As an EF Group Leader, you’re part of a community of educators dedicated to connecting students with the world around them. As awesome people (with a shared awesome mission) it only makes sense for you to connect with one another, too. So, whether you’re sipping a cappuccino in Italy, a hot cafezinho in Brazil, or a to-go cup o’ Joe in the USA, use this well-deserved coffee break as a chance to get to know one of your fellow leaders even better.
This month, we chatted with Julie A., a high school librarian from Michigan who describes her travel style as adventurous and spontaneous.
My husband, Gary (who was a chaperone), and five of our travelers had never left the country prior to our trip. Seeing the trip through their eyes was wonderful!
Pizza while sitting along the Grand Canal at Rialto Bridge in Venice.
San Gimignano! The Tuscan city is famous for its medieval towers. We climbed Torre Grossa and saw views that seemed like they must be backdrops. It was picture-perfect and will be forever engraved into our memory.
Taking the paddle boats out on Lake Lucerne on Austria, Germany & Switzerland. Our whole group went. When we got out to the center, people started jumping in the water one by one! Before we knew it, everyone was swimming. The memory of swimming on a hot summer day with the Alps surrounding us was surreal. We laughed so hard and had the best time. Even now, the pictures make me laugh out loud and bring laughing tears to my eyes. It was a moment we will never forget.
Honestly, one of my students! I got to know him on a completely different level. I think this is one of the best parts of traveling. Even though I know these travelers as students, seeing them in the travel element is completely different—it’s a side of them we rarely see. I so enjoyed seeing a side of my student that I would have never expected. His perspective and knowledge captured my heart.
Watching everyone slide down the shoot on the salt mine tour in Salzburg! SO. MUCH. FUN. And the tour was so interesting!
Journaling, playing Euchre, and blasting music for sing-alongs.
Students who travel with me again and again and again. I think it says so much about the EF experience and the relationship we’ve developed during our time traveling together.
1. Getting to know students on a completely different level.
2. Experiencing new cultures, religions, and history right where it happened.
3. Learning new problem-solving techniques for in-the-moment issues.
The “Greek evening” experience during Athens & the Islands! The evening was the most fun I have had with any group. The establishment that put on the event was top notch. We had amazing food, great entertainment, and everyone got involved. Smashing the plates, learning dance moves, and seeing our students get dressed up in Greek clothing to join in the show was hysterical. Everyone was laughing, dancing, and having an amazing time. The setting above the city of Athens and everything about the night was perfect. A not-to-miss event. So glad everyone signed up!
Give up control and tell your Tour Director you’d like to do some unexpected things. Some of our different on-tour surprises have included swimming in Lake Lucerne, hiking to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, surfing lessons in Australia, and stopping for gelato or local fare. Just make sure to ask for a bit of extra money from parents for these fun adventures, about $50 per student.
The bug to travel more! The world has so much to offer and through travel we gain a sense of perspective and appreciation. We bond, make memories, experience new cultures, are humbled, learn, think globally, and escape reality. There is no better classroom.
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