ITALY: 30-Day High School Study Abroad Adventure 2018(For Students Only, Ages: 15-18)
ITALY 30-Day High School Study Abroad AdventureApril 17th - May 16th, 2018
Rarely in our lives do we have the opportunity to stop and experience life in a completely different way than we’re used to. This 30-Day High School Study Abroad Adventure provides just that opportunity.
We'll spend a month immersed in all the culture, language, and history that Italy has to offer as we live nestled in the arms of a small coastal community on the Adriatic Sea. Led by Jen Henriksen and local Ministry Partners that we've worked with for the past five years, we'll spend the majority of our time living amongst the town's people, working in the local public school, serving in the community, and taking day trips to places like Pompeii, Naples, Rome, and Venice.
What You’ll Experience
This Adventure begins long before departure day. Once registered, you'll begin to receive information on attending the pre-trip online classes LIVE with your Trip Leader. These classes are a great way to get all of those initial questions answered, remove any anxieties about the Trip, and to get to know each other better long before we actually meet in person.
Most travelers will arrive in our selected departure city the night before at the selected group hotel. As a courtesy, our Trip Leaders always arrive in the departure city the day BEFORE our trips and fly out the day AFTER our trip returns. We encourage you to do the same to avoid any flight complications. Travelers will be flying in from all over the country and most don’t know a single person on the Trip. The cool thing is that everyone on the Trip is in the same boat but we'll become great friends in no time at all. (No group registrations are allowed on this particular Trip, but we’re happy to speak with you about scheduling a private Trip for your group. See below for more details.) After the first few introductions, the excitement begins to build! You'll begin to see and feel FIRST HAND the Adventure you're about to embark on.
On departure day, we easily navigate our way to the group meeting spot at the departure airport since so many of us have stayed over the night before. Basic introductions and a housekeeping chat are done before we check-in as a group. In no time at all we’re through security and relaxing together gateside awaiting our international flight. We'll enjoy our very first of many group meals together. We quickly become a "family" as we learn the ins & outs of traveling as a pack. Once we land, that’s when it all becomes surreal!
A new country. A new language. A new currency. A new traveling family!
After a quick stop by our hostel to drop bags and freshen up, we hit the ground running. We’re tired, but there’s SO much to see and experience in the ancient city of Rome! We'll spend our first few days here; walking the streets of Rome and seeing all the biggies like: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and much, MUCH more!
NOTE: Please be aware that the amount of fast-paced walking (and stairs) when we're touring a few of the cities listed will be extensive (8-10 miles/average per touring days). (Please note specifics under the Physical Challenge Requirement below.)
Amazed and exhausted, we’ll leave the city having seen, heard (and tasted!) ALL that Rome had to offer. These first few days are definitely an experience students won’t soon forget.
Our Time On the Adriatic Coast
Students will enjoy apartment-style living in a small family-owned hotel located directly on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. (The owners are personal friends of ours.) The majority of our meals will be local Italian cuisine prepared and home cooked by the family who runs the hotel. In no time at all students feel, well... just like part of the family. Our scheduled tour days will take us on Adventures all over Italy to places like: Rome, the mountains of Majella, the city of Ortona (for their annual Medieval Festival), the City of Pompeii, and finally, even to the canals of Venice. While the locations are subject to change, the adventures we’ll find here are sure to please.
Our Weekly Routine
Weekdays will involve teaching English in the local public middle school. With scheduled class times each day, our weekdays involve walking to/from work (rain or shine), spending time with the local village people, meals, chores, limited free time, and ministry work. Weekends offer more supervised free time to relax, chill on the beach with friends, and oh yeah... then there's Gelato runs!
This Trip is a great way for high school students to get a taste of “adulting”. They’ll learn quickly to live in community with new people and manage their small personal space in gender specific apartment-style housing. They learn to keep up on their laundry each week and manage spending money closely with all the choices before them. But all the BIGGIES are covered on this ALL-Inclusive trip: all meals, all accommodations, all tours, all transportation, etc.
Our busy teaching schedule governs the majority of our mid-week time, as well as chores, assignments, serving, and group activities. Extended free time on the weekends beckons us all after our busy week comes to a close. Our touring days are sprinkled in among our schedule just enough to keep us on our toes and looking forward to the next Adventure, which is always... just around the bend.
This unique 30-Day High School Study Abroad Adventure affords students opportunities that are truly “once in a lifetime” experiences. The village that we call home is not known for international tourism; therefore, they don’t often see Americans there. Very little English is spoken there, outside of our group, but students will enjoy conversing with their Italian students as they come to hang with us after school and practice speaking English during our community service time. They’ll also be helping us speak Italian during our Italian lessons as well. We’ll spend time integrating into the local evangelical church’s youth group as well as attending their weekend services as our schedule permits.
