Fun abroad in San Francisco and L.A.

Visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and touring San Francisco

We had a great time doing a San Francisco tour. The highlight was walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. I hope you enjoy the photos of students!

Great America, baseball lesson, and Native American workshop

Students went to one of our best amusement parks, Great America. Shown are some of our girls lounging after going on a water ride.

We will be going to a professional baseball game but before, we had host families help us teach the students how to play the game. America has a rich history and diverse people. We had the opportunity to attend a Native American Craft workshop and learn about native culture.

Exploring LA and Universal Studios

Los Angeles was the trip the students were looking forward to the most. It was a 3 day, super fun trip filled wit excursions to Universal Studios, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Sana Monica and Disneyland. Everyone had an amazing time!

– Sarah Pederson, Local Leader, STEP 2 2012

Studying abroad with STEP 2

Greetings from Local Leader, Sarah

Hola! I’m Sarah Pederson and I am your US Trip Leader on the STEP 2 Burlingame trip this summer. You have made a great choice on your trip and in choosing STEP/ECI. This is the 10th trip I will be leading with STEP/ECI. I hold a Spanish degree from Pepperdine University. During my time at Pepperdine, I had the chance to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain. While abroad, I fell in love with the Spanish language and its literature, so much so that I became a Spanish teacher. I have been teaching high school Spanish for 8 years. I currently teach at Alhambra High School in Martinez, California.

Activities abroad in California

The students spend some quality time with the Burlingame Police. The students got an intimate tour of the station. They got to see inside the jail (luckily, with no prisoners today), the 911 call center, the cop cars and got to ask the officers questions. 

We are known for our cable cars. The students had time to see San Francisco’s Chinatown, Union Square, the fortune cookie factory and the cable car museum. 

We also went to Berkeley and got a tour of the university and spent some time on the famous Telegraph Avenue.

– Sarah Pederson, Local Leader, STEP 2 2012