Global Learning Program

The Global Learning Program seeks to provide students with educational travel opportunities that allow the students to learn firsthand about other countries and cultures. We believe that when students travel to a foreign country, encounter a different culture, and meet new people, they develop new perspectives, global awareness, and better critical thinking skills. The goals of the program are as follows:

  1. To enhance student understanding of different countries and cultures.
  2. To foster global awareness and critical thinking skills through experiential learning. 
  3. To teach students how to travel abroad in a safe and efficient manner. 

ASMSA has partnered with EF Tours to offer the Peru: Land of the Inca Tour and Ecology Project International to offer the Baja Island Ecology Program for Spring Break 2019. These global learning trips will be led by one or more ASMSA teachers who will prepare the students for the trip and supervise them while abroad. Both trips are scheduled to depart over Spring Break 2019, which will be March 16-24. To learn more about the itinerary for the Peru: Land of the Inca Tour, click here.  To learn more about the itinerary for the Baja Island Ecology Program, click here.  For more information about the trip enrollment process and the booking conditions for the Peru: Land of the Inca Tour, click here.  For the trip enrollment process and the booking conditions for the Baja Island Ecology Program, click here.  For the payment plan for Peru: Land of the Inca, click here.  For the payment plan for the Baja Island Ecology Program, click here.

ASMSA plans to offer a Hanamaki exchange trip in June 2019 and an Osaka exchange trip in October 2019. Click here to view the itinerary, cost and other details about the exchanges. Please note that only rising seniors (Class of 2019) are eligible to enroll for these exchanges. Applications will be accepted early in the spring 2019 semester. For more information about these exchanges, please contact David Slaymaker, assitant dean for outreach, at slaymakerd@asmsa.org or (501) 622-5434.

We have also partnered with Edu-Inter to offer a French language immersion trip to Quebec City that will depart in early July 2019.  Please note that this trip is technically part of the 2020 Global Learning Program, so any financial aid awarded for this trip will come out of the next fiscal year's budget.  This means that you can receive a grant for Quebec and also receive a grant for one of the 2019 GLP trips to Peru, Baja Island, or Hanamaki.  If you have any questions about the Quebec trip, please contact Bryan Adams, French instructor. You may view trip and payment details here.

ASMSA will offer a limited number of grants to ASMSA students who enroll in one of the Global Learning Program trips and submit the appropriate financial aid application. The purpose of the grant is to help lower the cost of study abroad for students and is part of our commitment to ensuring greater access to these extraordinary experiences. Financial assistance from ASMSA will be applied toward qualifying travel expenses. Qualifying travel expenses include airfare, lodging, transportation at the destination, entry fees to museums and other cultural sites, fees for tour guides, as well as breakfast and dinner daily. Students are also responsible for costs associated with travel to and from the Little Rock airport, any passports or visas, lunches, souvenirs, tips, optional excursions, and other personal expenses.

To enroll for one of the Spring Break tours/exchanges, please fill out the financial aid application and e-mail it to Ron Luckow at luckowr@asmsa.org. Please note that only seniors will be considered for need-based scholarships.  Please note that in addition to submitting the application, grant recipients will be required to pay a $95 nonrefundable enrollment fee to secure their spot on the Peru: Land of the Inca Tour and a $250 nonrefundable enrollment fee to secure their spot on the Baja Island Ecology Program. However, you should not pay this fee until you have been notified that you have a spot on the tour/exchange. Rising seniors should submit their applications no later than May 28. All students should be enrolled for the Baja Island Ecology Program no later than June 15 and the Peru: Land of the Inca Tour no later than September 1. If you have any questions about the Baja Island Ecology Program, please contact Dr. Lindsey Waddell at waddelll@asmsa.org or call 501-622-5171.  If you have any questions, please contact Ron Luckow at luckowr@asmsa.org or call 501-622-5134.

 

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