Other On-Trip activities students may enjoy include: guided educational beach walks, fitness opportunities (run/walk/hike), group devotionals, movie nights, game nights, plus much more!
As most of our Travel Packages do, this Christian trip will most definitely involve serving and Missions work. Missions in Europe is very different than in third world countries. Diverse culture abounds and families are steeped in traditions that are literally centuries old. On this Trip, our service and Missions work will focus less on “building projects” and much more on "building relationships” with our host missionaries, Ministry Partners, our Italian students that we’re teaching, as well as the surrounding community.
The month will FLY by. Coming home is difficult for most because none of us will want this amazing experience to end but lives are changed forever. A little piece of each of us will remain nestled in that little coastal community we called home. Students will always hold dear the special memories of their time together, on this...
their 30-Day High School Study Abroad Adventure in Italy.
"A Day In The Life of an ITALY Study Abroad Student Traveler".
Check out this awesome video compilation of clips from ALL 30 DAYS of our 2016 Trip!
Much thanks goes to Amy Driver, 2016 Student Traveler, for sharing her amazing video talents with us!
Make plans now to JOIN US on this Adventure Trip of a Lifetime!
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IMPORTANT DATES & TRIP DETAILS
The Minimums Date is the date by which this trip must reach the minimum number of travelers. If minimum is not reached, all travelers will receive 100% refund of their Trip Fee. We do not publish our registration numbers because they change daily. Travelers will be notified within 5 business days of the Minimums Date.
The deadline for paying your Flight Fee is the Flight Fee Date.
Pre-trip Online Classes help prepare you for an awesome trip. These classes are held once per week in the weeks leading up to the trip departure date. These classes are hosted LIVE online with the Trip Leader (and Foreign Language Instructor if applicable) in our secure private classroom. We recommend all travelers attend these classes LIVE. Travelers can view the recordings anytime if necessary at their convenience.
This trip is open to Students Only (Ages 15-18)(Students must meet age requirement prior to the trip departure day and comply with the Physical Challenges required on this trip.)
Sorry parents, this trip is for Students Only.
Travel Outside of USA: Security measures require a notarized Parental Consent form for each student under 18 yrs of age that is not traveling with both parents.
Travelers should be able to walk the equivalent of up to three, 5k races on active days. (6-9 miles)
Physical training prior to departure: RECOMMENDED. We strongly suggest training (i.e. longer distance fast-paced walking) prior to the trip.
Examples of actual on-trip challenges may include:
- Prolonged periods of fast-paced walking and/or standing and fatigue
- Possible exposure to high/low temperatures and/or inclement weather (cold & wet)
- Navigating uneven terrain on active days
- Overcoming occasional physical, emotional or mental challenges on active days (trip will include a limited number of non-active days as well)
- Navigating all personal items up/down multiple levels with no assistance
Please note that this trip does NOT accommodate handicap accessibility.
All MEALS are included in your Trip Fee.
Most MEALS will be fresh local cuisine prepared by Ministry Partner staff. A few of our MEALS will be out in restaurants, local establishments, and involve a limited selection of choices. We apologize but we are unable to accommodate any dietary adjustments.
Travelers are welcome and encouraged to bring their own ready-made pre-packaged snacks/food items as a selected meal replacement if needed. Travelers will also have select opportunities during free time to purchase snacks on select days throughout their trip.
Typical SCHEDULE on this trip:
7:30am Breakfast / Clean-Up
8:30am Devotions (Personal or Group)
9:00am Group Activities
1:00pm LUNCH / Clean-Up
2:00pm Group Activities
Group Activity blocks typically include practical work as well as hands-on ministry and serving. Be up for anything and always plan to get dirty if needed!
5:00pm Rest / Shower
7:00pm Dinner / Clean-Up
Traditionally a time of relaxing together and fellowshipping as we enjoy a meal (usually much later than you’re used to). Afterwards, we assist with base chores and just unwind from the days events.
9:00pm Evening Activity
Examples include: game night, movie night, free time, special outing, etc.
11:00pm Lights Out
Keep in mind that our trips are planned “as the Lord leads us” which means the schedule will ALWAYS be subject to last minute adjustments. (We know this might be hard for you “schedule” people.) Rest assured, it will be an amazing trip no matter WHAT we’re doing! Allowing for flexibility in our daily schedule truly frees us up to serve as the Lord leads us from day to day. This has freed us up for MANY an unplanned adventure!
Remember, your Trip Leader is an expert... you’ll be in great hands!
