For a number of years, Bangor Christian Schools has hosted international students from around the world.  It is our desire to offer these young people, as well as all of our students, an opportunity to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, and in other ways.  In an effort to accomplish this goal, our school attempts to provide a variety of educational and cultural activities outside of those offered during the regular school day.  Each year, we provide an extended trip for all of our international students, usually during April vacation, to various places around the United States. Over the past few years, we have taken them to various places including Boston, New York City, Houston, and Washington, D.C.

For the spring of 2013, the destination was New York City.  The girls’ trip was hosted by Barbara Ford and the boys’ trip by Carroll Conley.  The girls were able to go to Broadway and see Cinderella, visit DC Cupcakes, and go to the top of the Empire State Building.  They were also able to spend time in both Chinatown and Koreatown.  One of the highlights of the trip was being able to meet the Saturday morning anchors for Fox Network News.  For the boys’ trip, they were able to take a sailboat ride around New York Harbor and take in a Spiderman play on Broadway.  The group also was able to attend a Yankee-Red Sox baseball game at Yankee Stadium, spend a day at the Six Flags Across America theme park, and visit Wall Street.

An outstanding educational opportunity at Bangor Christian is any trip to Washington, DC.  In the spring of 2014, our international students joined 20 other BCS students for four days packed with activities in our nation’s capital. The trip was organized by Mrs. Stacy Boyle, one of our science teachers.  The entourage of students and chaperones flew to Washington onthe morning of Wednesday, May 7.  After an orientation time with Christian Discoveries upon arrival, the remainder of the day included visits to the Smithsonian Museums, China Town, the Holocaust Museum, and several of the memorials near the Mall.  On Thursday, the itinerary included the various sites at Arlington National Cemetery, Embassy Row, the National Zoo, a guided tour of the National Cathedral, and more memorials about the capital.  Friday was another busy day with students and chaperones having an opportunity to visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the International Spy Museum.  On the final day of the trip, everyone was able to tour Mount Vernon (home of George Washington), Ford’s Theater, the White House, and the Washington Monument.   During the trip, each student group, led by a chaperon, also had some free time to take advantage of other sightseeing opportunities.  Students also had a limited amount of free time each day for some fun and fellowship, and meals were available at some very nice, yet affordable restaurants.    

Our international students also make a biennial trip to Augusta.  The itinerary generally includes touring the Blaine House (Governor’s mansion), the State House, and the Maine State Museum.The students and chaperons have an opportunity to see both the Senate and House in action and are usually introduced to both chambers.  Lunch is in the Cross Cafeteria and tradition is to stop get an ice cream cone at Friendly’s in Waterville on the way home.