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Looking back on the past two weeks

Dear families,

The past two weeks in Bolivia have been some of the most meaningful in my time at HIES. The chance to take our students out of the classroom and expose them to a different culture is a privilege that I’m very grateful for. In my opinion, there is no better way to teach to self-awareness, leadership and global citizenship than to give young people the opportunity to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural setting. Thank you for allowing us that opportunity with your children.

As we sit here at the airport in El Alto waiting to begin the long journey home, I can’t help but smile at how much our students have grown in such a short time. They’ve met physical, mental, and emotional challenges with grace, bonded with one another, explored new foods, new languages and new traditions with genuine openness and curiosity. They truly represent the best of what we hope for in our graduates—young men and women who are willing to embrace the worth and dignity of the people they meet, and who are developing the knowledge, dispositions and skills to act ethically, creatively (and beautifully) in the world.

See you soon!
-Erik