Travel Opportunities

Outgoing Programs

Kootenay Lake School District 8 offers some amazing opportunities for domestic students and staff to develop their intercultural skill sets with travel to different countries around the world.  There are opportunities to travel to various countries - they may include China, India, New Zealand, and Mexico. 

Staff are often needed for supervision on these trips. The amount of work varies, depending on the trip. It may include pre-trip planning and student meetings, various supervision responsibilities in the country and post-trip actvity. Most travel costs are covered, but staff are responsible for their own spending money and some food/snacks/beverages.All costs should be clarified when staff apply. Staff are expected to support returning students in preparing presentations (ie. to school board). Interested staff should send an email of interest to Jann schmidt ( 

The international program will advertise through district mail when opportunities arise. Pay attention to deadlines. The selection process will include an interview. Refer to this rubric that will be used for the interviews. 

Learn more about the opportunities that exist: 

India Exchange


Fuzhou China exchange


  • Board Policy 
  • Staff chaperones, send email of interest to Jann Schmidt, apply and refer to rubric for interview guide
  • Student Application - see files below
  • Students - Refer to Standards of Conduct for students International Program below
BCCIE/BIEE trip to Beijing China
  • Visit the BCCIE Website (British Columbia Council for International Education) for information on how to apply.
  • Staff interested in being a chaperone, email interest to Jann Schmidt. Refer to rubric below to prepare for interview.
  • Students, refer to Standards of Conduct for students International Program, document below
Global Intercultural Experiences (GIE) Oaxaca

GIE Oaxaca is an amazing service learning experience for students in Kootenay Lake, SD 8. It is open to domestic and international students across the district (grades 10-12), interested in making a difference in their communities and world. Students participate in local service and fundraising prior to a spring break trip to Mexico. We partner with local organizations in Oaxaca, Mexico to build sustainable houses and participate in various intercultural learning opportunities alongside Mexican citizens and students. Students receive course credit.  There is a spring application process every year. Contact teacher Kathi Knapik at for information. 

Sustainable houses in Oaxaca