By Taylor Bosley
Students that are a part of the French III and French IV classes were given the opportunity to travel to Europe to visit some of the French speaking countries in the upcoming summer of 2014.
However, this trip was postponed due to the rise of airfare prices, which were not included in the original price listed.
In many cases, these added expenses come as a result of taxes by the airline company and the increase in fuel cost. To make up for this, tour guide companies add to the prices, which set the price over the edge for the many hopeful students wishing to explore Europe.
“Students felt they couldn’t get the money [and that] shoved them over the edge in deciding to postpone the trip,” French teacher and head of the language department Mrs. Pfaendler said on the key component of postponing the trip.
Teachers and students alike believe in the educational benefits that come from visiting countries.
“Kids get the complete one hundred percent experience,” Mrs. Pfaendler said.
Junior French III student Ellen Weaver emphasized the importance of the trip, saying, “There is a difference between learning about a culture, and actually experiencing the culture yourself.”
Junior Ellen Weaver is “hopeful” that next years’ trip will work out. “With more time, students will hopefully be able to raise enough money for themselves.”
Mrs. Pfaendler said that although students are able to save up for it, the added on prices could never be predicted due to fluctuating prices for fuel. However the students are still hopeful for a 2015 trip to work out, despite these setbacks.