The amount of money needed for one student to travel abroad this summer. The amount that will transplant a Chicago native to a new country for three weeks. The amount that will get a teenager out of his or her comfort zone. The amount that will provide keen awareness that the world is much larger than the 10 mile radius that most live within.
This summer, through a program called Global Glimpse, we'll be travelling with 16 of these students. Students who will gain the first stamp in their passports, who will be leaving home for the first time, and who will be confronted by what it means to grow up in a developing country.
The money raised will go directly to airfare, room and board in Nicaragua, Ecuador, or Dominican Republic for three weeks. There, they will partake in tutoring locals in English, developing and implementing a community project, attending a local highschool, and interacting with local businesses.
As I reflect on my past travel experiences, I've learned to be vulnerable. I've learned that I don't know everything, but that I sure as heck want to learn alot about alot. I've witnessed the pages of high school history textbooks come alive before my eyes. I've seen the immediate reaction to my being from the land of the free. I've realized that there's a deep connection between all humans, no matter how far apart they reside.
I want these experiences to become a reality for my kids. And I need your help. They need your help. Donate because you like to travel. Donate because you like humans. Donate because you can. Big or small, you will be opening their eyes to the world. My students will be forever thankful and the world will be forever thankful.