Our time here in Iceland is flying.

We realized yesterday that we are past the mid point of this journey. During room checks last night, we casually reflected on how much we have done in so little time. We laughed at how we were strangers on day 1, awkwardly interacting, and now feel like a family. Many of the students are sad that Reykjavik is around the corner only because it marks the final leg of our time together.

Our perfect number of 30 students has given everyone a chance to really get to know each other and form bonds that I can see lasting a life time. They treat each other with kindness and respect, and when we watch them play cards all together before curfew, we are in awe at their level of maturity. They organize games themselves, they know when they need to take time alone to catch up on school work, and they know they need sleep to function to their full potential. Some make morning jogs a priority, others know they need to eat fruit at breakfast to feel good for the day. They use laundry facilities where possible, and are ALWAYS on time for everything! We are very proud of how far our students on this program have come, and know they have set their standards high and will achieve success.

In addition to immersing themselves into this travel experience, they also take class time very seriously. Their teachers are always present to assist and support them around the clock, and it’s nice to see the students use them as a resource outside class time as well. Some of my favourite moments are when we are out and about, on excursions or just eating dinner and we hear them connect what they have learned in class to real life situations.

For example, during dinner yesterday ribs were served, and I overheard our Biology students discuss how proteins affect the digestive system, leading to an informal debate about a plant-based diet versus meat consumption.

The photography class continuously discusses wide shot angles, and research the next locations in search of landmarks they hope to capture.

The English students discuss the short stories they have read in class, during their own time. They’ve been learning about the power of language and how so much can be said in so few words. They created their own 6-word stories and have been debating ethical decisions not only with their English classmates, but with students from the other classes as well.

We have been well received at all of the accommodations we have stayed at so far, and hope to continue this pattern at our next and final stop in Reykjavik. We will depart for the nations’ capitol tomorrow morning! To our travel blog followers, I hope you are taking this journey with us, and enjoying our updates. I look forward to keeping you in the loop during our stay in the city. It will definitely be a change of pace from the small village life that we have become accustomed to. At the same time, we are ready and excited for the hustle and bustle of an urban setting.

The photos attached are from our tour of the Snaefell Peninsula.

Stephanie

Program Manager