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Why Travel Abroad - Student Testimonials

Below are student testimonials from recent Trojans Abroad Programs. It’s easy to see the many benefits of stepping outside one’s comfort zone and exploring other parts of the world to see the world through different lenses.

QUESTION 1: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REASONS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TRIP OR TRIPS LIKE IT TO OTHERS?

"It is a good way to step out of your comfort zone and do things you've never done before" (Austria)
 
"It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and it is such a great eye-opening experience" (Austria)
 
"… you see the culture in a different way than if you go with your family... For example, had I gone on this trip with my family, we might have gone on a small hike, but nothing compared to what we did..." (Austria)
 
"Once in a lifetime opportunity. You learn so much about culture. You grow closer with your friends while hiking the Austrian Alps...Doesn't get much cooler than that." (Austria)
 
"Studying Shakespeare at the Globe Theater is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." (England)
 
"Learning theatre/drama in real time; application of skills to a worthwhile project; sightseeing of historic cities." (England)
 
"I would recommend trips like this because the acting trip had everything I could possibly want to do and I got to perform with friends from school." (England)
 
"It gave us the chance to fully immerse ourselves in Spanish culture." (Spain)
 
"It allows students to experience another culture and way of life...to see historical sites older than the United States...[and] to discuss with host families about how they view the world." (Spain)
 
"Global connections are wonderful to have. I have a new family that I communicate with every day. My language skills improved immeasurably." (Spain)
 
"The people were incredibly welcoming, making the home stay much less intimidating. We created lifelong relationships with our host families." (Spain)
 
"To experience the culture of Spain. No book or film can substitute the experience." (Spain)

QUESTION 2: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU EXPERIENCED THAT YOU THINK YOU WILL REMEMBER FOR MANY YEARS TO COME?

"I will always remember hiking/climbing to the two peaks in Austria. It was somewhat terrifying, but it was one of the coolest things I have ever done." (Austria)
 
"Being able to stand with one foot in Austria and the other foot in Italy is something that is so cool and unforgettable." (Austria)
 
"The views were beyond beautiful. The hiking helped develop one's character (perseverance and endurance). The Concentration Camp was an experience that I will never get again." (Austria)
 
"We learned all different sorts of acting techniques, which I will not forget. We also had a lot of fun at shows and when we were running around London." (England)
 
"I will definitely remember my rehearsals with our director, because I loved learning my character inside and out and he was an amazing person to work with." (England)
 
"Great food; amazing host families!!" (Spain)
 
"...definitely all the discussions I had with my host family after all of our dinners." (Spain 2015)
 
"Making croquetas with my host mom." (Spain 2015)
 
"I will definitely remember my host sister and family for the rest of my life..." (Spain)
 
"One of the memories that I won't forget is watching someone cry as they finished the Camino de Santiago; it touched my heart." (Spain)

QUESTION 3: WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE PROGRAM?

"I learned that I can get through anything if I just tell myself there is nothing to worry about. When we were rock climbing to dinner I was really scared and was about to give up, then I just told myself that there was nothing to be afraid of and I went all the way up and it was so much fun!” (Austria)
 
"I kind of already knew this but I realized how much I love traveling and trying new things and stepping out of my comfort zone." (Austria)
 
"Motivating others helps me to motivate myself." (Austria)
 
"I learned that I am able to overcome my fears, and then be confident in them ." (Austria)
 
"Culture is different but it's amazing experiencing it." (Austria)
 
"It is more rewarding to really embrace and experience other cultures rather than stay in hotels." (Austria)
 
"I would be interested in attending college in a different country and/or living there." (Austria)
 
"I realized how prepared I actually am for a life in the professional acting world. Even though our days were very long and we were constantly attending a workshop or rehearsing our scenes, I enjoyed the work and the ability to spend so much time working on our performance." (England)
 
"I realized I would do super well living in London and plan on going to college in the area." (England)
 
"I learned how to communicate with people even if I don't fully know the language." (Spain)
 
"I'm much more of a leader than I thought I was." (Spain)
 
"I went into this trip scared that I wouldn't be able to communicate with anyone since my Spanish wasn't as developed, but I learned that as long as I tried, I was understandable and knew more Spanish than I thought!" (Spain)
 
"I learned that I can adapt to foreign cultures and it helped me to appreciate other cultures." (Spain)

Other Comments:

"The trip was amazing, and thank you to all of those who participated in making it happen." (Austria)
 
"I could take this trip a thousand times over." (England)
 
"The trip was amazing!!!" (Spain)

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