SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAY 2014
JUNIORS ABROAD TRIPS
TO: Eligible Sophomores (students who are in their second year of college)
FROM: Paul Chamberlain, Director of Juniors Abroad
This memo provides essential information you will need to sign up for a Juniors Abroad Cross Cultural Experience course for May 2014. George Fox University will be offering ten options for Juniors Abroad. Descriptions of these courses are included below.
JUNIORS ABROAD LOTTERY AND TENT CITY SIGN UP RULES
Due to the popularity of Juniors Abroad and the demand for certain trips; George Fox ASC will use a lottery system to determine your position for Tent City and the order for registration. If you have and questions please contact:
Wesley Jones (ASC President) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Stanton (ASC Vice President) at email@example.com
1. Gather a group of no more than 5 people and designate a group leader. You may not be signed up with more than one group.
2. Fill out the online form and submit it no later than Tuesday, March 12th
Your information will be gathered and will go through a random selection process. This list will provide your position to sign up for Juniors Abroad.
The form that will be used for signing up will become available on March 6thafter the informational meeting. The form will be found on the home page of the ASC website.
3. After a master list has been compiled, that list will be placed on the door of the ASC offices and a link will be placed on the main page of the ASC website.
4. You may begin setting up your tents at 12pm on Thursday, March 14th.
5. Each group’s tent must be set up and continuously manned from 10pm Thursday March 14th until 8am Friday March 15th, the following morning.
6. Tent checks can occur at any time after 10pm. (Please do not participate in sexual or alcoholic exploits. Tent checks are as awkward for us as they will be for you if you are caught in the act! –Thanks, Wes)
7. If a tent check occurs on your tent and no one is present, then your group will be placed in the back of the line.
8. Inclement weather is no excuse to abandon Tent City.
9. Registration will begin at 8am March 15th in front of Stevens with the Registrar’s Office. Donuts, coffee, and other breakfast items will be provided.
10. Students in the same group do NOT have to sign up for the same trip.
Important NOTES ABOUT Juniors Abroad
• George Fox Juniors Abroad website - juniorsabroad.georgefox.edu. All forms and sign up instructions will be posted here.
• Students MUST be in their second year of college or higher to participate.
•You must have a current passport by January 17, 2014.
Also be aware that a trip may need your passport for visa’s, etc. soon after class starts in January. If you do not have your passport when it is required you will have to change courses or withdraw from Juniors Abroad.
See instructions on how to obtain a passport below.
•If you obtained a passport as a child, you will need to get a new passport now that you are an adult.
•Please note that your passport must be good six months after you travel.
• International students may need to obtain VISAS to some countries that US students do not need. Please see Alex Pia in the ELI Department for further information.
• You cannot double-book classes. You can NOT register for another course that meets on the same night and time as the Cross-Cultural course. Please make sure that you do not enroll in a Juniors Abroad course at the same time as a required course for your major.
• You cannot attend an off-campus program and be enrolled in the Juniors Abroad course the same semester. You can go on Juniors Abroad the following year and have the same priority as a junior.
You are responsible for contacting the Director of Juniors Abroad the year of your trip.
• You can include the course as part of your spring semesters block tuition. However, if you go over 18 hours you will be charged for the extra credits. You can audit the course, but you will not receive academic credit. Audit credit for Juniors Abroad courses is charged at half the rate of regular tuition.
• Juniors Abroad is a transportation-subsidized Cross-cultural course, offered to any junior student who has fulfilled the requirements. Seniors, who have not been on a trip, can also sign up on a space available basis.
• The Juniors Abroad course may be used to fulfill the Global and Cultural Understanding General Education requirement.
• To secure a place in next year's Juniors Abroad program, you need to register for one of the following courses in your spring semester block. Priority is given to students on a first come, first served basis. Seniors can register, but they will be put at the bottom of the waitlist.
