Signature Programs


You feel the excitement building each spring as students and faculty make their preparations for Interim, a weeklong program of experiential learning in March. Each Interim experience reflects the School's core values of courage, compassion, open-mindedness, curiosity and self-reliance. 

FVS participates in Interim based on the philosophy that it provides students with the opportunity to expand their intellectual, cultural and social horizons beyond the classroom. Some groups stay close to campus and some cross borders, but all immerse themselves in learning-by-doing journeys that capitalize upon the diverse talents and interests of the FVS faculty. Experiences gained and friendships forged on Interim provide some of the richest memories students carry with them from Fountain Valley.

2018-19 TRIPS

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  • Morocco: Pan-African Identity Through French Language Immersion

    Students will travel to Morocco and explore the plurality of identities and cultures represented in the cities of Casablanca and Rabat, as well as on a Berber homestead in the High Atlas Mountains.
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  • Hawai’i: A Scientific and Cultural Voyage Across the Pacific

    Students will explore the beauty and awe of Hawai’i, explore the culture of the indigenous people, and search for modern-day solutions to relevant issues.
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  • Japan: Modern Technology vs. Ancient Culture

    Students will explore impressive technological advances in engineering and robotics. They'll have interactive experiences at educational centers and explore the ancient culture, temples, and crafts the country provides.
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  • Puerto Rico: Eye on the Rainforest

    Students will spend the week learning about Puerto Rico’s “Casas de las Selvas,” or “houses of the forests” in one of their sustainable forestry operations called Eye on the Rainforest.
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  • Alaska, the Final Frontier: Animals, Ice, and People

    Students will begin in Anchorage and over the course of the week, hike a glacier, mingle with Alaska’s wildlife—from a distance and enjoy interactive museums and the history of Alaska.
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  • Red Rock Canyon Climbing: Vertical Exploration in the Desert

    Students will go through a five-day climbing camp, learning everything from knots to anchors to multi-pitch climbing at Red Rock National Reserve just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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  • Colombia: Past Meets Present in Cartagena And Beyond

    This picturesque city by the sea, once overrun with the anarchy of pirates and drug wars, is now a place of exciting rebirth. Understanding the state of Colombia today and the work of socially engaged Colombians will provide you with the chance to grasp many pressing global issues: wealth disparity, peace after war, and sustainable economic growth.
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  • Guanajuato, Mexico: Language and Culture in Beautiful Colonial Mexico

    Your Spanish language skills will come alive in the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato, México. Spanish language immersion and Mexican culture will become second nature after personalized, intensive daily classes, and a homestay with a local family.
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  • Isla of Carmen, Mexico: Kayaking The Sea of Cortez

    This trip will feature eight days of paddling through the waters of the Loreto National Marine Park, where the teeming sea life feeds on the rich waters that support one of the most diverse marine ecosystems anywhere (famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau called it The World’s Aquarium). We will paddle from the little town of Loreto up the coast to Isla Coronado and then cross over to Isla Carmen.
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  • Ribs, Rock ‘n Roll, and Race: America’s Southern Roots

    On this trip to the Mid-South, students will see American History come to life by visiting places important to the Civil Rights Movement as well as key locations that led to the blending of races through music. The week-long journey will take us to three primary stops: Memphis, Tenn., Clarksdale, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn.
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  • Ancestral Puebloans in Southwest Colorado: An Immersive Exploration of Native American Heritage

    Students will explore the scientific process of archeology and the complex interactions between people and their environments while staying at Crow Canyon Archeological Center, where they'll study the Puebloans and the culture of those that came many years before us on these beautiful lands.
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  • Art and the Wild: Exploring Colorado’s High Country

    Students will work with Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists and fisheries, learning to fly fish and strengthen your creative nature through art.
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  • Canyon of the Ancients: Backpacking Utah’s Slickhorn Canyon

    Over the course of five days, students will spend their time backpacking and examining the history and ecology of Slickhorn Canyon in southeastern Utah.
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  • Kayaking Florida's Greatest Rivers, Swamps and Springs

    We will explore North Central Florida and Southern Georgia, using Suwannee and Crooked River State Parks as our base camps. Each day, we will travel to various nearby rivers and springs for a full day of paddling.
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  • Front Range Environmentalism and Sustainability

    Based in the Denver/Boulder area, students will examine politics and the environment, poverty and the environment, energy and western lands, and resource management and leadership.
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  • Human Geography: Exploring People, Place, and Culture in the Canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau

    Students will travel to the Utah desert where they'll explore the history of the people and culture of the surrounding area.
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  • Labyrinth Canyon on Utah’s Green River: Exploration by Canoe

    We will be on the water paddling each day, and we will make numerous stops to hike and explore side canyons while learning about the geology and natural history of this amazing and timeless landscape
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  • Southwest Colorado: Stars, Stories, and Service in Native America

    Students will serve the Native American Community through meaningful work on projects alongside our hosts. Days in service will include time for cultural exchange through storytelling, guided interpretive hikes to special places, or learning traditional arts.
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  • Yellowstone National Park: Wildlife & Winter Ecology

    Students will travel and learn with as they go beyond what most park visitors see by working with park researchers, studying animal tracks by snowshoe and heading to the Lamar Valley for a day of wolf observation.
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