“I usually go to Italy with my mom, because my mom has family in Italy. I go every summer for three months,” Skov said. “I’ve been to Milan, Rome, Venice, Mont Blanc…North Italy, I still need to go to the south.”
The Watermeiers are shown in their trip to Rothenburg, Germany. Watermeier stated, “My favorite place we’ve traveled is Germany. We visited close to Christmas, so entire towns were decorated and there are several Christmas stores and outdoor markets selling handmade toys and decorations. The food and desserts there were also amazing. My family is German on both sides, so it was interesting to see the country for that reason, too.”
Students aren’t the only ones who venture the globe. Several teachers have brought students to different countries. World Literature teacher Mrs. Mynatt mainly visits the UK. This past year, she went to London, Stratford, Stonehenge, and Bath, as well as spending time in Whales and Dublin. Mynatt has not only been able to travel throughout many western countries herself but has brought some of her students to venture among the globe with her as well.
“Sometimes I travel independently, but for the past seven years, I’ve been taking students abroad, usually I choose a different destination every year. I get students from all grades, maybe a couple freshman, usually it’s juniors and sophomores, and a few seniors take it as their graduation gift,” explains Mynatt.
Along with many of her students, as well as those who’s travel patterns match hers, Mynatt has been able to experience a variety of behaviors and manners from several countries and cities, particularly in Europe.
“It makes me more globally minded; I probably look at the world a little bit differently as being more connected than just seeing myself as a part of one place.” Mynatt states, commenting on how her trips have made her more culturally aware, “I always look forward to going every year. I love going to train stations and airports; I just like the bustle over it. I also love taking students who’ve never been for the first time especially when they get to see some sort of monumental place…It’s incredible to see the look on their face.”
Presented here is a picture of the Watermeiers in Rome, Italy.
Traveling can not only improve a student’s academic performance, but their viewpoint about the world as well. Visiting other cities, states, and countries can expand one’s ideas of how incredibly diverse the Earth is, granting them a much more understanding and broad-minded thinking process.
“It [traveling] makes me more conscientious of how I treat other people and how I see the world. It also makes it, because I teach World Literature, more alive…you get to see that there is a true human element.” states Mynatt, “…My hope is that they come away wanting to travel more. Many of the students I’ve traveled with in the past have gone onto college to do study abroad programs and said that going with me helped them decide that they wanted to see more.”
Created with an image by Nils Nedel - "Getting up early isn’t that easy and being on time at airports in the morning isn’t either! But a sunrise like this is very enjoyable, especially having such a great view down at the buildings, the streets and the trees which are getting smaller and smaller. Knowing that the TAP airline machine was going to land in beautiful Lisbon was the cherry on the cake."