We can hardly wait... The countdown has begun. We fly away 12 days from today! The students all have their passports, they have all paid their dues, train travel is booked, international student ID cards hard been received, a Castle in Rome has been booked to stay in for our last night in Italy... now it's just packing and living the dream!
Thank you to all those who have helped us get to this point. For me personally, this has been a career goal since I before I came a teacher, and it's hard to believe that it's finally coming true. In fact, I'm already a bit worried about experiencing the post-trip blues once it's over, since I've been so wrapped up planning for it. I'm not sure what I'll do with all the free time after the trip! And for my students, this is something they will never forget.
Please check back throughout the trip, as we will be uploading video, pictures, and posts so you can share in our experience.
Grazie e a presto!
We have launched our campaign on Indiegogo - "Barrio to Bologna". Please check it out and help us reach our fundraising goal:
We also have a few fundraisers in the works....
- Garage Sale: May 18th, Encinitas
- Movie Night: Date TBA (in June), Blue School
- Car Wash: throughout the summer
The days are flying by and we are continually checking items off the to-do list...
As you know, this will be the first exchange for King Chavez Community High School, and for me, being that this is the first exchange I will lead, I am on a steep learning curve and loving every second of it. Taking this idea from exactly that, an idea, to fruition involves more steps that I can possibly mention here and I have to say that I am enjoying every step of the process because I know that it's putting me a step closer to this dream come true.
As a language teacher, having the opportunity to take your students to the target country is, in essence, a career dream that few teachers have the chance to make happen. I know that I am fortunate to work in a school that is as supportive of "out-of-the-box-thinking" as KCHS is and I am reminded daily that hard work pays off. I hope that through my experiences and this blog, more teachers can be motivated to set their standards high and strive to show their students the world, not just the language on paper.
I am hopeful that language teachers can be the door to the world, and together we can create a more united, educated, and informed generation.
We reserved our tickets on March 4th and are well on our way! The students are getting excited and greet me in the halls each morning with a whole new set of questions. I am so proud of this group of students, they have come so far and I respect them for being brave enough to take this journey! If you haven't taken the time to ready about each student, please do so! They all have wonderful stories. Also, think about donating. Every little bit helps.
Grazie! A presto,
We are currently working on fundraising and will be reserving our tickets soon! The trip is starting to take shape.