The United States of America is the third largest country in the world in terms of landmass and population. People travel from all over the globe to make the U.S. their home, continuously diversifying our nation’s already cosmopolitan culture. However, that alone doesn’t ensure our country’s youth are growing up as global citizens.
There are numerous other nations outside of our borders which house individuals, cultures and environments vastly different from our own. Exploring these other countries, interacting with their citizens and learning their culture helps us to become more global citizens. For high school students willing to extend their education into the summer, the opportunity to get a head start on such exploration could prove invaluable.
Candice Bland, a Spanish teacher at Hightstown High School, visited the set of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato to discuss the significance of her students’ trip to the University of Granada in Spain – a program that has been going on for the past six summers – and how that trip has helped them become better global citizens. In her mind, the trip provides numerous benefits during the transition into young adulthood.
“I just find that a lot of times I meet students who do not have the impudence to leave New Jersey and don’t want to see what’s out there beyond their doorsteps,” Bland told Steve Adubato, PhD. “And I feel it’s part of me as being an educator to want to make them life-long learners, and giving them that ‘travel bug.’”
“I feel like I’m prepping them to be an adult,” she added.
To learn more about Bland and this extraordinary trip abroad program, check out this segment of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.