Xenon International Academy Goes Abroad
Xenon & several other Pivot Point Member schools traveled to Dublin, Ireland and London, England to study abroad.
WICHITA, KS – Xenon International Academy and fellow Pivot Point Member schools including: Pivot Point International Academy, Penrose Academy, Beau Monde and MC College went international. Xenon was part of a dynamic group that had the opportunity to travel to Dublin, Ireland and London, England from October 6th through October 14th for continued education and European inspiration.
Eight people represented Xenon on the trip—four staff members and four students. All were from the Wichita campus.
The trip was certainly one for learning and growing as a stylist, but also getting a taste of the cultural differences.
“From the start we were immersed in culture, diversity and fashion,” said Kim McIntosh, Xenon Owner & President.
The first stop on the 10 day excursion was Dublin, Ireland. While in Ireland, the group visited traditional Irish pubs, beautiful gardens, cathedrals and castles.
“Ireland was breathtaking— the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to,” said Courtney Swick, Xenon Student.
They then traveled by boat on Ulysses, the world’s largest ferry, to Holyhead, in Wales. From there, they took a train on a 3 hour scenic journey through the Welsh countryside to central London.
Once in London, the group went on a guided tour to visit the most historic and breathtaking places in the country. They saw attractions such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament and of course, Buckingham Palace.
The group also attended the Salon International Show at the ExCel Center and the Alternative Hair Show, which is one of the most prestigious hairdressing events that hosts leading teams and artists from around the world.
The Alternative Hair Show had such interesting and unique ideas and themes and “our students were absolutely awestruck,” said McIntosh.
One of the most industry-focused days, was when the group learned Vidal Sassoon hair styles and techniques. They had the privilege to train under Yolli Tencopple & Joakim Roos, some of the industry’s best instructors, at the L’Oreal headquarters in London.
“The trip was such a great learning experience. Pivot Point did such a good job putting it together and keeping it organized. If I had the chance to go again, I would go in a heartbeat,” said May Elliott, Xenon Master Educator.
This is one of the many study abroad trips Pivot Point has offered and will continue to offer its students and staff for the opportunity to become an even better-rounded stylist.
“Our students and staff are privileged to have been a part of such a dynamic group of schools on this trip. This trip has offered entrance into a new and exciting educational experience and we are so lucky to have been a part of it,” said McIntosh.
— Hannah Kern, Corporate Communications Coordinator