Kay is a Middle School Spanish World Cultures Teacher. She first traveled with EF to Costa Rica in 2009 and has been leading student groups every summer since. Kay believes that students should experience travel to help broaden their perspectives and allow them to see firsthand how tolerant, global and open-minded we should all strive to become.
Why does travel bring out the best in people? Is it the chance to experience new places and learn new things? Or is it the opportunity to meet new people? Here are a few conclusions I have drawn throughout my years as a group leader.
Travel makes you fall in love with learning again.
Traveling can reignite a passion and love for learning that sometimes needs rekindling. Marveling at a place you have only ever seen in a picture helps you do just that. As an educator, it is exciting to get back to a point where students are bursting with curiosity and asking thoughtful questions.
Travel teaches you to be flexible.
Anyone who has ever navigated through a busy airport, bus depot or train station knows that traveling teaches you the importance of being flexible. Flexibility and patience come hand in hand with exploring new cities, experiencing new cultures and trying new things. We learn that the best reaction when things don’t go quite as planned is to roll with the punches and make new plans.
Travel builds self-confidence.
Whether you’re figuring out a new subway system or using another language to converse with locals, traveling empowers us by pushing us to apply skills we’ve developed back home to real life situations we encounter in new places.
Travel puts our lives back home into perspective.
While traveling, we experience places that are completely different from our own. Whether these differences are cultural, financial, geographical, etc., they help us view our own lives through an entirely different lens—one that can often make us more appreciative for what we do have.
Lessons learned from traveling are endless. Show your students the world on an EF Educational Tour.