L-W Spanish Travel Program Earns National Award for Global Engagement
Thursday, September 3, 2015

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recently named the Lincoln-Way Spring break Travel Program as one of ten recipients nationally of its new Global Engagement Award.

The award commended Lincoln-Ways World Language Department for its tours of Latin America that include both local school visits and community service opportunities for students.

ACTFL's magazine, The Language Educator, published an article in its August/September magazine congratulating the ten recipients for outstanding community-engaged learning experiences within kindergarten through university level language programs.

The article highlights Lincoln-Ways 2014 Panama tour during which students provided math tutoring to Embera children and conducted science/art projects to recognize Earth Day.
The annual Lincoln-Way program alternates between Spain and Latin America to provide students with diverse perspectives of the Spanish-speaking world. Trips have been coordinated in large part by Lincoln-Way North Spanish teacher Linda Egnatz.

We are honored to receive this award for global engagement, said Egnatz. Our World Language instructors work hard to ensure our trips offer more than sight-seeing and souvenir shopping and give students enriching opportunities to experience the culture, interact with the people and give back to those in need in Latin America.

Past tour destinations introduced student travelers to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuadors Galapagos Islands and Argentina.

Students have planted trees in the rain forests of Costa Rica, painted a Community Center in a small indigenous community in Ecuador and built a soccer field for children in Yuctn.

The 2016 tour has openings for students currently enrolled in Spanish and will go to Peru to visit sites such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Like the other Latin American tours, students have the opportunity to earn community service hours through a project completed during their visit.

Lincoln-Way will be publicly recognized at ACTFLs awards program at their National Conference to be held this November in San Diego, California.