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Presentation to North Carolina School Counselors Association - Process of identifying the need for, understanding the importance of, and assisting with the implementation of student travel with a ...

Presentation to North Carolina School Counselors Association - Process of identifying the need for, understanding the importance of, and assisting with the implementation of student travel with a focus on the career/college selection process. Tips given for developing student interest, preparing itineraries & budgets, avoiding common issues and ensuring that all parties reap critical benefits.

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  • JB - As educators, we have all heard the excuses for not doing extensive field trips, new course development, student travel and professional involvement. Overworked faculty are typically not paid to undertake additional leadership of extensive student activities. However, with creativity and forward thinking, any faculty member can turn a trip to market or an annual conference into a course for credit and a fulfilling venture for themselves and the students. My intent in this presentation is to walk participants through a suggested step-by-step process for developing, marketing and executing a course and study trip for students.
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  • The benefits of travel for the students themselves are undeniable. However, such endeavors can reap immense reward for educators. Structured coursework associated with travel can give faculty the financial assistance allowing them to attend conferences and experience new cities. These efforts may also assist in service/teaching requirements for tenure and promotion. Faculty can take advantage of important networking opportunities as well as form deeper and more meaningful connection to students and other faculty members. The course content itself requires minimal faculty preparation and, as with all new courses, it gets easier each time it is taught!
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Student travel for College and Career Exploration (taking the headache out of student travel Student travel for College and Career Exploration (taking the headache out of student travel Presentation Transcript

  • Experiential Career and College Exploration (How to Take the Headache out of, and get the most benefit from, Student Travel) Jennifer Blanchard Belk, IIDA, IDEC, LEED AP “Travel brings the classroom curriculum alive, inspiring students to learn through first-hand, interactive experiences. Travel motivates students to achieve and improves academic performance. Travel teaches understanding of other people, communities and cultures. Travel offers educational opportunities for a shrinking globe. Travel helps young people gain selfconfidence, a sense of independence, and a feeling that they can make a difference in the world. A group travel experience is one your participants will remember for the rest of their lives.” www.syta.org
  • Why this subject? Why me? • Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor at Winthrop University •Winner of 2013 National Association of Women in Construction Carol A. Kueker Education Visionary Award •Has served on admissions, scholarship, and specialization committees • Orientation Faculty Mentor and ACAD (freshman success seminar) instructor • 8 years working with students on academic advising, college community assimilation, campus leadership, and exploration of career and personal development options • Chair of the University College Faculty Conference (Honors Programs, Academic Success Center, Gen Ed, Career Development, International Center & Study Abroad, etc.) • Department of Design Study Abroad liaison • Has planned many highly successful student trips in support of student personal, career, and curriculum development; Traveled extensively for business and pleasure!
  • Jen’s Travels: = Lived = Visited
  • Skylar Spies, Student Member, IIDA •Recent grad of Winthrop University. •Served as program research assistant regarding: •Narrative Writing and Empathy •3D modeling on college campuses •Student Travel • President of the INDS student organization • Scholar: • Dean’s List • Life Scholarship • Dean's Meritorious Scholarship • Internships included: • Carolina Business Interiors • ai Design Group • Has studied abroad through the university and has traveled extensively • Art & Architecture of Greece • Chicago Architectural/Market study … and self-professed travel-hag!
