Check out what HI USA's Explore the World Travel Scholarship recipients had to say about their life-changing travel experiences:
Tianna D. - New York, NY
Tianna is a 23-year-old college graduate who is currently a fourth-grade teacher in New York. With the Explore the World scholarship, Tianna traveled abroad for the first time in her life, teaching and volunteering at a daycare center near Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2016. This experience allowed Tianna to learn about the local culture, and meet fellow volunteers from around the world.
“This trip has opened my eyes to how small of a space I occupy in this world. There is so much going on outside of the United States…this experience has taught me how privileged Americans are to have education and all that it comes with. It also taught me to teach my students to be more grateful.”
Osvaldo A. - New York, NY
Osvaldo is an eighth-grade math teacher in the Bronx, NY. Driven by his personal experience, he became a teacher with the vision of helping shift classroom instruction to one that is more inclusive of all cultures. During the summer of 2016, he traveled to the Dominican Republic where he volunteered to teach math through the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project and learned important life lessons that he brought back to his students and his own classroom.
“This is what helped me grow professionally and personally the most...letting go of fear and not letting that (fear) drive what you want to do. And just exploring and getting out of your comfort level; that has changed the way I think about the world. I am extremely grateful for being given this opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic and make a difference in a community where I am originally from…It has had a great impact on me.”
Ngozi B. - Washington, DC
Ngozi is a student at Howard University studying Political Science with a minor in Arabic and a concentration in International Relations. In June 2016, she traveled to Amman, Jordan to engage in an intensive summer Arabic course through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Ngozi aims to be fluent in Arabic to support her professional aim to improve the quality of life of citizens in underdeveloped African countries, such as Mauritania and Sudan.
“I was there during Ramadan, the holiest part of the year for a predominantly Muslim country. I really appreciate the experience to see how they worship and how they care about each other. They’re about peace and equality. My quest is to educate people in America about Islamophobia and this misunderstanding.”