Wallingford students head to China as part of program

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– In less than an hour, twenty high school students from Wallingford will take off on a trip of a lifetime. They’re heading to China as part of a program that kicked off last year.

Twenty high school students in Wallingford embarked on a field trip Wednesday morning like no other. They’ll spend the next 10 days in China.

“It’s kind of crazy, I’m really nervous. I never thought I’d be traveling to the other side of the world,” said Samantha Lopez.

“We’re going to be sightseeing for the first half of it. We’re going to be going to the Great Wall of China, Beijing, like all the landmarks over there,” said Drew Gilmore.

These students are all part of a program known as “Junior Achievement.”  It focuses heavily on culture and global business.    Students China

“This program has been going on for about a year, more than a year ago, students from Wallingford applied to be part of this program,” said Lou Golden, Junior Achievement.

For many parents, Wednesday brought out all types of emotion as they watch their kids take part in a once and a lifetime opportunity.

“It’s exciting, but nerve racking too at the same time trying to make sure he has everything traveling on his own,” said Laura Gilmore.

While oversees, the Wallingford students will be meeting with fellow teenagers in Shanghai. This is not the first time both groups of students have met. Last summer the students from China actually came to the United States and both the Chinese and Wallingford students were able to meet at a program at Yale University.

“We hope they see a new world. We hope their mind expands. We hope they see the possibilities for a future. Education is about opening your mind and literally going out into the world and that’s what we are doing with these students today,” said Golden.

Students will arrive in China Thursday after their nearly1 4 hour flight overseas.

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