  • … and what was the effect of travel? In class experiences and field trips Class Travel Experiences Life Long Interests and Careers
  • … and what was the effect of travel? Educational Travel Experiences as a Student Educational Travel Experiences as a Teacher Life Long Love of Teaching and Mentoring
  • Goals and Content: • Understand the advantages of student travel and professional/collegiate networking opportunities in student career and college preparedness • Aspects to consider when planning a trip • Creating student excitement and preparation • Advantages of making travel part of the curriculum • Outline suggestions for planning timeline • Understand the importance of student reflection and follow-up • Personal case studies • Q&A
  • Understand the advantages of student travel and professional/collegiate networking opportunities in student career and college preparedness Student & Youth group travel is on the rise • In a 2005 survey, of students indicated they had taken an overnight group trip independent of their family. • In a repeat survey in 2007, this number increases to 76.1%. Travel Improves Achievement • 86.8% of parents surveyed say that student group travel is an essential part of their child's education experience. • 58.4% have seen a positive change in their child's academic performance. Source: Student and Youth Travel Research Institute, Michigan State University, 2005 and 2007
  • Travel is a form of learning Travel is a source of career development The World Youth Student & Educational Travel states that for young individuals: Travel is a means of selfdevelopment Travel is a way of socializing Travel is a form of discovering other cultures
  • May of 2011, a survey sampled people between the ages of 21 and 69 years old. • 300 people who had traveled to a country outside the U.S. or Canada on a school sponsored educational tour when they were between 12-18 • 300 people who did not travel abroad on a school sponsored educational tour. Students who went on a educational tour: www.educational travelweek.com
  • Be more successful, even in tough economic times Be more marketable to colleges and employers 61% agreed that the tour enhanced their resume when applying for college 54% agreed that the tour enhanced their resume when applying for jobs Additional findings uncovered that those who participated in an educational tour embraced more international travel in their jobs, felt part of a global community and considered themselves good global citizens. * Study by Explorica Educational Travel
  • Understand the advantages of student travel and professional/collegiate networking opportunities in student career and college preparedness Hands-on trip experiences may be the only way to reach certain students; Unique museums and attractions can drive home learning objectives What you may be able to see and do on an educational trip may be something completely different than what was accomplished on a sightseeing trip with the family. For some types of trips, you just don’t have the same opportunities locally that you do in another destination. If the mission and the purpose of the trip is identified and it is the driving factor in selecting what to see and do, it almost always provides new experiences for all students Shared memory-making experience is hard to top in creating a great bond between students … and between students and teachers!
  • Advantages for Students…. Learning Styles Exposure & Curiosity Socialization & Bonding Engagement Reinforcement Retention Informal Learning Perspective
  • Advantages for Teachers…. Enhanced Sense of Community Teaches Professionalism Creates an Interest in New Professions Break from the Routine Learn Something New Educational and Relaxing
  • Aspects for Consideration
  • Reasons for Tour and Types of Experiences ….. and how does that effect timeline? Specific Cultural Subject/Area of Interest Travel Exploring a subject or topic: - Does the climate of the area dictate visit dates? - Is there a particular special event being attended? College Exploration Visits to one or more potential colleges or universities: - Are you working around college calendars and athletics? - Are there particular recruiting events to attend? - Is there a particular group of students who might be interested? Volunteer Travel Gaining cultural knowledge while giving of time: - Is this in reaction to a need? - Would this be combined with another non-profit group?
  • Dates of Trip & Developing your itinerary: • • • • • Breaks: December, Spring, Summer, Federal Holiday Weekend? What dates/bookends are out of your control? What special destination events dictate travel days? Are there particular dates you DO NOT want to travel? Balance of free vs structured activities
  • Location and events: • Investigate the use of extracurricular groups and special interest classes to assist in the research/identification of colleges and professional sites of interest • Where does the art club want to go? • Would the yearbook staff benefit from a professional workshop with other schools attending? • Is there a special conference, tournament or trade show being hosted in a nearby larger city? • Can “piggy-backing” happen to allow for attendance of an annual event with natural or built resources nearby? What about college tours? • Look into local resources in the geographic areas of the colleges the students have interest in … is there any way to ties those visits into one fabulous student trip? Let’s see!
