Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart offers international trips to students every summer. This opportunity to explore new cultures and communities enriches students beyond the classroom and helps develop a global perspective.
These optional trips are presented two years prior to departure which gives students and families time to plan finances. Travel arrangements are made with international student travel companies with faculty and staff as chaperones.
Past trips include the British Isles, Italy, Costa Rica, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
During the summer of 2018, over 60 girls went abroad!
The student group that took a cultural tour of New Zealand and Australia, learned about Maori and Aboriginal cultures, traveled in Fjordland National Park, jet boated, took in a performance at the Sydney Opera House, travelled through the rain forest canopy and snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef. The summer 2019 cultural trip will be to Budapest and Prague.
In keeping with our Franciscan mission of serving others, Sacred Heart also sponsors service trips where students are immersed in cultures working alongside locals on projects ranging from Christian ministry and education to ecological community projects. Current trips travel to the Dominican Republic and Zambia.
This summer in Zambia, SHA girls immersed themselves in the culture while bonding with Zambian girls their age and the local children, took in the beauty of Victoria Falls and enjoyed the thrill of a safari with elephants, giraffes, hippos, gazelles and one lazy lion.
In the Dominican Republic, our girls volunteered at a parish, helped run a vacation bible school, had homestays with families and enjoyed a beautiful day at a Caribbean beach.
Sacred Heart also participates in the Dortmund Student Exchange Program and each year hosts students from Dortmund, Germany. Students live with SHA families and participate in school life for the fall semester.