Global Travel

We are called International for a reason. Our Global Travel Program is unparalleled. Every year, our High School students get to “Experience the World” quite literally by participating in unforgettable trips and exchanges all over the globe.

Each destination has a specific theme and focus: athletic, linguistic, or scientific. But all have a cultural and service learning dimension. These unforgettable experiences, inextricably shared and deeply personal, are full of intense, transformative learning moments that that truly embody our school’s mission and values. They provide extraordinary opportunities to enhance our students' globally-focused education outside the classroom and enrich their linguistic proficiency.

These numerous trips abroad take place during the academic year and usually last about two weeks each. The Exchange and Travel program is updated every year.

2016-2017 Destinations

ROC (Taiwan) (Grades 7, 9, 10, 11)

Our middle and high school trip to the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a unique immersive experience open, for the first time this year, to absolute beginners who will be learning their very first words in Chinese, as well as to intermediate and advanced Mandarin speakers. After their classes and weekend stay with host families, students will be exploring the capital city of the island Taipei, spend time with an indigenous tribe, and discover the multiple facets of Taiwanese culture.

Dates: March 25-April 6, 2017 

Tahiti (Grades 9, 10)

Our Grade 9 & 10 exchange with Tahiti is one of our most highly celebrated traditions. Hosted by local families, French-speaking students (fluent or not!) are paired with exchange partners from local Collège La Mennais and get to experience the uniqueness of Polynesian lifestyle and culture—an immersive and transformative journey they are not likely to forget.

Dates: March 31-April 15, 2017

Malawi (Grades 9, 10, 11)

Our Grade 9 & 10 trip to Malawi is a unique combination of athletic, cultural, and service learning activities. Through volunteer work in a village school, exploration of a world-renowned wildlife reserve, Chichewa language classes, and a soccer competition with local teams, this transformative adventure is really an opportunity for our students to reflect on the world that separates them from, and connects them with, the rural youth of the “warm heart” of southeastern Africa.

Duration: 12 days (during Spring Break; exact dates coming soon)

Dominican Republic (Grades 9, 10, 11)

Organized around the theme “Water and Life,” our new Grade 9 & 10 trip to the Dominican Republic will include a unique combination of scientific, cultural, and service learning activities. In Bayahibe, students will be working with the world-renowned Fundemar organization and discovering coral reefs, sea turtles, and the unique marine life of the island. In Jarabacoa, they will help build aqueducts for remote communities, and play baseball with local youth! No trip to the Dominican Republic would be complete without a visit to its capital city, Santo Domingo, and an exploration of the colonial history of this UNESCO world heritage site.

Dates: March 25-April 8, 2017

Puerto Rico (Grades 9, 10, 11)

Our new high school trip to Puerto Rico promises to be a unique immersive experience combining linguistic, artistic, political, and service learning activities. Hosted by local families, freshmen, sophomores and juniors will spend two weeks improving their Spanish, and discovering the island’s fantastic nature and complex history. In addition, students will explore la isla’s unique street art, interview local politicians, and, of course, give back by volunteering in the capital, San Juan.

Dates: March 25-April 8, 2017

Myanmar (Burma) (Grades 10, 11)

Our new high school trip to Myanmar (Burma) is a historical opportunity for 10th- and 11th-grade students to witness and document the democratic transition currently at play in this country with a rich thousand-year-old culture. During this ten-day journey focused on storytelling, students will meet with Burmese artists, students, monks, and journalists, but also with modest families in remote villages. Of course, they will also get to discover the majestic temples of Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay; join local communities in traditional alms giving ceremonies; and give back to their host country through service learning activities.

Dates: February 9-21, 2017

Cuba (Grades 10, 11)

Our new high school trip to Cuba is as revolutionary as the island itself! Symbolically, 10th- and 11th-grade history students will be among the first Americans to fly legally to La Habana—and directly from Houston, TX! Once there, they will examine the complex legacy of the Cuban Revolution, including current struggles along with hopes for the future. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of La Habana Vieja and Trinidad, our students will visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum, a missile crisis bunker, and The Bay of Pigs; in addition to a crocodile nursery and a tobacco plantation. Of course, the trip will feature salsa lessons—and community service with local fishermen.

Dates: March 25-April 4, 2017

India (Grade 11)

The high school trip to India is one of our most celebrated traditions. This year, 11th graders will get to discover the many faces of this fascinating nation. Traveling between Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai, students will get to visit the Taj Mahal, temples, churches, and mosques, but also a rag-picker’s village, the Baul tribal people, Bollywood stuntmen, artists, and yogis. As if this weren’t enough already, they will also ride on the Hoogly River, explore an animal reserve, and interact with elephants in a shelter! Of course, students will also be giving back--through community service for local youth.

Dates: March 25-April 9, 2017

Portland, Oregon Solar Eclipse Trip (Grades 9-11)

Next August, the United States will be treated to a rare and spectacular natural event—a total solar eclipse! We do not want to miss such a unique pedagogical opportunity, and have therefore decided to embark on a scientific trip to Oregon. Students will not only enjoy the celestial show from one of the best locations, but also explore other educational aspects of Portland and enjoy the great outdoors!

Dates: August 19-22, 2017

Raquel Constenla, Director of Travel Program

Jérémie Rostan

Global Travel Program Coordinator
Phone: 415.606.4769

International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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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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