  • A few of the colleges in the Charleston area: Citadel College of Charleston Johnson & Wales Medical College of SC Trident Tech The Art Inst of Charleston
  • Winthrop University: • • • • College of Arts and Sciences College of Business Administration Richard W. Riley College of Education College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts in Charlotte: Business in Charlotte in Charlotte: Education in Charlotte: Arts & Sciences in Charlotte:
  • Co-sponsors and Chaperones: All chaperones should have some experience with students either as teachers, school administrators or some other educational, professional venue. Initial recruiting should include the following: - Experience in working with adolescents - Willingness to help plan and facilitate - Ability to attend all pre-tour meetings - Assist with documentation such as obtaining passports and visas - Prepared to spend money on items not covered in a potential “free spot” such as food - Ability to chaperone small groups of students on flights if the flights are split - Following all tour guidelines in respect to expectations such as an alcohol policy www.studenttraveldirectory.com
  • Tour Director vs DIY? Advantages of a Tour Company • Connection with travel association • Experience with this specific tour • Ability to combine with similar groups • Holistic insurance coverage • Earlier arrangement of special events Advantages of DIY • Customize to your understanding of goals and student needs • No additional costs for traveling with tour director • Individual negotiating power with separate vendors and take advantage of multiple returning customer advantages • Total autonomy on itinerary and scheduling
  • Funding: Explore partnership opportunities with colleges and professional/service organizations to assist in planning and funding Annual events allow for multiple (free?) preplanned activities associated with event: • Conferences and workshops • Markets • Career fairs Funding options: • Rotary International and other service organizations • Travel/Educational Grants • Student Youth Travel Association Foundation and “Road Scholarship” • Conference or event volunteerism
  • Budget - Strategies & Tips: • Book flight at lowest cost possible using government/group discounts! • Negotiate with hotels for rates and don’t just rely on online availability! • Explore alternate airports even if it means going the night before! • The least expensive ground transportation just might be a limo! • Take advantage of public transportation! • Group tours means cheaper rates, no lines and no random people! • “Renting” of extra hotel space to appropriate adults! • Keep slight fund overage year to year! • Utilizing historic data & maintain records of estimated vs actual costs • Be as all inclusive as possible and clearly indicate what is not included
  • Dining: •Group reservations? •Handling payment? •Being authentic! •Making students aware of options!
  • ENTERTAINMENT! SHOPPING! Hotel: •Location, Location, Location! •Convenience to public transportation •Cancelation and reduction of needed rooms fees •Included meals and services (transport?) •Safety in area and hotel •Perks for Leaders? •Be authentic! •Change it up! MARKET! ARCHITECTURE! CULTURE!
  • Recruitment: Student enthusiasm for travel – Cater to Humor and Pop Culture!
  • Student enthusiasm for travel - Accumulate interest info: • Get previous student travelers in on the recruiting • Hold interest meetings at times of maximum availability for students and parents • Make all recruitment and trip info available online via social media (Facebook event or LinkedIn Group) or by creating an online web page of tour pictures/comments • Hold a school-wide assembly focused on this and other tours Once enrolled, if not part of actual class, plan monthly meetings to allow for students and parent to acquire comfort levels, teacher to present preparatory information, and students to bond with travel-mates
  • Student preparation for travel: Geographic orientation and public transportation: • Give students information and training in the daily logistics of inner-city travel, traveling abroad, way-finding, etc. Packing: • Provide general packing tips for students as well as those specific to the mode of transportation, location and climate of trip, types and level of professionalism of events attending, etc. Safety: • Cover general and specific safety tips in writing and as in-class discussions assisted by students who have traveled before!
  • The Planning Timeline
  • Outline suggestions for - Your planning timeline: 12 months prior • You should have chosen your location by now. • Start setting departure and return dates for the trip, so people can clear their calendars for the date of the trip well before departure. • Determine who will be your additional chaperones. • You will begin to contact airlines and hotels and motor coaches now, as they work 11-12 months in advance. • Start promoting the tour through email, brochures, posters, social media and other outlets.
  • Outline suggestions for - Your planning timeline: 6-9 months prior • You should start to see the early participants signing up with deposits paid. • Create a list of reading materials and study exercises to prepare students during the trip. • If a passport or visa is required, now is the time to apply for them. 4 months prior • Continue to promote the trip in newsletters, social media, etc. to keep interest alive for those who have already signed up. • Contact people who have shown interest but not yet committed. 3 months prior • This is deadline for the final payments for those that have paid their deposits. • Arrange transportation to and from the airport. • Students should start picking roommates for the hotels.
  • Outline suggestions for - Your planning timeline: 1 month prior • To ensure everyone is ready for departure, schedule a last minute meeting to: • Confirm trip details. • Go over packing lists. • Review all expectations regarding timeliness and student behavior as have students sign agreements. • Have the students fill our emergency contact cards to keep on file, along with any allergy or medical information you should know. • Make sure the parents have your information as well of they need to contact you for any reason.
