The Voyager Campaign is an initiative undertaken by DCI’s Parent-Teacher Organization to raise funds to support the school’s international trips. The Voyager Campaign was created in Spring 2016 after the school’s planned international trips received very low enrollment rates and had to be postponed. The most common reason given by families for not registering? Financial strain.
What became the DCI PTO’s Voyager Team jumped into action creating a low-cost fundraiser that pooled resources from the entire DCI community. They created the Voyager Campaign, which asks for donations of any size from as many DCI families as possible. The benefits of this strategy are threefold: the campaign costs nothing to run, it allows all families to make contributions that are meaningful to them, and it yields a high participation rate that sends a clear message about the support behind international travel.
A total of 119 students in grades 8 and 9 went to China, Quebec, and Costa Rica on Summer 2017’s inaugural trips. All trips included service learning, language immersion, and 6 days of homestays.
Students in the Chinese track visited southeast China beginning in Shanghai before travelling to Kunming, Dali, and Zunyi, where students lived with their host families for 6 nights. From Zunyi, students travelled to Liping and back to Shanghai.
Students in the French track lived with host families and studied in Quebec City where they learned about the province’s history, politics, and culture. From Quebec City, they travelled to Ile d’Orleans and spent time doing service work with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. While outside the city, students whale watched, hiked, kayaked, and explored the environment they had helped to conserve.
Students in the Spanish track visited Costa Rica, starting in the nation’s capital, San Jose. From there, students broke up into smaller groups and lived in rural host communities, working on community-driven service projects. After their time with their host families, students visited San Manuel on the Pacific coast before returning to San Jose for their flight home.
To volunteer, please email email@example.com.
To give, please visit https://squareup.com/store/dci-voyager-fund. The campaign is 10 days long and takes place every spring, but donations are always accepted.
A huge thanks to the following sponsors and supporters for making international travel accessible for all students.