You have been accepted to participate in Living Latin in Rome (High School). We are very much looking forward to helping you develop your knowledge of Latin, and to spending some time getting to know you in the Eternal City this summer
PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO ROME
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Participants should plan to arrive in Rome on July 3rd and depart on July 17th.
Students traveling independently should make arrangements to arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on July 3rd between 7am and 5pm. An Institute staff member will meet each student after he or she clears customs, and will accompany him or her to our housing. Please indicate your flight information on our travel information form to facilitate pick-up at the airport. Students whose flights depart after 10am on departure day, July 17th, will also be chaperoned to the airport. Students whose flights depart earlier than 10am will need to arrive at the airport independently, though Paideia can help them book a taxi.
N.B. Most airlines offer chaperoning services for unaccompanied minors on international flights. For more information on obtaining a chaperone to accompany students through customs, please contact your airline.
Paideia Chaperoned Flight
A Paideia Institute staff member will chaperone flights both to and from Rome via New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. The information for the group flight is forthcoming, and will be posted on this page when available. If you would like to travel on the group flight, please indicate this on the travel form below and book your ticket for the following flights. You will receive information by email about where to meet the chaperones.
- JFK to Rome: Delta Flight DL 152, departing Saturday, July 2nd at 19:30
- Rome to JFK: Delta Flight DL 153, departing Sunday, July 17th at 12:30
In-Person Drop Off and Programming for Families
For families who would like to drop their children off in Rome in person on July 3rd, we will be organizing a short walking tour and reception. More information will come later in the spring.
WHAT TO PACK
Rome is hot in July (almost 90 degrees on most days). Some of our site visits will involve spending hours outside in the sun, although we try to schedule them in the late afternoon precisely to avoid the worst of the heat. We recommend a good hat (a broad-brimmed one is preferable to a baseball cap), plenty of sunscreen, and a good pair of UV-protective sunglasses. Sunscreen is very expensive in Italy; it’s best to bring enough from home. Most importantly, please bring a refillable water bottle. It's very easy to get dehydrated during a Roman summer, but public water fountains are multitudinous!
Appropriate attire. While shorts and t-shirts are fine on most days, some of our site visits include trips to basilicas and churches, where visitors must wear clothing that fully covers knees and shoulders to be allowed entrance (e.g. trousers or long skirts and shirts with sleeves). Some visitors to Italy bring a light shawl that can be thrown over the shoulders or tied around the waist as needed. Students will not be permitted to wear t-shirts with offensive statements or inappropriately short or tight-fitting clothing. Students will have access to laundry facilities, so we encourage you to pack light!
Come prepared with a swimsuit and beach towel! We will head to the beach to escape the heat at least once during the program.
Students will also need to bring their own bath towels (other linens are provided by our housing provider).
Bring good, strong shoes. We will be walking regularly and frequently as we learn about Rome, both because the public transportation system is inadequate and hot and also because there is so much to see. Much of this walking will be on cobblestones, but will also include dusty walkways, uneven flagstones, and low stone walls when visiting archaeological sites. Your feet will thank you if you do this walking in sturdy sneakers or cross trainers.
Spending money. In our experience, the amount of spending money that students typically spend on souvenirs and gelato rarely goes above 100-150 euros.
INFORMATION ABOUT LIFE IN THE PROGRAM
Books And Course Materials
The course organizers will provide you with a packet with all necessary readings and assignments. Please bring one of the following Latin dictionaries:
- Cassell’s Latin Dictionary – a medium-sized dictionary with an English-to-Latin section.
- John Traupman’s The Bantam New College Latin & English Dictionary – a handy, pocket-sized dictionary with a good English-to-Latin section, perfect for throwing in your bag and bringing on-site.
- Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary – one of the larger Latin-English dictionaries (without English-Latin). This lexicon covers a wide chronological range and will help us as we work through readings from Antiquity to the modern era. A free digital version of this dictionary is available online through Logeion.