  • Simple ways to help your students and youth get the most out of their trip: • Think about what you want your students to get out of the trip, and discuss these things with your tour operator or travel mentor so they have the same understanding as they offer guidance on your itinerary. • Rely on your tour operator to advise interactive activities during the trip that tie directly to your curriculum. • Prep your students ahead of time. Visiting an art museum in Madrid or Chicago will have much more meaning and impact if your students know what they are seeing. Many attractions are happy to send you curriculum materials that you can use prior to your visit. • Bring in experts on subjects that are particularly important. An excellent speaker is easier to find than you might thinklocal colleges, museums, historic sites and societies all have experts on a wide range of topics. www.syta.org ….if any way possible … MAKE IT A CLASS!!!
  • A successful course in preparation for group travel: Course should facilitate teamwork/camaraderie among travelers: • The more time students can spend together beforehand, the better. • Create opportunities for various forms of bonding and teambuilding Course/Lesson Methodology: • Multiple/varied group activities (shuffle groups to promote mingling within group!) • Multimedia resources (Video tours, Google Earth, YouTube) • Student selected research • Student led discussions Ethnic Areas of Chicago “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” ~ Maya Angelou
  • Case Study for Travel Based Course Chicago Architectural and Market Study (biannually 2006-2012)
  • Chicago Architectural and Market Study: Students take on an in-depth study of the historic and contemporary architecture of Chicago, the role of the NeoCON World’s Trade Fair in contemporary interior design, and the design and architectural leaders that have influenced them both. The class culminates in a 6 day group trip to Chicago and to NeoCON International Commercial Furnishings Market. Course Topics: •Understanding the location and geography of Chicago •Introduction to Chicago History and its effects on future Architecture •Chicago Historic and Contemporary Architecture (and the architects and schools of thought behind it) •Market History, NeoCON Merchandise Mart and its influence on design •Logistics: •Navigating Chicago and the Market •Professionalism and Networking •Packing for professional travel •Safety and travel logistics Teaching Methods: •Class lecture/discussion via PowerPoint, video and visuals (both instructor and student led) •Text reading assignments •Video and online references
  • The Class: Group/Partner Class Projects •Movements of Architecture Represented in Chicago & Chicago Public Art •Significant National Firms (represented in Chicago) and their importance in industry •Industry and vendor leaders; Best of NeoCON design award winners •Additional Area Tourism Opportunities •Components: Written reports; Multi-Media / Powerpoint presentations; Handouts for classmates; Presentation to and discussion with classmates Assessment/Test •Identification of significant buildings and city zones •Essay regarding given building and the school of design •Essay regarding significant event in city history and its effect on architecture and development Market Assignment (Scavenger Hunt) •Identification and discussion of stand-out products identified at market as well as influential contacts made Post Market Reflection Paper •Reflection on what students learned and how they grew through travel, market, tourism, social experiences and how what they did affected their future course and professional work.
  • Trip Experiences: Art/Architecture •Tour of Gensler office (LEED Platinum space) •Art Institute Museum •Architectural Riverboat Tour •Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour •Oak Park Neighborhood Tour Private Showroom Tours Additional Market/Conference Experiences •Independent Market Time •Industry Hospitality Functions •IIDA Panel - Career Boot Camp •ASID Career Exchange •Meet the President’s Day Independent and/or Travel Related Experiences •Free time for independent activities / Tourism/ Museums •Group social activities
  • Itinerary: Fri June 8th Morning: Afternoon: Evening: Travel Check In; Architectural Boat tour Free Time (Blues Fest!) Sat June 9th Morning: Afternoon: Evening: Free time (Walking tours, Robie House, etc.) Free time (Walking tours, Robie House, etc.) Navy Pier; Group Dinner Sun June 10th Morning: Afternoon: Evening: Frank Lloyd Wright/Oak Park Tours Free Time / IIDA International Meeting Market Tours & Hospitality / Free Time Mon June 11th Morning: Afternoon: Evening: Art Institute Museum NeoCON Market (tours and elective seminars) Market Tours & Hospitality / Free Time Tues June 12th Morning: Afternoon: Evening: Tour of Design Firm NeoCON Market (tours and elective seminars) Market Tours & Hospitality / Free Time Wed June 13th Morning: Afternoon: Evening: Student NeoCON Conference Check out Travel (Market Assignment due)
  • Budget: Student Cost = Approx $825; Included: • • • • • • • Hotel cost (4 to a room) Airfare & baggage fees All tours & museum fees Rail costs (week pass) Airport transportation Market/conference Some hospitality (related to conference)
