At TVS, students of all ages have a variety of ways that they can connect with people from different cultures. Families with PreK kids up to 12th graders are invited to host our international guests, and we offer Trojans Abroad Programs for students in grades 8-12 annually. There are also a variety of local and domestic programs listed here to help our students further expand their horizons and see the world through different lenses. Upper School students who participate in a number of Global/Multicultural programs at TVS and elsewhere can receive recognition for their achievements, and they are encouraged to consider diving even deeper into a topic of their choice by participating in the Global/Multicultural Signature Program.
Use the links below for details about these programs, awards, and opportunities.
- Recent Upper School Announcements
- HOST AN INTERNATIONAL GUEST
- TROJANS ABROAD TRAVEL PROGRAMS
- Stephen Seleny Travel Endowment Application
- LOCAL/STATE CAMPS AND PROGRAMS
- TVS GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AWARD
- TVS INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
Recent Upper School Announcements
Some recent announcements/opportunities include:
- April 1 deadline The 2023 Abdelkader Global Citizenship Prize Essay Contest for students INFO HERE
- April 1 Milton Wolf Prize in Student Advocacy. INFO HERE
- Looking for volunteer opportunities with a multicultural theme? Contact Dr. Roemer about volunteering after school at the International Newcomer Academy (for newly arrived immigrants and refugees to Fort Worth) or make a life-long friend at the Texas Refugee Services of Fort Worth.
- TVS Upper School Clubs/Committees you might be interested in joining this year: (email Dr. Roemer for more details)
- Student Equity, Inclusion, & Community Committee (Help plan Multicultural Moments in Assemblies, discuss ways to improve the TVS experience towards the goal of creating a place of belonging for all students)
- Unity Club (discuss a wide variety of social issues--domestic and abroad)
- GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance--discuss topics pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community)
- JWAC (Jr. World Affairs Council--discuss international topics, present/learn about student interests, attend expert talks, compete in the Academic WorldQuest competition...). Here are some upcoming JWAC events!
- March 29 | 6:00-8:30 PM CT (Zoom) JWAC Discussion: Queen Elizabeth II (Manara Academy) INFO HERELinks to an external site.
April 18 6 - 7:30PM | Speaker: Richard Haass President, Council on Foreign Relations Title: The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, Location: Crescent Gallery Ballroom on hold (MUST REGISTER WITH DR ROEMER IN ADVANCE TO GET SEATS)
- April 26 |5:00-6:30 PM CT (Zoom) JWAC Discussion: Rwandan Genocide (Keene HS) INFO HERE
- April 27 12 - 1:15PM | Speaker: Jim Krane Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Title: Follow the Leader: Who is Winning the Next 100 Years of Energy? Location: Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek (3333 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219 (MUST REGISTER WITH DR ROEMER IN ADVANCE TO GET SEATS)
- May 2 5:30 - 7:00PM | Speaker: Paul Salem President, Middle East Institute
Moderator: Ambassador Robert W. Jordan. Diplomat-in-Residence, SMU Tower Center for Public Policy; Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2001 – 2003). Title: U.S. Interests and Policy in a Changing Middle East Program Location: TBD - Hilton Anatole (MUST REGISTER WITH DR ROEMER IN ADVANCE TO GET SEATS)
- May 4 6 - 7:30PM | Speaker: Michael O’Hanlon Senior Fellow and Director of Research in Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution Title: Military History for the Modern Strategist: Crucial Lessons for Our Time Location: The Crescent Club – Rotisserie Room (MUST REGISTER WITH DR ROEMER IN ADVANCE TO GET SEATS)
- May 15 deadline. AFS Global STEM Accelerators. Full scholarship for girls ages 15-17.5 years old who want to solve world problems | INFO HERE
- June 1 - July 30 Social Justice Art Contest. INFO HERELinks to an external site. | Cash Prizes
- June 12-16 Summer Diplomacy and Leadership Workshop for Sophomores and Juniors. Free and offered virtually |INFO HERE
HOST AN INTERNATIONAL GUEST
TVS families are also invited to host 1-2 students/adults at a time from one or more of these countries. Guests need a place to sleep, a hospitable home, rides to/from school with your children, and some meals with your family. See below for details and contact Dr. Roemer to host!
This academic year (2022-23), we will host about 25 guests from Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland!
UPCOMING: Fall 2023 -- We're looking for a family to host an 11th grade exchange student from our partner school in Trier, Germany. She is outgoing, fun, and a great student! Contact Dr. Roemer for details!
