Royal St. George's College and St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine,
then let us work together."
Many schools these days seem to be using the phrase “global citizen” with more frequency. We are firm believers that you do not need to have your students leave their own local community to impart the importance of thinking about others and their responsibilities as humans on this vast planet.
There is no question that travel is an incredible teacher, and that service learning projects are an excellent way for young people to explore the balance of giving and receiving. Whether your students are helping people locally or abroad they are guaranteed to reap many life-impacting benefits.
Should you want help planning an experience outside of Ontario or Canada, we are partnered with Costa Rican Adventures, a family-run company which has dedicated 10 years to creating a healthier and more sustainable planet through eco-centered travel. We also are connected to LiveMore Adventures which is located in Newfoundland, Canada— a company that enriches the lives of its participants through small group wilderness and cultural exploration in stunning and diverse locations around the world.
As well, we have other partners locally and internationally, so please let us know if we can be helpful to you in your commitment to educating global citizens.
The Many Lessons of Travel
Travel makes it impossible to pay no regard to the sufferings of others, simply because they are far away; it erases distance, and makes you a more sensitive citizen of the world. Travel exposes you to ideas, lifestyles, theologies and philosophies that challenge your most cherished beliefs. It takes you out of a setting in which everyone thinks the same, and sends you into the unknown, to your political or religious opposites, your "adversaries." You rethink your assumptions; your horizons expand; your life takes on new dimensions. Travel teaches the absurdity of reacting to people according to their colour. It makes everyone a minority on occasion. And people who come back from such trips are often changed by the experience. Travel teaches us humility and toleration. You learn, through travel, that the world does not revolve around us and that we do not rule or even necessarily influence others.
“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”
John Hope Franklin