Educational Travel

Desert Heights has partnered with EF Educational Tours to offer a variety of travel opportunities to our students. From east coast college tours, to international trips to Germany or Spain, we believe educational travel can extend a student’s learning.  See the information below for additional details regarding our scheduled trips and contact the appropriate sponsor with any questions.

During spring break of 2019, we will be exploring Germany, Austria, and Switzerland!

Students will delve into the Swiss, Austrian, and German culture through food, castles, museums, and memorials to begin to see the world from a new perspective.  We will visit the beautiful castle of Neuschwanstein, which inspired Walt Disney when he designed the Disney castle, the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg,  Dachau Concentration camp, and we will enjoy the Switzerland Alps experience. Although visiting a concentration camp is not a pleasant thing, we believe it is extremely valuable for students. They are able to see where these atrocities occurred and are able to learn about how the Germans view their past as well as what they are doing to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

If you have ever planned a trip before, you know that the stress of planning adds to the cost of the trip.  One of the beautiful things about attending this trip is that there is no planning involved on your part. Additionally, included in the cost of the trip is

  • Round trip airfare
  • On-tour transportation costs in the countries (normally by coach bus)
  • Safe, quality hotel rooms (normally 3-star hotels)
  • Full-time bilingual tour director
  • Guided tours and activities
  • Breakfast and dinner every day
  • 24-hour on-tour assistance (if needed, parents will always be able to reach their student through this manner)
  • Tour donation page (like GoFundMe but all the donations go directly to the trip, no administration fees)
  • WeShare, which allows students to earn .5 high school elective credits if the student completes additional course work
  • Peace of mind policy: This ensures that if there is a terrorist attack leading up to our trip, or even the day of, they will reroute our tour so we are not placed in danger.  Additionally, if we as a group up to four months before our trip feel our destination is unsafe, they will allow us to change our trip to a location we feel more comfortable with. We understand this can be a concern for most parents, and it is a great reassurance that EF Tours will assist us if this were to happen.

For more information, please visit the trip’s website at: or contact Hannah Kramer.

The Spanish Language and Culture Program
El programa de español y cultura hispana

The Spanish Language and Culture Program offers two types of educational tours; the Spanish Immersion Group Tour and the International Community Service Tour.  These trips will alternate, each trip occurring every other year, with the season for the trips still to be determined.

  • The International Community Service Trip: We’re going to Peru during the 2020 Spring break! This will be our second international trip, and it is designed for students who want to practice their Spanish communicative skills while helping a Latin America community in need. Each Latin American country has different community projects, but in addition, there will be opportunities to explore some of the country’s cultural landmarks. We’re going to Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and MACHU PICCHU! Students will participate in a pottery workshop, and learn traditional weaving techniques from local artist. Students may acquire five international community service hours.
  • The Spanish Immersion Group TourOur third consecutive trip will be to France and Spain! We’re going during the 2021 Spring break. The main goal of the trip is to speak colloquial and academic Spanish in different social contexts. In addition, students will have a chance to compare the French and Spanish culture and food. More information to come soon!

Prerequisite for both trips:

  • Completed Spanish 1 with 80% or higher
  • GPA 3.2 or higher
  • Students that are not enrolled in a Spanish course after Spanish 2 can attend Spanish workshops with the Group Leader Tour, Mrs. Zaragoza.

El programa de español y cultura hispana ofrecerá dos tipos de viajes. Uno de los viajes estará enfocado a la comunicación en español y el otro al servicio comunitario en algún país latinoamericano. Se alternarán los viajes anualmente y las fechas dependerán de las mejores opciones en precio y las condiciones del país a visitar. Los estudiantes que deseen obtener horas comunitarias de servicio internacional podrán acreditar hasta quince horas.

To enroll for the 2020 Peru trip you’ll need your tour number: 2204712JR  (traveling Spring Break 2020)

How to enroll to the 2020 Peru trip/ Estos son los datos para inscribirse al viaje a Perú

The World-Educational Tours and the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages:

Los viajes educativos internacionales y el aprendizaje de las lenguas extranjeras:

All Spanish classes are  focused on the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages:

The list of the five “C” Standards ( Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) is taken from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. These five C goals are incorporated on a daily basis in the foreign language classrooms. Our trip to Portugal and Spain will reach the Communities goals:

  • Communities – Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. Standard 5.1: School and Global Communities. Learners use the language both within and beyond the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community and the globalized world. Standard 5.2: Lifelong Learning. Learners set goals and reflect on their progress in using languages for personal enjoyment, enrichment, and advancement.

Links and Readings on Portugal and Spain:
Ligas y artículos acerca de Portugal y España:

Here are a couple of links to bilingualism and two Newsela’s articles on Portugal and Spain. Both Newsela’s articles are brief, and provide a general description on the countries students from different Spanish class levelsincluding Dual Enrollment will visit during Spring Break 2019!
Aquí proporciono dos páginas en línea que pueden ser de utilidad relacionadas al bilingualismo y dos artículos enfocados a generalidades en torno a España y Portugal. Espero sean de su interés.