which participants will host students from Clongowes in their home for 8-10 days.
Students travel to Leo XIII Insititute, Jesuit secondary school in Milan Italy. As part of this program students live with host families, attend classes with host students, and tour MIlan. This program also includes a reciprocal visit during which participants will host students from Milan in their home for 10 days.
This program will show travelers the true fabric of México, from small food stalls of México City to pre-Columbian Zapotec ruins, as we travel between México City, Oaxaca and beyond.
Spring and Summer Trips
Rosanna Estrella Ecology Program - Galapagos Conservation Expedition
From Ecuador you fly to the Galapagos islands to spend several days volunteering on a conservation and reforestation project, getting up close and personal with island wildlife like the famous giant tortoises.
Students travel to the city of Kilgali and stay with host families from St. Ignatius school, a co-ed Jesuit school. Participants attend daily classes, tour the city of Kilgali, participate in a retreat and have the opportunity to participate in a gorilla trekking or safari experience.
We are thrilled to offer a program that will see our participants digging deep into the history and modern reality of Cuba. We will meet with local community and government leaders, visit with farmers, hike along mountain trails, dance salsa and much more. Viva Cuba!
Don’t want to fly across the ocean to experience Europe? Quebec is the answer! Canada’s largest province is also the most multicultural. It has the most unique mixes of old-world meets new-world, English meets French, and history meets today in all of North America.
Christian Service Immersion Trips
In addition to our global education trips, a number of service experiences are offered through the Prep’s Christian Service Immersion program. The program offers students the opportunity to live out the Ignatian call to be Men for Others while living and working with those in need of housing, health care and education in Camden, Ecuador and Tennessee. Students apply for these trips through a separate application process.