International Travel Studies

When it comes to Altruism, we believe in living the values that encompass our school. Our International Travel Studies (ITS) Program is a year-long focus on bettering our local and international communities.

ITS trips are one of the highlights of the Calgary Academy experience since the first expedition in 2005. These trips aren’t simply vacations to foreign locations—the ITS program teaches students what it means to serve the global community.

While students see and experience beautiful areas and cultures, the trip’s focus is international work. This work begins for students at home before heading to their determined destination. They work closely with local organizations to demonstrate altruism—volunteering, participating in events, and raising money for charity.

Sustainable Tourism in Action

A focal point for the ITS program is the idea of sustainable tourism—recognizing our impact as visitors, supporting the local economy, and addressing the host community’s needs. A portion of all ITS funds raised each year goes towards covering the cost of whatever supplies the partner organization needs, including paint, construction materials, and school supplies.

We frequently travel back to the local communities we serve, with the ITS program predominantly returning to Vietnam, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Morocco. Establishing partner organizations provides predictability for those in the countries we visit—they know we’ll return to continue working with them.

Meet the ITS Program Director

As a long time teacher at Calgary Academy, Kathy has been travelling with ITS for several years, having visited Tanzania, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Morocco and then a second trip to Tanzania. Along with traveling with ITS, she travels with her family to exotic locations such as Australia, Singapore, South China Sea, Komodo Island as well as various European and Asian locations. She loves to design travel journeys and believes the best travel begins with a good plan!

ITS Blog

Have a sneak peek of the ITS experience by reading some of our stories.

International Travel Studies
May 15, 2023 4 min read

International Travel Studies: 15,000 km Away Still Feels Like Home

Imagine yourself on a safari, driving down a bumpy dirt road through savannah plains and spotting animals you’ve only seen in movies or the zoo.

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Altruism International Travel Studies
November 14, 2022 3 min read

Help ITS Students Go Global: The Gift Card Fundraiser Is Here!

International Travel Studies (ITS) trips are a highlight of the Calgary Academy experience, as many students choose to travel across the globe, including past visits to Ecuador, Morocco, Nepal and Vietnam.

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Altruism International Travel Studies
June 6, 2022 6 min read

After 17 years, the International Travel Studies program still teaches students how to be global citizens

Over spring break this year, three groups of Calgary Academy students and teachers traveled around the world to make an international impact. One group arrived at a rural school outside of Cayambe, Ecuador. Built into […]

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International Travel Studies
December 14, 2021 2 min read

Adopt-A-Family 2021 Recap

The total raised for this year’s Closer to Home Adopt-A-Family initiative was $15,960 – surpassing the original goal by almost $2,000!

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International Travel Studies
May 14, 2019 3 min read

Globetrotterus internationalus

Since 2005, Calgary Academy’s International Travel Studies Program has journeyed across the globe to provide our students with experiential learning that simply cannot be achieved in a classroom setting.

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