1. HOST FOUND!
Dutch student guest (male, 10th grade): Host Renard as he returns to TVS (he stayed with us 5 years ago) from approximately Aug. 28-Sept 7. Host can be the same age, younger, or older. Contact Dr. Roemer to learn more or sign up!
2. HOSTS FOUND!
German high school students (female & male, 9-11th graders): Host 1-2 German students from our partner school Auguste Viktoria Gymnasium in our Sister City of Trier from approximately Sept. 27 - Oct 7. Host can be the same age, younger, or older. Contact Dr. Roemer to learn more or sign up!
3. HOSTS FOUND!
Danish Assistant Teacher (female, 25 years old): Host Lisa during her placement at TVS, working mostly with our 10th grade English and 6th grade Global Studies students. Hosting includes a $100/week stipend for host family. Contact Dr. Roemer to learn more or sign up!
4. HOST FOUND!
Bolivian high school student (male, 18); attending classes in the Upper School from Jan 4-28.
5. HOSTS FOUND!
Swiss Assistant Teacher (male, 20s): Host Flavio during his placement in 9th grade World History classes (approx. Jan 14 - Feb 11) Hosting includes a $100/week stipend for host family. Contact Dr. Roemer to learn more or sign up!
6. Hosts Found! (Feb 10-25)
Swedish Assistant Teacher (female, 20s): Host Natalie during her placement (approx. Jan 28 - Feb 28) at TVS, working mostly with our US Spanish students. Hosting includes a $100/week stipend for host family. Contact Dr. Roemer to learn more or sign up!
7. EXCHANGE PARTNERS FOUND!
Canada 1:1 Exchange: Host a Jr from Havergal College (PK-12 school in Toronto) Mar 17-27 and stay with her family Feb 17-27.
8. EXCHANGE PARTNERS FOUND!
Scottish 1:1 Exchange : Host an 8th grade girl from St. George's School for Girls (Edinburgh) from around April 1 - 22 AND stay with that same student's family in Edinburgh for 3 weeks from the end of May to mid-June! (4-6 students max; current 8th grader girls can apply by Nov 4)
9. HOSTS FOUND!
Dutch Assistant Teacher (female, 20) Host Emma during her placement at TVS, working mostly with 5/6th grade math students and teachers. Hosting includes $100/week stipend to cover some living expenses for host family. Host for 2-6 weeks. April 6 - May 20 Contact Dr. Roemer for details or to host!
CONTACT DR. ROEMER TODAY FOR MORE INFO ON ANY OF THESE (OR FOR FUTURE) HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES!
CLICK HERE for more details about Hosting, including answers to FAQs.
TROJANS ABROAD TRAVEL PROGRAMS
In support of TVS’ Missions of “the development of wide constructive interests” and “intelligent citizenship” and TVS' Global Education goals of global competency for all our students in Self-awareness, Empathy, Cross-cultural Communication, and Cross-cultural Understanding, each year we offer Trojans Abroad Programs to get our students out of their comfort zones, gain independence, practice cross-communication skills, and to see the world through different lenses. Scroll down to see what TVS offers and other programs run by reputable third parties.
To APPLY FOR A 2023 TRAVEL PROGRAM, CLICK HERE (Due Nov 4).
To APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID, CLICK HERE (Due Nov 2).
For reviews of previous TVS programs, CLICK HERE.
- 1:1 Ambassador Exchanges in Canada & Scotland
- Canada: Current 11th graders; 4 students max; Host a student from our partner school approx. M<ar 17-27 AND stay with the same student in Toronto, Canada from Feb 17-27; approx. travel costs: $1,000
- Scotland: Current 8th grade girls; 4-6 students max; Host a student from our partner school April 8-29 AND stay with the same student in Edinburgh, Scotland from about May 27 - June 17; approx. travel costs: $2,300
- Spain Language / Culture / Homestay
- Improve your Spanish while exploring southern Spain and living with a host family
- Based in Seville, you will also explore Grenada, Cordova, Italica, and Cadíz
- Visit historic sites centuries' old, learn to flamenco and cook Spanish cuisine, relax in a coffee shop, overcome your fear of speaking Spanish, and get out of your comfort zone in this remarkable part of Spain
- May 27 - June 12; 10-18 students; current 8-11th graders
- Approx. cost: $4999 for 10 students; $4500 for 18 students (includes airfare, insurance, formal language lessons, all excursions, most meals, etc).
