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. SHA faculty and staff serve as chaperones.
Past trips include the British Isles, Italy, Costa Rica, Spain, Central Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
During the summers of 2018 and 2019, over 100 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, traveled through the rain forest canopy and snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef. The Central Europe trip included stops in Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and various cities in Germany- Munich, seen by bicycle; lovely Heidelberg; and Dachau, with a somber tour of a concentration camp.
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, Jamaica, and Zambia.
Last 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. Plans for the 2020 SHAZam! trip are well underway.
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.
During February break, some students will do service projects in Jamaica, while others will conduct research in the Bahamas.
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.