• Next November, an informational meeting will be held and further information will be sent to each of you at that time including student cost. You will find information on the program’s general policies in the University’s catalog and on the George Fox Juniors Abroad website: juniorsabroad.georgefox.edu
• A non-refundable $300 deposit will be due on January 17,2014. No money is due now.
• Transfer students who choose to go on a Juniors Abroad trip will be charged an extra fee based on the number of semesters that they attend George Fox.
• Eligibility requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the fall semester preceding the May trip and good standing with the Student Life Office. Students not meeting these requirements will NOT be allowed to participate.
•Typical student costs will range from $2100 - $2600. This amount includes all transportation, food, lodging and required activities and is approximately 50% of actual cost.
• Trips to developing countries might also require VISAS. International students may also require VISAS where US citizens do not.
• Certain trips to developing countries will REQUIRE immunizations. These MUST be obtained or you cannot go on the trip.
• You are required to attend all class sessions.
• If you have any questions on eligibility, etc. please contact the Director:
Paul Chamberlain, Director of Juniors Abroad, x2702, EHS 310
• HOW DO I SIGN-UP?
1. Register for one of the following Cross-Cultural Experience Courses:
See course descriptions below.
GEED 365 A
Viki Defferding, Beth LaForce
GEED 365 B
GEED 365 C
GEED 365 D
Iceland to France
GEED 365 E
GEED 365 F
Kathy Weiss, Stephanie Fisher
GEED 365 G
Alex Pia, Tim Timmerman
GEED 365 H
Rome to Paris
GEED 365 I
Jim Foster, Mark Weinert
GEED 365 J
Vietnam, Hong Kong, S. Korea
Brent Wilson, Jeff Duerr
YOU CAN BE REGISTERED FOR ONLY ONE TRIP. You can also be waitlisted on an additional trip or waitlisted for two trips.
All classes meet at 6:30pm on the day of the week listed.
Please be aware that the University reserves the right, in the event of an international monetary, military, health, or other crisis to cancel or postpone a trip, or to make alternate arrangements.
• WHAT DO I DO AFTER I Register?
1. Obtain a passport AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
2. Submit a medical release form next December
3. Submit a nonrefundable $300 deposit, deposit form, Liability Form, Release of Information Form, and copy of passport by January 17, 2014
4. Attend class sessions for your study course.
5. Make payments by March 1, 2014 and April 1, 2014
6. Pay your student account in full by February 15, 2014 (except for Juniors Abroad)
7. Maintain your academic, financial, and student life eligibility.
8. Communicate any questions with your faculty leader and/or the Director of Juniors Abroad.
9. Complete an online course evaluation upon your return from the trip.
All forms will be available at juniorsabroad.georgefox.edu
• WHAT WILL MY TOTAL TRAVEL COSTS BE?
Your total travel costs consist of two categories:
1. Charges for lodging, meals, and other trip expenses. This figure may also include some of the airfare for especially expensive destinations. Everyone signing-up for a trip will receive a statement and reminder of these charges included with your spring semester bill. Your $300 deposit is applied toward these charges; half of the remaining balance is due March 1st and the remainder is due April 1st. Transportation costs are paid by the University for eligible juniors; this transportation subsidy represents a 40 - 50% discount of the actual trip cost.
Transfer students will be charged an additional charge, dependent on the number of semesters spent at George Fox. Students, staff, alumni and other friends of the University, who are not eligible for the Juniors Abroad transportation supplement, may apply to join a study tour, paying full expenses for the trip. They will be accommodated on a space-available basis and with permission of the Director of Juniors Abroad.
2. Out-of-pocket expenses which are not included in the trip charges include passport charges, cost of passport photos, cost of birth certificates or other documentation needed for passport applications, health-related expenses such as immunizations, spending money for souvenirs, snacks, postcards, stamps, independent meals, and optional excursions, etc. Your faculty trip leader will give you suggested guidelines at your group meetings during spring semester on the amount of spending money to take along for your particular trip. Typical amounts students take, range from $200 - $600. Where possible, it is usually best to use ATM cards to obtain cash in foreign countries. Check with your individual faculty leaders to see if this is appropriate for your trip.
