Culture, Customs, Language From the moment Blue Lake International participants arrive overseas, they are immersed in European life. Our students experience the rich heritage of each country and region by learning languages, customs, history, and cultural similarities and differences with their host families throughout the tour. Students have many opportunities to enjoy every day experiences with their host families, such as shopping, trying new cuisine, and enjoying routine activities.
First-Hand Learning Students also have the opportunity to experience unique aspects of European cultural and historical heritage through first-hand learning. Seeing the sights with their host families, whether visiting historical monuments, artistic or cultural treasures, or participating in a local festival, offers our participants the chance to learn directly from “the locals,” who welcome the opportunity to share their history with their Blue Lake guests. These experiences often create lasting impressions on our students, much more than a text book could offer.
Performances, Friendships, Achievement International participants maintain an intense tour schedule resembling that of a professional ensemble. They rehearse and perform a well-planned program repeatedly in a variety of venues, allowing for a level of artistic achievement far beyond similar peer student groups. Group travel fosters lifelong friendships and memories of their tour. Upon their return, students often feel a remarkable sense of achievement as they realize their experience can help to broaden opportunities for future endeavors, whether college admissions, a career pathway, or additional travel or exchange.