NINE Quorn Area School students travelled to Canada and the United States for 16 days in January for a once in a lifetime trip through the school travel tour group Wanderers Australia.
Jaquarra Chapman, Tom Millington, Shay Geldard, Karl Finlay, Mitchell French, Abraham Tuckwell, Kate Ozolins, Jarrod Roberts and Joe Eckert travelled to major cities including Vancouver in Canada and Los Angeles in the United States.
Accompanied by teachers Matt Griffiths and Monique Carcuro, the students – from Years 10 to 12 – began their trip on January 5 in Vancouver, visiting Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville Island and Grouse Mountain.
The students spent six nights at the Apex Mountain Resort, receiving ski lessons and participating in other activities such as skating and tubing.
The purpose of the trip was to provide students – some had never travelled domestically, let alone internationally – with a chance to experience other cultures, while also enhancing their perspectives and independence.
Ms Carcuro said the trip was a great opportunity for students from a small rural school to see new parts of the world.
“The students worked extremely hard throughout the year within their personal jobs as well as conducting numerous and extremely successful fundraising events,” Ms Carcuro said.
“I would like to thank the Quorn community, families and friends who supported these students to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Following the ski resort, the students and teachers departed Canada for Los Angeles, touring spots such as Hollywood Boulevard, The Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Griffith Observatory by bus.
The students witnessed a National Basketball Association (NBA) match between LA Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder in downtown LA, as well as a National Hockey League (NHL) game between Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning in Huntington.
Shay Geldard said the trip helped her gain a new perspective about life.
“As I look back on the trip, I realise that the opportunity to travel allowed room for self-discovery, facing my fears and realising my hidden potential,” she said.
The students spent the final day of the trip at Universal Studios Hollywood, exploring attractions including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic Park: The Ride and Transformers 3D.
Abraham Tuckwell said it was an adventure he would not hesitate to do again.
“It's not very often you get the opportunity to travel the world with your friends in high school,” he said.
Ms Carcuro hopes that Quorn Area School will be able to offer the trip to students biannually.