  • What about after the trip??? Don’t underestimate the importance of student reflection and follow-up… John Dewey (1933) found education to be deeply rooted in experience, and that these experiences often create controversy that, if not reflected upon, can be misleading. Reflection is an integral part of learning from an abroad experience. Reflection is defined as “the intentional consideration of an experience in light of particular learning objectives” (Hatcher & Bringle 1997). Through adviser-encouraged reflection, the adviser will be aware of whether or not the learning outcomes were met. Reflection allows for verbalization of stereotypes, problems, misconceptions, challenges, and highlights. http://educationaltourism.org/why-us.html
  • The Results
  • The Chicago class was a beneficial and exciting experience for me. As a result of this class, I walked away from Chicago with new ideas, new contacts and no regrets. I feel as though I was able to fully experience this city as well as conquer Neocon on my first try. This trip has become a landmark in my design career that I plan to use for a long time. With this school-study experience, I had the opportunity to travel with my design peers. I enjoy traveling with my peers; this trip allowed everyone to see each other in a different context, outside the classroom. When traveling I believe it is important to interact with various types of people; such as, discussing local dining places with locals, making similar and unlikely connections with locals, acting like a local to locals. I felt like learning about the buildings gave me excellent foundation to use in my navigation of the city. When I first arrived in Chicago, I felt extremely shocked by the size of the city. No picture could really do this city justice. However, once I was able to ground myself and began to remember what I had learned in class, using major buildings and public artworks made it easy for me to find my way throughout Chicago. Chicago 2012 After traveling to Chicago, I realize my personal comfort level for larger cities and my willingness to roam them by myself at any time of the day has increased significantly. I have learned I am attuned to my surroundings and have a strong sense of direction in any setting. It was also really fun to know the building names and their history during the Architectural Boat Tour. To me, it was a lot more exciting knowing the buildings, and being able to point them out before the tour guide could even introduce them! The most important thing I gained from the trip, was confidence. I’m usually a shy person when it comes to networking. The preparation I had and knowing what was in store, allowed me to overcome my shyness. With every new travel opportunity, my personal growth increases. During Chicago, my tolerance, humanrelations and interaction, and sense of self grew to new levels.
  • STUDENT SATISFACTION/SUCCESS OF COURSE Overall, student evaluations were very positive. They enjoyed the preparation for as well as the actual travel experience. The majority felt the exposure to market increased their ability to be successful on future projects and exposed them to a broad range of commercial products and manufacturers. They took advantage of more independent networking opportunities and continued contact with these professionals after the conference. Students grew from not only the design based activities but also matured from the autonomy of subway travel and free time they took advantage of. Students especially enjoyed the group projects, the open discussions, and learning about the architecture/neighborhoods in order to be able to better navigate and understand the city. Additionally, meeting more extensively prior to the trip allowed the students to bond more (students represented different academic years) and the instructor to have time to tailor certain portions of the experience to individual students.
  • Recognize the benefits of student travel to Counselors, Teachers, Administration, Students and Parents From Lisa Woodard, my own teacher and travel mentor: Benefits of travel: • Exposure to different cultures, i.e. dress, food, language, behaviors • Exposure to different environments...many of the students who traveled with me had never been outside of the state! • Appreciation of history Student interaction: • Students tend to become a family and watch out for each other • Students in the same school who have never spoken to each other become friends on trips • Students learn to trust each other Connections: There were connections, both personal and curricular, that were “happy accidents”
  • Q&A! Available via Email: Sample budget and itinerary Liability /Travel Suggestions Publicity examples Sample syllabus
  • …..if time…
  • Case Study for Travel Based Course Art and Architecture of Greece
  • Art and Architecture of Greece: • Designed for all students who are excited to travel, want to experience another culture and the objects they create The Class: • Investigate the visual art, design and architecture of ancient Greece placing emphasis on the relationship of these forms to Greek society, culture and religion The Trip: • • • Explore ancient sites and museums at the Acropolis in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Sounion, Eleusis and Mycenae as well as the ancient theatre at Epidaurus and the ancient graveyard of Kerameikos. Explore contemporary culture through food, Greek dancing, a visit to the remarkable St. Paul’s Nunnery and a stop the Peza Olive Oil Cooperation. Go by ferry to the island of Crete, with its ancient royal palace architecture, Roman catacombs and wonderful beaches to explore.
