Picture yourself hiking the Grand Canyon South Kaibab Trail during snowfall. Or, maybe you’re exploring the multifaceted beauty of Arizona’s Horseshoe Bend. Perhaps you’re drawn to the never-ending lights of the Las Vegas strip that create a vibrancy extending as far as the eye can see. 

Pretty nice, huh? That’s precisely what Fairmont’s Homestay students experienced April 15-19, 2019 as they toured several National Parks during spring break. The exclusive housing only event stretched over five days as students and their chaperons explored the awe-inspiring wonders of the Grand Canyon. “I am so glad that I went to the Grand Canyon. There are no words that can describe how beautiful this place is. The air was so fresh and everything there was just so amazing and gorgeous,” says, student Annie Luu.

The trip was created especially for Fairmont Preparatory Homestay students, many who have never toured the United States. “I would advise any student to take a chance and discover the United States; you won’t regret it,” says student Frank Nguyen.

Beneath the surface of any fun-filled school trip always lies a lesson – learning about the world, cultural immersion, and creating lasting memories — the very reason so many students choose to travel abroad in the first place. “I’ve learned about a new culture, food, traditions, social atmosphere, etc. I’ve become more mature, independent, and strong. I can take care of myself and do my own things now,” says Annie Luu.  

As the trip drew to a close, the students enjoyed one last memorable delight, the sights, and sounds of Las Vegas. They enjoyed numerous activities and the spectacular lights as the sun begin to set on the Las Vegas strip. Frank Nguyen shared a poignant sentiment “My least favorite part of the trip was our last day because we had to come home. I wish that we could stay and enjoy everything a little bit more.”