Sending Alex Abroad: Introduction

Here’s the first in a series of posts entitled “Sending Alex Abroad”.  Aspire by API’s very own Jill Denton writes about preparing for this summer’s Salamanca program from her unique perspective as a mom.

Hi, I’m a mom with a 15-year-old daughter (Alex), and I have the incredible privilege of sending Alex abroad to Spain this summer on Aspire by API’s teen group trip (a language study and immersion program). I also work here at Aspire and have insight into the operations and planning involved in making abroad experiences both safe and meaningful.

The purpose of this blog series is to write down my thoughts, hopes, fears, and feelings regarding sending Alex abroad, as well as to share my experience in finding the suitable teen abroad experience for her.

When I first considered sending Alex abroad over a year and a half ago, in retrospect I realize neither she nor I were ready. I was a basket case and my fears outweighed my hopes for her on such a trip.  Even so, I ventured to ask Alex whether she wanted to go overseas as part of a teen group. She responded quickly, “no thanks.” She said, “Mom, maybe when I am older but I don’t feel ready to go abroad on my own yet.”

The topic was dropped, but the seed had been planted. A year later, Alex tells me she has been talking about going to Spain with her friends and wants to go!

What I realized was that when Alex felt ready to go abroad, I was then more comfortable for that to happen as well.

In the upcoming blog posts, I want to share how Alex and I decided on the right overseas teen group program, what’s involved in preparing for Alex to go abroad, my communications with Alex while she is overseas, and what it’s like to reunite with a teen world traveler.

Stay tuned!

Alex and Jill

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  1. Jan Beckman says

    I look forward to hearing all about the trip!

  2. Nancy Denton says

    We are so vey proud of our sweet Alex, what a terrific experience. Wish we could go with her!

  3. Beth Hauf says

    Jill, what a great thing you are doing!! YOu and Alex, both, can reflect on this adventure and see the changes in both of you! I’m excited to read your entries and to keep up w/the worldly travelers…aka our daughters! Thank you your thoughtful insight into this adventure! Here we go…..

  4. Dear Beth, Alex is so excited to be going on the ASPIRE Salamanca trip with Meghan! See you soon!

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