Ancient World Odyssey


Rome, Sorrento, the Peloponnese, Athens & Santorini

Summer Program

July 8–August 11, 2019

Description

Travel abroad this summer while earning high school credits on location in the most spectacular regions of Italy Greece, and the Greek Islands. Experience history come alive, as you immerse yourself in the world of the Ancient Romans and Greeks.

 
35
DAYS 
Two Course Program

Courses Offered

 Classical Civilization
+  English
 Studies in Literature
 Writer’s Craft

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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From a parent’s perspective, the entire MEI experience was flawless from beginning to end. The MEI team was always available and welcomed questions, concerns, and feedback. The program was well-organized, transparent, and constant communication was evident throughout the entire time Giulia was away. The teachers…the amazing and out-of this-world teachers…well, Giulia cannot stop talking about them. Thank-you to the teachers for all of their hard work with keeping Giulia safe, happy and marking the assignments in a timely manner. As well, the comments and feedback for the assignments were so thorough and mindful—truly outstanding! With humble hearts and gratitude, we thank all of you. Warmest Regards,

M.T. Vecchio-Romano & Alberto Romano
Parents, MEI 2017

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From a parent’s perspective, the entire MEI experience was flawless from beginning to end. The MEI team was always available and welcomed questions, concerns, and feedback. The program was well-organized, transparent, and constant communication was evident throughout the entire time Giulia was away. The teachers…the amazing and out-of this-world teachers…well, Giulia cannot stop talking about them. Thank-you to the teachers for all of their hard work with keeping Giulia safe, happy and marking the assignments in a timely manner. As well, the comments and feedback for the assignments were so thorough and mindful—truly outstanding! With humble hearts and gratitude, we thank all of you. Warmest Regards,

MT. Vecchio-Romano & Alberto Romano
Parents, MEI 2017

Courses Offered

Classical Civilization
GRADE CODE
12 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.

 

English
GRADE CODE
11+12 ENG3U + ENG4U

The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.

 

Studies in Literature
GRADE CODE
12 ETS4U

This course is intended for students who are passionate about literature. Students analyze a range of literary forms including drama, the novel, and poetry, responding personally, critically, and creatively to each.

 

Writer's Craft
GRADE CODE
12 EWC4U

This course is designed for students who have attained a high level of proficiency in their writing skills and wish to focus on cultivating their creative writing talents by participating in prose, poetry, and drama-writing master classes.

 

Program Itinerary

July 8–August 11, 2019

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–10 Rome
Day 10–13 Sorrento
Day 14–22 Olympia and the Peloponnese
Day 22–27 Athens
Day 27–35 Santorini

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 term. 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

We begin our odyssey in the Eternal City where the ghosts of Romulus, Caesar, and Augustus echo through the streets as we investigate what is perhaps the world’s greatest open-air museum. 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, we journey through time as we investigate the city’s rise and fall. On every street and every corner, students witness the ghosts of history come alive.
Sorrento

Sorrento

Days 10–13

After a stop in Pompeii—one of Italy’s most significant archaeological sites and a tragically buried city—students make their way above the Amalfi coast to Sorrento. Believed to be the place where Homer ’s mythological sirens enticed Odysseus and his crew with their songs, Sorrento is now a stunning cliff top town famous for its views and for inspiring such literary giants as Byron, Goethe, and Dickens. Students study the classic story of Homer’s Odyssey, while a day trip to nearby Capri reveals why this has been a favourite holiday destination for society’s elite—from ancient Roman Emperors to today’s rich and famous.
Olympia and the Peloponnese

Olympia and the Peloponnese

Days 14–22

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.

Athens

Athens

Days 22–27

Our study of the ancient world continues as we reside in Athena’s favourite city—Athens. Home to 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. Our days are spent in the Theater of Dionysus, among the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, within the Agora, and high atop the Parthenon, while our evenings are spent exploring the Plaka and enjoying rooftop dinners in this ancient city.
Santorini

Santorini

Days 27–35

Our adventure continues on the picture-perfect island of Santorini. There, with its white villas dotting the cliffs, and its black volcanic beaches along the jagged coastline, students unearth legends of the lost Minoan civilization of Atlantis. Here, Greek myth provides for an exploration of ancient Greek history, art and poetry. After our final assignments and exams, we conclude with an epic hike along the caldera from the town of Oia, and take in some of the most stunning vistas in the world. Ending with a sunset dinner in our cliff-side home in the island’s capital, Fira, we say goodbye to our island paradise.

Departure from Athens (Day 35)

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • 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)
  • 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 13–19

Athens

Days 19–27

Santorini

Days 27–35

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