GFA is experiencing a rising interest in global travel among students and parents. During the 2009-2010 school year, 25 students participated in GFA’s trips program, with destinations in France and Costa Rica.
For the 2010-2011 school year, faculty have organized an increased slate of trips. Mr. Llanque Zonta has recently returned from a successful Model United Nations program that took seven students to Berlin, Germany. Mr. Rowinsky will be coordinating a program at the Island School in the the Bahamas this coming June. Ms. Mapstone, Chair of the Language Department, will be running a service learning and cultural immersion program in Senegal also in June. From the English and Theater Departments, Ms. Cleary and Mr. Stout have generated tremendous enthusiasm for their literary and theatrical excursion through England, Scotland and Wales. And finally, Dr. Cummings will be returning to the farming village of Linda Vista, Costa Rica with a group of Spanish students for a 10-day service learning and immersion program. In short, in the first year of the World Perspectives Program, GFA’s trips program has grown by more than 100% with some 60 students (as opposed to last year’s 25) having already committed to a global learning experience.