HANNIBAL — Students in the Hannibal Central School District (HCSD) can start looking forward to a 2023 trip to Peru.
Last week, the HCSD School Board unanimously approved a measure allowing the Hannibal High School Travel Club to begin planning a student summer trip abroad. The trip will include Machu Picchu, a visit to an old ceramics store, a trip to the Amazon, food tasting and other activities for high school students, according to club counselor Michele Gowans.
“The best part of the trips I’ve been on is the itinerary,” Gowans said. “We think it’s time to start thinking about the future again.”
One of the main destinations, according to Gowens, would be an exclusive tour and journey through the ancient Inca city and World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, a mid-15th century archaeological site built during the height of the empire. inca. It is located on a ridge in the Andes at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983, according to the US Library of Congress.
Other features will include a trip through Lima, the capital of Peru, the city of Cusco and the village of Iquitos.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a World Heritage Site is a designation of places around the world that are of “outstanding value” to humanity.
Gowans said the trip will be facilitated by EF/Go Ahead trips, an international travel agency designed to offer students the opportunity to get to the “heart of the destination,” according to EF’s website (www.goaheadtours. com).
EF tour destinations include Ireland, Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, Japan and dozens more, according to their website. This is not the first time that the HCSD has used this company for its international trips.
“We’ve used them for all other trips and have created a positive relationship with the travel company,” Gowans said, stressing that safety is their “first priority.”
“They have full emergency support teams in every time zone, full support teams, a team of people to help in any situation,” she said.
The trip will be open to more than the students who sign up for it. Teachers and school staff will also be able to attend to “learn alongside the children”.
“We strongly believe this is a trip for everyone,” Gowans said. “We want to open the trip to Hannibal School District teachers and staff. The one who goes (will not be) in the position of chaperone. It really is a student position. »
An EF Tour Guide will accompany students and faculty every step of the way and through the sights. According to EF officials, each of their tour guides know “their area inside out.”
Michael LaFurney, chairman of the HCSD Board of Education, which launched the unanimous vote approving the measure, said the trip was a great opportunity for students to learn about the world.
“One of my concerns is always the cost. I am a big believer in no child left behind. If you need something, you’ll get it,” he said.
Gowans said the trip would cost $4,270 for students under 20 and $4,820 for adults, making it the second most expensive trip after the district’s Spain excursion in 2016. The cost of the trip will be covered by fundraising by the club and the students who enroll, according to district officials.
For more information, call the district at 315-564-8100 or visit www.hannibalcsd.org.