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Around the World with Middle School Students

Around the World with Middle School Students Photo

Photo by IgoUgo Staff

Posted on December 10, 2008 in Travel Tips

IgoUgo recently had the opportunity to teach a Citizen Schools apprenticeship, and our students wowed us with this plan for an around-the-world trip. Join us in congratulating them, and in stealing some travel tips. We just love it when someone else does the homework!

So where do thirteen 11- to 14-year-olds want to go? Beginning and ending in New York, the students conceived and designed a trip with five legs that would include four stops: Brazil, Italy, Egypt, and Japan. Here are the highlights.


Top Brazil Sights: Amazon River, Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, and Carnaval

Top Brazil Eats: Bolinhos and churrascaria feasts

Top Brazil Tips: Bring plenty of reals, learn Portuguese phrases like por favor, and see a soccer game at Rio’s Maracana stadium.


Top Italy Sights: Venice’s canals, Florence’s Duomo, and Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica

Top Italy Eats: Bread, pizza, pasta, gelato, and (especially) Nutella

Top Italy Tips: Bring your euros for fashionable shopping (Gucci, Prada, and more!), and for plenty of cappuccinos.


Top Egypt Sights: Pharaoh's Island, Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Nile River

Top Egypt Eats: Baklava, falafel, beans, and tomatoes

Top Egypt Tips: Bring Egyptian pounds, a few words of Arabic, and an interest in hieroglyphics and ancient Egypt.


Top Japan Sights: Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple, Osaka Castle, Kyoto’s art museums, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki

Top Japan Eats: Sushi, sashimi, rice, and tea

Top Japan Tips: Learn a few words of Japanese (the students’ hands-down favorite is iie, or “no”), see the cherry blossoms in spring, and enjoy advanced technology on train tracks and elsewhere.

A special thanks to honorary IgoUgo travelers Markeis, Adrienne, Jahlil, Jazzmin, Azanyah, Romare, Jonah, Damien, Arianna, Davin, Aaliyah, Sophon, and Francesco! Way to go (around the world).

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