By Melissa Knowlton
Here at Horizons Learning Adventures, our students are our top priority. Traveling the world, experiencing new cultures, and stepping out of your comfort zone are just a few of the ways our students' lives change on these trips. Nothing quite compares to students telling you how much they loved the trip, whether it's the day we got home or years later.
In the spring of 2018, we ventured to Jordan with a group of students. On this trip was Liza Ryan, who was a sophomore in college at the time. Liza will be returning to Jordan for our fall 2019 trip. Here is Liza's Jordan experience:
Probably one of the best decisions I have made in my time at school.
What was your favorite part of the trip?
Other than falling in love with our tour guide, Mahmoud, my favorite part of the trip was how much fun our class had while visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world/Jordan. I really can't think of another experience similar to this where I just had just pure and genuine fun for ten days.
Some students definitely got sick or got tired from long days, but I was just so hyped every day to see what is next and where we were going. It's hard to pick one experience as the best, but if I really had to, then it would be sitting out in the desert all night with Mahmoud and a few other classmates, waiting until the sun rose the next morning. That was pretty epic.
What did you learn from this trip?
We learned about Arabic culture and history as part of the course, but I think I learned the most about how to behave myself and be respectful in a different culture. I had traveled internationally before, but it had always been to visit family members, so there was always a level of comfort there. Going to a vastly different culture I had never been to before with people I barely knew was a huge growing experience for me and I think for a lot of my classmates as well.
What would you tell someone who is considering going on a trip with HLA?
What made you pick this trip over others?
I had such an unbelievable time with Scudder and our class in Jordan that I re-organized my schedule so that during my senior year I can go back to Jordan for Thanksgiving break. I have such amazing memories from this trip that I know I will hold with me forever. If you ever have the opportunity to travel with Scudder, you should 110% do it. As savage as Scudder might be at times, he will ensure your safety on the trip and make sure you are loving life wherever you are visiting.
Thinking of ride camels in the desert like Liza?