Anchorage School District

World Languages

International/student travel

Summer travel

Meeting Mayor Yamaguchi
Meeting Mayor Yamaguchi

Sand Lake Japanese Immersion students met Mayor Yamaguchi of Chitose, Japan.

Romig students visit Red Square
Romig students visit Red Square

Russian Immersion students from Romig Middle School in Moscow's Red Square, winter 2014

Celebrating 23 year partnership
Celebrating 23 year partnership

Japanese Immersion students from Sand Lake Elementary in June 2014, celebrating 23 years of partnership with their sister city in Chitose, Japan


For those about to travel…

Travel lightly
Shim You are not traveling for people to see you
Travel expectantly
  Every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened;
untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure
Travel humbly
  Visit people and places with reverence and respect for
their traditions and way of life
Travel with an open mind
  Leave your prejudices at home
Travel with curiosity
  It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that
mines the gold of experience
-Old Spanish Proverb, Author Unknown
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -Saint Augustine


ASD supports numerous opportunities for student travel for authentic cultural and language application experiences. Teachers prepare students for these enrichment opportunities that usually take place in the spring and summer.

For teachers

The following procedures and forms by must be completed prior to traveling:


For students

Student trips

Students in West High School's Russian program traveled to Anadyr, Russia during the summer of 2008. Visit this page to read about their trip and view a slide show »

Sam Holley-Kline wrote about his visit to Spain with a group of Steller Secondary students during the summer of 2008. Read it online at ADN »


Ongoing ASD Exchange Programs

Click here for a list of recognized exchange organizations that the district does not directly sponsor but cooperates with.


Why travel?

“We must focus on integrating international perspectives into our classrooms. It is through education and exchange that we become better collaborators, competitors and compassionate neighbors in this global society."

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan
November 14, 2011
International Strategy 2012-16



The five C's of foreign language education
"Culture - gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures"
Learn more about the national standards »
Standard: Cultures Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure. -Maya Angelou



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