Students Prepare for 10 Day Trip to Italy and Greece
Haley Macray, Veritas Web & Features Editor
On Wednesday, April 15, 68 Rockland High School juniors and seniors and eight chaperones will take off for a 10 day trip to Italy and Greece. This trip was organized by the RHS Travel Club and its advisor Kristen Walsh.
The itinerary for the 10 day trip includes tours of Athens, Greece where students will visit Olympic Stadium, the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other historic sites.
Next the students will travel to Delphi, home of the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Museum.
Student travelers and chaperones will then board an overnight ferry to Italy where they will start their Italian travels in the Sorrento Region with a tour of Capri and an island cruise.
The remainder of the trip will take place in Rome where travelers will have the opportunity to visit the Pompeii Roman Ruins, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and other local attractions.
As students around RHS are gearing up for the trip, their excitement is building. Not a day goes by without the question, “How many days?”
“I’m excited to be able to travel to new places with my friends,” says junior, Caitlin Yannizzi. She is most looking forward to dipping her toes in the Mediterranean Sea among the many attractions.
Although most students have not had the opportunity to travel to places such as Italy and Greece some chaperones are veterans. Both Ms. Walsh and history teacher and chaperone, Rich MacAllister have been to Italy twice before.
“I think students will enjoy the culture change. The atmosphere is far more relaxed and I think that’s something that the students will have to get used to,” says Mr. MacAllister, “I personally am really excited about Pompeii and from a historical perspective I think a lot of the students will find that aspect very interesting.”
Ms. Walsh agrees that students will enjoy visiting a place that so many have read about or seen in TV shows or movies.
“[It] will be a very new experience for our kids and [will] really bring it to life,” says Ms. Walsh.
Ms. Walsh is excited to see Sorrento and Capri as well as other aspects of the two countries.
“I’ve had some friends and family who have been there and said it’s the most beautiful place they saw in Italy. I’ve never been to those places,” says Ms. Walsh.
As an English teacher Ms. Walsh is also looking forward to having her students see some of the places they have read about in class. “I’m very excited about some of the Greek mythology stuff that we’ve done with The Odyssey and The Iliad. I’ve never been able to take students somewhere that connected to something we’ve done in class. In a nerdy way I’m very excited about that.”
As returning chaperones both Ms. Walsh and Mr. MacAllister were impressed with students in the past while on school trips.
“They immersed themselves into the culture and they did their best to try new foods and I think for a lot of them it was a wonderful shock, a wonderful surprise. I expect the same feedback from the kids this year as well,” says Mr. MacAllister.
“I think getting out of your individual comfort zone is a big part of why I love to travel and do new things,” says Ms. Walsh, “The opportunity to try things they wouldn’t get to do in Rockland is really exciting and I hope that students learn from this and develop a love for travel if they don’t have it already and an interest in seeing more places after this trip.”
Students taking part in the trip will be happy to know that it is only five days away!