Devi's Senior Year Exchange in Italy

Devi Garnero Start Date: Dec 9, 2018 - End Date: Sep 4, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad

My Travel Story

by: Devi Garnero Start Date: Dec 9, 2018 - End Date: Sep 4, 2019
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Study/Degree Abroad
Hello, my name is Devi and I am a junior in high school. I have been given the opportunity to spend my senior year of high school in Italy. From a young age, I’ve had the urge to immerse myself in Italian life and culture as not a tourist, but as a local. With my ancestral connections in Italy, this would be an experience of a lifetime, in which I would become versed in the Italian language and culture, growing into a stronger person. I feel incredibly fortunate that I have this opportunity at this point in my life, and I believe this journey will change my perspective on life forever.

Through the exchange program (Greenheart Travel) I will attend a local Italian school and live with a native family, who will embrace me as a member of the home. In addition to learning the standard school sciences, mathematics, and social studies, I also learn the valuable life skills of problem solving, independence, and patience, in a way that could simply not be replicated by school in my home country. Also, the benefits of not only understanding, but experiencing a different culture and language widen future career and university opportunities monumentally.

I value the prospect of meaningful friendships and connections gained by this trip much more than the more ephemeral aspects, such as sightseeing or tourism. These experiences and friendships will stay with me for far longer than the duration of my time abroad, for many decades to come.

My parents and I have both worked very hard to secure funding for this program, yet there still remains a deficit, preventing me from achieving this long-held dream. While I still will be continually striving to reach this goal individually, any donations, no matter how small or large, are greatly valued and very significantly benefit my ability to travel and pursue my dream.

Your support and generosity means the world - thank you