I'm in one of those reflective moods. You know, those times when you have a few minutes of "down time" and you are left alone with your thoughts. Usually those moments are filled with cerebrations about my to-do list and mundane daily tasks. Today, I caught myself reflecting on life (ahhh!) and wondering what I have to show for my time here on earth. While my life is definitely not what I pictured when I was young, I would have to say that I am a very lucky girl. I have a job that I love at a school that has become home to me. I've been able to travel with over 150 students to more than 16 countries around the globe, and visit six continents. Not many people can say that they have a job where everyday brings something new, and they can make an impact on the future. To be honest, traveling with my students is one of the BEST parts about my job. Although it is not an official part of my teaching contract, it is a crucial part of my teaching philosophy...inspiring my students to become citizens of the world. In the five years that I have spent pouring time and intention to having my students "travel ready," I realized that I am probably the one who has learned the most, not only about the world, but about myself. Travel will do that to you, it will allow you to see other people and places in a whole new way, but it will also give opportunity for self reflection. While I am not always one to take the time to self reflect, traveling the world has given me a new tape measure by which to judge myself. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to work in a field that allows me the freedom to impact young lives and the time to expand those minds by showing them the world. I don't know about you, but that just gets me excited! I would say I'm a pretty lucky girl!
Hi! I'm Jessica, and I have traveled the world with my students on seventeen EF Tours. I am a teacher and group leader, just like you! I hope that you find some resources on my site to help you with your next EF Tour. Safe Travels!