The history, culture and people of Ireland came to life for a group of 45 Huntington High School students and faculty members who participated in a privately funded trip during last week’s spring break.
“This year’s Emerald Isle tour did not disappoint,” said social studies teacher Camille Tedeschi, a seasoned world traveler who lead the recent trek that included 39 students and six adult chaperones. “This was my first time visiting Ireland and I was impressed. The shades of green are the most stunning views one could look at. I never wanted to fall asleep on the bus rides because I did not want to miss a minute of the natural beauty around me.”
Ms. Tedeschi has led trips through EF Tours for many years. Hundreds of Huntington students have traveled with her throughout the world. Many alums so enjoyed their international experience that they have become regular trip-goers, too.
“Many of the students on this tour were first time travelers and are now infected with the travel bug,” Ms. Tedeschi said. “The best way to learn about the world is to see it. I was fortunate to have many of my current AP World students by my side on this trip and it was impressive to see them use knowledge acquired in the classroom on various sites as we toured the country of Ireland. My student intern, senior Kayla Ryan was on this tour, which marks her sixth and last EF Tours trip with me.”
The travelers took full advantage of their surroundings, using just about every minute to experience Ireland in all its glory. Trip highlights included a guided tour of Dublin, The Book of Kells, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle and the Rock at Cashel and the Queenstown Story exhibition at the Cobh Heritage Centre.
“Ireland has folklore, lively music, dance and haunting ballads,” Ms. Tedeschi said. “We performed Irish dancing as a group after watching a group perform for us. It was so much fun. The Celtic Isle fits the beautiful stereotype of a lush green island full of thatched cottages, castles, pubs and friendly people.”