While every child dreams of traveling to distant places around the world, adolescents are seldom given the opportunity to fulfill this experience. This summer I was introduced to an educational non-profit organization called Global Explorers through our school trip to Tanzania (featured in a recent Wednesday Journal article), and I was able to fulfill this dream on an extraordinary trip to Africa.
Thirteen students from Oak Park and River Forest High School, ranging from the ages of 15-17, were chosen to go to Tanzania. The participants then had to complete a certain number of classroom hours before they were eligible for the experience. The Tanzanian experience, made possible through Global Explorers, was one that I will never forget. We were welcomed into the culture with open arms by the citizens of Tanzania. The people had the utmost respect for one another, and incredible pride in everything they had worked for.
I would recommend the Global Explorers program to any individual who wishes to have an experience of a lifetime. Founded by former Oak Parker and OPRF alum David Shurna, Global Explorers is a well-run organization that works with middle school and high school teachers and students. Their curriculum covers four disciplines: science, culture, service, and leadership. If you are ever given the opportunity to allow your child or yourself go on a Global Explorers workshop, I strongly urge you to take that opportunity and cherish it for the rest of you life.
Junior, OPRF High School