Duncanville HS Students Study Abroad

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With summer months just around the corner, many people are finalizing their travel plans. But several Duncanville High School students have already taken trips of a lifetime during the school year. DHS AP Human Geography, French, and English classes supplement their learning experiences with excursions overseas. “There is nothing like the real thing,” said French teacher Eric Vuilliomenet. “Books, videos, and pictures are limited in their ability to tell a story to the student.”

Organizing his first trip during the 2011-12 school year, Vuilliomenet took ten students to Europe to see Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain. While there, they visited famous places, took photos, and made several cultural and linguistic discoveries. “Perhaps the most memorable moment that I will never forget was when a student was really moved upon seeing the Eiffel Tower at night with its thousands of scintillating lights,” commented Vuilliomenet.

It’s those kind of moments that David Williams also remembers from the five trips he has taken with his students. “Selfishly, what I enjoy the most is when a student leans over and whispers to me, ‘This is the greatest experience of my life,’” he said. Williams also sees the value of taking classroom lessons abroad, saying that he learned more in his first trip to Japan than in his whole life. “Students get so much from these trips – independence, cultural appreciation, and a deeper connection to their studies. They also get to meet new people; some have never gone on plane or boat rides before, and it shows them life beyond Duncanville, Texas.” Travelling to China during the 2011-12 school year, Williams’ class has also visited Europe and Costa Rica. Both Vuilliomenet and Williams say that trips are already in the works for next year. EF Tours handles all of the arrangements and has become the preferred travel agency of DHS, thanks to trip pioneer and English teacher Kim Gust.