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Travel ALERTS

GOOD SPORTS-Middle school students play soccer with local teens in Belize (left). At right, high school students share
a joke during a collaborative leadership program in Tanzania. Some districts have scaled back international travel due to
concerns that students with uncertain immigration status might not be allowed back in the U.S.

life but engage with it, either through a
homestay, service project or internship. It
is important these activities benefit both
the student and host community so as to
build sustainable relationships that can
continue after the trip ends.
While exposure to new people and
places can be beneficial on its own, Klein
says designing a direct connection to the
curriculum makes foreign travel feel less
like a novelty and more like an extension
of the classroom.
For instance, students on a trip to
Belize could explore a coral reef ecosystem for a science class or tour Mayan
ruins for a history lesson.
"A lot of what students study in school
feels and remains abstract until they actually meet people who are experiencing
those things," Klein says. "I think a lot
of schools are still struggling to make the
academic connection, (but) student programs are more powerful when they do."
The case for staying home
Of course, there are reasons to stay
30 February 2018

home-or at least in the United States.
Wehner at World Leadership School
says he has seen growing interest in
recent years in domestic trips, thanks
in part to reluctance from parents and
schools to send students overseas. These
trips can still expose students to different cultures-volunteering in New
Mexico on an Indian reservation, for
example, or witnessing the economic
and environmental effects of mountaintop mining in West Virginia.
Domestic politics can also complicate international travel. In the early
months of the Trump administration,
when immigration and a newly-imposed
travel ban made headlines, the Kent
School District in Washington (27,000
students) canceled all of its international
field trips out of fear that stricter border
enforcement could prevent some students from returning home.
Kent is two hours from the Canadian border. At the time the decision was
made, the district was weeks away from a
band trip to Victoria, British Columbia,

that had been happening for decades.
"We were very aware of the consternation
this was causing, would cause and did
cause. The board made its decision fully
aware of that," says Chris Loftis, a spokesman for the district, noting there were
tears from members of the board and the
audience when the vote happened.
Earlier in the school year, Kent
adopted a race and equity policy to vet
district operations-in this case, international travel-through an equity lens.
Undocumented students who could
not cross the border had been forced to
sit out international field trips, which
Loftis compared to school-sponsored
activities that would exclude students of
color or students with disabilities.
"It was larger than just that trip, it
was larger than [a response to] recent
immigration changes and the debate
over immigration," he says. "It was simply a fairness and equity issue." DA
Abby Spegman is a freelance writer based in
Washington.
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