My freshman year of college, I took a life-changing class where we read the journals of Lewis and Clark and followed in their footsteps on a six-day canoe trip in Montana. We camped where they camped, saw what they saw, and paddled where they paddled. It was my first time heading out west, and I still remember how real the class felt. It inspired me to continue exploring and learning about the expedition on my own.
When I became a teacher, I wanted to provide similarly amazing experiences for my students. By working many late nights, I managed to put together a trip to Italy to study Roman engineering. I couldn’t help but smile while the students were pretending to be gladiators in the Colosseum or marveling at how the aqueducts are still standing. The experience was far more powerful than anything I had done in the classroom.
A few years later, I started Spark Expeditions, dedicated to providing meaningful experiences for students. Over the last several years, we’ve taken students on trips all over the world. We’ve found these trips to be extremely meaningful for students and have a very positive impact on schools. Send us an email at email@example.com to learn more.