Ideally located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland’s Lake Geneva region serves as the gateway for travel to the cultural treasures of nearby France, Italy, Austria and Germany.
Centuries of history come to life before students’ eyes on school-sponsored excursions to cities such as Rome, Paris or Athens. For example, when students visit the Sistine Chapel, they learn about the election of Catholic Church popes over the centuries. In Athens, they visit the sites where democracy was born. Leysin American School combines formal study with travel as part of the curriculum. Students are expected to pursue academic tasks on these visits, complete reports and projects, and are graded on their work.
Students get to know their faculty family brothers, sisters and parents. These trips are generally within Switzerland and often involve sports and team building activities.
Swiss Culturals (October)
Students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 visit cultural centers of their host county, Switzerland, such as Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lucerne and Lugano.
Italian Culturals (October)
Senior and postgraduate students visit Florence, Rome or Venice as part of their Theory of Knowledge class.
European Culturals (May)
Students have a choice of European cities to visit. Thse trips generally include Barcelona, London, Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Vienna, Munich, Prague or St. Petersburg. Through a Swiss chapter of Habitat for Humanity, students may participate in community service trips to such countries as Romania and Poland to assist the less fortunate. Our Peace Corps Partnership provides an opportunity to visit and work with struggling communities in Morocco.
Optional Spring Break Trip (March/April)
At extra cost, students may opt to go on a faculty-sponsored trip over Spring Break. Past destinations have included community service trips to Bosnia as well as cultural trips to Tanzania, China, Egypt and Nepal.
Weekend field trips are organized throughout the year within Switzerland and to neighboring countries. Every weekend, school-sponsored trips are offered to nearby Lausanne, Geneva, Montreux and Bern to take advantage of museums, theater and shopping. Weekly sports and leisure excursions include Zermatt for glacier skiing and the Aquapark adventure destination in Bouveret.