Thanksgiving Break in Boston for International Boarding School Students

If you’re an international student attending American boarding school, you might wonder what you’ll choose to do this year during Thanksgiving Break.

Most boarding schools in New England and along the East Coast close their dorms for up to three weeks during Thanksgiving, allowing international students the option to fly back home, stay with a temporary host family, or join a camp.

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Last year over 30 international students chose to stay with Colibri Boston during Thanksgiving Break. Here’s a sample of what we did:

  • Stayed in the heart of downtown Boston in a chic, modern and award-winning student hotel: HIBoston
  • Attended live Celtics basketball game at TD Garden
  • Learned about the history and culture of Boston through a Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt
  • Crossed the Charles River into Cambridge, where students toured Harvard University and MIT
  • Visited the seals, sea turtles, lionfish and more at the New England Aquarium
  • Enjoyed dim sum Chinese food in Boston’s famous Chinatown district (only a couple blocks from campus)
  • Ate a huge, traditional Thanksgiving meal
  • Relaxed, slept in late, played games, and enjoyed vacation!

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All activities are optional based on students’ interests.  Our camps are fun, supervised, and flexible to match multiple boarding schools’ schedules.

I liked the camp very much and my best activity was the game between Celtics and Bulls! I have seen many NBA games on tv but this was my first time going to the live game! I was so excited! Everyone was yelling and dancing! By the way I was on the big screen for about one or two seconds! I think my dad in China may have seen me on TV! I loved the game, and I will go to the game next year! Thanks to all of you guys to do those things for us! I will come back again!” – John Jijang, Student, Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT

Camp leaders are all well-educated from Boston’s top universities, and are able to provide homework, ESL, and SAT support.

Interested in joining our camps or learning more? Contact us at or visit us on Facebook here.

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