March 02, 2009 06:00 ET

In Today's Ever-Changing World, International Educational Travel Is a Vital Experience for Students

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Educational Travel enhances the lives of children in developing countries. Recent publicity surrounding "Slumdog Millionaire" has brought to light the increasing needs of children living in poor conditions in the developing world. NETC, National Educational Travel Council, changes the lives of American students through experiential educational tours. Through student travel, NETC is also able to facilitate positive changes in the lives of children in developing countries.

NETC introduces American students to diverse cultures, allowing them to utilize skills learned in class, and develop new ways to think about and view the world. Several NETC Educational Tours include school visits in Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico. NETC travelers interact with local students and teachers, learning firsthand about culture, lifestyle and schools in these countries. The schools they visit are not like those back home. The hope is to open students' eyes and minds, teaching them about themselves and the world -- the reality of the experience has proven even better.

NETC travelers in Chicago donate over 900 pounds of supplies to an orphanage in Cuzco, Peru. Visiting foreign schools has inspired students and teachers to donate valuable supplies to those in need. English teacher, Sherry Grutzius, and students of Morgan Park Academy in Chicago, are donating 922 pounds of supplies to Aldeas Infantiles. NETC and Mercury Shipping Company are covering the cost of the shipment, which includes notebooks, writing utensils, books, flashcards, art and craft materials, as well as musical instruments and sporting equipment. Often taken for granted in America, the supplies are more difficult for schools in developing countries to acquire. Recently this same group of students had the opportunity to travel to Peru and meet the children in this orphanage. NETC is proud to provide this opportunity to both parties.

Massachusetts school donates computers to Peruvian school. Before their NETC Educational Tour, participants traveling with group leader Kevan Sano-O'Brien of Hamilton Wenham Regional High School donated 80 care packages and three laptops to a school they'd visit in Peru. Kevan recalls her time there as "the most memorable experience in Peru." She plans to create a community outreach project, Classroom to Classroom, to coordinate donation of materials and supplies to Peruvian schools. It will involve students in grades K-12.

Despite difficult financial times, along with NETC, teachers and students consider the less fortunate, finding means to make a difference. NETC is pleased to facilitate that opportunity, proving that Educational Travel is a vital experience for students in today's ever-changing world.

About NETC

NETC was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1993 and has since organized highly successful educational tours for hundreds of thousands of teachers and students. We are a community of educators, travel experts and international education professionals, committed to providing students with an engaging and enriching, Educational Travel experience that instills a lifelong passion for learning and travel.

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