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Students Make Memories Around Globe
Students Make Memories Around Globe

Ursuline continues to educate global leaders, near and far.

Students visited Ursuline's sister school, Ursuline High School, in Wimbledon, England this summer. They also explored the heritage of Ursuline missions in Montana, participated in a faith-based mission trip in Nicaragua, and traveled to Costa Rica for a Global Youth Leadership Institute trip.

Unique study abroad classes were also offered in Spain, France, and Morocco. Here are the highlights:

Mission Trip
Ursuline traveled to Nicaragua for the Diocese of Dallas. Students spread God's Word through door-to-door ministry in the towns of Tepeyac and Diria. They also hosted activities at local chapels, including bracelet-making, coloring, and sports for the younger children. The mission trip comprised of 10 juniors and seniors.

"Our students walked away with hearts filled with gratitude and peace," Theology Teacher and Retreat Coordinator Kathryn Gibbs said. "While they witnessed extreme conditions of poverty, they were able to see the face of Jesus disguised in the poor. They were able to interact with children and adults, praying for them and putting their Spanish-speaking abilities into practice. Overall, it was a peace-filled trip guided by the Holy Spirit."

Global Youth Leadership Institute: Year 1
Two students lived on the Mystic Whaler, a historic schooner in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. They learned about the importance of collaborative leadership when operating a sailboat. They learned the ins-and-outs of a sailboat and also performed important night watches.

Global Youth Leadership Institute: Year 2
Three students traveled to the Lama Foundation in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains for six days. They reviewed leadership lessons discussed in GYLI Year 1 and reflected more deeply on their own identity.

"The weather was gorgeous, and the views were amazing on our hike," Theology Teacher Kellie Fitzpatrick said. "It was really fulfilling to see our students learn about sustainability and bring some of that back to Texas."

Global Youth Leadership Institute: Year 3
Students traveled to Costa Rica to explore their place in the world. Participants worked with students from Earth University to learn about environmental sustainability, recycling, and peri-urban farming. In addition, the students spent four days living with a local family in order to gain empathy and appreciation for the culture of Costa Rica.

Ursuline High School in Wimbledon, England
Nine students bonded quickly with their host families upon arrival in Wimbledon. They took a walking tour of London and visited Hampton Court, Brighton Beach Pier, and the host site of the famous Wimbledon Tennis Championship. They also sang with and baked treats for nursing home residents.

Study Abroad Programs
The World Languages Department hosted summer study abroad classes for Ursuline students at the Arab American Language Institute in Meknes, Morocco, University of Salamanca, Spain, and University of Caen, France. Opportunities included language coursework for academic credit.

"Students appreciate what they learn in class, only motivating their love for languages," World Languages Department Chair Maluza Escamilla said. "Morocco was particularly memorable because it was Ursuline's first study aboard trip there."

In France, students immersed themselves in French life with their host families and toured the Normandy beaches. In Spain, students toured Segovia and kayaked on the Tormes River.

Ursuline enjoyed a Montana Ursuline Experience. The week-long trip included visits to the St. Paul's and St. Ignatius Missions, as well as Giant Springs State Park.

"It's always fulfilling to learn about the courageous lives of the pioneer Ursuline sisters," said Sr. Lois Castillon, Ursuline's Director of Mission and Heritage.