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Livingstone School’s Road Scholars are bound for educational trip to Turkey
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Livingstone School teachers Alan Friesen and Sue-Anne Uphill are looking for students to take a guided tour of Turkey in March.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
From March 20th to 29th teachers Alan Friesen and Sue-Anne Uphill, teachers at Livingstone School in Lundbreck, will be taking a group of students on a guided tour of Turkey.
Room is still available and the educators are appealing to their students to put their geopolitical concerns aside, step up and take advantage of this unique opportunity.
“I think [the students] are hesitant [to sign up] because they don’t know what the trip entails and they don’t understand what the culture is,” speculates Uphill. “They’re not realizing the traveling and learning opportunities.”
Eight students have signed up for the spring trip but there is room for twice that number. Friesen is speculating that the uncertain political situation in the Middle East is causing hesitation in the student body.
Right now it is at the crossroads of some geopolitical tension but it is still a very safe country,” says Friesen. “It relies on tourism.”
Friesen says some parents have also expressed concern about their children traveling to Turkey but says he’s keeping a close eye on the government of Canada’s travel advisory site and will be able to shift the trip to another part of the world should the situation become dangerous. Friesen says he’s consulted with another school in B.C. that made the same trip about a year ago.
Livingstone School has organized trips overseas for the past ten years and students have visited a range of countries including Ecuador, Italy, France and Spain.
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The trip is available to students from grades ten to twelve and students undergo a vetting process before joining the trip. Uphill says they need to have strong academic backgrounds and will be earning school credits on the journey.
They will be leaving on their ten-day voyage during Experiential Week and Friesen will be running a religious studies class to teach students about Islam.
“We’re going to be looking at the history of Islam. One of the major projects we’ll be involved with is looking for Islamic artifacts and influences of Islam in the country,” says Friesen “Hopefully one of the things they’re going to get is more of an understanding of what that religion is like.”
The cost of about $3,500 per student is all-inclusive though students will be liable for their lunches. They should also bring spending money for shopping sprees; the itinerary includes a visit to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping centres in the world.
Uphill says fundraising initiatives might be undertaken to help students.
“We had a parent meeting and we did talk about fundraising,” she says. “If there are people signed up who would like to do it then we will form a committee with interested parents and students and start the fundraising from there…But we’re not going to initiate or organize all the fundraising.”
Friesen says that many shops in Turkey have no fixed prices and that students should be prepared to haggle.
“The stall owners might invite you in for a tea and a talk,” he says. “There’s a relational aspect to the transaction that doesn’t occur in our culture.”
The girls may also be asked to dress conservatively and cover their hair in some locations.
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