Trips and Expeditions

students on the camino de santiago

At ASB, students have many opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom. Field trips and expeditions serve many purposes: to complement learning in the classroom, encourage team building and class unity, promote the value of service learning, and allow for students to compete and develop their skills in their chosen fields.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Students in all grade levels participate in numerous day trips throughout the year within Barcelona that support learning in the classroom. Typical destinations include art, science and history museums, farms, food markets, factories, theater, and more.

Students may also go on extended overnight trips to support learning in specific subject areas. For example, the 10th grade class travels to Berlin and Krakow for a week to study the socio-political context of Hitler’s rise to power and the Holocaust. Our 9th grade class typically spends two days in Madrid to complement their Spanish language learning and social studies classes.

Making Friendships and Memories to Last a Lifetime

Fostering a sense of community and belonging among our student body is paramount. For this reason, all middle school and high school students participate in a team building trip at the start of the school year. Likewise, most grade levels enjoy an end-of-the-year overnight trip of one to four nights where students share adventures and challenges, and build lifelong friendships.

ASB also offers optional trips during the February break - a ski trip in the Pyrenees open to 4th-12th grade students and a winter camp open to PK3-4th grade students - as well as a summer camp open to PK3-5th grade students.

Service Learning in Barcelona and Beyond

Service learning is an important part of the ASB experience, teaching empathy and social responsibility. Service learning takes place on campus, in Barcelona, and internationally. Examples include:

  • Beach clean ups along the Catalunya coastline

  • Interact and Rotaract volunteer projects in Barcelona

  • Botswana Mission

  • Peru Medical Mission

See our Service Learning page for more information about these and other opportunities.

International Conferences and Competitions

Every student at ASB is encouraged to pursue their passions, whether in sports, music, debate and more. Depending on their interests, ASB students may travel within Europe for the following events:

  • Sports tournaments

  • Music and theater conferences and workshops

  • Math competitions

  • Model United Nations conferences

  • Speech and debate competitions