International High School News

Transformative Experiences
Posted 05/18/2017 03:55PM
International’s travel program provides opportunities to enhance our students' globally-focused education outside the classroom, enrich their linguistic proficiency, and immerse them in a culture different from their own. This year the global travel program grew substantially, with a record number of participants and destinations. As different as the trips were, they all shared common characteristics that are the bedrock of the program—they were educational, unique, and transformative. 

Global Travel Program Coordinator Jérémie Rostan offered his perspective on the trips’ learning objectives and his vision for the program—

“While service learning and exposure to a different culture was common among all of the trips this year, each one had a specific theme. Students who traveled to Puerto Rico took Spanish classes, stayed with local families, and discovered the arts and politics of the island. Those who went to the Dominican Republic learned about marine biology, while those who traveled to Cuba discovered the past, present, and future of the country. Students who traveled to Myanmar interacted with peers, artists, politicians, and monks, and developed photo-journalistic skills.

Some of these new trips took students off the beaten path, allowing them to be immersed in the previously inaccessible territories of Myanmar and Cuba. However, another important dimension of the global travel program is that students learn the proper way to travel—even to more typical tourist destinations. We wanted students to understand and appreciate life in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, so working with the local population to bring running water to a remote village and playing baseball with the DR’s youngest inhabitants; learning about sea turtles and coral reefs from a world-renowned organization and helping its conservation efforts; meeting with political parties (statehood vs. independence) and exploring San Juan's street art—this is the proper way to experience these islands.

In the end, the common goal of all of our trips is to be transformative. Indeed, traveling is such a unique learning opportunity because there is no better way to find oneself than to experience a different reality and make the knowledge gained a new part of a new you.”

Pictured (from top): Students visiting Hemingway's final resting place in Cuba; the iconic Rubicón and Museo de la Revolución in Cuba; discovering art in San Juan, Puerto Rico; a walk in the Dominican Republic. 
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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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