A World Awaits You!

Emma Willard School offers many opportunities to take learning further by traveling abroad with one of our short-term, faculty-led AWAY Programs. These perspective-changing experiences allow students to gain awareness and understanding of issues and opportunities beyond a normal radius of operation to develop the confidence and skill set necessary to take action to serve and shape your world.

Our travel offerings for the 2022-23 school year again focus on the United States:

NORTHEAST COLLEGE TOUR
WASHINGTON, DC: EXPLORATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
CALIFORNIA: PUBLIC LANDS IN THE AMERICAN WEST
CIVIL RIGHTS TOUR OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH

Read updates from last year’s AWAY trips below:

Blog posts from the road…

Day Eight: San Francisco

Our final morning in California began with a team breakfast on the outskirts of Yosemite. We brought a piece of Sis and Jasmine with us in the form of delicious huckleberry jam, which they gave us as a parting gift. From breakfast, we boarded our charter bus for our day trip to San Francisco! Our…

Day Seven: Yosemite Valley Pt. 2

Waking up in Yosemite Valley was a nice change of pace to our trip. Warm showers and cozy beds helped us regain some of our energy from the week, giving us a solid foundation for a busy day ahead. We set out on a morning hike up to Vernal Falls, which brought an entirely different…

Day Six: The Road to Yosemite Valley

Death Valley continued to show off as we traded the snooze button for a final sunrise walk. Some locals even kept us company while we broke down our campsite. A quick grab and go breakfast was on the menu before our big road trip North with our wonderful charter driver, Paul. With hours of riding…

Day Five: Death Valley Pt. 2

Our first sleep in Death Valley felt vastly different than our nights in Joshua Tree. The warmth of the nights air and the twinkling sky called for open tents, if you even made it there. Some opted for sleeping pads and bags right outside! Not a bad choice for a gorgeous evening. The morning was…

Day Four: Mojave and Death Valley

Our final morning in Joshua Tree was filled with packing, pictures, and packed lunches before landing at our next stop— the Mojave Desert! As hard as it was to say goodbye, the idea of a barefoot hike through the Kelso Sand Dunes made boarding our charter bus a bit easier. In Mojave, trees are nonexistent,…

Day Three: Joshua Tree Pt. 2

Who needs an alarm clock when you have the sounds of nature to wake you? Our day started with the sun peaking over the mountains and into our tents while the moon hung around to say hello! Our awesome breakfast crew got right to work, helping us fuel up before our first hike of the…

Day Two: Joshua Tree Pt. 1

Team California kicked off day two of our West Coast adventure with a stellar breakfast before departing our hotel in Los Angeles. (We highly recommend grabbing a bite at Egg Tuck anytime in you’re in Koreatown!) Roughly two hours separated us from Joshua Tree, but a breathtakingly gorgeous bus ride made the time fly by.…

Day One: Santa Monica and Los Angeles!

After a long travel day, we finally made it to the beautiful West Coast! The Santa Monica Pier greeted us with blue skies, warm sunshine, and the smell of the Pacific Ocean. Leaning into the boardwalk experience, we refueled with some local eats and began to explore! Beneath the Pier, we spent some time learning…

Farewell to Boston: Day 7

As all good things come to an end, so must our trip! We took the T into town and spent some time copying and assembling our ‘zines. (They looked great!) Then it was off to find an authentic audience: inviting strangers to read them if we felt brave/comfortable, or secretly leaving them in inviting places…

Day 6

For our last full day, we got out of the city, driving about 30 minutes to an organic farm in Natick. We were able to learn about the beginning of maple sugar processing by indigenous people in the area. This farm still produces syrup today (some of us bought some to bring home) and while…


March 12-19, 2022

CRISPR and the Future of Biotech: Boston, MA
Gene editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly advancing the potential of technology to change living organisms. This program will allow participants to dive into the forefront of debates on the ethical limits of these technologies. Students learn about the rich history and modern context of innovation in healthcare and technology by engaging directly with researchers from university and for-profit research centers. 

March 20-27, 2022

This Land is (Y)our Land: Exploring Public Lands in the American West: California
The US Federal Government owns 30% of the land in the United States. How is this land used? What are the indigenous histories of this land? Who has access to this land today? In this program, participants explore issues of water rights, drilling, river conservation, drought, native lands, and recreation through immersion in some of the US’s most spectacular public lands such as Joshua Tree, Death Valley National Park, and Yosemite.