Not your average Group Leader
The Group Leader on Billy’s EF tour in high school was no ordinary teacher. It was his dad, Danny. And that’s not the only twist. Now that he’s back working at his old high school, Billy teaches in the classroom directly next to his father’s.
“It’s a surreal experience daily,” laughs Billy.
After leading EF tours for 13 years, Danny has seen the impact travel has on his students, including his own son: “My goal for taking students on EF tours is not only to see a change in their life, but really for them to see other people differently. The biggest impact to me is how they are more accepting and more understanding.”
Danny knows that when his students return home, they carry what they’ve seen with them and bring a new perspective into the community. He doesn’t have to look far for a perfect example. Billy relies on his life experiences to relate to students in the classroom daily. The travel experiences that started on that first EF tour with his father inform the lessons he tries to pass on to the community he grew up in.
And even though Billy had a blast as a chaperone, Danny’s not ready to hand over the travel program just yet. “It never gets old,” says Danny. “People ask me all the time, ‘does it get old to see something iconic?’ No, because the students haven’t seen it, and seeing their reaction, they’re just blown away.”