What a blessed opportunity we had to travel to the beautiful country of Italy. Over Spring Break, 32 Cavaliers traveled together to experience God’s handiwork and man’s creativity. We used Christian travel company Joshua Expeditions, so our entire trip was spiritually integrated.
The trip began in Milan where we saw sites such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper, a castle built in the 15th century, and one of the largest duomos in the world. We then traveled to the quaint city of Verona for some shopping and to see Juliet’s balcony from Romeo and Juliet. Then on to Venice. We spent a couple of days here where we were able to experience a gondola ride, tour a Duke’s castle, and visit St. Mark’s church. In Florence, we climbed to the top of not only Piazza de Michelangelo but also the top of Duomo in the middle of the city (463 steps!). We concluded our trip with a stop in the medieval village of San Gimignano and then three days in Rome. Rome was a bustle of activity, and the students toured the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and even experienced riding the Metro system in the big city. Overall, Italy gave us fantastic food, scenery, people, and culture.
What I enjoyed most was walking the steps of the country and seeing it through the students’ eyes. None of the students on the trip had ever been to Italy before, so watching them see this country for the first time created such a special connection between us. I witnessed students try new foods, learn how to say certain Italian phrases, and draw in a breath when faced with the Tuscany valley for the first time. Our tour included several opportunities to view artwork and understand the importance of faith and religion throughout the development of the country. When students have chances to step outside of their comfort zone and experience another culture, it helps to develop and expand them into well-rounded human beings who have a deeper appreciation for how God has blessed them as well as a deeper understanding for just how similar humans are no matter the geographical location.
Lasting friendships and bonds were created through this travel opportunity. Lasting memories of the experiences, the churches, the quaint cafes, the artwork, and the history will be forever etched in our minds. Even though the unique taste of their gelato and pizza was amazing, the encounters with God’s sunsets and His people have shaped and molded us into better people.
Susan Tigert is the High School Principal at Calvary Day School. She comes from a family of educators and fought going into that field. However, after a year out of college, she realized God’s calling for her life. The scripture that grounds her on a daily basis is Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.”
Calvary Day School offers a Christ-centered educational experience for grades Pre-K – 12 through the development of the total student- spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. We provide the best, most affordable private education in Savannah, Georgia.