International Perspective

International Trips and Exchanges

With passports, suitcases and dictionaries at the ready, TFS students are travelling the world. International trips have been a beloved institution at TFS for more than 40 years, awakening our students’ international perspective.

Whether it’s a language immersion trip to Switzerland, a service project in Peru, or an eco-journey in the Sonoran desert, students will have opportunities to hone their language skills, make lasting friendships with their peers from TFS and their hosts abroad and develop intercultural competencies and their leadership skills.

This is experiential learning at its best

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  • Arizona

    Sometimes our closest neighbour can give us insight into a completely different culture and way of life. Organized by Me to We, this eco-journey for Grade 7 students is located in the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Among other activities, the group walks the trails of Patagonia Lake State Park and camps under the stars in the desert. Students gain a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability, and learn about the Arizona-Mexico border culture, cross-border migration and other challenges, including poverty.
  • Ecuador

    The Ecuador trip for Grade 9 (Level II) students provides a wonderful opportunity for students to help build a school in rural Ecuador, learn about the culture of the native people and gain valuable leadership training. They also spend time in an Amazonian cloud forest.
  • India

    India, a country of abundant natural resources and beauty with ethnic diversity, is steeped in a rich vibrant culture. While engaging in the WE community village in Rajasthan province, the students work diligently on the creation and execution of an action-reflection plan, assist with a building project, and research and discuss India’s contemporary issues including clean water and sanitation, poverty, governance, water management, economics, labour regulations, healthcare, food safety and sustainable development. The students explore famous attractions including City Palace, Kumbhalgarh Fortress, and Ranakpur Temple and enjoy activities including hindi, yoga and Bollywood dancing lessons, samosa-making, and the Walk for Water with the community.
  • Peru

    Led by World Challenge Expedition, this trip for Grade 11 (Level IV) students winds from Lima to Cusco, where students can trek and explore Machu Picchu, and leave a positive mark on the community through completion of a service project. Students practise their Spanish with the locals (and may even pick up some Quechua, the local language), teach English to school children, and engage in a building or environmental project that is part of a long-term development initiative for the area.
  • China

    The ME to WE trip to China offers three distinct experiences. In Shanghai, students attend a high school and are hosted by their families. They visit the Shanghai Museum, the Yu Garden, and the second tallest free-standing structure, Shanghai Tower. The group enjoys a cooking class with professional Chinese chefs, learns archery and attends a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. In Beijing, the students visit the famous sites of the Temple of Heaven, the Hutong, the Forbidden City and Lama Temple while having opportunities to practise their Mandarin and learn about the Chinese lifestyle, culture and traditions. Finally, students will engage in a Free the Children service project, teaching English to local children and working on a building site, planting crops, and experiencing the Water Walk.  
  • Switzerland

    This trip offers a language immersion experience to West Campus students in Grade 7. Exchange school Institute Florimont, like TFS, follows both the French national curriculum and the International Baccalaureate programs (the IB was founded in Switzerland, in fact), which means that the students there are learning the same curriculum, but in a completely different setting. Their excursions include tours of the United Nations, the Red Cross museum, a chocolate factory and the cities of Lausanne and Geneva.