Bullis is noted for its diversity amongst students, teachers and interests in the community. Five minute discussions about summer activities in your history class just doesn’t cut it. At the Bullis school, we are enriched by the journeys abroad each of us takes and it is important we give them fair mention. As the summer came to a close and school started, students reflected on their exciting, international adventures they participated in during those long months of June, July and August.
“I wanted to get out of the metropolitan bubble and become more cultured. I learned more about myself and the people around me in a month then I could have in a year of school,” said Ben.
Ben and Alex allowed themselves to be taken into the customs of the lands to which they ventured. They ran with the bulls in Bayonne, walked down the East Berlin Gallery, witnessed the greatest works of art at the Louvre in Paris and the Picasso museum in Barcelona, and also managed to have time to bike around Amsterdam. It is safe to say their summer wasn’t a disappointing one!
“I now feel like I can call Israel my home, a place that I know will always welcome me with open arms. Whether or not I will make Aliyah (live in Israel) is unsure at the moment, but I knew that when I left Israel that it was not going to be my last visit in this special place,” stated Moriah.
“I learned that one of my favorite things to do is sit in a café and people watch,” reflected Newman.
Senior Brittani Campbell adventured to impoverished areas of Honduras on a community service-based trip with her church from mid-July to mid-august. Her cousin, little brother and aunt accompanied Brittani as they worked on painting and building new churches for the Honduran community. During her stay, Brittani was able to use her musical talents to start an orchestra in the newly built church that consisted of little recorder-playing children. During this trip, the native children touched Brittani’s heart - just as much as her visit touched theirs, especially one little boy:
“My favorite part was meeting this little boy named Elie,” reminisced Brittani. “I’m going to be like Angelina Jolie when I grow up! I liked him because he always smiled.”
Brittani learned the important life lesson of “being happy with what you have” because despite their poverty, Hondurans like Elie still find a way to smile.
Bullis’ faculty and students have participated in a variety of different trips this summer, thus extending Bullis’ diversity to a range of international experiences. Who knows what exciting trips the summer of 2014 will bring!