Summer of 2017 will be a perfect time to go to the U.S. for a new adventure. If you plan on getting the most value out of your summertime, there are five ways that you can make it the most fulfilling, educational, and thrilling summer of your life.
- Enrol in a summer school programme
- Improve your English-speaking abilities
- Learn a new skill
- Volunteer and help others
- Visit new cities
Each of these activities are paths you can follow to enrich your life. Through new insights and knowledge, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable summer. Read below and see how each of these activities or ideas can be both fun and educational at the same time, allowing you to plan your journey.
1. Enrol in a summer school programme
There are several benefits to joining a summer school programme. In the U.S., several universities offer summer school programmes that welcome students from all over the world. Students can join fun courses, taught by world-class professors, in several fields of their choice. If you enroll in a summer school course, you can meet people from all over the world, and solidify new friendships. You can also use courses that you’ve taken abroad towards your degree at your home university. Check out the summer school programmes that are offered in the U.S.; find out whether they offer courses that you’re interested and, most importantly, make the commitment!
2. Improve your English-speaking abilities
During summertime, everyone leaves school to either go home or go on vacation. Once everyone returns, we all share with one other what adventures we had over the holiday break. Why not show off how well you’ve improved your English-speaking skills while travelling to the U.S.? If you travel to the U.S. during the summer, not only will you be among native English speakers; you will also have the opportunity to take formal English training courses in various cities all over the country. If you’re looking for ways to sharpen your English-speaking abilities while also enjoying your time abroad, you can take a language course in English, giving yourself the confidence to speak the language every day.
3. Learn a new skill
Summer is the season for renewal! Not only will you get the chance to enhance your English-speaking abilities; you can also come home with new skills to share with the world. For example, many colleges and universities around the U.S. offer summer writing workshops. These short courses allow students to sharpen their creative abilities, fostering a generation of young poets, novelists, and screen-writers. If you head to the U.S. during the summer you can join one of these workshops, and work with some of the top professors in Creative Writing.
You also have other chances to learn about other skills. Return home from your U.S. adventure with more than just souvenirs; come back with new skills for your career!
4. Volunteer and help others
During your summer trip to the U.S., you can also use the opportunity to reach out to others in need. All over the U.S., there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities where you can offer service to plenty of humanitarian and conservation initiatives. You can involve yourself in the improvement of society and, in the process, benefit the life of others.
Volunteering with some of the many great organizations in the U.S., like Volunteers for Peace, Fronteering, and United Planet offer the chance to take on a short-term volunteer project. Joining one of these programmes would be an immensely valuable experience for any student, and, in the process, you will find new friends, and learn in a way that is active and highly impactful.
5. Visit new cities all over the country
Finally, after doing all of the things that help you grow and benefit the world, you can now take a chance for some travelling adventures and excitement. The U.S. is a massive country, and each state and region is its own world. In a way, you will find people speaking with different accents, you’ll find a variety of foods, beers, and events; and you’ll also discover different attitudes and values throughout the countries hugely diverse landscape. Before you start (or, perhaps, once you finish) your short summer courses, or complete your volunteer project, take some time to explore the country and find vibrant life all over.