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Students heading overseas on summer program


A handful of LaGrange County students will be getting some international travel experience this summer, as they participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

The five students will leave for Europe on June 24 for nearly three weeks. Student ambassadors from the county going on the trip are Katherine Schrock, Kimberly Stutzman, Bailey Huffman, Nathan Stroop and Erica Byler. They will be traveling with over 30 other student ambassadors from around the state.

The students were selected through an interview process, which included letters of recommendation. The students will be expected to “create a positive impression of our country and culture,” according to People to People. The program aims to provide the students with access to people and places overseas that include visits to schools, historic sites, government experts, and families during homestays.

Their trip will start in Amsterdam, Holland, and includes visits to Anne Frank’s house, a diamond factory and a local chocolatier.

The trip will continue to Paris, France, including visits to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and more. They will also travel to Normandy to see the location of the D-Day landings.

They will take a ferry to England and participate at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy. During their time in London, the students will have the opportunity to visit with a former member of Parliament and see the Tower of London and other sites along the River Thames. There will be visits to a theater show and Buckingham Palace before they head to Ireland.

The ambassadors will visit quaint Irish villages on their way to Dublin to learn about the country’s history and culture. They will also travel to a village in north Wales.

The group will return to the United States in mid-July.