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International Study Opportunities

FPD offers many opportunities for students to travel with their classmates as part of their educational experience at FPD. Below is a list of study abroad trips and mission trips offered through the school. Contact the trip organizer if you would like more information.

Orvieto, Italy

Students and FPD faculty spend 14 days in Italy, participate in traveling seminars and discussions, visit local landmarks, experience local culture, as well as visiting Rome and other regional sites. The focus is on literature, art, and history of the Italian Middle Ages and Renaissance in order to better understand the interaction between Christianity and culture both historically and today. Students participate in some reading and discussion during the school year in preparation for the trip. The program can accommodate 10-15 students and satisfies one semester of Bible or fine arts credit.

When: Summer, Bi-annually
Length: 14 days
Grade Levels: Rising Juniors and Seniors
Contact: Dr. Barry Shealy, FPD Assistant Headmaster

Information Regarding the 2018 Trip


Ghaungzhou, China

As part of FPD’s sister school relationship with the Xiehe School, in Guangzhou, China, students are able to travel to China to learn more about their culture, education, and history. While in China, the students stay at host family homes, attend classes at the Xiehe School, visit historic venues, and participate in various recreation activities. Site-seeing opportunities include the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum, the Whampoa Military Academy, the Great Wall and the Guangzhou Tower among others.

When: Spring Break, Annually – 2017 Dates: March 22 – April 2.
Length: 1 week
Grade Levels: High School
Contact: Sarah Futo, FPD Faculty

2017 Information Meeting: October 5, 2016. Lecture Hall, High School Building

Download an information sheet.


France and Spain

While in Paris, students will tour the Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, the Eiffel Tower,  the Louvre where we will view amazing pieces of artwork throughout the ages. Once they are in Spain they will tour Barcelona and see La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Cathedral and Barrio Gótico. They will take a walking tour of Madrid and then visit the Prado where we will view some of the world’s finest collections of European art.

When: Summer, Bi-annually
Length: 10 days
Grade Levels: High School
Contact: Nadia Polezhaeva, Foreign Language Faculty


Mission Trip – Casa Hogar Orphanage, Acapulco, MX

Through FPD’s Community Service program, high school students have the opportunity to serve at the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Acapulco, Mexico. They learn about another culture while building relationships with the children and understanding what it means to serve others. The students help with construction projects around the orphanage as well as lead a Vacation Bible School.

When: Summer, Annually
Length: 1 week
Grade Levels: High School
Contact: Holly Scott, FPD Community Service Director


Mission Trip – Karazim Ministries, Freeport, Bahamas

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Through FPD’s Community Service program, high school students have the opportunity to work with Karazim Ministries which seeks to serve and empower the impoverished on Freeport. Students will see behind-the-scenes how to run a local ministry that seeks to share Christ in the context and meet physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial needs.

When: Summer, Annually
Length: 1 week
Grade Levels: Juniors and Seniors who are members of FPD’s Project Lead
Contact: Holly Scott, FPD Community Service Director