In a world that is growing smaller due to the continuous advance of technology and social media, these skills cannot be underestimated. Many job opportunities in later life have an international element to them – be it travelling abroad to meet clients, working in a foreign country, interacting with people on a global scale – and the cultural sensitivity that is acquired from foreign exchanges and travel, give a marked advantage to people who have experienced them at a young age. Having another language and the skills to learn more is also a huge plus and allows more doors to be opened and more opportunities to be created.
When young people travel and immerse themselves in the life of families in another country, they soon see that the world is so much bigger than they realise. They learn that the planet does not revolve around them and is made up of ideas and beliefs so varied and different from what they know. They become more open to learning from other people and situations. They see the colour and beauty that exists in the world and view life with clarity and sound perspective.
Young people need to travel and to experience the world. They need to fill their life with adventure and not things, to create memories and stories to tell. The world is a book, and when children travel they get to read more than just one page.