FHS Immerses Students in Worldwide Travel Opportunities

Ms. Quigley and Ms. Balliro (on the left) are going to Belize and Ms. Reilly and Ms. Keenan (on the right) are going to Spain.

Katie Ewald

Ms. Quigley and Ms. Balliro (on the left) are going to Belize and Ms. Reilly and Ms. Keenan (on the right) are going to Spain.

If you had to choose to go to Spain, Belize, or Greece, where would you pick? Lucky for FHS students, there are three, new, and exciting trips on the horizon this year and next year. Here is some information on the exciting opportunities and reasons to consider these offers!

The trip to Malaga, Spain offered for students enrolled in a higher level Spanish speaking course is fast approaching. Scheduled for April vacation, students will depart on April 15 and return on April 22 with a three-hour layover in London. Students are reminded to pack light and get their passports ready!

Senior, Bridget Leo, who will be attending the trip to Malaga says, “I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone with travel and experience things outside of your familiar life.”

For next year trips, FHS is partnering with the EF Educational Tours Organization.

The Belize trip, is organized by Mrs. Balliro and Mrs. Quigley, both current science teachers at FHS. This will take place during next year’s February break, from February 15, 2024 to February 26, 2024. The trip will cover Belize City, the Cayo Region, Punta Gorda, and the Southern Coast of Belize. The trip is eligible for students that have taken or are enrolled in Comparative Anatomy, Environmental Science, Behavioral Science, or AP Biology, and there are still spots available!

The Greece trip, organized by FHS history teachers Mrs. Cullinan and Mrs. Reilly is a 10-day trip to Athens, Greece with a maximum of 45 spots available. Planned to take place during next year’s April Break, the students will immerse themselves into the city’s culture while also going on a four-day cruise to explore the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, and Cesme. 

Mrs. Reilly, chaperone for the Spain trip and co-planner for the Greece trip, said that “travel gives students skills in communication, independence, and a newfound understanding of culture. “

After utilizing the opportunity to live with a family for three weeks in both Germany and Ireland through her high school, she cannot recommend the concept of worldwide travel more. As for Malaga, she is excited to see how the students interact with the culture and experience the cuisine.

There hasn’t been an FHS-planned trip since pre-Covid, so students should get excited for these travel opportunities!