Posted: 2/14/2019 | February 14th, 2019
As vacationers, we consistently meet individuals from around the globe and expertise cultures and values completely different than our personal. I feel that’s the reason we vacationers are likely to (usually) be extra open-minded. We need to see the variations on the planet.
Touring provides us a broader perspective and understanding of life, the world, the individuals in it, and, usually most significantly, ourselves.
Three years in the past I began FLYTE, the Basis for Studying and Youth Journey Training, as a result of I wished to deliver the great thing about journey to younger individuals who don’t have the chance to journey and understand simply how a lot the world has to supply.
Youngsters who not are solely restricted by their geography however by their group’s world view.
FLYTE has already despatched 4 teams of scholars overseas. That’s over 50 youngsters who’ve skilled the world outdoors their bubble. Fifty youngsters who now have a passport. 50 youngsters who obtained to place what they discovered within the classroom to good use!
Our returning college students at all times inform us how they’ve a brand new sense of appreciation for his or her group, faculty, and the likelihood on the market on the planet. They’re impressed to suppose greater and do extra.
Maribel, who traveled with FLYTE in 2017 to Ecuador, was so motivated by her experiences that she needs to maintain volunteering. As she put it, “volunteering overseas was some of the formative experiences of my life…After Ecuador, I’ve chosen to use to schools that enable me to assist individuals wherever and at any time when I can.”
Our final group of scholars got here from a small, rural group in Victor, Montana. Touring to Guatemala put immigration in a brand new perspective for them. Julia shared that her journey “makes me understand why individuals need to come to the U.S. and the way fortunate I’m.”
Tija who FLYTE despatched to Cuba shared how grateful she was to FLYTE’s donors who gave her the chance “to have this wonderful expertise…to share with my household, classmates, and folks in my group.” Likewise, Sam expressed his gratitude for with the ability to journey, as a result of throughout his time in Guatemala, he “grew to become nearer to with [his] associates and nearer with the remainder of the world.”
These journeys have ripple results past simply our college students. Erica, the trainer who led our first journey, informed us that one of many moms who was initially hesitant to ship her son was so moved by how a lot it positively impacted him that she utilized for her personal passport and wished to chaperone the varsity’s subsequent journey.
Now, as we begin the brand new 12 months, it’s time to announce our subsequent associate faculty:
Envision Academy positioned in downtown Oakland, in Northern California:
Whereas the considered this a part of the nation might conjure up photographs of Silicon Valley, profitable tech start-ups, and all matters Google, the truth is that Oakland, notably the interior metropolis, was hit exhausting in the course of the crack epidemic and the town nonetheless feels the results of its previous to this present day. Oakland has been repeatedly named some of the violent cities within the nation and the poverty degree is excessive on this space.
70% of the scholars that attend Envision Academy obtain free or reduced-price lunch, a lot of them are first-generation immigrants, and would be the first of their household to go to school. We’re so excited to associate with this faculty due to their dedication to college students’ long-term success and the way a lot they prioritize household involvement.
Households are a core a part of the varsity tradition and actively take part of their kids’s schooling. Many of those households are sometimes single-parent, matriarchal households, and regardless of the challenges they face, they’re extremely invested of their kids’s success, and work exhausting to make ends meet. Nonetheless, alternatives for these college students to journey overseas and even again to their native nation to go to their household are actually restricted.
We’re going to vary that by sending them to Colombia on the finish of June!
Jeremy, the trainer main this journey, is an inspiring advocate for his college students and created a complete curriculum that may make his classroom come alive as soon as the scholars step off the airplane. He’s a digital media arts trainer — and thru the coursework that might be built-in into the journey, the scholars will learn to use images, movie, and artwork to inform their tales.
These college students are shiny and promising however Oakland nonetheless bears scars from the violence of drug commerce. College students nonetheless reside in a society the place crime, jail and police brutality are fixed threats. We need to increase their worldview by exhibiting them communities in Colombia which have overcome related struggles.
As a part of their itinerary, they’ll go to the Gold Museum and Bolívar Plaza in Bogotá, then head to Cartagena, the place they’ll discover the Spanish Inquisition Museum and find out about Afro-Caribbean avenue artwork in Getsemani, then take a tour of Palenque. One other very important a part of their journey would be the service part, throughout which they’ll work with a neighborhood nonprofit group to be taught what it’s prefer to reside in these communities.
In his software, Jeremy wrote that at Envision Academy, “[we] need our college students to be curious, collaborative, important thinkers who’re impressed brokers of change. A cultural evaluation is an ideal method to empower them to take action. All of our instruction is round project-based studying with real-world connections. By stepping out of their consolation zones, our college students can interact in collaborative inquiry and evaluation as a way to see their group by means of a brand new lens.”
For many of those college students, it’s their first time overseas and I feel Myani actually exemplified why all of them need to be part of this: “I need to be concerned on this program as a result of I really feel my monetary state of affairs holds me again from my goals. I’ve at all times wished to journey the world, since slightly lady. However my household’s monetary state of affairs has held me again.”
In instances like these, the place disconnection and concern permeate our tradition, I’m extremely hopeful, as a result of Tija, Julia, Sam, Maribel, Myani, and their classmates are the leaders that may form our future. They are going to at some point be policymakers and enterprise homeowners, who, with the compassion, empathy, and perspective that comes from journey, will make choices that profit all, not only a choose few.
Collectively, we as a journey group can create these waves of change in our world.
We’d love so that you can be part of this motion and assist us influence these youngsters!
Listed here are two methods you possibly can take motion.
(1) Make a tax-deductible donation.
Our aim is to lift $35,000 to totally fund the prices of the journey (flights, lodging, transport, passports and many others.) for 18 college students and 4 chaperones. After our #GivingTuesday marketing campaign final November, we’re over midway there!
Each contribution in any quantity will make an enormous distinction. Out of the 1000’s of donations which have funded our earlier journeys, nearly all of them had been beneath $25. Each greenback helps us get nearer to sending these college students on a life-changing journey.
(2) Be a part of our workforce of FLYTE Advocates.
We not too long ago launched this Fb group of journey influencers and lovers who need to use their platforms to assist unfold the phrase about FLYTE.
Our FLYTE college students are unimaginable and galvanizing, and that is your probability to encourage the subsequent technology of changemakers by connecting them to the world.
Assist us change the world.
– Nomadic Matt
P.S. – Bear in mind your donation is tax deductible when you’re within the states! Right here is the donation hyperlink once more!