Hewitt and Twa plan Italy and Greece trip in June


Skyline view over Athens, Greece showing the vibrant blue waters contrasting the stark white buildings. (photo by pixabay)

From the Roman Colosseum to the agora in Athens, teachers Will Hewitt and Rachel Twa plan to see all they can of Italy and Greece in their week-long adventure. The teachers went through the educational trip organizer Explorica.

“It’s always been a dream of mine,” Hewitt said. “Now, Explorica has everything organized. I now need to get my group prepped and ready. To think, this started from a random idea that I had, and all of a sudden, we’re leaving in June. It’s wild.”

However, the trip comes at a cost. The price of food, housing, tours and transportation adds up to a total of $3,700 for students and $4,000 for parents and guardians.

“Explorica has done this so many times, so it’s like a well-oiled machine,” Hewitt said. “They have top-of-the-line tours led by extremely knowledgeable people combined with time spent with friends, family and teachers. Once you decide it’s worth it, it becomes a lot easier to stomach the price.”

Hewitt wanted to organize the trip around one of his subjects, and being an English and Mythology teacher, this plan was perfect.

“We’ll go through historical centers of some of the most powerful empires and cultures,” Hewitt said. “Rome, Florence and Athens, these places are located in the center of history, and they almost seem like fairy tales. And when you go there, it’s like, well, this is where it happened. We get to go beyond the textbook where students can see, feel and smell history firsthand. It’s such a unique trip.”

Hewitt and Twa are meeting in room 7206 at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, for anyone who would like to learn more. Prices for students go up to $4,000 after Sept. 30, but they are accepting applications through Feb. 22.