Taking the classroom around the world


Allyson Bonhaus

The Eiffel Tower is one iconic European site that many of the trips visit. If students go abroad during high school they can see the world in a new way, realizing there is more than just their culture. It is a humbling experience to see so many diverse people.

Allyson Bonhaus, Feature Chief

Many classes, especially languages, take annual trips to Europe and other places around the world. SHS offers a variety of classes, some that have the option to go on a school trip around the world.
“I went on the French trip during the past spring break. My reason for going was to immerse myself into a culture that fascinated me and I have studied for years,” said Ellie Armstrong, 10.
These trips are expensive, many students get a job on the weekends or offer babysitting services to their neighbors to pay for the trips. Some students even put together powerpoints to show their parents the benefits of travelling around the world while in high school.
“Experiencing French life for 10 days incited my love for languages; this year I started Spanish alongside my French studies since I can see a future for myself using these languages daily,” said Armstrong.
Students can be changed for the better by travelling and opening themselves up to new experiences. Students can grow and mature on such trips when they see how big the world really is.
“Going independently from parents and close friends pushed me to focus on why I was there: to experience France. I developed relationships with people I wouldn’t have, had my parents and friends been there,” said Armstrong.
French is taking a trip to France and Switzerland. AP European History is going to France and Italy. Marching band and orchestra is taking a trip to Disney. There are even more that you can go on. Other trips are offered that stay inside and outside the US.
Click here to learn why it is important for high schoolers to travel abroad.