The school believes that boys benefit greatly from traveling abroad. St. Bernard’s has organized trips for the past thirty years to different parts of the world. The ninth graders have traveled to France, Italy, Morocco, India, and Japan, and the eighth grade boys have traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
The students and the school have a personal connection to the town and the people of Azama, a remote section of Ecuador located high in the mountains. The boys are able to interact with members of the community, plant trees, or paint buildings there. Their work is valued, and the town of Azama has named a street after St. Bernard’s to show its appreciation. From invaluable trips the boys learn lessons about empathy, compassion, social awareness, and humility. These trips enhance the boys’ sense of independence and of maturity. They also expose them to cultures very different from their own.