At Farther Foundation, we are Olympic fans. We like the competition and definitely cheer for the home team. However, when not pulling for the home team, there is no venue I can think of where we have such an interest in, and open-hearted appreciation for the people and customs of the rest of the world. Olympic-class athletes have such a wonderful opportunity to travel the world and develop friendships with their counterparts. We hear stories of the joy and camaraderie of living in the Olympic Village, trading flags, pins and souvenirs, and establishing relationships that become lifelong friendships and opportunities.
Luckily, international opportunities are not just for Olympic athletes. Last summer, Farther Foundation scholarship recipients traveled to five continents, visited nine countries and met fellow students from several more. Here’s what some of our intrepid travelers learned and said:
Jazmin participated in a college prep program at Choate Rosemary Hall School in Connecticut. “My summer was the best this year. I had the opportunity to go to Choate Rosemary Hall a boarding school in Connecticut. It was a great experience for me; it gave me a chance to see what it would be like living on my own. I was really surprised at how many different people from around the world and from across the country knew about this program. I met people from Africa, China, Japan, Korea, Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia, etc. I made a lot of new friends from all around the world and it as so much fun.”
Anna traveled to Peru with Visions Service Adventures. “Perched atop a smooth boulder, I gazed at the torchy, amber horizon. With my fellow U.S. students, I glided through the ancient jungles, our destination; Machu Picchu. As our group advanced I overheard almost every European language, including: French, Polish, Russian, German, Italian, and Spanish. To me, all the different cultures present testified to our globalized society. As an individual with a dual, Polish-American heritage, I learned that certain barriers can be shattered. Every day was memory-rich; every day was a miracle.”
Nitza traveled to Argentina with AFS. “Each culture is a distinct piece of the mosaic of the world. It is through these differences that cultures can learn from one another as I have learned in this journey. Similarities may bond nations, but differences strengthen them. Everyone must celebrate these differences for only then can the world become a complete unique mosaic.”
Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.