Starting in 8th grade Alto students travel internationally. The emphasis for most trips is community service while other trips focus on cultural awareness. Recent and planned destinations include Nicaragua, Germany and Myanmar. The emphasis of these trips is to explore something new, push your own boundaries, be open minded and raise cultural and global awareness.
During a recent trip to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua students built a turtle hatchery for an endangered sea turtle species. The hatchery helps to protect the turtle eggs from predators and harmful wind and weather conditions. Students also helped to prepare and distribute meals to communities living in poverty, visited Granada and other cultural destinations and practiced their Spanish.
Alto high school students are encouraged to actively participate in the planning of the international service trips, which includes everything from choosing a destination, planning the itinerary and overseeing the trip finances.