Travel can be a powerful tool for personal development. How? You learn a lot about yourself. It’s really important for students to think about who they are as active citizens. They’re learning in the classroom, but as they think about developing their leadership and citizenship skills, experiences with Alternative Breaks can help enhance the education they’re getting at the university. It can show you what you're passionate about! College is about learning who you are and what you want to do with your life. Alternative Breaks really teaches you about what you want to do in the future, which strengthens your education.
I’ve also realised that we all – to a certain degree - take things for granted. Some of the things include food, electricity, transport, heating and safety. Going to a country where these basics are not always available is a real eye opener.
Of course, travel can enlighten you about so many other things in your environment, like the attitudes of people, quality of food, cultural behaviour, differences in fashion and much, much more.
As strange as it may sound, going far helps you understand what’s near a lot better.