People to People Stories Abroad

Read about stories from our students and leaders from their People to People programs.

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Haleigh Barnhardt

Region

North Carolina

Private: Celtic Cultures 2018

Haleigh B. – Out of My Comfort Zone

My experience with People to People International Student Travel was unforgettable to say the least. In 2015, I was granted the opportunity to represent my country through traveling abroad to countries including Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, & the Republic of Ireland.

Although this was a huge leap out of my comfort zone, I knew that the trip would be a great experience, as I had always wanted to be a well-traveled individual. I definitely got firsthand experience of different cultures, which was probably the most valuable thing I took away from the journey. Staying with a host family, traveling with other students, and meeting new people while in the UK allowed me to establish a global connection with individuals and their home countries.

My favorite day of travel was definitely getting to visit Buckingham palace. Little did we know, the day we visited the palace happened to be the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, so we got to see the Royal Family…talk about something I will never forget! I truly believe that People to People International is a step towards recognizing global peace, and I am more than grateful to have had the opportunity to travel with such phenomenal people.

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Michael J Benzaia

Region

California

Private: Celtic Cultures 2018

Adapting to change

I was fortunate to take part on a People to People International Student Program in 1998 to London, Denmark, Norway and  Sweden. This experience made me the individual that I am today on many levels. I was able to venture outside of my bubble to learn and experience other cultures which in the end deepened my empathy and education.  The most important thing I was left with after this trip was an ability to adapt to change.  This skill is extremely important for any lifestyle but particularly important for me and my career as an actor.

The entertainment industry is constantly throwing me curve balls and how I react is crucial.  My journey with People to People introduced me to several different cultures and experiences within just a few weeks.  The program showed us all levels of society.  One week I was with a homestay family on a farm watching a baby horse being born, and the next I was running up the steps in Oslo at the Olympics Stadium. The diversity of the itinerary schedule is one of its strongest assets.

I was able to make friendships for life from within my community and the international community.  I still keep in touch with several friends from overseas.  We have become pen pals. I find myself meeting actors on set and discussing my experience.  It gives me a topic of conversation and also a wealth of knowledge when speaking with the community.

I didn’t fully understand how important this trip was at the time but I’m so thankful now that I had the opportunity.

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Sheila Sterling

Region

Illinois

A Proud Mom

As a parent I had no idea what I was getting my daughter into when we started to learn about People to People International Student Travel Programs. Today, I am so grateful to People to People and the educational experience that my daughter Kenyetta received in July 2001.

While it was not a big deal to her at that time, it was to her family, as she found it would plant a seed of international traveling desires.  She adventured to Australia in 2001 where she learned so much regarding the educational systems and cultural differences.

Today she is a college graduate and has traveled around the world to places like France, China, and Africa just to name a few. I owe so much gratitude to People to People for her cultural appetite in learning so much about all parts of the world and how they function in education, medicine and culinary.  Thank You from a proud and excited alumni mother.