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

Global Travel Trip Information and Applications

Additional information on the application process can be found in the Global Travel & Experiential Learning Slide Deck.

Applications are available starting Monday, September 19.

The application deadline for all trips will be Monday, October 3.

Which grades are eligible to apply for the programs?

Trips are open to all Upper School students who are in good academic and behavioral standing.

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. Most destinations do require the vaccine. We follow the CDC guidelines for travel and we will update our protocols as the pandemic unfolds. We will not be able to refund any trip deposits due to vaccination status. 

What do the programs cost?

These costs most likely represent the maximum cost of each trip. In some cases, the cost will be a bit less.  A non-refundable deposit will be required to confirm participation on trips and will be due approximately one week after notification of selection.

The Outdoor Photography trip is approximately $1,000.

The payment timeline for the Outdoor Photography trip is as follows:

  • $250 deposit due 1 week after trip selection notification
  • $350 payment due on or before 1/6/2023
  • $400 final payment due on or before 3/1/3023

The Hurricane Island trip is approximately $1,800.

The payment timeline for Hurricane Island is as follows:

  • $250 deposit due 1 week after trip selection notification
  • $750 payment due on or before 1/6/2023
  • $800 final payment due on or before 3/1/2023

The Civil Rights Legacy trip is approximately  $2,900 (w/ airfare).

The payment timeline for the Civil Rights Freedom Tour is as follows:

  • $99 deposit due 1 week after trip selection notification
  • WorldStrides offers a flexible payment plan with monthly installments of $200-250 monthly installments that can be scheduled through as late as December 2023.

NOTE: Upon registration, students and their families will be entering an agreement with WorldStrides our contracted partner. Please refer to the FAQs section of their website for payment policies and additional information about scholarship and financial aid packages available from WorldStrides.

The Sea Turtle Ecology trip is approximately $3,600 (w/ airfare).

The payment timeline for Costa Rica is as follows:

  • $250 deposit due 1 week after trip selection notification
  • $750 payment due on or before 11/28/2023
  • $2600 final payment due on or before 3/28/2023

NOTE: Upon registration, students and their families will be entering an agreement with Ecology Project International (EPI), our contracted partner.  Please refer to the Terms and Conditions section of their website for cancellation policies.

Is the application process competitive?

Yes. A committee of teachers will review the applications, conduct follow up interviews if necessary and make the final decisions. The selection committee strives to build a team of students who will bring out the best in each other. 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.  

The application deadline is October 3.

What are the timelines for the trips and relevant dates?

Outdoor Education & Photography: From Ricketts Glen to Cape May  (Pennsylvania & New Jersey)

Trip dates: 5/30/23 – 6/5/23

Hurricane Island (Rockland, ME)

Trip dates: 5/27/23 – 6/4/23

Civil Rights Legacy Tour (Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery, AL)

Trip dates: 5/31/21 – 6/5/23

Sea Turtle Ecology (San José, Costa Rica)

Trip dates: 5/27/23 – 6/4/23

What is the process of applying for financial assistance?

There are two avenues for financial assistance which will be clearly articulated in the trip application. The Mackler Scholarship provides small scholarships for international travel. Once we have determined 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 communicated along with trip acceptance notifications.

Additionally, families can set up a flexible payment plan by contacting Martha Scache in the Business Office.

The application for financial assistance can be found here and should be completed alongside the specific program form by October 3.

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

Yes. 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?

Please contact Brian Cassady.