Savannah – Italy and Germany
I had the trip of a life time! We walked a total of 77 miles and saw things I never thought I would see. My favorite meal in Italy was Spicy Pasta and I enjoyed visiting the Ancient Forum in Rome. I also got to see the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Thank you SOOO much for allowing me to have this experience!
Hayden – Germany
“I cannot thank the company enough for the opportunity provided to me that enabled me to travel to Kiel, Germany for three weeks on an exchange program sponsored by the Midlothian High School German Club. By living with a German family, I was able to gain a greater appreciation for the culture and customs practiced in Germany. During the time I lived with my host family, I had a chance to travel from Kiel to the city of Wurtzburg in Bavaria via the Autobahn. The trip was for my host family’s grandmother’s birthday and a cousin’s baptism.
Being able to see different parts of Germany gave me the realization that Germany has just as many various customs as the U.S. With this experience, the knowledge and understanding that I have gained will affect me personally as well as when I apply for a job after graduating college. Living with a family for three weeks helped me to develop my German speaking language skills and to grow personally like I never could have imagined.”
Ryan – Nicaragua
“My trip to Nicaragua was a unique adventure that gave me experiences I’ll never forget. My group had the opportunity to work with the fantastic community of Las Perlas to build a home and finish up work on a brand new elementary school. Each day held new surprises, whether it was waking up to the sound of roosters or having a balloon fight with all the local children. The people of Las Perlas did everything in their power to make us feel at home, including amazing us by making do with their limited resources to feed over a dozen hungry teenagers. Despite the ever-present poverty, Nicaragua is never short of sights to see. I bargained with merchants in a bustling marketplace, explored the colonial city of Granada with my friends, and got to swim in a breathtaking lake inside of a massive volcanic crater. This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I recommend it to anyone who has a heart for adventure.”
Tyler – France
“My trip was AMAZING. It was a life changing experience. We stayed a couple of days in Paris seeing all the amazing sites like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Versailles, and more. Then we took a train to Nantes, which is west of Paris. When we got off the train, we met our host family. For the next two weeks I would go to school at 9 in the morning in the center of the city. School ended every day at about 12. Then, we would go on excursions to see landmarks in Nantes. I would go home every night at about 6 o’clock and my family and I would eat dinner on their terrace at about 7. When I left my whole host family was crying, myself included. We still keep in touch now and my host sister is planning to come spend time with me next summer! All of this couldn’t have been possible without this scholarship. Thank you and everyone at Allianz Global Assistance for everything!”
Imani – Spain
“Having travelled to another country has opened my eyes to another side of life. I gained independence and bettered my Spanish skills. I enjoyed Spain and because of my experiences, I would love to travel to as many places as I can during my life time. “
Alana – Germany
“I wanted to express my appreciation since this scholarship provided me with an experience of a lifetime. I immersed myself in another culture, advanced my foreign languages skills, developed a wonderful friendship with my host family, and grew as a person.
When I look back on my life, those weeks spent in Germany are among the best. Some of the most memorable aspects include: speaking and learning with classes of German students; celebrating at the Brandenburg Gate with 80,000 fans in Berlin and Pforzheim, where my host sister lived, during Germany’s victories in the Eurocup soccer tournament; visiting Munich and Heidelberg; discovering pieces of the Berlin wall, and yes, riding in a new Porsche at 182 MPH on the Autobahn with my host father and sister. This journey not only improved my German, but inspired me to continue international pursuits and develop a better understanding of the world.
Again, thank you for honoring me with this amazing study abroad experience – the most memorable trip that I embarked on and cherished. I am determined to continue my passion for international travel and a lifetime as a global citizen and world traveler.”