All on-trip ACCOMMODATIONS are included in your Trip Fee.
We'll be staying in a small, private, beachfront hotel on the Adriatic Coast. (The owners are personal friends) We’ll also book short-term ACCOMMODATIONS, most likely hostels, for our city stays.
Most room layouts will include roommates in single, (occasionally double) or bunk-style ACCOMMODATIONS, always gender-specific.
We apologize, but we are unable to provide any upgrades, roommate requests or adjustments to our group ACCOMMODATIONS.
A Sample Support Letter will be made available to all registered travelers of our Mission Trips and Student Study Abroad Adventures.
Sending support letters to family and friends not only assists you as the traveler with raising support to offset the cost of your trip, but it also gives others the opportunity to share in the blessing of you serving by:
(1) Covering your trip and fellow travelers in prayer
(2) Donating physical items that may be requested by our Ministry Partner
(3) Receiving regular updates and photos of how God is working through your mission experience
(4) Donating small trinkets/treasures to leave with the people you'll be going to minister to.
Students may complete assignments for outside classes during their limited free time. We recommend that the student contact all teachers long before their departure to work out the details of submitting assignments while abroad. The internet (when available) is not as reliable as many are used to. Coupled with the time difference, submitting time sensitive materials can prove challenging. Most students simply work ahead as much as possible so they don’t have so much work to do while they’re living abroad. We recommend doing what you can BEFORE you go so you can be "ALL IN" while you’re actually there.
We encourage all travelers to protect their travel plans by purchasing Travel Insurance.
Mission:Adventuring is a full service travel agency and can help direct you to some great plans. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving a quote.
Note: The most comprehensive plans are usually only available for purchase within 15 days of when your initial deposit is made.
|PAYMENT PLAN OPTION #1:Trip Fee Only||Your Estimated Monthly Payment Would Be:||PAYMENT PLAN OPTION #2:Trip Fee & Flight Fee||Your Estimated Monthly Payment Would Be:|
|Register in May 2017:||$1085.00 / mo||Register in May 2017:||$1355.00 / mo|
|Register in June 2017:||$1356.25 / mo||Register in June 2017:||$1693.75 / mo|
|Register in July 2017:||$1808.33 / mo||Register in July 2017:||$2258.33 / mo|
|Register in August 2017:||$2712.50 / mo||Register in August 2017:||$3387.50 / mo|
|Register in September 2017:||$5400.00 / due in full||Register in September 2017:||$6750 / due in full|
Trip Fee (per person):$5400
Flight Fee (per person):$1350
"Going to Italy with Mrs. Jen changed my life! Before going to Italy, I actually didn't even like to travel... But Mrs. Jen's love for travel, her students, and God all overflowed into me during that time! Now I've been to five different countries in the past nine months. Mrs. Jen is so good at creating a family environment, making sure your specific needs are taken care of, all the while managing to keep the team in unison. Also, she makes sure you get the best experience possible--squeezing in every single sight which is so worthwhile. She'll stretch you, teach you, love you, and pour into you during your time with her. Sign me up for any trip with Mrs. Jen."
"As any semi-shy kid would be, I was extremely nervous upon registering for the Italy Study Abroad (FOR A MONTH!) Trip. Kind of nervous, mostly excited, but butterflies definitely existed. The classes before, and getting to know everyone, was huge! When we all met in person for the first time, I felt like I had already known them for a long while, and it was more of a reunion than our first time meeting! Mrs. Jen is amazing!! The first thing she did when we met in person was give everyone a huge, welcoming hug!! She has an amazing power of making people feel comfortable, safe, and protected, as well as being loved. She was like the mother to all of us 30+ individuals while we were away. She was endearing and comforting, but she kept us all in line too. 😉 She opened the door to so many adventures while we were there, and made all the things we have only dreamed of doing a reality. Imagine a scavenger hunt in Venice, teaching English in Francavilla, learning about Christ on the beach, dissecting jellyfish in Pescara, and eating gelato on the Spanish Steps… Mrs. Jen made all this possible, and I am forever grateful! Whenever someone asks me about the trip, my first reaction is just to smile. This trip made such a huge positive impact on my life. To say I came back a new person is a cliche, but it’s true! New friends, new memories, and a new outlook on Christ and my life! It’s amazing how I still remember the names of every single person I spoke to while I was there. You may think you will be in a new place with new people for only a short while, and it won’t really impact you long term, but that is false. These memories last a lifetime! I would travel with Mrs. Jen again in a heartbeat, faster if possible! After all, we share some of the same passions: food, travel, family, friendships/people, marine science, Christ, and educating. As they would say in Italia, “Grazie Mille!” (Thank you so so much!!)"
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