An interesting choice for the student seeking an edifying summer experience is that of travel programming.
First and foremost, of course, travel enables boys and girls to expand their horizons by experiencing life in a different culture. In many cases, this will also involve exposure to a new language. SummerProgramSearch.com features many programs that cater to young people interested in developing fluency in another language, oftentimes in immersive environments that facilitate language development. In many programs, pupils live with host families in a setting that requires them to speak the native language both in class and in the home. Even in programs that do not involve homestays, students typically are encouraged to speak the target language as much as possible—and are often required to do so at all times during class periods.
A few weeks spent discovering a different culture—even if the host language is a familiar one—may prove to be an invaluable experience. Students will return with a broader, more worldly perspective, one that will remain with them long after their experience is over.
For students interested in summer programming that will help prepare them for college, immersion programs in other countries also commonly feature course work (conducted either in English or the language of interest) pertaining to local history, arts and culture. This type of program delivers a more well-rounded learning experience.
Many other types of programs operate in international settings. Boys and girls wishing to engage in community service may choose to do so abroad. Not only does this enable the participant to experience a new culture (and, perhaps, a new language), but it also may allow the student to work in an impoverished area, or one that has been devastated by a natural disaster.
Young people with a particular interest in marine biology may engage in work in the Bahamas, for instance. Such a setting enables participants to investigate the marine world in a hands-on fashion that includes diving and the exploration of underwater reefs.
Arts study abroad provides aspiring artists with a unique opportunity to develop their skills while also viewing local architecture and studying European art history in a European setting, for example.
These examples represent but a few of the possibilities for those seeking to travel and broaden their horizons over summer vacation. A world of possibilities beckons!