33 Humanities students from year 9 and 10 at Carisbrooke College attended a week-long trip to the USA from 6th-12th February 2020. The aim of the trip was to take students beyond the classroom, to inspire them and to give them an unforgettable learning experience. Students saw the reality of modern day living in one of the most populated cities in the world and got to visit historical monuments and buildings throughout New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Despite leaving at 11pm in order to catch a morning flight from Heathrow, the students got stuck in from the moment they landed. Staying in a hotel on Manhattan Island allowed for easy access to all the great sites. They started with a trip to Times Square where they ate dinner then watched a professional basketball game between the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.
During the following two days they visited the UN Building, the Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building, Central Park, New York Public Library, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, 9/11 Museum and even fit in a trip to Broadway to watch the Phantom of the Opera. Following the stay in New York they travelled to Philadelphia where students visited the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. They followed this with a memorable run up the famous Rocky Steps that lead to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The final two days were spent in Washington DC where students visited the Capitol Building and then had a 5 hour whistle-stop tour of the main sites; including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, White House, World War 2 Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. On the final day, students were also treated to a trip up the Washington Monument which was extra special as it has been closed for a number of years.
Students were permitted some free time to experience shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York and at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC.
Overall, this amazing trip gave students a unique insight into how the history of what is a relatively young country has shaped their culture and way of life. Trip Leader, Michael Peake, said “All 33 students were a credit to Carisbrooke College and it was inspiring to see how they bonded and supported each other throughout their time away. Despite having long days and much walking to the attractions, they kept going with a positive attitude and really engaged with the people they met. I was especially proud of the way they responded very maturely to an individual who wanted to make his opinions very clear to Donald Trump at the White House! This was absolutely a trip of a lifetime which students and staff will never forget.”