People to People Student Ambassadors Program was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to give everyday citizens of different countries opportunities to meet and get to know each other, resulting in understanding, friendship, and lasting peace. This life changing program sends many students from sixth to twelfth grade to all seven continents. Students travel overseas to learn more about various cultures and are permitted to access regions of the land that are otherwise restricted to tourists; for example, exploring the Vatican City. In the summer of 2014, I will travel to Europe to visit Spain, France, and Italy for 20 days with the People to People Program.
This trip consists of not only sightseeing but also helping physically and mentally challenged children, repelling off a seventy foot tower, making native cuisine, playing volleyball with native students, and staying with a Spanish family for a day. The 20 day sojourn is packed with transforming activities that teach unity and risk-taking. Being able to be a part of something as special as this is a once in a lifetime experience.
In order for me to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, we will need to raise $8,000. This money will cover all of my expenses during the trip; it covers air travel, lodging, food and emergencies. In an effort to reach this goal, I have created a fundraising website that will easily allow supporters to contribute to our goal http://www.gofundme.com/crmp2p. Additionally, my family and I have planned several fundraising opportunities throughout the year.
Mediterranean Traditions "“ Italy
DAY-1 DEPART FOR ROME
Meet your fellow travelers and board your overnight flight to Europe.
DAY-2 WELCOME TO EUROPE! -YOU ARE HERE: ROME, ITALY
After meeting your delegation manager, begin your journey in the ancient Roman Colosseum. Walk in footsteps of ancient gladiators"”and imagine the spectators who came to watch"”in this historic place.
DAY-3 ROME CITY QUEST: TAKE ON A UNIQUE CHALLENGE - YOU ARE HERE: ROME, ITALY
During a fun City Quest adventure, join with fellow delegates to find important Roman landmarks like the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.
DAY-4 SERVICE ON A GLOBAL SCALE - YOU ARE HERE: PERUGIA, ITALY
Participate in an emotionally rewarding service project with physically and mentally challenged children.
DAY-5 ACCEPT A FULL ON TEAM CHALLENGE - YOU ARE HERE: PERUGIA, ITALY
Full-on is all about gaining confidence"”in yourself! You'll step outside your comfort zone to rappel 70 feet off a tower wall!
DAY-6 ART AND WORLD RELIGIONS IN FLORENCE - YOU ARE HERE: FLORENCE, ITALY
Pay a visit to the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo's colossal statue, David. Explore the city of Florence where you'll pass by the Duomo and the bronze doors of the Baptistery, known as the Gate to Paradise
DAY-7 BUON APPETITO! - YOU ARE HERE: MONTECATINI, ITALY
Help preserve local plant species during an environmental service project in a nearby park. Watch a pizza-making demonstration, then make and eat your own pizza when you explore Tuscan cuisine during at an Italian fattoria.
DAY-8 HIKE THE "LOVE" TRAIL ALONG THE CINQUE TERRE - YOU ARE HERE: LA SPEZIA, ITALY
Relax on the beaches alongside the Mediterranean Sea at Monterosso, and get ready to board a ferry for a ride along the Cinque Terre, or five lands. Cruise past five coastal villages perched along the jagged coastline.
DAY-9 PUT YOUR NOSE TO THE TEST! - YOU ARE HERE: CANNES, FRANCE
Explore Monaco"”famous for its royal Grimaldi family and its Grand Prix racetrack. Uncover the art of making French parfum fragrances at a local perfume factory.
DAY-10 DELVE INTO RURAL LIFE ON AN ITALIAN FARM - YOU ARE HERE: CANNES, FRANCE
Experience the beautiful French Riviera in Cannes"”home to the famous Cannes Film Festival.
DAY-11 REMEMBERING WORLD WAR II HEROES AT THE RHONE AMERICAN CEMETERY - YOU ARE HERE: AVIGNON, FRANCE
Honor the fallen at the Rhone American Cemetery"”the final resting place for 861 soldiers killed in 1944 during the surprise landing in southern France.
DAY-12 DISCOVER A MODERN-DAY MEDIEVAL CITY - YOU ARE HERE: CARCASSONNE, FRANCE
In nearby Carcassonne, see where the 1997 movie, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves was filmed.
DAY-13 TIME TRAVEL AND A NEW FAMILY! - YOU ARE HERE: HOME STAY - SPAIN
Travel back in time at the Tautavel Man Cave, one of the biggest prehistoric sites in of the world. Later, meet your home-stay family and be welcomed into your new European home!
DAY-14 COMPLETE CULTURAL IMMERSION - YOU ARE HERE: HOME STAY - SPAIN
Today you can experience local life and culture with a Spanish family who graciously opens their home to share their way of life with you. Enjoy traditional foods, learn about family friendships, and discover a way of life in another country.
DAY-15 BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS WITH INTERNATIONAL HOST FAMILIES - YOU ARE HERE: HOME STAY - SPAIN
Spend another day learning about Spanish culture with your home-stay family.
DAY-16 COOKING AND DANCING - SPANISH STYLE! - YOU ARE HERE: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Say goodbye to your home stay family and rejoin your delegation. Learn how to cook the delicious Spanish rice dish, paella, and discover why it has traditionally been eaten on Sundays in the fall. In Barcelona, explore the work of Antoni Gaudi, Spain's most famous architect.
DAY-17 EXPLORING ZARAGOZA! - YOU ARE HERE: ZARAGOZA, SPAIN
Compete in a friendly volleyball match against local Spanish students.Discover the beautiful city of Zaragoza"”a beautiful city filled with unique Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Christian history. Visit the AljaferÃa Palace.
DAY-18 UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT OF BULLFIGHTING - YOU ARE HERE: MADRID, SPAIN
Go behind-the-scenes to learn more about bullfighting. Visit a real Spanish cortijo to see how horses and bulls are raised and trained for this dangerous sport. Explore Madrid!
DAY-18 SAY GOODBYE TO AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE - AND SOME GREAT, NEW FRIENDS
Depart from Madrid for the U.S.
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