UNION, NJ – Union High School students could be headed to China in 2020.
Union High School Counselor Patricia Bridges spoke at a recent Board of Education about the planning of an student trip to China. “In 2020, we hope to embark on an international tour experience to China,” said Bridges. “This will be one of the longest trips that we have embarked upon.”
Bridges said the tentative trip includes entering China through Beijing, traveling to Shanghai and ending up in Hong Kong. She said the trip would probably be 12 days or longer.
An informational session for students and parents about the China trip will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.
A 12-day tour of Greece for over 20 students is scheduled during Spring break 2019, Bridges said. She said depending on the destination and length of the expedition, trips generally cost between $3,500 - $4,5000. Students and their families are responsible for paying for the trips. “There is fundraising offered through EF Tours, like a GoFundMe page,” said Bridges. Online payments can be made for an individual student through EF Tours, Bridges said. Students take the initiative to ask their parents and extended families to fund their EF Tours account. “Fundraising is something the student will have to do on their own.”
Bridges said they are planning a trip to England and Scotland for June 2019, although details on that trip are not yet available. A meeting about the planned trip to England and Scotland, scheduled for June 2019, will be announced in the coming weeks, said Bridges.
“In addition to the introduction to this cultural emersion through the tours, historic explanations and nightly guided reflections led by our director, our students will return to Union having been changed and transformed by their experiences,” said Bridges. She said community service hours will be offered to the students as well as the possibility of gaining college credit.
“These types of trips open up a global perspective for students as global citizens,” said Bridges, “so they can compete on a global level. This helps kids be more competitive in college and at professional levels and to be outside their “Union box”. It helps them overcome their fears, branch out and see other cultures. It’s truly amazing what a trip can do for our students.”