John Keats, an English poet, said, ”Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” It is my hope that members of the Global Citizens Club will experience what it means to become true global citizens. They will be provided opportunities that teach critical thinking, problem solving and global competence. Through collaboration with each other and our global-minded partners, our commitment to 21st century learning can be realized. Students will gain new perspectives and build skills for the future through the many activities we have planned for our club. I have had the amazing opportunity to lead seven and eight day educational excursions to Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama. These trips took HMS students out of their comfort zones and into an experience that made them more open-minded and confident about traveling and using another language to communicate. In Costa Rica, students visited the Poás Volcano. The volcano embodies the powerful geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. Students found themselves relaxing in therapeutic hot springs, zipping through a forest canopy filled with monkeys and macaws, hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall, and marveling at Costa Rica’s natural beauty and amazing biodiversity. Seeing it firsthand inspired a lasting respect for the environment and ignited a desire to see more of the world. The trips to Belize and Panama were equally transformative. I can’t wait to lead the tour to London and the countryside in July 2019.