International Opportunities

Educational Travel

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As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is critical for our community to become more culturally aware and globally-minded. By experiencing foreign cities, iconic monuments and distant cultures firsthand, students connect with their studies in a whole new way. Usually scheduled over Winter Break or at the end of the school year, these tours introduce students to foreign cultures—playing a critical role as they become more culturally aware and globally-minded. 

Past destinations have included London, Paris, Mykonos, Cairo, Morocco, Dublin, and Barcelona, among many others. These adventures are open to students in grades 9-12 and students in grades 6-8 with an adult. In addition, family members, relatives, friends are invited as well as to join these trips.

World Language Experiences

The Walker School’s international exchanges and cultural experiences provide our faculty and our students with opportunities to explore the richness and diversity of other societies, while instilling respect for all people.  Our international exchange programs were created with the goal of enhancing global awareness, developing cultural sensitivity ultimately promoting a deeper sense of global citizenship.

Our French exchange is with the Institut Fenelon in Grasse, a medium sized city in the southeast of France, about 30 km from Nice and Cannes. All students in France begin studying English in sixth grade. Walker students must be in the fourth or fifth year of French study while our French guests are typically juniors.

Our French exchange guests come to school three days. One day during the week, they shadow their host student while on another two days they follow a special schedule specifically created for them. Our guests then take two outings during the school week, such as visiting areas of interest in Marietta and in Atlanta.

While in France our students take part in an International Week at Institut Fenelon in which they gather with schools from England, Germany, Italy and Spain. Our students stay in their correspondents' homes. They attend school several days and also have outings to Nice, Monaco, Cannes or other small towns in the area. When our students leave Grasse they typically take the train to Paris for several days where they take advantage of the opportunity to see as much of the city as possible, including historical sights, monuments, museums, parks, stores and, of course, restaurants (lots of crepes are consumed!!).