  • Art and Architecture of Greece: The Art of Greece is a rigorously academic course that combines traditional classroom lectures with a two-week travel component. This format is a way of intellectually and culturally enriching students’ learning experiences. Exposure to different cultures globally brings an appreciation of difference within our own society, and, ultimately, makes us better citizens, both nationally and globally. _______________________________________________________________________________
  • The Class: The Art of Greece is a rigorously academic course that combines traditional classroom lectures with a two-week travel component. This format is a way of intellectually and culturally enriching students’ learning experiences. Exposure to different cultures globally brings an appreciation of difference within our own society, and, ultimately, makes us better citizens, both nationally and globally. 7 Session Course: Season 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 Session 7 Introduction, Travel report, Travel report, Travel report, Travel report, Travel report, Travel report, The Minoans The Mycenaeans/Dark Ages Archaic/ 5th Century 5th Century/4th Century Hellenistic Mythology Presentations Review for Final Exam, Group Dinner Assignments: Travel Report- Travel Topics Mythology Presentations – Greek God Topics Research Paper- Greece Site Topics Final Exam On Site Presentation based off Research Paper
  • Trip Itinerary: Day 1. ATHENS ARRIVAL - Welcome Group Dinner in local Greek food restaurant Day 2. ATHENS - Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum (the Roman and Greek Agora ) National Archaeological Museum Day 3. ATHENS – SOUNION - Temple of Olympian Zeus, Syntagma Square, Aegaleo: Kerameikos Sounion : Temple of Poseidon, Lavrion: St. Paul’s Nunnery Day 4. ATHENS – DELPHI - Delphi the site of the Oracle & museum, Group Dinner; Arachova, a picturesque mountain village Day 5. DELPHI – OLYMPIA - Nafpaktos, cross over to Rion/Antirion Bridge, town of Olympia: Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Group Dinner Day 6. OLYMPIA – NAUPLION - The site of Olympia that the first Olympic Games took place; Nauplion visit the Site of Tiryns Day 7. NAUPLION – EPIDAURUS – MYCENAE - Epidaurus, to visit of the famous ancient open-air theatre. Mycenae, the Citadel, Lions Gate, Tomb of Atreus & museum. Day 8. NAUPLION – PIRAEUS – HERAKLION - Morning visits & Free time in Nauplion. Suggestions: Archaeological Museum of Nauplion the Palamidi Castle or Bourtzi island. local winery (Skouras winery) for wine tasting and tour of the facilities. Return to Athens to visit Eleusis. the port of Piraeus for overnight ferry to Heraklion, the capital of Crete Day 9. KNOSSOS – ARCHANES – HERAKLION - Heraklion Archaeological Museum the Knossos Minoan Palace) Peza Cooperation, a winery and olive oil factory, buy Cretan Olive oil. Picturesque village of Archanes Group Dinner at “Ladadika” tavern in Heraklion for traditional specialties. Day 10. GORTYNA – PHAESTOS – MATALA – CHANIA – ATHENS (visit Gortys and Phaestos) - The Royal Minoan Summer palace. Matala for lunch and swim opportunity. Flight back to Athens then USA
  • Reflection: Here’s what student travelers had to say…. “A great way to prepare for foreign travel” “First of all, I wanted to thank you for this experience. I can't say how affected I was by seeing the world from such a new and different angle. I really have trouble finding the words. I guess I can only say that I'll be going back one day, even if I have to go on a super low budget. Europe got a hold on me, for sure!” “I appreciated having learned so much about Greece before going there. There's something else that will be hard to repeat….singing at Epidaurus was really overwhelming, in a good way, so thank you for that!” “An experience I won't forget! And I mean, ever. EVER.” “Thanks for showing me the world!! I had an awesome time -- it was an eye-opening experience.” “I AM READY TO GO BACK TO GREECE!!!”