The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. — Saint Augustine
Have you heard? A group of CMASAS students are in Havana, Cuba this week! We launched a new program this year where students embark on national (USA) and international trips with their teachers and peers. Get a glimpse into what our students areexperiencing on their 9-day exploration of Cuba, witnessing the nation’s culture, conservation efforts, and vibrant art.
Traveling across oceans to a different continent or simply to a new part of town provides invaluable experiences, life lessons, and memorable times for young people. With the flexibility of time and location, online school students have a unique opportunity to travel wherever, whenever and however they choose, which is why so many CMASAS students and families are avid travelers.
Traveling has many benefits for students, and can be done in a myriad of ways. Here are 4 reasons why online school students should spend time traveling.
Traveling helps students:
Discover cultural differences and similarities
There is no better way to help young people develop a global perspective than to unleash them into the world to explore and discover. Being culturally sensitive and aware of the similarities and differences between them and other cultures helps children appreciate all ways of life, including their own. Listening to foreign music, tasting different ethnic foods, trying to speak a new language, witnessing a new religious or cultural custom — all of these experiences broaden a young person’s world view and prepare them to interact with the world.
Learn life skills
Going through airport security, checking into a hotel, ordering food at a restaurant, navigating city streets, communicating in a foreign language, paying for items in a different currency — these are life skills that many adults utilize daily and are excellent capabilities for young people to learn. Apart from the practicalities of learning how to travel, students will also develop invaluable elements of their character — learning how to respect different cultural customs, how to communicate with foreigners, how to share with different communities, how to appreciate a sacred artifact, building or space, and how to smile and laugh with strangers.
Put classroom lessons into practice
Traveling enables students to put many of the lessons they’ve learned in books and course work to practical everyday use. What’s the landscape like? What route should we take? Geography. What sites will we visit? What happened in this place years ago? History and culture. How long will it take us to get there? Will the trip fit in our budget? Math. Let’s keep a journal and sketch the sites that we’ve seen. English and art. Lessons come alive when students experience them firsthand. Especially when it comes to history and languages, traveling is one of the best ways to immerse a student in what they are learning.
Develop confidence and discover new dreams
There’s nothing like climbing to the top of a mountain, witnessing your first sunrise over an ocean, or feeling so small beneath the towering buildings of city streets. Traveling creates one of a kind, unforgettable experiences. And those experiences shape people. They give us confidence, wonder, joy, awe, satisfaction, and strength. When young people experience new places, their eyes are opened to the myriad of possibilities that the world holds. New dreams comes to life, passions are formed, and the soul is motivated to continue working hard, creating boldly, and loving the world they live in.
Are you a student traveler? Share your travel stories and photos with us on social media using the hashtag #myschoolmyway
Want to submit a travel story to possibly be featured on the CMASAS blog? Email Kimberly White at firstname.lastname@example.org