One of the questions I also ask in my interviews with parents who travel internationally with kids is what they hope their children will get out of these trips. A common response is that they want their kids to learn that people live very differently all over the world. This isn’t a lesson that can be effectively taught in a classroom — it’s one that is most impactful when kids can actually experience a place and people first hand.
I was so moved by a recent story from a friend that traveled to Myanmar with her kids, ages 9 and 14, that I had to share it on Photo Friday. The photo shows children in an orphanage after the family gave them hats and warm clothes. This is in addition to raising $2,000 for this orphanage, which was used to build a new latrine, 3 tons of rice, 100 gallons of cooking oil, and some medicine.
The family remarked that despite the hardship of life there, the people of Myanmar are open and gracious. Talk about teaching your kids to be global citizens … what a life changing experience for this family.