HANNIBAL – Students in the Hannibal Central School District (HCSD) can start looking forward to a 2023 trip to Peru.
The HCSD school board last week unanimously approved a measure allowing the Hannibal High School Travel Club to begin planning a summer student trip abroad. The trip will include Machu Picchu, a visit to an old ceramics store, a trip to the Amazon, food tasting and other activities for high school students to experience, according to club advisor Michele Gowans.
âThe best part of the trips I’ve taken is the itinerary,â Gowans said. “We think now is the time to start thinking about the future again.”
One of the main destinations, Gowens said, would be an exclusive tour and trip through the ancient Inca city and World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, a mid-15th century archaeological site built during the heyday of the empire. Inca. It sits on a ridge in the Andes Mountains nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983, according to the United States Library of Congress.
Other features will include a trip through Peru’s capital, Lima, the city of Cuzco, and the village of Iquitos.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a World Heritage Site refers to places around the world that are of âexceptional valueâ to humanity.
Gowans said travel will be made easier by EF Travel / Go Ahead, an international travel agency designed to provide students with the opportunity to get to “the heart of the destination,” according to EF’s website (www.goaheadtours .com).
EF Tour destinations include Ireland, Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, Japan and dozens more, according to their website. This is not the first time that the HCSD has called on this company for its international trips.
âWe have used them for all other trips and have created a positive relationship with the travel agency,â said Gowans, stressing that safety is their âfirst priorityâ.
âThey have full emergency assistance teams in every time zone, full assistance teams to help in any situation,â she said.
The trip will be open to more than the students who register. Teachers and school staff will also be able to attend to âlearn alongside the childrenâ.
âWe strongly believe this is a trip for everyone,â Gowans said. âWe want to open the trip to teachers and staff from the Hannibal School District. The one who goes (will not be) in the position of chaperone. It really is a student job.
An EF guide will accompany students and teachers at every stage of the trip and throughout the sites to be visited. According to EF officials, each of their tourist guides knows âtheir region inside and outâ.
HCSD Board Chairman Michael LaFurney, who cast the unanimous vote approving the measure, said the trip was a great opportunity for students to learn more about the world.
âOne of my concerns is always the cost. I firmly believe that no child is left behind. If you need something, you will have it, âhe said.
Gowans said the trip will cost $ 4,270 for students under 20 and $ 4,820 for adults, making the trip the second most expensive trip after the district’s Spain excursion in 2016. The cost of trip will be covered by fundraising by the club and the students who register, according to district officials.
For more information, call the district at 315-564-8100 or visit www.hannibalcsd.org.