Some students don’t wait until after they have graduated to explore new cultures and climates. This past summer Helen Taylor (pictured at left in the photograph ), a senior at Montgomery High School in Skillman, joined a group of students from around the country involved in People to People Ambassador Programs to visit South Africa for two weeks. Helen traveled to cities like Johannesburg and Capetown, as well as bush camp, where she went on an African safari.
Helen embraced her first international adventure away from home, especially interactions with the people and the culture. “When we went to areas to do volunteer work, the kids in the orphanages (who were from age 1 to age 20) performed for us to say thank you. We were all crying. I honestly felt like it was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. It gave me a new perspective on Montgomery, where people get cars and take things for granted.”
Helen, who plans to study fashion next fall at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, now has a hunger to discover more about the world in which we live—no doubt experiences that will enrich her career perspective and design aesthetic. “I definitely want to see what’s out there now. If you’re interested in exploring new places, my advice is to go for it and have your eyes open the whole time, take it all in.”
Where next? “I want to go to Ethiopia,” says Helen. “The culture interests me. It’s a really poor country and I feel like I could help in many ways. And it’s beautiful.”