By Anouk L.
Creating artwork, playing music, or even reading, students always find a way to escape from their daily routines and realities. Specifically, one sophomore student at Duxbury High School who found a unique way to discover new horizons.
Sophomore, Eliza R. has made the choice to go to Chile for five months through the non-profit association entitled American Field Service (AFS). Her travel will begin in August 2019 and end in January 2020. Eliza is now trying to raise money for her project.
She is currently raising money through her work and her website, along with putting in applications to two scholarships. Anyone can donate money to help her fund this expedition, and these donations go directly to her AFS account.
Eliza said, “My main motivation to do a trip abroad is learning about different cultures and feeling unity with different aspects of the world. I wanted a Spanish speaking country [and] I wanted to be in South America.” Making new friends, improving her Spanish and leaving with an open mind are Eliza’s expectations for her travel to come.
When asked about Eliza, her friend, Adelyn H., said, “Everyone wants to go places, but few have the confidence and perseverance to actually make it happen. Eliza has taught me that in life, you shouldn’t wait for things to simply come your way, you have to make things happen and work hard for them.”
Mr. Pravia, Eliza’s history teacher this year, said, “She has a profound interest in philosophy, spirituality, and different cultures.” He continued, “Cultural immersion is truly the best model to promote cross-cultural understanding. Eliza will make a great representative for the United States. She is very adaptable and is also mature enough to cope with the stress and challenges that come with living abroad.”
Eliza’s curiosity to discover new cultures around the world is impressive, and she said, “I just want to gain all the knowledge I can about the things I’m interested in. When you’re in school, you are learning about the same things of everyone else. There is no room for individual freedom and self-expression.”
Her friend Adelyn added, “When you need help thinking outside the box, Eliza is the person you go to” She continued, “[Eliza] is one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met. She is such a loving, intelligent, and creative person. She’s one of those people that you can put into any social situation and she’ll just thrive.”
If you want to learn more about Eliza’s dream project, her website is accessible with this link: