International Travel: the Benefits for Students


This summer, a group of forty Cannon students, teachers, and parents spent almost two weeks exploring Spain, France, and Italy as part of a summer abroad opportunity. The combination of academic learning, on-site history lessons, sightseeing, and sociocultural experiences combined to be a great growth experience for students. Touring the Uffizi, the Sistine Chapel, and the city of Pompeii, hiking in the ruins in France, and sampling paella in Spain were just a few highlights from this amazing experience.

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John Riley, Cannon’s eighth-grade science teacher, led the group for the fourth year. Prior, he chaperoned trips for seven years, traveling to Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, and Central America with school groups. “International travel for middle school students enables them to develop connections globally,” he said.

“There are many learning opportunities both formal and informal. History, science, fine arts, foreign language and cultural experiences provide opportunities for learning. At the same time, these trips build personal responsibility and accountability. Students gain confidence through each new experience and learn more about themselves and others.”

“Overall, students gain an appreciation of the world while becoming responsible global citizens,” Mr. Riley said.

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Cannon is excited about upcoming trips. Next summer, we are offering a trip to explore the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador. In 2018 there will be an opportunity to go to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Both trips will incorporate elements of science, adventure, and community outreach.