Education First tour heading to Europe in summer of 2022

Informational meeting to be held virtually March 4


MANISTEE COUNTY – After taking Manistee County students on a pair of trips to Europe through Education First Tours, Manistee High School teachers Amanda Clemons and Kris Johnson had planned on leading a trip to Peru this past summer.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic put the kibosh on the trip.

Clemons said international trips used to be common at MHS, but eventually went away for some time before she and Johnson decided to bring the opportunity back to students.

“We started talking about it and we planned a trip for 2018 and it was awesome,” Clemons said. “We had a great time, the kids all had a great time, so we went ahead and planned a trip for 2020 for Peru, and then COVID happened.”

The Peru trip was initially postponed until this upcoming summer, but with the likelihood of travel still up in the air, Clemons and Johnson decided to cancel it altogether.

Now, the pair have their sights set on 2022.

“We didn’t want the whole concept of trips to just fall apart,” Clemons said. “It’s still really important for us to provide this opportunity to kids, so we planned a trip for next summer to Europe. We’re going to Paris, Normandy and London, and it’s a 10-day trip.”

Students from any Manistee County school currently in grades eight through 11 can sign up for the trip.

There will be a virtual informational meeting held via Google Meet on Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m.

Anyone wanting to attend the meeting must register at

Those who register for the meeting will receive a Google Meet link via email.

Clemons said the meeting will be beneficial for students and parents alike.

“During that meeting we go over the itinerary. A lot of students like to know ‘what am I going to get to see? What are we going to do?’” Clemons said. ”… So we will go through all of the itinerary of things we’re going to get to see and do, and then it’s also really good for parents to attend because they can ask all of the financial questions that the kids have no idea they even need to ask.”

Clemons said an EF representative will also be present for the meeting.

“It’s really great for parents who might still have concerns about safety,” Clemons said. “Sending your kid to Europe without you can be a little bit intimidating or overwhelming, so those kinds of questions — safety questions — will all be answered also. So it’s really geared for anybody who might be interested in going, but it’s really nice if parents can attend because they get that kind of information that parents need.”

Anyone with additional questions can email Clemons at [email protected].

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