“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten
According to Rustic Pathways, international travel is a major catalyst in encouraging students to think critically, identify their interests and passions, gain a global perspective, and practice cultural sensitivity.
Gaining exposure to the world at a young age can help to inspire a college major and create a life-long passion. A study by The National Association for Education found that 81 percent of students who traveled abroad in middle or high school went on to pursue a college degree.
At SEED, experiential learning is a core component of our college-prep programming. We offer our students more than 100 experiential learning opportunities each year. In fact, this summer, over 50 SEED scholars traveled to countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, and Japan to embark on life-changing experiences.
While abroad, our students learn foreign languages, participate in mission-based projects to aid residents, take on new challenges, and build their international networks. These experiences have equipped our scholars with the tools they need to succeed in today’s global economy.
Here’s what some of our scholars had to say about their trips this summer:
Going to Brazil was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were accepted with open arms like we were home; it was amazing!
- Vincent Jordan (SEED DC ‘20) - Onda Solidária/SEED Exchange Brazil
“The highlight of my time in Japan was the homestay. I had a very good family. I met lots of people that are now my good friends. This experience has encouraged me to meet new people from different backgrounds. I’m so thankful to SEED for giving me this opportunity.”
- ChrisJonaye Woodland (SEED DC ‘21) - The Experiment in International Living (EIL) Japan
“Brazil is an amazing place to travel...the beaches, mountains, museums, and the opportunity to learn Portuguese! Anyone would love it here!”
- Keyondre Joyner (SEED DC ‘21) - Onda Solidária/SEED Exchange Brazil
“My experience was phenomenal! I tried new things and learned so much about Brazilian culture. I also met a lot of cool people who have encouraged me to do different things and get out of my comfort zone.”
- Antoine Washington (SEED DC ‘22) Onda Solidária/SEED Exchange Brazil
Learn more about SEED’s Experiential Learning and External Opportunities program.