CHAPERONE WILL NEED PASSPORT : TEACHER, WIFE GOING TO EUROPE WITH TEENS.
Los Cerritos Middle School teacher Scott Van Wig likes staying busy, and so the annual Europe tour for area students seemed like a natural fit.
Van Wig, 25, is already the coordinator for the student body officers at Los Cerritos and a coach for the Thousand Oaks High School volleyball team.
This summer he and his wife plan to take 14 high school students to London, Paris, Lucerne, Switzerland, and Florence and Rome, Italy. The group will fly from Los Angeles on July 9.
``I'm a history teacher and there's a lot of history there,'' Van Wig said. ``And I have a chance to take students.''
The Europe trip has become an annual summer event run by teachers with the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Twila Cook, a former teacher and publicity coordinator for the district, has gone on the trip seven times. When it came time to find a new chaperone, she immediately thought of Van Wig.
``He's just a nice guy, really active in his church youth group,'' Cook said. ``If you wanted to send your kid with someone, he would be the one you'd want.''
The trip costs $1,880 and includes the cost of the flight, hotels, charter bus transportation, tours, breakfast and dinner and other expenses, Cook said. The tour company providing the services will join the Thousand Oaks group with other travelers, who could be from anywhere in the United States, she said.
``It's a great deal and a wonderful thing for kids,'' Cook said. ``It's an educational trip, but it's fun, too.''
Adults are also welcome on the trip as long as they don't mind traveling with a group of teen-agers, Cook said.
That's partly what Cook saw in Van Wig when she asked him to be a sponsor for the trip.
``She saw that I was young and married with no kids,'' Van Wig said. ``And this is during the summer, so it won't take away from other activities.''
Van Wig said he used to play soccer with Cook's son at Westlake High School. While a student at Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, Van Wig played on the volleyball and soccer teams. He worked as an assistant soccer coach at Sonora High School in La Habra for a while before becoming a teacher three years ago.
The trip has some other perks for Van Wig, who tried to go last year but couldn't when fewer students than expected signed up. He and his wife will travel for free and be in Europe on their wedding anniversary, he said.
For more information on the trip, call Van Wig at (805) 497-9376.
Photo: Scott Van Wig, a middle school teacher and volleyball coach at Thousand Oaks High, will chaperone students to Europe this summer.
Jeremy Greene/Special to the Daily News