• HOW DO I GET A PASSPORT?
Passport applications for U.S. citizens are available in online at
You must have an official copy of your birth certificate and an official passport photo. Detailed instructions and lists of charges are on the passport application. Please read these instructions carefully. You will need to turn in your applications and show the supporting documentation at one of the official passport offices; the nearest office to Newberg is the Dundee Post Office in Dundee at 279 SW. 5th Ave (800-275-8777). Have your photos taken at any place that does passport photos.
Besides a photo for your passport, some trips will need VISA’s which often require additional passport photos.
Please note that your passport must be good six months after you travel.
Also, if you obtained a passport as a child, you will need to get a new passport now that you are an adult.
It is imperative that you begin the process of obtaining your passport as soon as possible.
Steps to getting a passport:
1. Obtain an official copy of your birth certificate (Your parents or guardians should have this). If not you will need to obtain a copy from the county courthouse (NOT the hospital) where you were born. This can sometimes be a time consuming process and should be done as soon as possible.
2. Obtain a passport application online.
3. Obtain two official passport photos. You may need more depending on your trip.
4. Take money, passport, passport photo and birth certificate to an official passport office. DO NOT SIGN THE PASSPORT UNTIL YOU ARE AT THE PASSPORT OFFICE.
5. Some trips will require a visa to enter the country. See your trip leader next spring for further information.
• Does the school provide insurance while I am overseAs?
The University does NOT provide separate major medical coverage for students. Typically, your current insurance, either through the University, or through your parents, will also cover you while you are traveling. You are encouraged to check with your insurance carrier about coverage while you are traveling in a foreign country.
The University does, however, purchase emergency travel insurance for each student through HTH Worldwide.
• HOW DO I USE JUNIORS ABROAD CREDIT IN MY PROGRAM?
All study tours are offered as GED 365 Cross-Cultural Experience courses for 3 semester hours. Students can use the course credits to meet the Global and Cultural Understanding General Education requirement, or upper-division elective credits. If you wish to use the course in lieu of another course, please consult with your academic advisor, the faculty leader and the course's department chair.
Occasionally students wish to register for the course as an auditor; this is permitted but please keep in mind that you will not earn college credit for an audited course, and that audited courses are billed as 1.5 hours.
• WHAT HAPPENS IF DEMAND EXCEEDS SPACE IN A TRIP?
The Juniors Abroad program offers a variety of attractive destinations each May, but cannot guarantee a trip to a specific location. In order to keep groups at a manageable size, trips are typically capped at 24 or fewer. If a trip fills, students will be given priority over non-students, and, among students, juniors will be given priority over seniors. If the number of juniors signed up still exceeds space, the Director of Juniors Abroad will work with students on waiting lists to match them up with other trips. Students who have not made deposits by the January deadline will have their spots offered to students on the waiting list. Students are encouraged to make a second choice if they are not selected for their first choice.
NOTE: Seniors will automatically be put at the bottom of the waitlist
• Can I stay after the group returns home?
Maybe. Airline tickets are purchased as a group. Thus it is up to the individual airline if they will allow a deviation from the group itinerary. Most airlines allow up to 20% of the tickets to deviate. There is typically an additional cost for changing the itinerary from the group itinerary. Again, this is determined by the airline. If you would like to change your itinerary, you need to discuss this with the faculty leader as soon as possible after the start of classes in the spring. The faculty member will then contact the travel agent to determine if your itinerary is possible and what the additional cost will be. You must have all of the information, including the actual return dates BEFORE the faculty member can contact the travel agent.
NOTE: Once you leave the group all arrangements are your responsibility.
• WHAT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?
For answers to general questions about the Juniors Abroad Program, policies, eligibility and procedures, or if you need to find out the best place to go to get a response to other questions, see:
Paul Chamberlain, Director of Juniors Abroad, ext. 2702, EHS 310, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lynn Scott, Assistant Director of Juniors Abroad, ext 2140, Woodmar 2014, email@example.com For answers to specific questions about the activities and requirements of a particular study tour, see the Faculty Leaders for that trip.
