Empowering students to expand their horizons
Meet Duncan, a high-schooler from Tucson, Arizona. Prior to joining his school’s EF tour, he had only traveled to countries in his hemisphere. But then he went somewhere a little different with EF. He made his way to Europe, where he hit up Parisian cafes, ate Belgian waffles, and walked a mile in Dutch clogs (metaphorically speaking). His tour changed the way he looks at the world, and by extension, himself.
/ EF: Was there anything that took you out of your comfort zone?
/ Duncan: When I went to Paris, I didn’t speak French—though I had practiced merci in my head for a long time. So, when we decided to visit the catacombs, it was tough for us to navigate the Metro since it was all in French. But we got there, and it was really interesting. A little scary, but completely safe. I felt really confident when we were done.
/EF: Did you learn anything about yourself?
/Duncan: I think when you travel anywhere and you’re there long enough, there’s a point when everything starts to feel normal for you. When I was in Amsterdam, I started to feel really comfortable after a couple days. It was really nice, being in a foreign place but feeling almost at home. I learned that I really like that moment when you start to feel more integrated into daily life somewhere new, and it’s nice to know that I can get to that point. I didn’t know that before.
Read Duncan’s full interview