Adventuring to New Cultures
During Grades 6, 9, and 10, students take exchange trips to countries of their languages of study. These travels take place in the spring, are teacher-chaperoned, and are expected of all students as part of their learning experience at ISI. In 2013, students journeyed to Barcelona, Chile, France, Canada, and Costa Rica.
Students spend 10-14 days living with a host family or in group accommodations. They visit the classrooms of the partner school. They take part in service activities or other culturally relevant projects, and they make educational excursions to sites of cultural relevance in the region.
Although the goal of the travel exchange program is to provide experience in the culture and practice of their target languages, the value of the exchange trips reaches far beyond the two weeks of the actual experience. It’s one more way that ISI helps to shape our students into confident world citizens.