Someone once said that Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. How right he or she was! The UHS London – Edinburgh 2022 Experience allowed our Senior IV & V students to spend two ‘enriching’ weeks engaging with two of the world’s most famous capital cities: London, the epicentre for culture and history, and Edinburgh with its amazing landscapes, medieval castles and cobblestone streets. Not only did both cities offer our students endless opportunities to improve their English language skills while exploring the surroundings, but they also expanded their world views offering chances for personal development as well as a greater sense of independence. Encouraging them to step outside their comfort zones as they met interesting people, soaked up the sounds and sights, tried new things and understood more about the world, this trip helped build interpersonal skills. In addition, travelling enhanced their adaptability and critical thinking skills, taught them to better manage time (Well, in most cases anyway…), and sharpened their organizing skills.
Embarking on a journey with friends or acquaintances is always an unpredictable, challenging voyage but we were ready to rise to the occasion! United Kingdom was, for most, a whirlwind of emotions, lots of fun and new adventures. For many, also the experience of a lifetime, a real eye-opener. The trip inspired our students’ curiosity and, what is more important, stronger relationships among the groups beyond the four walls of the classrooms. They strengthened bonds, forged new friendships and hold priceless memories that they will treasure forever because, unlike material things, these will stay with them no matter where they go.
School is one of the best places to expand our academic knowledge, but there is nothing more enriching than travelling because instead of being told something, we experience it first-hand. Indeed, we slept very little and walked and did so much: London, Cambridge, Stonehenge, Bath, Edinburgh. Not even the heat wave could stop us! Yes, there was total exhaustion, sore and swollen feet, sightseeing blisters, shoe pain but it was all worth it: the feeling of camaraderie, of happiness, the laughter and teasing, and a sense of accomplishment prevailed. The educational and personal gains of the UHS London-Edinburgh Experience were unique and an invaluable life experience.
Some of the students’ comments:
Incredible and unforgettable! It was great to be able to share it with my friends! Definitely a life-changing experience!
I loved every moment of the trip!
This trip was an amazing opportunity to get to know such a wonderful city. Above all, it gave me the chance to meet new people. We will never go back to that same London but I will always cherish the memories.
It was an amazing trip! It opened my mind!
Amazing! It was really special. I highly recommend the experience!
The best trip of my life! Not only did I enhance my English, but I also spent unforgettable moments with friends. London, I already miss you!
This trip to UK was even better than I had expected!
A wonderful trip full of beautiful surprises. Memorable! An experience I would recommend to absolutely everyone!
Carola Gómez Almeyra
An amazing, unforgettable and life-changing trip. I learnt a lot!
Incredible! The best trip I have experienced!
One of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get to know people from all walks of life but I also learnt a lot about English culture and vocabulary. Definitely worth it!
Diana Wu He
This trip was more than I could have asked for. I learnt a lot and met lots of interesting people.
Wonderful trip, incredible experience!
Ramiro Retamales Lazo
An unforgettable experience! I made lots of friends, Edinburgh was awesome and I would do it again any time!
It was an excellent trip, full of beautiful experiences. I loved every part of it. Chris was great and my classmates too! Also, I got to know people from S4, which was awesome. I’m very thankful and happy for this!
Delfina Lopez Simonovich
Wonderful trip with beautiful people!
Estanislao Romero Vetere