Our Special Studies Program for Upper School students continued this summer with three significant global programs to Tanzania, Australia, and Ecuador.
In June, sixteen students traveled to Tanzania as part of our continuing relationship with the SEGA Girls School in Morogoro, where AIS has traveled every two years since 2008. While the students had prepared activities to teach one another, their favorite ways to connect were with spontaneous dance parties and sharing stories about music, dating, aspirations, and inspirations. Our Upper School students intend to maintain their new international friendships via pen-pal letters — and more modern mediums like What's App chats.
In July, four students traveled to Brisbane, Australia where they spent three weeks living with host families and attending St Aidan's Girls School. Each student had the opportunity to travel to Sydney, as well as exciting day trips and weekend excursions. As part of this program, the Australian "sister" students will visit Agnes Irwin for a month, attending AIS and living with their host student and her family.
Finally in August, three of our girls, along with six Haverford students, traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador to visit the students we had hosted at AIS last April. The students visited classes in both elementary and high school, visited historic sites in Quito, hiked, rafted, and even spotted numerous whales on a whale watching trip. According to the students, the most meaningful part of the experience was the home stay with their wonderful host families.