By Kayla Fraser
Jan. 9, 2014
Jennifer Moss of Charlottetown was in Hawaii recently for a work-related trip and while there she went to Pearl Harbour.
The Japanese attacked Pearl Habour in 1941, which prompted the United States to join the Second World War, which began in 1939. The attack caused the death of 2,402 American soldiers.
The visit affected her, Moss said.
“It really brings it home in a way.”
School trips to historical sites around the world are popular among many Island schools.
Many schools organize trips to experience let student other places, said Moss, the manager of The Travel Store at the Confederation Court Mall.
People learn in different ways, she said.
“It really gives an eye-opening experience.”
Not only students go on educational trips. Adults are also take trips to learn about history all over the world, she said.
Nora Cummins, a French teacher at Colonel Gray High School said school trips are effective.
School trips are taking the students into the textbook, she said.
She has taught students about the First and Second World Wars and she has taken students to Canada’s battlefields in France with the company EF tours.
It was a powerful way for the students to learn about the wars.
“It was very real.”
The trips help students grow culturally in the global village. The trips also help develop foreign language skills, she said.
The trips she has taken were fantastic and organized with EF Tours, she said.
‘The days were very, very full. The students are really getting their value out of the trip.”
The trips can also create new friendships and bonds between students, she said.
So far, she has done three trips to the Canadian battlefields and she was inspired to do them after being an exchange student in Scotland.
It is an experience to walk where the Canadians fought, she said.
“It keeps what our soldiers did for us alive.”