Every year Delphian students and teachers join together over Spring Break to take a twelve-day trip to Europe. Parents are currently signing their students up for the 2014 trip which will include a tour through Italy, France and Spain. This trip will be several students’ first foray into Europe and provides some students with their first visit to another country.
Travel can help a young person understand what the world is like beyond their immediate experience. While the Delphian School hosts students from all around the world, a quick immersion into an entirely new society can bring understanding of other cultures to the forefront.
As American author and poet, Maya Angelou said: “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
As a school, we attempt to accomplish a mix of cultures. But, being in one location, we can only expose our students to the cultures we can host. By providing trips like this one to Europe, we are able to expand our students’ understanding of modern culture, history, religions, crafts, and language. We feel as Mark Twain did – that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
Our mission as a school is to send forth responsible, capable individuals who can help build a better world. Trips outside of the school, coupled with the school curriculum, all contribute to this goal. To find out more about our school, visit www.Delphian.org.