Berwick student traveling to Europe with People to People

BERWICK, La. — Berwick High School Junior Paul Reed will travel to Europe this summer for three weeks when he joins the People to People Ambassador program to experience and learn more about other cultures, which will include activities such as repelling down a 75-foot castle wall.

People to People is a program started in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower as a way to promote peace through learning about other cultures.

Reed, 18, was recommended by one of his teachers to join the People to People delegation of Baton Rouge this summer to travel to Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, Reed said.

The delegation will leave June 5 and return June 23, delegation leader Larry Vicari stated in a letter.

The organization sent him a letter in November asking him to come to the meeting in Baton Rouge. “Just from what I’d seen at the meeting, I liked it and wanted to get involved in it,” Reed said.

Reed said he has never been outside of the country before and hopes to learn how people in the countries he visits go about their daily activities.

Reed has been meeting with his delegation every month recently, he said. Reed is the only one in his group of 18 from the Tri-City area as everyone else is from around Baton Rouge, he said.

They also plan to meet with another delegation from New Orleans to travel together to Europe, Reed said.

Reed said he is looking forward to visiting Loch Ness in Scotland “to look for Nessie,” and will also get to repel down a tower wall at Penrhyn Castle in Wales.

The group will also tour the Tower of London and visit the Stirling Bridge where William Wallace outmaneuvered the English, Vicari stated.

Reed said he will be staying at a “homestay” with a family in Ireland for two days and will visit Parliament one day.

Reed is a little nervous, he said, about flying for the first time and staying with another family for a couple days.

He also mentioned that the trip will teach him responsibility in managing his money while in Europe. “It’ll be something good to put on an application for a job or college,” Reed said. Reed will also be getting high school credit for the trip, he said.

Reed’s mother, Christine, said her husband has been making beef jerky to sell at Tiger Island Hardware, St. Mary Pharmacy and Osburn Tire Center to raise money in order for Reed to go on the trip.

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