Starting in 8th grade, Alto students travel internationally. The majority of these trips focus on community service while others focus on cultural awareness. Some recent and future destinations include Nicaragua, Germany, and Asia. The emphasis of these trips is to explore new things, push personal boundaries, cultivate open-mindedness, and raise cultural and global awareness.
During a recent trip to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua, students built a hatchery for an endangered sea turtle species. The structure 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 as well as other cultural destinations, and practiced their Spanish.
Alto high school students are encouraged to actively participate in the planning of international service trips, including everything from choosing a destination, preparing the itinerary, and overseeing trip finances.