EF: Can you tell us how you felt before you got on the plane to go on your most recent trip?
Lisa: I was a little nervous about Covid when I first got on the plane because, traveling with some people you don’t know, you really hope they’re going to follow the protocols as well. But in the end, it actually turned out really well.
Erin: Our trip’s dates got moved several times. So honestly, I’d say I wasn’t totally sure what would happen until about a month out. Everything was kind of up in the air, so I had to be flexible—which for a very Type A planner creates a little bit of anxiety.
As a Group Leader, it’s tough fielding parent questions that maybe you don’t know the answer to. You just have to stay calm as best you can. I wasn’t necessarily nervous, but I did have some questions and “what-ifs.” So, I had to let go and trust EF, and tell parents to be flexible as well. It was definitely different than any other experience as we were leaving the country for the first time since the pandemic.
Brady: By the time I was getting ready to get on the plane, I was mostly just deeply overjoyed and excited to be back in the world of travel. I have a quote from St. Augustine that I like to tell my students on trips: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” And so for me, as a person who loves travel, I felt like for 19 months, I was stuck on the same page. Getting the opportunity to walk from that jetway onto the plane was like finally turning the page to start this brand new story.
More than that, the excitement, for me, was centered in looking at the joy in my students’ eyes as they got to have this experience that they had waited for so long to have. I’m sure all teachers can relate to the fact that students had so many things taken from them throughout this pandemic. This trip was something my students really, earnestly hoped for. And then, when it finally became a reality, seeing the joy on their faces was absolutely amazing for me.