DCPS student travelers work hard at their service site in the Dominican Republic. (Courtesy of DCPS)

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This summer, through the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Study Abroad program, more than 400 students are participating in fully-funded trips to more than a dozen countries.

One student reflected on his experience in Senegal: “We visited Goree Island, the hub for African slave trade by European settlers. We arrived at the only remaining holding cells for transit of enslaved Africans. It was a very intense and emotional experience for me, but I have never felt closer to my ancestors; I have never felt closer to myself.”

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