One of the best learning experiences in my life was a trip I took in high school. It was a trip the international students learning English as a second language organized.
Ten students and two faculty members organized the trip at the lowest budget possible ($1500) and through international hostels with interesting characters telling their life stories on half broken down mini vans, Amtrak, Greyhound buses and on airplanes. We traveled from Massachusetts down to New York, DC, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and back up to the four Corners (Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico), then Nevada and finally the infamous LA, before flying back to Massachusetts. Throughout the trip, I was educated on more things than the English language. I learned not only about America’s rich history on civil rights, Native Americans, Southern culture, Jazz, and European influences, but also experienced some of the most beautiful natural scenery such as the Grand Canyon, Navajo nation, and the California redwood forests. I really understood why America has the nickname “the melting pot” after the trip and the experience is the most precious, enjoyable, and effective education.