The internship allows me to do outreach work. My community and the community around me are largely Hispanic and Latino, and most of the time, we don’t come from families that preach travel. They don’t tell us that we can go places, and we’re just kind of stuck in this bubble. Whenever we think of travel, we just think of it in movies, and we don’t pay much attention to it. Like, “Yeah, that’d be great,” but that’s it, and you just move on.
So now, my internship is giving me the opportunity to communicate with other teachers from middle schools and high schools around me to start a conversation around travel. I can ask, “Are you willing to take your kids on a trip that will not only get them outside of their comfort zones, but also let them know they don’t have to stay right here forever? If they choose to, then that’s fine. But you can at least give them the opportunity to know there’s a whole world outside of where we’re from.” So this internship has allowed me to start a travel program at a local middle school, and we’re working on starting other programs.