Pillars of the West


Rome, Sorrento, Olympia, the Peloponnese and Athens

Summer Program

July 8–August 3, 2019

Description

Tour the wonders of Greece and experience the history of Italy as you earn high school credits while traveling abroad. Experience mythology, literature, art, language, and history come alive as you follow in the footsteps of the legends of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

 
27
DAYS 
One Course Program

Courses Offered

 Classical Civilization

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

OPEN

Travel dates are subject to changes until flights have been confirmed.
*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February, 2018. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.
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The decision to partake in an MEI trip was one of the best I have ever made. I pushed myself academically, made life-long friends, and learned how to live away from home — all the while having a great time! The instructors pushed us to exceed our self-perceived limits, while still being extremely welcoming and friendly. No classroom will ever beat learning about history where the events actually occurred. It was an experience that I will absolutely never forget.

Kat Eamon
Student, 2018

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The decision to partake in an MEI trip was one of the best I have ever made. I pushed myself academically, made life-long friends, and learned how to live away from home — all the while having a great time! The instructors pushed us to exceed our self-perceived limits, while still being extremely welcoming and friendly. No classroom will ever beat learning about history where the events actually occurred. It was an experience that I will absolutely never forget.

Kat Eamon
Student, 2018

Courses Offered

Classical Civilization
GRADE CODE
11+12 LVV3U + LVV4U
This course introduces students to the rich cultural legacy of the classical world. Students will investigate aspects of classical culture, including mythology, literature, art, architecture, philosophy, science, and technology, as well as elements of the ancient Greek and Latin languages. Students will develop creative and critical thinking skills through exploring and responding to works by classical authors in English translation and examining material culture brought to light through archaeology. They will also increase their communication and research skills by working both collaboratively and independently, and will acquire an understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of ancient and modern societies.

Program Itinerary

July 8–August 3, 2019

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–10 Rome
Day 10–13 Sorrento
Day 13–22 The Peloponnese
Day 22–27 Athens

Travel dates are subject to changes until flights have been confirmed.
Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is completed over four weeks. The first two-week session begins in early May, and focuses on novel studies. The second session begins in late June, and focuses on small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, and to help lessen the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running overseas.
Departure from Toronto

Departure from Toronto

Day 1

Our departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to departure, a short meeting is held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs, maps, and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before March 31.
Rome

Rome

Days 2–10

Students begin their journey into the origins of Western civilization in the Eternal City. With visits to the Colosseum and the ruins of the Forum, we journey through time from the city’s earliest beginnings to its tragic collapse. The ghosts of Romulus, Caesar, and Augustus echo through the streets as we investigate what is perhaps the world’s greatest open- air museum: Rome. Whether writing morning notes on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum, or sampling the world’s best gelato at the Trevi Fountain, in Rome, students witness the ghosts of the ancient past come alive.
Sorrento

Sorrento

Days 10–13

Before venturing to the top of the Amalfi coast, we stop in Pompeii and explore Pompeii, one of Italy’s most significant archaeological sites. After contemplating the fate of a city that was tragically buried by volcanic ash centuries ago, we continue our ascent to the believed place where Homer’s mythological sirens enticed Odysseus and his crew with their songs. Here, with Sorrento’s stunning views and scent of lemon blossoms, students study the classic story of Homer’s Odyssey, while a day trip to nearby Capri reveals why this region continues to be a favourite destination rich in beauty and history.
Olympia and the Peloponnese

Olympia and the Peloponnese

Days 13–22

Voyaging across the Ionian Sea, we arrive on the west coast of Greece and spend a night in Olympia, home to the monumental temple of almighty Zeus and birthplace of the original Olympic games. Here, students have the unique opportunity to lace up and run the original Olympic stadium’s track.

We continue our exploration of Greece with a trip through the Peloponnese, exploring the pre-historic mountaintop citadel of Mycenae—from which Agamemnon launched his fateful assault on Troy—before heading on to the seaside town of Tolo. Crystal-clear waters, the freshest calamari, and genuine small-town Greek hospitality make this a favourite stop on our journey across the Mediterranean world. Leaving the coast behind, we then visit Epidaurus: once the most important centre for healing in the ancient world. The acoustically perfect theatre, here, still hosts Greek plays during the summer months—an unmatched place to consider the works of Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Euripides.

Athens

Athens

Days 22–27

Our study of the ancient world continues with a visit to Athena’s favourite city. As the birthplace of Western democracy, philosophy, art, architecture, literature, and history, our academics focus on the rise of Athens after the defeat of the Persians and the Golden Age of Pericles. Margaret Atwood’s enthralling The Penelopiad gives students the chance to revisit the return of Odysseus from a very different perspective. Our days are spent in the Theater of Dionysus, among the ruins of the library of Hadrian, within the Agora, and high atop the Acropolis. Here, students complete their final exam and spend their last days together shopping in the Plaka before enjoying a final rooftop dinner together to celebrate a truly epic summer.

Departure from Athens (Day 27)

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

What’s Included?

 

 

Program Fee Includes
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

Rome

Days 2–10

Sorrento

Days 10–13

Olympia and the Peloponnese

Days 13–22

Athens

Days 22-27

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