As a former high school history teacher, I know the value of an education. I know I’m privileged enough to be able to travel the world and do what I want because of getting a good education. Not everyone gets that chance. Let’s face it: not everyone is able to travel. Whether it’s money, family obligations, or circumstance, travel is out of reach for a large percentage of the world’s population. Most people never even leave their own state let alone the country (only 35% of Americans have a passport!).
This is especially true for students in underserved communities – from inner city Chicago to the middle-of-nowhere Idaho. These students – in communities and from families with limited resources – don’t get a chance to expand their worldview, meet people from other cultures, and bring what they learn in the classroom to life!
That is why in 2015, I created FLYTE. While many wealthy school districts send students on overseas educational trips, schools and teachers in underserved areas have little or no opportunity to offer their students this experiences. Their schools and communities lack the resources to make such a trip happen. I wanted to create an organization in which was open to everyone around the country. I wanted an organization that helped people in forgotten parts of the country because everyone deserves a chance to see and learn about the world!
At FLYTE, we work with students in underserved communities to promote the benefits of travel, education, and cultural awareness by funding overseas educational programs. We provide teachers and students with the planning and funding they need to take what they learn in the classroom and put it to use in the real world!
Current School Partner
FLYTE has partnered with Victor School in Victor, Montana, to send them to Guatemala this summer!
Victor was founded in the 1800’s and continues to serve a total K-12 student population of 300 where 100% of the students receive free or reduced-price school lunch. The poverty rate is high in this community and many families struggle to make ends meet. As expected, access to diversity or global education for these students are incredibly limited.
We’re going to change that by sending a group of them to Guatemala this summer! Many of these students will be applying for their first passports and taking their inaugural international flights.
Here’s a sneak peek at their itinerary:
- Walk through the cobblestone streets of Antigua
- Taste all the local street foods at the Chichicastenango Market
- Climb one of the many volcanoes outside Antigua
- Visit Quetzaltenango (Xela) and the Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs
- Volunteer at local organizations on Lake Atitlan, such a women’s cooperatives & social enterprise NGO’s
Volunteering is an integral component of this trip. By sharing their time and talents to help these local organizations, we hope that the students further realize their power to create positive change that is greater than themselves.
This is not just a chance to send a group of students on a trip, it’s an opportunity to break down barriers, fight prejudices and foster empathy and connectedness during these times of fear and division by showing these youth the diversity of people and experiences our world has to offer.
“With the current state of affairs in our country and the world, where immigration, xenophobia, and racism are constant and very real topics, I find myself called even more so to the duty of education as a means of understanding how to be a compassionate and engaged citizen.” -Ms. Lindsey Egelston, Spanish Teacher at Victor School.
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Travel is a powerful agent for change. It broadens our horizons and helps us find our purpose. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to travel — especially young students. Not everyone has parents to take them on round-the-world adventures or send them to study abroad. Most schools don’t have the resources to maintain their art and gym classes, let alone send students on trips outside their community. But we're going to do something about it!
FLYTE is certified federal 501(c)(3) operating organization, established in December 2015 by Matthew Kepnes, founder of the website Nomadic Matt and author of the best-selling book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. Matt started FLYTE as a way to help students understand the world beyond their borders and experience the transformative power of travel.
For more information, visit our page at http://www.takeflyte.org