Discussion in 'Education' started by Tommy Tainant, Jul 2, 2018.
Lock 'em up!!
At 15 I was in foster care and didn't have the chance to travel. When I ran away to live with my Grandparents my senior year of HS, they didn't have enough money to even send me to college, which is why I joined the Navy. Was only gonna stay for a single hitch, but they told me it would be stupid to not take my shore duty where life was easier, so I did. Then, my Senior Chief managed to get me orders to an FA-18 outfit (VFA-131 Wildcats), and because I was nuts about aircraft, I took them. Then, by the end of that tour, I was just over the halfway point for retirement, so I decided to stick it out.
Best decision I ever made.
Those trips are paid for by fundraisers, almost never paid for by the schools. Our budgets are razor thin and the teachers underpaid.
That was my Mams view as well. It is 100% correct.
So its sponsors who pay for it. Thats great for those kids.
Well not exactly. Fundraisers are things like car washes, bake sales, street fairs with donated goods etc. Also parents usually make up the difference. We sent our youngest son to Germany with his German class and it cost over 2 thousand. We paid half and the other half was covered by fundraisers.
That sounds quite civilised. In the Uk there is no support,you are just given a payment schedule.
FYI The German trip I mentioned was part of an exchange where German students came to our city and stayed with host families and our kids stayed with their host families in Germany. It was a great experience, we hosted two German girls who were the nicest kids. Apparently the German students were sponsored, it was virtually a free trip for them. I'm not sure if that's typical of German schools or if it was a special situation.
When I went to school we had an exchange programme and a french lad came to our school . He was really good looking and all the girls loved him. Unfortunately he got the shit kicked out of him at every break time and me and a few others had to escort him back to his host house after school. He was a nice lad despite his frenchness. What he thought about Wales I can only guess.
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