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Educational Travel | Europe Through The Ages

Travel entrepreneur Cindy Hilton is a past SLOCA parent who is well-known for planning extraordinary learning journeys that coincide perfectly with SLOCA’s history cycles. Parents and students alike who have had the fortune of traveling with her have raved about their experiences. We’re thrilled to share that Cindy has a “Europe through the Ages” trip planned for this summer, and she is inviting SLOCA families to attend. Read on to find out more.

Reading, writing, discussing, thinking, learning, processing. These elements of a profound and meaningful Classical Education are hallmarks of SLOCA. Over the past decade, SLOCA students have accompanied me on learning journeys that pair with this curriculum. Educational travel takes what our students have spent so much time and growth on to another level—deeper, more experiential learning.

As a past parent of a student who attended SLOCA from 5-18 years old, I adored the education and craved the travel adventure that would add that extra hands-on, deeper learning. I remember studying the Ancients and my then 10-year-old asked if the Colosseum still existed and if we could visit. He also wanted to see the “town where the streets were rivers” and the Bastille (of course, not possible to see). When you dive into education the way that SLOCA families do, you want to utilize all possible methods to enrich the learning and love of learning. And so, we were off on a classical learning journey to make it all come alive with a group of fellow SLOCA families who wanted the same as us.

This year, I’ll again lead a Europe Through the Ages trip with my partner from France who will help lend a cultural immersion element to the trip too. This year’s trip hits sights and museums that will focus on all eras of history. We’ll visit relics of the ancient era like the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We’ll go to a play at The Globe in London and although the rowdy groundlings threw rotten tomatoes standing in front of the stage, we’ll actually have seats. Middle Age life fascinates with knights and castles and crowns and crows at The Tower of London. The jewel of Florence, Italy brings the Renaissance to life as we walk in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps as well as visit the marble statues of the master Michelangelo and get a bit of scientific history in at the Museo of Gallileo.

How could we travel to Europe and not also learn about and appreciate modern history and the life of today with stories of the British Royalty and first-hand experiences to understand the culture and current situation in Europe today? Traveling with a group of other eager learners has been such a fun and wonderful experience on past SLOCA trips. The kids have fun together, the parents chat, and we all have a common interest in learning and education! The group dynamic is such a beautiful part of an educational learning journey.

I hope that you can join us this summer, June 17-29, 2023.

Our website has more information about this trip as well as some of our other deeper-dive, ultra-small group, cultural immersion trips for people who have already seen the highlights of a country and are ready for an authentic, more personal way of experiencing a place.

You can also email me, Cindy McKinney Hilton, at [email protected] or call/text/WhatsApp me at 805-448-2364

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