Edward Little Globetrotters: European Trip Slated for Spring

By Rahma Ali, ’15

The student group that went to Belize last year climbed pyramids, visited schools, snorkeled and more.

The student group that went to Belize last year climbed pyramids, visited schools, snorkeled and more.

During April 2014 break Edward Little High School students and interested parents have the chance to go and explore different parts of the Northwestern Mediterranean Coast. The locations include Italy, France, and Spain.  The deadline of Dec. 29 to sign up is approaching quickly.

Students interested in this eight day traveling experience should stop by science teacher Maureen Edgerton’s room for a brochure. The brochure helps students find the link (eftours.com/1317739) to further review the itinerary, provide their information, as well as pay  the down payment for the trip.

To discuss payment, students and parents can contact Edgerton, who is open to the idea of fundraising.

Edgerton said, “I’m especially looking forward to visiting St. Paul de Vence…and Monserrat…”.

During last year’s February trip, Edgerton, eleven students, science teacher Jessica Somers and a parent went to Belize in Central America. In Belize they explored Mayan ruins, zip-lined through the rainforest, went cave-tubing, swam with rays and sharks and snorkeled with sea turtles on a coral reef. “The greatest moment that I and many students will never forget,” said Edgerton, “was spending the day at a local school and meeting the Belizean students. It was great to see how well they hit it off. They were playing volleyball, listening to music, and getting to know each other. They realized that they aren’t that different from each other after all!”

Junior Liz Smith, a student that attended the Belize trip said, “It was life changing and it was the greatest choice I ever made.”

There is an educational piece to these trips, but it’s not a form lesson, just something learned from the experience itself. “Life-lessons and experiences that they’ll never forget,” said Edgerton.

The chance to travel for students is a great opportunity to get out of the state and see other parts of the world before they grow up and settle down. Edgerton said, “We are pretty sheltered here in Maine.  Students often know very little about what goes on in the rest of the world.  International travel – immersing yourself in new cultures – being surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life – really changes your perspective.”

The group had eye-opening experiences, according to science teacher Maureen Edgerton.

The group had eye-opening experiences, according to science teacher Maureen Edgerton.

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