Since 2007, I have organized and traveled abroad with public/private school students as young as 9 yo, through college age. We have hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, hidden in the jungle at dawn to observe rare birds and transported over 100 gently-used backpacks to rural students in Peru, who sometimes walk up to 2 hours each way to school. We have camped in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and slept in the homes of Aymara descendents on Amantani Island.
Always escorted by trusted local guides, we have explored destinations in South America that few travelers see on TV, let alone real life. Our next adventure takes us to the wilderness of the Amazon jungle where we will rub elbows with scientists studying the habitats of wild parrots and local medicinal plants. One of our stops will be at an indigenous school for girls who would otherwise not have any educational options.
Educational travel is an investment that parents sometimes overlook when considering options for their children. But the effect of these experiences prepare students to discover more about our planet, as well as themselves, including their sense of compassion, their confidence, their appreciation for diversity and confront their knowledge of issues facing the world. What can parents do to contribute to their child's global awareness?
Opportunities to raise your child's global competence are available in your community. You just have to look under the rocks!
Check out these upcoming Events with an International Focus!
April 1, 2012: ODU's 4th Annual International Festival at Ted Constant Convocation Center 4320 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk VA 23529
April 21, 2012: 2012 International Children's Festival at Mill Point Park, 100 Eaton Street, Hampton VA 23669
April 28, 2012: Parade of Nations in Downtown Norfolk, VA
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