I just agreed to do it and now I’m jealous. I just signed my daughter up for a two-week “Greece” trip with her high school for next summer. After much begging and pleading (and promising to work towards some of the cost) we agreed to “allow” her to go. Although in actuality, we could not have been more pleased she wanted to. It is a great trip with enthusiastic teachers and an amazing itinerary. Study abroad is a totally different experience from traveling with your family and something I can’t wait for her to try. I will, however, admit – I am jealous!
She has been scouring “study abroad” books all semester, almost since the moment we got back from our RTW adventure. It is funny because she is really the main reason we came back at all. She was determined to have her full high school experience and who could blame her? Now, here she is, looking for every opportunity to travel again (albeit with her friends not her family).
The school was glad to have her on the trip. As an experienced traveler at 15, she will help ease other kids fears and concerns about traveling. She knows the in-and-outs of crossing borders, packing light, not having all the state-side amenities (like hair dryers) and of trying new foods. The trip sponsors hope she’ll encourage the others.
She goes to an amazing school that encouraged and supported our year abroad. They have a unique new “Global Studies” program that encourages the study and awareness of other cultures. Students in the program also have several opportunities for international travel. This is perfect for a kid who just came back from a year traveling the world and is infected with the travel bug.
Now I am debating about meeting her there when her trip is over and trying to hit a few places we didn’t see. I need a travel fix, too. I’m going to start planning…