Summer break begins soon – well, in three and a half months – but that time will fly by sooner than you think! What have you planned for this summer?
If you haven’t already done so, talk to your parents about summer plans. It’s important to consider budget and location. It can be a wonderful opportunity for you by staying in Manila over the summer and pursuing an internship, shadowing or helping parents at work, volunteering for a community organization, visiting another province, or trying out a new skill (tennis? French lessons? dance?).
However, if it is possible to travel outside of the Philippines, consider established summer programs. Several CISM students will be traveling to Beijing this summer to develop their language skills or have already found internships while visiting family abroad. One of my favorite sites for researching summer options all over the world is Summer Omnibus, created and compiled by another international school counselor. Here’s the link:
We also recently had visitors from Fulford Academy, a private boarding school in Canada, and Oxbridge Summer Programs, both of whom shared some of their summer offerings. Oxbridge has programs in a variety of subjects that are taught at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge in the UK, with additional course options in New York, France, and Spain. One of our own CISM students studied Molecular Biology and Drama last summer in Cambridge, and there are programs for rising Grade 8-12 students! For more information on Oxbridge, visit http://www.oxbridgeprograms.com/index.php
Fulford Academy, who visited during our Study in Canada Fair at CISM, shared information about their Grade 9 and 10 math/science/English programs that offer a Ministry of Education in Ontario transcript after successful completion. For more information, visit http://www.FulfordAcademy.com .
University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada also offers a two week Summer Scholars Program. More information in my office or visit http://www.summerprogram.isi.ubc.ca/
There are hundreds of summer opportunities around the world. Just a little research will help you find something exciting!