This document and all forms will be available at juniorsabroad.georgefox.edu
TRAVEL DATES: We expect departures from Portland International Airport to be scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, May 5, 6, or 7th, with return approximately 21 days later.
Note: You may register for one trip and be on the waitlist for a second trip or on two waitlists.
All classes meet at 6:30pm on the day of the week listed.
NOTE: All itineraries given below are tentative and are subject to change.
GEED 365A – Central America, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador
Faculty: Viki Defferding, Beth LaForce
Meeting Night: Monday
The study tour to Central America will focus on Christianity & Culture of Central America. We will compare and contrast the different cultures & religious beliefs we encounter in the various regions that we visit as well as their development through a historical study. In classes, students will give presentations in class about history, culture, beliefs and other aspects important for our trip. They will also write a short paper, write reactions to some readings and learn some survival Spanish. A reflection/observation journal will be required on the trip.
We begin our study tour at the ancient Maya site of Copan, Honduras where we will learn about the early Maya culture that settled there and learn how that culture and its beliefs have influenced today’s society in this region. There are pyramids, temples and other structures, as well as tunnels to explore. Besides the ancient Maya ruins we will also visit a Maya-chorti Indian settlement in the hills above Copán Ruinas, the town that sprang up as a result of the excavations done at the Copán Archeological site. We will worship with local Believers and experience their unique cultural adaptations of the Christian Faith. On our way to El Salvador, we will visit the Basilica of Esquipulas, Guatemala that is famous for its Black Christ. In El Salvador we will visit a maya village that was buried by volcanic action much like that of Pompeii. Arriving in Costa Rica we will visit an even different indigenous group, the Kekoldie, visit the Basilica of Los Angeles & the Colonial Church of Orosí, as well as the Catedral metropolitana in San josé. In Costa Rica we will visit beaches, nature preserves and parks, a Kekoldie Indian settlement on the Carribbean, volcanos, hot springs, pineapple, banana, cacao (chocolate), medicinal herb and coffee plantations. We will truly experience the varied cultures and landscapes that make up Central America and worship with our Central American Brothers and Sisters. There will be a lot of outdoor activities on this trip including walking & hiking, climbing pyramids & temples, ziplining or canyoning, horseback riding, and snorkeling (weather permitting). This trip may include a homestay experience with a family in Honduras or Costa Rica.
CENTRAL AMERICA TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day1 Copan Ruinas, Honduras
Day2 Copán Archological. Site & museums; ancient beliefs
Day3 Mass, Day with Honduran family
Church Service @ Iglesia Bautista Las Brisas
Day4 Mayatan Bilingual School, Guacamaya Bird Rescue Park
Day5 Hacienda San Lucas, Los Sapos & La Pintada
Day6 To San Salvador via Esquipulas, Guatemala (Black Christ)
Day7 San Salvador city tour including Bishop Romero museum
Day8 Costa Rica, Centro tour & Pre-Columbian Gold museum
Day9 Volcano Irazú & Basilica
Day10 Santa Elena & Monteverde National Wildlife Reserve
Day11 Zipline, Night hike through the Monteverde Wildlife Reserve
Day12 Horseback Tour, *Canyoning (rappelling down waterfalls), Ranario
Day13 Volcano Arenal, Baldi Hot Springs, night volcano viewing
Day14 La Fortuna Waterfall Hike & Swim, Herb & medicinal garden
Day15 Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, *white-water rafting (class 3 & 4)
Day16 Bird-watching Boat tour on Sarapiquí, Pineapple Tour
Day17 Puerto Viejo de Limón, visit Sloth sanctuary, beach time
Day18 Kekoldie Indigenous Community hike, visit Cacao Trails Chocolate
& Medicinal Gardens, beach time
Day19 Snorkeling @ Cahuita National Park, beach time
Day20 Return to San José
Day21 Café Britt Coffee Tour, Dinner & Folk dancing at Tiquicia (?)
