We love the recent Rick Steves profile in the New York Times Magazine. Steves, a travel writer, author and host of the PBS show Rick Steves' Europe, believes the tiniest exposure to other cultures will change your life. We couldn't agree more!
From the article: "Rick Steves desperately wants you to leave America. The tiniest exposure to the outside world, he believes, will change your entire life. Travel, Steves likes to say, “wallops your ethnocentricity” and “carbonates your experience” and “rearranges your cultural furniture.” Like sealed windows on a hot day, a nation’s borders can be stultifying. Steves wants to crack them open, to let humanity’s breezes circulate. The more rootedly American you are, the more Rick Steves wants this for you."
At SIGA, we understand the transformative power of travel and cultural immersion, which is why every student participates in an Immersive Experience in the US or abroad each academic year. These Immersion Experiences break the common paradigm of "Study Abroad" to better understand and appreciate one's own and others' perspectives, understand globally-significant issues, and to investigate the world beyond immediate environments. Students extensively prepare for immersion by developing personal, empathic connections in the U.S., Costa Rica, Peru, Austria and in other partner communities across the globe so that they arrive as members of a community.
SIGA students engage in a plethora of global and local life experiences and activities that most teens do not have the opportunity to experience. By the time a SIGA student graduates, (s)he has hundreds of service hours, speaks at least 2 (if not 3) languages, has immersed and lived in at least 3 different cultures for 1-2 months at a time, has diverse passions, activities and skills, has mastered the 8 Global Citizenship facets, has mastered the Immersive Citizenship psychology and sociology curriculum, and has a 4-year multimedia portfolio of impressive, authentic, real life experiences that shows colleges who they really are and what they have really been up to throughout their high school career. Oh, and they mastered the disciplinary study of math, English, science and social studies too!
Read the entire NYT Magazine feature on Rick Steves here.
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