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CLE Students Share Travel Experiences

by Alexandra Stein, ILS Coordinator, CLE Rockville

At CLE-Rockville, many of our students are very well traveled, in the U.S. and internationally. (A recent outing to a restaurant featured a table of students all swapping stories of different trips to London … they hadn’t known they all had it in common!) For this month’s travel issue, we interviewed a few students about their favorite trip, and asked for their advice to others setting out on travels.

Traveling with CLE Students

Student: Glen

Favorite Place Visited So Far: Ireland

What he liked about it: “It is the most breathtaking, spectacular, lush green place anywhere.”

Advice for travelers: “Just go to a place that you’re interested in and enjoy.”

Student: Zachary

Zach at CLE Rockville

Favorite Place Visited So Far: “France, which is a very beautiful country.”

Advice for travelers: “As a communications major, I’d advise anyone traveling to prepare for the culture shock. Don’t take it as a negative thing, take it as an opportunity to learn about a new way of life.”

Do you have any anecdotes about culture shock? “Yes! The biggest culture shock for me [in France] was they way they do pizza. [My host family wanted me to feel more at home, so on my last night in France, we ordered pizza, which they knew I liked.] Unlike in America, you can only get a mix of toppings, at least at the place we ordered from, you can’t pick and choose. I planned to just pick toppings off [that I didn’t like], but there were mushrooms under the cheese … and that threw me off completely. Be ready for major differences.”

Student: Mike

Favorite Place Visited So Far: “[If it doesn’t have to be far away,] D.C. I remember this one time in D.C. when we just walked around [on a CLE trip shortly after I started at CLE]. It was fun, just walking and browsing around downtown and off the White House.”

Advice for Travelers: “Prepare for people being different [regional differences as well as differences between towns]. It all depends on where you go.”

Student: William

William at Stella's Bakery 2

Favorite Place Visited So Far: France

What He Liked About It: “When I visited a year ago, [as now] I had an interest in baking. Seeing all of those baked goods and treats put a smile on my face.”

Advice for travelers: “Know where you want to go [and make the most of it].”

Newsletter Articles – May 2016

CLE trip to Japan

Last summer, I had the privilege of taking part in CLE’s annual trip abroad. Although I learned much about Japan and its culture, this trip helped to solidify many good lessons for me in my everyday life. Traveling with a group of students with disabilities can have its unique challenges; however, with every challenge I had the opportunity to grow and learn about myself as well as the people who traveled with me. Below are what I considered to be the 5 most important lessons that I learned as a result from the trip. Although these lessons apply directly to traveling overseas with groups of students, they also apply in their own ways to “real life” back home.

Moving tools

Moving or making a transition to a new environment is always going to involve a little sweat, but the more work you do up front, the less you have to worry about the day of the move. To minimize the anxiety and stress associated with moving, one of the most important things you can do is to be organized and start the moving/planning process right away!
So you’re going to move? What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Travels to Japan

Riley Smith is a student at the Costa Mesa center who traveled with CLE to Japan in summer of 2015. He was interviewed about his experience.

Traveling luggage

by Terri Shermett, Program Director, CLE Davie


At College Living Experience in Fort Lauderdale, we have many students that travel to visit family during their school breaks, or to go on vacations with their loved ones. The instructors of our Independent Living…

This year, CLE students will be traveling across the pond to Great Britain. From July 23rd to August 2nd, students will be exploring England, Edinburgh, Wales and the beautiful landscapes in between.

While students immerse themselves in a new culture and explore a new environment they will have the opportunity to continue to practice their skills sets from budgeting, navigating, developing friendships, and time management.

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