Student Travel Opportunities

The Frederick Gunn School offers a variety of opportunities for student travel, from one-day field trips to travel abroad. Students are encouraged to sign up early as space may be limited.

Gunn Goes to Washington, D.C.,
December 2022

The Center for Citizenship and Just Democracy is offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to experience the U.S. government in action during Winterim through the Close Up® Washington, D.C., program. Following an on-campus examination of current policy considerations, students will embark on a six-day/five-night program in Washington, D.C., where they will make personal connections with the people, institutions, and iconic sites that embody our nation’s past and present. Participants will have the chance to:

  • Discuss current events with political experts, policymakers, and members of Congress or their staff

  • Explore Capitol Hill and witness a live Congressional Committee Hearing

  • Engage in meaningful discussions with peers from around the country and debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress Workshop

  • Be inspired by the famous monuments, world-renowned museums, and hallowed institutions that define our history

  • Get a glimpse of diplomacy up close by discovering an embassy and meeting an ambassador or diplomat.*

*subject to availability

All students are eligible to participate, however the trip is limited to a maximum of 20 students. Meals and accommodations are included. View the full itinerary here. Seniors who complete this Winterim course will earn full credit for their Civic Changemakers Project (CCP), a diploma requirement. Students who are interested in participating are asked to email Bart McMann, Director, Center for Citizenship and Just Democracy, at

France, Spain & the Mediterranean,
March 3‒10, 2023

Visual Arts Chair Andy Richards P’20 ’23 is leading a 10-day tour of France, Spain and the Mediterranean with WorldStrides in March 2023. The itinerary places a special emphasis on art and architecture and includes stops at top historic and cultural sites in Paris, Provence, Barcelona and Madrid. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Visit Paris landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Notre-Dame Cathedral.

  • Go on a guided excursion at Versailles and participate in a lively role-playing activity, “Seize the Chateau!” to explore the issues underlying the French Revolution

  • Go sightseeing in Nimes in Provence, and participate in fencing and calligraphy lessons

  • Venture to the medieval walled town of Carcassonne and take a sightseeing tour of Barcelona that includes Park Güell, Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, Barri Gotic, Olympic Stadium, and Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

  • Take a guided tour of Madrid with stops at Plaza Colon, Plaza de España, and the Royal Palace

  • Tour King Phillip II's imposing palace, El Escorial, and Spain’s National Museum of 20th Century Art, The Sofia, and participate in a Spanish cooking class

The cost of the trip includes round-trip airfare and ground transportation, accommodations in three- or four-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, travel insurance, local guides, and more. Early enrollment discounts may apply. View the full itinerary here. For additional details or to sign up, email