Former FLYTE students in Guatemala

Posted: two/14/2019 | February 14th, 2019

As travelers, we frequently meet men and women from about the planet and practical experience cultures and values various than our personal. I feel that is why we travelers have a tendency to (normally) be much more open-minded. We want to see the variations in the planet.

Traveling offers us a broader point of view and understanding of life, the planet, the men and women in it, and, normally most importantly, ourselves.

3 years ago I began FLYTE, the Foundation for Finding out and Youth Travel Education, simply because I wanted to bring the beauty of travel to young men and women who do not have the chance to travel and recognize just how substantially the planet has to supply.

Little ones who not are only restricted by their geography but by their community’s planet view.

FLYTE has currently sent 4 groups of students abroad. That is more than 50 children who have seasoned the planet outdoors their bubble. Fifty children who now have a passport. 50 children who got to place what they discovered in the classroom to fantastic use!

Our returning students constantly inform us how they have a new sense of appreciation for their neighborhood, college, and the possibility out there in the planet. They’re inspired to feel larger and do much more.

Maribel, who traveled with FLYTE in 2017 to Ecuador, was so motivated by her experiences that she desires to retain volunteering. As she place it, “volunteering abroad was 1 of the most formative experiences of my life…After Ecuador, I’ve selected to apply to colleges that let me to assistance men and women wherever and anytime I can.”

Maribel, a former FLYTE student

Our final group of students came from a compact, rural neighborhood in Victor, Montana. Traveling to Guatemala place immigration in a new point of view for them. Julia shared that her journey “makes me recognize why men and women want to come to the U.S. and how fortunate I am.”

Julia, a former FLYTE student

Tija who FLYTE sent to Cuba shared how grateful she was to FLYTE’s donors who gave her the chance “to have this astounding experience…to share with my family members, classmates, and men and women in my neighborhood.” Likewise, Sam expressed his gratitude for getting in a position to travel, simply because for the duration of his time in Guatemala, he “became closer to with [his] good friends and closer with the rest of the planet.”

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Tija, a former FLYTE student

These journeys have ripple effects beyond just our students. Erica, the teacher who led our 1st trip, told us that 1 of the mothers who was initially hesitant to send her son was so moved by how substantially it positively impacted him that she applied for her personal passport and wanted to chaperone the school’s subsequent trip.

Now, as we commence the new year, it is time to announce our subsequent companion college:

Envision Academy positioned in downtown Oakland, in Northern California:
Envision students from Oakland, California

Although the believed of this portion of the nation may well conjure up pictures of Silicon Valley, profitable tech commence-ups, and all items Google, the reality is that Oakland, specifically the inner city, was hit challenging for the duration of the crack epidemic and the city nonetheless feels the effects of its previous to this day. Oakland has been repeatedly named 1 of the most violent cities in the nation and the poverty level is higher in this region.

70% of the students that attend Envision Academy acquire absolutely free or lowered-cost lunch, lots of of them are 1st-generation immigrants, and will be the 1st in their family members to go to college. We’re so excited to companion with this college simply because of their commitment to students’ lengthy-term achievement and how substantially they prioritize family members involvement.

Households are a core portion of the college culture and actively participate in their children’s education. Several of these households are normally single-parent, matriarchal households, and regardless of the challenges they face, they are extremely invested in their children’s achievement, and function challenging to make ends meet. Having said that, possibilities for these students to travel abroad or even back to their native nation to stop by their family members are genuinely restricted.

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We’re going to adjust that by sending them to Colombia at the finish of June!

Jeremy, the teacher top this trip, is an inspiring advocate for his students and produced a complete curriculum that will make his classroom come alive after the students step off the plane. He is a digital media arts teacher — and via the coursework that will be integrated into the trip, the students will study how to use photography, film, and art to inform their stories.

Envision students from Oakland, California

These students are vibrant and promising but Oakland nonetheless bears scars from the violence of drug trade. Students nonetheless reside in a society exactly where crime, prison and police brutality are continual threats. We want to expand their worldview by displaying them communities in Colombia that have overcome comparable struggles.

As portion of their itinerary, they’ll stop by the Gold Museum and Bolívar Plaza in Bogotá, then head to Cartagena, exactly where they’ll discover the Spanish Inquisition Museum and study about Afro-Caribbean street art in Getsemani, then take a tour of Palenque. A further important portion of their trip will be the service element, for the duration of which they’ll function with a neighborhood nonprofit organization to study what it is like to reside in these communities.

In his application, Jeremy wrote that at Envision Academy, “[we] want our students to be curious, collaborative, important thinkers who are inspired agents of adjust. A cultural evaluation is a best way to empower them to do so. All of our instruction is about project-primarily based finding out with genuine-planet connections. By stepping out of their comfort zones, our students can engage in collaborative inquiry and evaluation in order to see their neighborhood via a new lens.”

For most of these students, it is their 1st time abroad and I feel Myani genuinely exemplified why they all want to be a portion of this: “I want to be involved in this system simply because I really feel my economic predicament holds me back from my dreams. I’ve constantly wanted to travel the planet, because a tiny girl. But my family’s economic predicament has held me back.”

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In occasions like these, exactly where disconnection and worry permeate our culture, I’m extremely hopeful, simply because Tija, Julia, Sam, Maribel, Myani, and their classmates are the leaders that will shape our future. They will 1 day be policymakers and small business owners, who, with the compassion, empathy, and point of view that comes from travel, will make choices that advantage all, not just a choose couple of.

With each other, we as a travel neighborhood can build these waves of adjust in our planet.

We’d appreciate for you to join this movement and assistance us influence these children!

Right here are two approaches you can take action.

(1) Make a tax-deductible donation.

Our target is to raise $35,000 to totally fund the expenses of the trip (flights, accommodations, transport, passports and so forth.) for 18 students and 4 chaperones. Following our #GivingTuesday campaign final November, we’re more than halfway there!

Each contribution in any quantity will make a big distinction. Out of the thousands of donations that have funded our prior trips, the majority of them have been beneath $25. Each dollar assists us get closer to sending these students on a life-altering trip.

Just click right here to assistance make a distinction.

(two) Join our group of FLYTE Advocates.

We not too long ago launched this Facebook group of travel influencers and enthusiasts who want to use their platforms to assistance spread the word about FLYTE.

Our FLYTE students are remarkable and inspiring, and this is your likelihood to inspire the subsequent generation of changemakers by connecting them to the planet.

Enable us adjust the planet.

– Nomadic Matt

P.S. – Try to remember your donation is tax deductible if you are in the states! Right here is the donation hyperlink once again!