- Austria TOE Beyond
- Hike the Austrian alps and put your physical and leadership skills to the test
- Experience the beauty of Austria
- About 10 days in July
- Contact Mr. Amos for more details
To APPLY FOR A 2023 TRAVEL PROGRAM, CLICK HERE (Due Nov 4).
To APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID, CLICK HERE (Due Nov 2).
- 1:1 Ambassador Exchanges in Australia, Canada, & Scotland (see above descriptions; these are annual)
- Japan: Religion & Culture (8-12th graders at time of application; June 2024)
- Germany/Poland: WWII: European Front (8-12th graders at time of application; June 2024)
- More To Be Decided
CLICK HERE for non-TVS programs that TVS students have participated on and have loved.
Stephen Seleny Travel Endowment Application
LOCAL/STATE CAMPS AND PROGRAMS
CLICK ON THE LINKS FOR UPDATED INFORMATION
Multicultural Alliance. Students from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and options come together for a 5-day sleep away camp focusing on leadership and social change. For 10-12th grades (at time of application); advanced registration around May 1. Camp dates: late June; Cost: approx. $325 (financial aid available)
International Leadership Academy
Fort Worth Sister Cities International 2-week residential program focusing on making international friends and gaining leadership skills. Upper School (For current 9-12th grades; applications due in Feb (includes Teacher Recommendations); program dates July; Cost: approx. $1050
Middle School (6th-8th grades at time of registration; registration due in April; program dates July (one week); Cost approx. $325
Fort Worth Youth International
Join the Youth Board for Fort Worth Sister Cities International and get involved in their activities while meeting people from around the world. Excellent community service opportunities! To get involved on the Youth Board, check the FW Sister Cities calendar for open events for students.
TVS GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AWARD
This award recognizes one or more seniors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership through cross-cultural understandings of people and countries from around the world. Past recipients have proven to be conscientious global citizens through self-awareness, empathy, and actions during their Upper School years, such as programmatic travel to foreign countries, advanced cross-cultural communication skills, hosting or being hosted by people from other countries, and leadership in TVS clubs and other domestic international programs. Contact Dr. Roemer to nominate a student, yourself, or a friend.
- 2014: Zach Harris, Anne Jacobs, & Mandy Miller
- 2015: Stephanie Bell
- 2016: Margaret Murray, Siva Paladugu, & Aniqa Premjee
- 2017: Grace Beasley
- 2018: Allison Byrd, Kamryn Dow, & Sarah Shamai
- 2019: Ananya Vennam
- 2020: Piper Duncan, David Fauber, Saleem Razack, Anna Stupfel, & Hayden Ullmann
- 2021: Deborah Carreno, Ellie Davis, Rowen Kliethermes, & Jacob Levy
- 2022: Ariana George, Mark Hart, Grace McCurdy, & Gianna Razack
TVS INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
This certificate (now called the Multicultural Goodwill Ambassador) recognizes Upper School students who have shown a commitment to improving our community’s understanding of, and who have had repeated interactions with, people from different cultures. Contact Dr. Roemer to nominate yourself or a friend. New and repeat award recipients must have participated in at least three new programs/activities each year (since May of the previous year):
- Successfully completed (or nearly completed) the highest level of world language study offered at TVS or approved online course;
- Able to converse with fluency or near fluency in more than one language;
- Traveled/Studied for at least 8 days in a foreign country on a formal program;
- Hosted or was hosted by one or more individuals from abroad;
- Participated in a local or domestic international program;
- Participated in a multi-day Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) training program on or off-campus (e.g., SDLC or Tearing Down Walls);
- Participated in at least 2 one-day Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) training programs on or off-campus (e.g., Radical Hope, MLK Day training);
- Led a DEI training for the TVS community (e.g., Trojan Day);
- Active member of an international club (e.g., Jr. World Affairs Council, International Food Club, etc.),
- Active member of a DEI-related club (e.g., Unity Club, GSA, Student DEI Committee) Completed volunteer work in another country;
- Made a formal presentation in the MS or LS (assembly or class) or at an Upper School assembly to improve awareness on campus about an international or multicultural topic;
- Led at least 2 Multicultural Moments in assemblies;
- Successfully completed (or nearly completed) coursework on advanced international/multicultural topics (e.g., AP European History; AP Human Geography, AP World History, Ways of Knowing, Religion in Culture, Social Justice, Modern Asia, Global Leadership, etc.);
- Volunteered at an International/Multicultural Fair (TVS or elsewhere);
- and Other (contact Dr. Roemer for other suggestions).
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