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Young Explorers Adventure Trip to Costa Rica!

Seven students from both the collège and International Studies Program hopped on a plane earrrrrrrly in the morning on April 14th for a long flight to Costa Rica!

Community service, adventure and team-building were on the agenda... the students came back with numerous enthusiastic stories about their adventures and what they learned. Please check back soon to hear what they have to say and see their incredible photos!

Posted by katie in Adventure Trips, Service Projects on Monday April 14, 2014
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Model UN Trip to Holland 2014

The Ermitage MUN group of 15 OIB and IB students left Paris for Haarlem on Thursday 10th April. Our first stop was Amsterdam. As we stepped out of the station after a short train journey, we discovered a beautiful and sunny city where cars had been replaced by ruthless Dutch cyclists ready to take down any clueless tourists who got in their way. After quickly scuttling out of their way, we were quickly debriefed by our new parents for the trip, Mr. Hager and Mr. Wall and and were let loose into this new exotic city in the quest of food. As we split off into small groups, we were given the opportunity to discover the Tuschinski cinema (an historic art-deco monument) and the Canal Belt as we devoured our lunch.

We soon all met up again and headed for the newly reopened RijksMuseum where we admired masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and many more. Unfortunately, we were not able to stay any longer in Amsterdam as the host school, Stedelijk Gymnasium, was awaiting our arrival in Haarlem. Subsequently, we jumped back on the train and headed for our final destination.

As we arrived at the school, we were warmly greeted by the organisers of the MUN conference and our lovely host families. We soon dispersed into our designated families, bubbling with excitement for the conference that lay ahead.


The next day, at the Stedelijk Gymnasium, the Ermitage MUN group met up once again. Dressed in our smartest outfits, we were ready to save the world from chaos and crisis. We all went into our different committees, prepared and ready to take action as the voices of tomorrow. Our subjects varied greatly from establishing an international policy on euthanasia to tax evasion or even the 65th birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

With 550 students participating in the conference from over 16 different countries, the debating is not the only instructive part of the trip; we were able to mix with people from completely different cultures, who shared the same interest in the world around us. The debates were made even more interesting as keynote speakers intervened on the second day of the conference to give us additional information on the individual subjects as well as answering all of our questions.

By the last day, each committee had written up extremely constructive resolutions. The General Assembly gathered all the GAs to look thoroughly through the resolutions that had passed whilst the rest of the conference found solutions for the made up crisis which was tearing down peace between countries.

All in all, the conference was a resounding success and every student on the MUN Ermitage trip was

devastated to have to leave the beautiful country that is the Netherlands after only 4 days. Even though there may have been a few blips with the temporary loss of a passport (oops!), we all learnt something from this trip and can’t wait to go back next year.

Eleanor M

Première OIB

Posted by katie in Conferences, Democracy, MUN on Wednesday April 9, 2014
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Exchange to Herlufsholm School, Denmark


Today I came back from an amazing trip in which I got to meet incredible people I will never forget and and in which I saw things that made me think… wow. This exchange with Herlufsholm was not only an opportunity to see a new place… but to love it. It was not only an opportunity to meet new people… but to get so close to them that saying goodbye was very, very hard. In this trip I got to see and experience Danish life. My host family, the Eligaards, really gave me an idea of what it feels like to live in Denmark. I got to try Danish food, desserts and a lot of candy (amazing candy). Also, I got to see much of Denmark in our outing to Copenhagen and to Næstved. I had the opportunity to visit Luisiana, a modern art museum, which I enjoyed very much. In addition to all these impressive places I went to, I also got to make great friends that to be honest… I miss already even though I saw them this morning. It was a short trip, but I bonded with each and one of them… It felt as if I had known them for a very long time. To conclude this reflection, I just want to thank everyone that made this trip what it was… INCREDIBLE. It is definitely an experience i will never forget and a country I will hopefully go back to soon.

As I write this, so many great memories come up to my head… I have a huge smile on my face… and all I think about is… TAKE ME BACK TO DENMARK!

Almudena V


Once arrived in the beautiful country called Denmark, we found and got to meet our hosts. We were all excited to find out how Denmark was, we tasted new food, we met new people and experienced a different culture. Because the days were so interesting and fascinating, we had the feeling that the days were so long. Unfortunately the weather wasn't as good as we had hoped. The highlight was being able to socialize and bond so fast with everyone in the school. And the saddest part was to say good bye. We had a great and unforgettable experience.

Cedric C


From the 3rd-4th April, I went to the Herlufsholm school exchange in Denmark. The whole trip was amazing and for the days we were there, fun and friendships were definitely made. My favorite day was when we went to Copenhagen and shopped and I ate a very delicious Danish hot dog. The weather was not too great but it was still exciting being in a new city. The city was beautiful and fortunately not as crowded as Paris. Great activities, great food and great hosts all equaled to an interesting trip.

Mosa M


I was in Denmark at the end of this semester and I'm really thankful to the school that I had an opportunity to go to such a wonderful place Denmark. I've already been to Copenhagen and I visited museums, and the school called Herlufsholm. The students were very nice and I made a lot of friends there. I stayed at a wonderful host family. I miss everyone there and I am very amazed how quickly I bonded with people there. I miss Denmark. I am very glad that I went and represented the school. I thank Ermitage for the opportunity.

Toni B


Posted by katie in Exchanges on Sunday April 6, 2014
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