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International Travel

At Spruce Creek High School we believe that learning does not stop when the bell rings. Students are encouraged to take part in any opportunity that helps them become a better student and citizen of the world. One such opportunity is international travel with fellow students. We have a number of teachers who work independently with various educational tour groups to organize travel opportunities for students. MOST OF THESE INTERNATIONAL TRIPS ARE INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED WITH OUTSIDE EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES BY TEACHERS AND ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH OR ENDORSED BY VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOLS OR SPRUCE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL. Please reach out to individual teachers with questions and to find out more. 


Dublin 2023!

Mrs. & Mr. Martin organize international trips for the High Steppin' Hawk Band and Orchestra to gain experience performing around the world. For more information and to see if there is currently a trip planned, visit Their next trip is scheduled for Dublin to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2023! 

The High Steppin' Hawks performing in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland!

The High Steppin' Hawks in Dublin, Ireland!



Central Europe 2023 & JAPAN 2024!

Ms. Shon Duncan, IB & AP history teacher, works with Mrs. Samantha Murray, our media specialist, IB Extended Essay Coordinator and former English teacher, to take academically minded students on annual summer tours. Between the two of them, they have led trips for over a decade that focus on history, art, culture, and leadership opportunities. They have traveled with students to France, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, England, Switzerland, and Iceland. These trips are not school or district sponsored, but are awesome opportunities for any academically motivated students who want to work with a team of students from around the world on a global issue. Because they are independent trips, all students are invited to attend, including students from other public, private, or charter schools in Volusia County or the surrounding areas if they apply and meet academic requirements. Because space is limited, SCHS students will be given the first chance at enrollment. Any student is welcome to reach out for more information. They will be traveling to Central Europe in June of 2023 and Japan in June of 2024! You can visit to find out more. 


Ms. Duncan and Ms. Murray with student travelers in Iceland!



Germany and France 2023 & 2024!

Ms. Biruta Strauts, our German teacher, organizes international trips for language students to Europe to increase their exposure to the language. Ms. Strauts was an exchange student through a program with EF as a teen and has lived all over the world. She wants to further students understanding of language by helping them utilize what they have learned in the real world. Her trips are through EF tours and are not school or school district approved or affiliated. Their 2023 trip will take them to England, Germany, and France. They will be returning to France and Germany in June 2024, but their trip will also take them to Spain and Switzerland. For more information about any upcoming trips, please contact her at Students are also encouraged to speak with any world language teacher about opportunities because many of them will offer trips periodically or partner with Ms. Strauts to provide opportunities.   


Costa Rica 2023!

Mr. Josh Platt teaches AP and IB Environmental Studies, so he focuses trips on environmental conservation and service learning, mostly in South America. His trips are through EF tours and are not school or school district approved or affiliated. He will be taking a group of students to Costa Rica in June of 2023 to learn about stabilizing ecosystems through the efforts of community farming. Check it out here: . You can email him for more information about future opportunities at 


We have had  other teachers who have offered different opportunities in the past. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available. Know that some of these opportunities are school board approved, but most are arranged independently using a variety of experienced travel organizations that focus on educational trips for students. As outlined above, Volusia County Schools and Spruce Creek High School are not affiliated with these international travel opportunities and we do not endorse any particular experience offered by these companies. Speak with the teachers to find out more. Happy traveling!