Partnerships with European Schools: A Dialogue in Rome (July 21-29, 2017)

Delegates to This Program Will …

  • Meet European Colleagues to Explore Long-Term Sustainable Partnerships & Exchanges with their Schools
  • Deepen the Relationship-Building by Pairing with an Italian Colleague for a Day of Leisure & Informal Dialogue
  • Explore the Challenges Facing Europe & Apply this Knowledge to Design Deeper Curriculum-Linked Student Visits
  • Rotate through 3 Visits to Local NGOs Whose Social Justice Work Applies to Student Service Learning
  • Enjoy an End-of-Week Picnic in the Borghese Gardens with Your New European Colleagues

Meet European Colleagues To Explore School Partnerships

On Monday, July 24, our first workday in the country, we’ll hold a broad dialogue at one of Rome’s most prestigious secondary schools.  This storied institution is renowned for the rigor of its curriculum, and for its openness to innovation and the application of best practices from abroad. Our Italian colleagues will welcome us, of course – and yet this conference also involves colleagues from throughout Europe.  On this opening day, we’ll hear from British, French, Italian, German, and other European colleagues about their curricula, their school cultures, and their special co-curricular programs – and we’ll share what makes our schools unique.

Deepen The Relationship-Building: Pair With an Italian Colleague

On Tuesday, we’ll deepen the relationship-building. You’ll pair with an Italian colleague for a discovery of Rome together, at your discretion. Your colleague may suggest any number of venues to visit, to include Rome’s museums, parks, and monuments. You may also be joined by a non-Italian European colleague. Today’s value will indeed be “what you make of it”: We anticipate that you will continue discussing precisely what makes your schools special – and that you will dedicate time to discuss new partnerships.

Explore & Apply The Challenges Facing Contemporary Europe

To address contemporary Europe’s challenges and opportunities, we’ll convene on Wednesday at the Rome office of a major multilateral institution with a clutch of journalists, activists, and elected officials. This meeting may include a special guest: We’ve invited the Italian Minister for Integration to discuss with us the changing face of Europe and what it means to be “European” in an era of robust immigration.

We’ll also address new European laws about religious attire in schools, budget crises and the future of the European Union, Europe’s maturing social compact and the continent’s leadership on work-life balance, carbon emissions, and more. We’ll explore what these issues, themes, trends, and perspectives can mean to your students. We’ll explore how their consideration may best be incorporated into curriculum, and what this can mean for the character of your school’s student programs in Europe.

Assess Student Service Opportunities In Europe

We’re familiar with student service in emerging nations. And yet the chance to serve in Europe – meaningfully – is enormous; the human needs are palpable. On Thursday, we’ll rotate through 3 Rome service venues, hearing from program leaders and the clients they serve. We’ll gain insight into the potential for student growth and activism that abounds on this complex continent. We’ll visit a food garden that meets the health, income, and nutritional needs of a low-income Rome neighborhood; a youth visual arts project that elicits creative potential; and an immigrant service center offering hope and comfort to North African refugees.

Enjoy A Picnic With New Friends In The Borghese Gardens

A BBQ with our European colleagues rounds out this eventful week. These 17th century English-style landscape gardens contain the renowned Villa Borghese, now a museum, and nearly 150 acres of recreational green space in the heart of Rome. These peaceful hours of music, sport, and a scrumptious meal, offer us unsurpassed views of Rome’s natural beauty – even as we bid farewell to new colleagues, and plan with them future student collaborations.

Should You Attend?

If you seek a way to develop professionally while broadening your perspectives and those of your colleagues, this program is for you. If you wish to understand a diverse Europe rising to meet a host of 21st century challenges while establishing solid school-to-school relationships, this program will interest you. It is a carefully planned, 9-day experience of purposeful professional development for active and retired educators. It features myriad new insights to apply at your school, association, library, or university campus.

Dates, Pricing & Daily Agendas

DATES: July 21-29, 2017

PRICING is set at $4000 per person. This includes:

  • Registration for 5 Days of Professional Development
  • 7 Nights’ Shared Accommodation
  • All Breakfasts, All Lunches, and a Welcome Dinner
  • Formal & Informal Conversations on Establishing New School Partnerships
  • Discuss, Observe Meaningful Student Service Options
  • Confer with Educators, Journalists, and Activists
  • Enjoy a Picnic with Colleagues in Borghese Park
  • Luxury Ground Transport & Professional Local Guiding

Pricing excludes air.  You may purchase air travel in tandem with your registration for this GFE, or you may elect to obtain it independently.  If you choose to purchase air in tandem with your registration, kindly indicate this preference to us.  We will offer you the most economical fare prevailing on the date of your registration.

DISTRIBUTION OF DAILY AGENDAS: Registered delegates will receive a detailed draft daily agenda on May 15, 2017.  Delegates will receive a final daily agenda, including times of departure and arrival at each professional activity, specific purpose of each activity, delegate roles and responsibilities, names of Italian host individuals and institutions, links to official hotel accommodations and other logistics, on June 15, 2017.  Final payment is due on June 15, 2017.

INQUIRE: Contact Aaron Casey
(202) 421 4417 /

Terms & Conditions

Reservations & Cancellations

Cancellation by the traveler within the 90-day period immediately prior to departure will result in the full or partial forfeiture of your balance paid, according to the following schedule:

90 to 65 days: 50 percent of total payment

60 to 45 days: 60 percent of total payment

44 to 30 days: 80 percent of total payment

29 to 0 days: 100 percent of total payment

Cancellation must be made in writing, and will be effective upon the date that we receive it in our offices.

Please note that, of the total payment made, $500 is non-refundable upon signing this contract.

Travel Documents

It is solely the responsibility of the client to ensure that his/her travel documents; inoculations; and medical, baggage, travel, & default insurance, etc. are in order prior to departure.

Liability of Alterra Consulting

Alterra acts as an agent for the principals. Accordingly, Alterra assumes no liability for loss or damage that any passenger may suffer as a result of the failure of such principals to fulfill their obligations, in relation to travel arrangements, accommodation, transfers, tours, or other items.


Neither Alterra Consulting, nor any person acting for, through or on behalf of Alterra, shall be liable for loss, delay, accidents, or inconvenience to any persons or their luggage or property as may arise as a result of flight delays, bad weather, strikes, negligence, or any other cause which is beyond the control of Alterra Consulting.


The jurisdiction for disputes that may arise will be Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

A Note about Travel Insurance

While travel insurance is optional, we suggest that delegates consider securing it to protect their investment in this program. If Alterra cancels a program, all payments will be fully refunded. However, when individual travelers cancel their own participation, some payments made are not refundable, depending on time of cancellation. We can recommend TravelSafe of Wyomissing, PA ( as a reliable, reputable insurer.