Your application indicated that you are academically prepared for Living Latin in Rome, but there is always more to learn! The more Latin grammar and vocabulary you know, the more you’ll enjoy the program. For vocabulary, we recommend Dickinson College’s Core Latin Vocabulary list. Challenge yourself by trying to memorize all 1000 words English to Latin! For a concise review of Latin grammar, we recommend Excelability in Advanced Latin by Marianthe Colakis.
You will also get more out of the program if you have a basic background in Roman history, culture and mythology. To bone up before the program, we recommend the following books:
Housing, Facilities, And Food
During the program, students will be housed at St. Stephen's School on the Via Aventina, right around the corner from sites such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and the Baths of Caracalla. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily. Students will be housed in single, double, or triple rooms, and will have access to laundry facilities on site, but will need to bring their own bath towels.
No overnight guests are allowed in Institute housing. If friends or family visit, please arrange for them to stay elsewhere.
Housing is available from July 3rd to the 17th. If you plan on arriving in or leaving Rome before or after these dates, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.
If you have any specific housing needs, we will do our best to accommodate them. Please write to [email protected] with any considerations. Dietary restrictions will, of course, be respected as well.
Health, Well Being And Insurance
Medical care in Italy is first-rate and, should the need arise, the Paideia Institute can reach trained physicians 24 hours a day for the duration of the trip. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally for the full duration of their time in Italy. If you do not have health insurance that covers you while in Italy, the Student Travel Protection plan available below provides adequate coverage.
If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay. There are well-stocked pharmacies in Rome, but not all drugs are readily accessible without a prescription, and it is better to bring one’s own supplies.
If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with us ahead of time. This way, in the event of a medical issue, we can more quickly and efficiently arrange for your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Staying In Touch
Non-urgent messages to the Institute’s main phone number (609) 429-0734 will be returned within 48 hours, and emails to [email protected] will be responded to more quickly. In case of true emergencies, a member of the Paideia core staff may be reached at +39 340 885 7851 at any time, day or night. Please remember that Italy is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Please try to avoid calling after 11pm Italian time except in emergencies.
We invite all admitted students and their parents also to join the Living Latin in Rome High School 2022 Facebook group, which will provide a handy way for admitted students to be in touch pre-departure, and for parents to glimpse some of the fun while we are in Rome. The housing facility is equipped with wireless internet.
Supervision, Behavior And Exploring The City
Paideia Institute instructors live together with students and serve as dorm monitors. As stated in the Code of Conduct, students are not permitted out alone in the city at any time. During designated free time, students are permitted to explore certain areas of the city for a set period of time (usually about an hour) in groups of 3 or more. A lights-out policy of 11pm is in place for the duration of the program.
PAYMENT, FORMS, AND POLICIES
CANCELLATION POLICY AND TRAVEL INSURANCE
The following cancellation policy applies to Living Latin in Rome (High School):
Once paid, the $500 deposit is non-refundable. If a student withdraws from the course after the balance has been paid, the balance is refundable only if that student's place is filled by another student. There is no refund for students who withdraw after the start of the program.
A Student Travel Protection Plan is available for this program through Travel Guard. For coverage information and to purchase this insurance prior to final trip payment, please visit this link. Please contact Travel Guard at 866-385-4839 with any questions.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, including removal from activities or, in serious cases, early dismissal from the program. No refunds will be given for expulsion from the program for disciplinary reasons.
Please familiarize yourself with Paideia’s COVID-19 Policy for Travel Programs. You will need to sign a waiver agreeing to comply with this policy during enrollment.
Please enroll in Living Latin in Rome High School by clicking the button below by April 1, 2022.
As soon as you have made your travel arrangements, please send us your arrival information using the button below.
Deposit ($500) and enrollment form: April 1, 2022
Remaining Balance ($4500): May 1, 2022
PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD OR ACH TRANSFER
Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.