Switzerland, in the centre of Europe and a popular base for international organizations, is ideally placed for students to travel and widen their understanding of different cultures. The following trips are officially part of the school calendar:
On Saturdays in Term 1, students can join excursions to Swiss places of note (Chillon Castle, Lausanne Olympic Museum, Zermatt) or even to places in neighbouring countries (Aosta in Italy, Chamonix in France, and Europa park in Germany). These excursions are optional for 11th and 12th graders but mandatory for 10th graders.
In small groups of students from all three grades, these two-day trips are ones that focus on teambuilding and outdoor pursuits such as rafting, cycling, hiking, mud-biking, canoeing, etc.).
Swiss Cultural Trips
It is important for students to learn about some of the key cities in our host country of Switzerland. 10th graders go to the capital city, Bern, and 11th graders go to the country’s largest city, Zurich. All students are expected to write reports or give presentations about their experience as part of an in-class assignment, the best of which win awards. rdes are given in assembly for the best ones.
At the same time as the Swiss Cultural Trips, 12th graders travel a little further afield to the historically and culturally significant city of Venice in Italy. They too are expected to write reports or give presentations about their experience as part of an in-class assignment, the best of which win awards.
European Cultural Trips
In the spring, students visit other countries in Europe with key cities of cultural or historical importance, such as Florence, Vienna, Paris, Budapest, amongst others. As for the Swiss Cultural Trips, students are expected to write reports or give presentations about their experience as part of an in-class assignment, the best of which win awards.
In addition, there are many other opportunities to travel, either for the day or for longer:
Optional Day Trips
Faculty sometimes offer to lead day trips for students who might be interested in, for example, going to a specific museum, seeing a concert, or watching a show.
Optional Overnight Trips
The dorms do not close in the August short break or in spring break, which are both about one week long. Occasionally, faculty supervise school-arranged trips that students can sign up for. These can be varied in nature – sports, culture, humanitarian, for example.