Seeing real growth in real time
Over the course of her 29 EF tours, Stephanie has seen her students grow in countless ways. But the moments that made her proudest during this last trip were simply watching her students socialize with one another and make new friends, as that wasn’t something they were able to do during the pandemic. She watched as they formed new friendships over food, or by taking pictures together, or even helping one another practice the language—which, as a Spanish teacher, was especially fulfilling. She absolutely loved when her student, Joe, noticed another traveler he didn’t know well struggling to ask a vendor for something, and immediately jumped right up to make the request in Spanish. “That’s really what I wanted to see,” Stephanie gushed. “That this kid felt comfortable enough to go up and help.” And if you think that’s heartwarming, listen below to hear about one of Stephanie’s all-time favorite student growth moments that happened on a previous tour to Italy.