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Are You Ready for Adventure?

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There is something uniquely appealing about the scent of airports: it is something between Cinnabon, disinfectant,and duty-free perfume. That scent, and the feeling at the beginning of an adventure, is something that can't be taught in a textbook; it can't be conveyed in a picture. The insatiable taste for adventure is not the only thing that students can learn through travel; there are so many wonderful benefits of educational travel:

Location, Location, Location: Geography is always taught as part of the curriculum, but traveling internationally helps students to understand that countries are more than the outline on a map, but places with diverse languages, cultures, and people. When someone has physically visited a location, the mention of that place is no longer simply a name, but an experience, one in 3-D, living color.

Language:The best possible way to learn a language is through immersion. When students get to apply their classroom understanding of a language in the real world with native speakers, they are forced to use the language that had previous only been a part of the curriculum. It helps them hear the language spoken fluidly, requires comprehension, and even helps the students themselves gain confidence in using the language.

What's Old is New: History teachers passionately work to engage their students so that they can see the stories in textbooks as the true, real lives of people that once walked this earth. It is one thing to read about panning for gold in Northern California, studying battle plans of the once blood-soaked Gettysburg battlefield, peering at the maps for the catacombs of Rome, or glancing at a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is entirely another to see it, to walk the roads of adventurers, warriors, kings, philosophers, and authors. It brings history to life in an entirely new way, a way that changes a student's outlook-permanently.

Change of Perspective: For students who have never travelled, it's hard for them to imagine that people who have such different languages and cultures might also have things in common with them. The more a student travels, the better they can appreciate the challenges and perspectives of those from other countries. That personal perspective will not only make them better students, but better citizens.

Interested in Adventure?

Tri-City Christian Schools orchestrates numerous local field trips throughout K-12. TCCS also has further-reaching educational trips as part of the curriculum, as well as other additional summer trips that students can attend:

  • Sacramento Trip: The fourth graders take a trip up to Sacramento to pan for gold, see the seat of our state's capital, and experience the history of their state! This trip is part of the curriculum and is a favorite for many parents and students.

  • 6th Grade Science Camp: Each May, the sixth graders take a Science-focused trip to AstroCamp in Idyllwild, California.

  • East Coast Trip: The eighth graders take a trip to the East Coast, visiting sites in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., New York, and Maryland. It's a once-in-a-lifetime for many students and chaperone to see where our country was formed.
  • European Travel: Once students enter high school, they can join in on the summer trips to various locations around the globe. Past trips have visited locations such as: Spain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and more! The high school trips are on a rotating schedule, so contact your adviser to see what is coming up next! 
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