Away Trips

A World Awaits You!

Emma offers many opportunities to take your learning further by traveling with one of our short-term, faculty-led AWAY Programs.

These transformative, perspective-changing experiences allow you 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.

Program Information

Current students and parents may view program flyers by logging into MyEmma. Instructions for applying will be found on MyEmma when they become available. After logging in, select "Resources" and then click on the "AWAY Programs" resource tile.

Questions? Contact Gemma Halfi (

2022-23 Travel Programs

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  • Northeast College Tour

    Monday March 13–Friday March 17 (1st week of break)

    Join Emma Willard faculty members on a tour of some well-known and acclaimed colleges and universities in the American northeast. An ideal trip for 11th graders embarking on the college process. Students will experience campus tours & visits with admissions representatives, while also mixing in some fun activities and attractions in the Boston area!
    Highlights Include:
    • Visit Mount Holyoke, Clark, Wellesley, Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, Amherst College, and Williams College
    • Explore Boston attractions like Quincy Market and the Museum of Science, and New England Aquarium
  • Washington, DC: Exploration of Human Rights

    Monday March 13–Saturday March 18 (1st week of break)

    Throughout history and into the present day, we see examples of devastating human rights crises and crimes against humanity. During these same moments, we also see the powerful, inspiring, and enduring work of individuals and organizations to help combat these injustices and restore human rights and dignity. Through the lens of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, participants will be challenged to explore the context and responses to human rights violations in the past few centuries.
    Highlights include:
    • Three topically relevant museums:
      • Holocaust Memorial Museum
      • National Museum of African-American History and Culture
      • Museum of the American Indian
    • Visits to prominent human rights-based organizations such as:
      • US Commission for Refugees and Immigrants
      • Human Rights Watch
      • Amnesty International
      • American University's Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
    • Exploration of relevant historical sites
  • California: Public Lands in the American West

    Sunday, March 19–Sunday March 26 (2nd week of break)

    The U.S. Federal Government owns 30% of the land in the United States. How is this land used? Who is accessing this land today? In this program, participants will be led by guides through an exploration of issues such as water rights, drilling, river conservation, drought, native lands, indigenous rights, and recreation through immersion in some of the US's most spectacular public lands. This program has a significant outdoor experience component including camping and hiking.
    Highlights Include:
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    • Yosemite National Park
    • Red Rock Canyon State Park
    • Visit Los Angeles & San Francisco
  • Civil Rights Tour of the American South

    Saturday, March 18–Monday March 27 (2nd week of break)

    In this program, students will explore key events of the most important period of US history in the 20th century and the impact those events are still having on today’s world. This program will offer participants the chance to appreciate what a group of individuals, even when denied access to political power, can truly achieve. Traveling to important sites of the Civil Rights era throughout Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee, students will gain first-hand knowledge of the history and culture of this extraordinary time period.
    Highlights include:
    • Atlanta: MLK Home Tour & Memorial
    • Memphis: Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
    • Selma: Voting Rights Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge
    • Montgomery: Memorial for Peace & Justice (Lynching Museum), Rosa Parks Museum, Freedom Rides Museum, Southern Poverty Law Center
    • Birmingham: 16th Street Baptist Church
    • Little Rock: Central High School ("Little Rock Nine")
    • Jackson: Medgar Evers home tour, Civil Rights Museum

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