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Where can I find information on Global Travel trips for the year and applications?

Global Travel Trip Information and Applications

Applications will become available beginning the week of November 8, 2021. Due to the high level of interest in Global Travel this year, we are limiting students to one trip application.

The application deadline for all trips is November 29 at 8 a.m.

Which grades are eligible to apply for the programs?

The Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology program is being offered first to seniors as a capstone project.  Any remaining trip spots will then be opened to students in other grades. 

The Biking, Hurricane Island and West Coast AAPI trips are open to all Upper School students.

Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to be eligible.

Due to the high level of interest in Global Travel this year, we are limiting students to one trip application.

NOTE: If a student was signed up to participate in the Hurricane Island trip that was cancelled by COVID, that will factor in the decision-making process.

What is the school’s COVID policy regarding vaccination?

All participants must show proof of full-vaccination prior to the trip or they will not be allowed to participate. 

What do the programs cost?

These figures represent the maximum estimated funds to be spent per student for each trip. In some cases, the cost will likely be a bit less.

The Hurricane Island and Bike trips are approximately $1500.

The Yellowstone trip is approximately  $3,100 (w/ airfare).

The West Coast trip is approximately $3500 (w/ airfare). 

Is the application process competitive?

Yes. The applications are designed to let us know more about you and hear what your motivation is for going on your selected trip. Each trip will have a maximum number of students and it varies by trip.  A committee of teachers will review the applications, conduct follow up interviews if necessary and make the final decisions. 

Due to the high level of interest in Global Travel this year, we are limiting students to one trip application.

NOTE: If a student was signed up to participate in the Hurricane Island trip that was cancelled by COVID, that will factor in the decision-making process.

Applications are due at 8 a.m. on November 29, 2021.

What are the timelines for the trips and relevant dates?

Bike Trip: Riding the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Tow Path (Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C.)

  • December 15: Deposit of $250 due (check made out to AFS, submitted to Business Office)
  • February 1: Final payment due
  • 5/28 – 6/3 Students ride the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Tow Path

Hurricane Island (Rockland, Maine)

  • December 15: Deposit of $250 due (check made out to AFS, submitted to Business Office)
  • February 1: Final payment due
  • 5/29 – 6/4: Students travel to Hurricane Island via ferry from Rockland, ME

Yellowstone: Wildlife Ecology (Senior Capstone Project, Montana & Wyoming)

  • December 15:  December 15: Deposit of $250 due with enrollment (directly through Ecology Project International portal)
  • January 10: Tuition payment of $750 due (directly through Ecology Project International portal
  • January 19: All forms are due to Ecology Project International
  • January 31: All forms are due to Ecology Project International
  • March 19: Final balance due
  • May 18-26 students travel to Yellowstone National Park

West Coast AAPI: History, Immigration, & Activism (San Francisco to Los Angeles, CA)

  • December 15: Deposit of $750 due (check made out to AFS, submitted to Business Office)
  • Trip dates TBD.
  • Additional payment details forthcoming. A payment plan will be available.

See applications for additional information.

What is the process of applying for financial assistance?

There are two avenues available through the school for financial assistance with Global Travel.

  • The Hope Welsh Makler Travel Fund provides small scholarships for student travel.
  • Once we have the entire pool of students who will be attending the trips we will be also making small needs-based awards.
  • In most cases, financial awards will be made before deposit deadlines are due.

Is there an opportunity to help support travel programs at AFS and make trips accessible for more students?

If you can make an additional contribution to the travel programs at AFS, please indicate that on your application. You can make contributions by check, made out to AFS and dropped off in the Business Office. Your money will go directly to helping another student attend one of the trips.

Who do I contact with questions about the trips?

Bike Trip: Dan Taboada

West Coast AAPI: Tina Yen

Hurricane Island and Yellowstone: Brian Cassady