Over the years, I’ve taken many trips with my students, both domestic and international. The international trips, in particular, were life changing experiences for most of the students in the group. It cannot be stressed enough, the importance of CULTURAL EXCHANGE, whether it be at home or abroad. Cultural exchange takes place when our students are performers or observers. I applaud anyone who makes the extra effort to get our students out of the classroom and into the world. Almost all student travel is meaningful.