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    October 9, 2019 · Singapore 2019
    Today is our last full day in Singapore, and our first full day of sightseeing! While we visited many famous tourist attractions throughout the week, we would be exploring places we may have missed out on, such as Little India and the Jewel at Changi Airport. Breakfast was optional, as some chose...
    Today was the day of the 15 Hour Challenge-the leadership skills we had acquired throughout the week would be put to the test in a long, interactive  activity. All of YLEAD gathered in the auditorium after an early breakfast, and the theme of the 15-Hour Challenge was introduced to us. With...
    Wednesday was really exciting day to mark the middle of the conference. We spent the mornings with our individual groups (fams). Half of us went out on more Learning Journeys to places such as Make the Change Singapore! The other half of us stayed to listen to panel discussions held by inspiring...
    Today was probably going to be our most exciting day yet, because of the amazing tourist attractions we were going to visit tonight. We woke up bright and early, eating breakfast at the school canteen. One of the food stands at the canteen supplied us with crispy chicken sandwiches(yes, for...
    July 24, 2019 · Singapore 2019
    We wake up bright and early (6:00, to be exact), to prepare for our first day at YLEAD-a youth leadership camp hosted at River Valley High School. We gathered in the lobby and many of us grabbed a fresh squeezed orange juice drink from the juice press vending machine shown below. We head to the...
    July 24, 2019 · Singapore 2019
    John F. Kennedy Airport, 1:30 A.M.: Twenty sleepy BCA students, Mrs. Sytsma, and Mr. Alschen board a Cathay Pacific airplane headed for Hong Kong, where we will then head to Singapore for YLEAD-a five day youth leadership conference. A sixteen hour flight ahead of us, we plan to adjust to...
    May 3, 2019 · Finland 2019
    Today was our last day in Finland, and we made the most of our time with an action-packed itinerary. We started off the morning with breakfast at the Hilton and then headed to the Helsinki Cathedral, where we got onto a bus and toured the city. We saw some extremely noteworthy landmarks,...
    We set off from Greenstar in the early hours in order to catch our 10:15 flight to Helsinki. The flight was only an hour long, and then we had to take an hour bus ride to our hotel. The beautiful architecture and bustling city contrasted the suburban neighborhood we’d been staying at for the last...
    May 3, 2019 · Dubai 2019
    Nakheel Presentation and Palm Visit Obviously Mr. Kaser planned the best activities for the last day, and we couldn't be more eager to experience these highlights. Leaving at around 9am, we hopped on the bus and headed to the famous man-made islands of Dubai. Nakheel, founded in 2000, became...
    May 3, 2019 · Dubai 2019
    Nibras International School Visit We've never been international exchange students before today, but now we know how all the Danes feel when they visit our school for a day. In an exciting way, all of the students wanted to know who we were, where we were from, and where we wanted to go. ...
    May 1, 2019 · Dubai 2019
    Heritage Tour at the Shiekh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding Our first day in Dubai called for very hot weather, but we were extremely excited nonetheless to make it to our highlight destination. After a quick hotel breakfast, we headed to our transportation of the day - the metro....
    April 29, 2019 · Dubai 2019
    Al Ain Tour We checked out of our NYU Abu Dhabi dorms this morning to prepare for our trip to Dubai. After packing up and eating our last dining hall breakfast, we hopped on the coach bus to meet with Georgette, our tour guide, once more.  Our attraction today was exploring Al Ain, the 'Garden...
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    This global experience, formally titled the "Influence of Italian Art and Culture in Modern Western Civilization" students will discern the links between Ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance, and the modern world.  Students will visit Rome and Florence to explore various sites of ancient and Renaissance architecture, as well as art museums showcasing art of those periods. They will examine how architecture had a technological impact, as well as the role the arts played in the formation of modern ideals in western culture. The two different cultural and sociopolitical centers (ancient/Renaissance Italy and the modern New York area) offer an appropriate context for this study, to realize common parallels in these disparate time periods and locations.

    Rome

    Visit iconic sights such as the Pantheon, Colosseum, Roman Forum/Basilica of Maxentius, and Piazza Navona. Tour Vatican City and the Trajan Market. Experience a walking tour of the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane. Finally visit The Baths of Diocletian before hopping a train to Florence.

    Florence

    After arriving in Florence visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, Il Duomo and Baptistry, Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and take a Hill tour featuring Piazzale Michelangelo. Check out the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza, Uffizi Galleries, Galleria dell’Academia, Hospital of Innocents, Church of San Lorenzo, and finish up Italy with an excursion and dinner in San Gimignano

  • Logistics

    Accommodations

    We will be staying in luxury hostel or hotel accommodations.

    Dining

    Breakfast will be in our hotel or dorm, lunch will be on the run or in markets, but dinners will be spent sampling some of Italy's finest food!

    Transportation

    After our non-stop flight, we will be using Charter buses as our primary means of transportation during the trip. There will also be extensive walking and students can expect to walk between 5-8 miles per day.

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