AGS encourages each girl to find her place in the world through academics, service, and travel. Since 2008, every graduate of AGS has taken at least one trip abroad, which fulfills her Global Travel graduation requirement.
AGS girls are citizens of the world. Our Global Travel Program asks girls to venture out across the globe so they can mature into young women who see the world through a broad lens. Each girl is expected to choose a destination that fuels a passion or stretches her out of her comfort zone, ensuring that the trip will be a transformative experience.
Each girl must participate in at least one school-approved global travel experience during her time in Upper School; however, many of our girls choose to do more. AGS offers a variety of locations for travel that vary in length and type of program. We invite you to explore a sample of our options below.
Educational & Service Trips
Our one-week language program in Aix-En-Provence, provided in partnership with the International Language Institute, includes homestays (students will stay in pairs), morning classes, and fun afternoon cultural activities. Students will enjoy a few days in Paris or another French city (TBD) before departing France.
Global Public Service Academies (GSPA)
This partnership is for our students who are interested in the medical and public health fields.
On a GPSA trip, students can experience a foreign culture and learn a new language while making a positive impact on a community in need by delivering hands-on health care assistance every day. Students learn that volunteer service can be just as enriching to them as it is to those they are helping.
Kenya (Uhuru Academy)
After spending time with the Kenyan families of merit-based scholarship students, AGS students visit with their new friends at Uhuru Academy. As a Freedom Global Volunteer, AGS students will have the opportunity to participate in life skills lessons, lead field day activities, hold discussion groups and plan craft projects. These Kenyan high school students are able to communicate in English and are such fun to be around.
During this three-week exchange program during the academic year, girls will attend classes at Schloss-Neubeurn—a coed German boarding school—live in dorms, learn German, and experience local culture. (Open to grades 10 -11; offered every January.)
Study Abroad Programs
In this study abroad, girls will study French at the Saint-Denis International School in Tours. Lengths of stay vary, with a 2-week minimum. Our girls can choose to stay in the residence hall or with a host family. More details are available on the Saint Denis website. (Open to grades 9 -12; offered every summer.)
This is a month-long, intensive summer arts and humanities program in photography, vocal music, visual arts, drama, or creative writing. The program is arranged through the Spoleto Study Abroad Program. (Open to grades 9 – 12; offered every summer.)
Plan Your Own
In addition to the global travel experiences AGS sponsors and/or recommends, students are also encouraged to explore global travel options through their own community connections. A student-planned trip must be pre-approved by AGS for it to count toward the student’s global travel graduation requirement.
AGS also recommends the following optional programs for global travel:
- Coastal Studies for Girls (Science and Leadership)
- Experiment in International Living (Cultural Immersion)
- National Outdoor Leadership School (Wilderness and Adventure Travel)
- Rustic Pathways (Service, Ecotourism, and Adventure Travel)