Day22 To PDX
GEED 365B - EAST AFRICA
Faculty: Paul Chamberlain
Meeting Night: Monday
This course will focus on the endangered wildlife of East Africa. Students will have opportunities to explore a variety of rich and distinctive ecosystems, such as jungles, tropical rainforests, tea plantations, savannas, and marine habitats. In particular, we will study the efforts to save the elephant from extinction due to poaching. In Uganda we will visit Murchison Falls National Park on the border with the Congo, where we will go on a Chimpanzee trek. In Tanzania we will visit Ngorongoro Crater National Park and Serengeti National Park, undeniably the greatest wildlife habitat in the world. We will also camp at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and spend a day trekking on the mountain. We will finish our trip with a visit to the ancient and historical spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.
To add to the cultural flavor of the course, students will have the opportunity to visit the capitals of Tanzania and Uganda, Dar es Salaam and Kampala, and to interact with the local population in a variety of environments. These will include a visit to African Hearts Orphanage, the Hadzabe tribe, the last true nomads of Africa, Ndere Cultural Center, and interaction with our African guides on a daily basis.
EAST AFRICATENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1- Kampala - Arrive at the airport and transfer to Kampala, check in to hotel, daytrip to city for lunch at Steers, shopping at Craft Market, Ice Cream at Specke Hotel. Overnight at Namirembe Guest House.
Day 2 - Kampala to Murchison Falls - Meet African safari guides and travel via four-wheel drive truck to Murchison Falls National Park. Camp at Red Chili’s Campsite
Day 3 - Murchison Falls - Gamedrive through Murchison Falls and boat trip up-river to Murchison Falls.
Day 4 - Trek to observe the chimpanzee.
Day 5 - Murchison Falls to Kampala
Return to Kampala with stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to observe Rhinos.
Day 6 - Kampala - Spend the day exploring Kampala. Visit African Hearts Orphanage in the morning. Free time in the afternoon in Kampala. Dinner at Ndere Cultural Center.
Day 7 - Jinja and the Nile - ½ day rafting on the Nile. Camp on the Nile River
Day 8 - Jinja to Bukoba, Tanzania - Drive to Bukoba, Tanzania. Night in Hotel on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Day 9 - Bukoba/Mwanza - Free day in Bukoba to explore the local culture.. Take overnight ferry across Lake Victoria to Mwanza.
Day 10 - Mwanza/Serengeti - Arrive in Mwanza and travel to Serengeti park. Afternoon game drive through the Serengeti. Camp in the Serengeti.
Day 11 - Serengeti/Ngorongoro - Morning gamedrive then to the Ngorongoro conservation area via Olduvai. Camp on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. It will be COLD.
Day 12 - Ngorongoro/Karatu
Game drive into Ngorongoro Crater in land cruisers followed by drive to Karatu for overnight at a campsite.
Day 13 - Karatu - Visit with the Hadzabe tribe, one of the last hunter gatherer tribes in the world. Observe a hunt with the tribe members.
Day 14 - Karatu to Moshi - Travel to Moshi.
Day 15 - Mt KilimanjaroDrive to Marangu at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro and trek to the first hut (9000’) on Mt. Kilimanjaro
Day 16 - Leave our guides and travel via the bus for an all day journey to Dar es Salaam
Day 17 - Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar - Travel by ferry to the spice island of Zanzibar. Tour Stone Town, then travel to the northern beach for the final accomodations. leave for accommodations in northern Zanzibar. Overnight at Sunset Bungalows.
Day 18 - May 20: Zanzibar - Snorkeling in the Indian Ocean
Day 19 - May 21: Zanzibar - Free day to explore the beach life and culture.
Day 20 - May 22: Zanzibar/Dar Es Salaam - Return via the ferry to Dar es Salaam.
Day 21 - May 23: Dar Es Salaam
1. Immunizations will be required
2. A major portion of this trip will be tent camping. This means sleeping in tents on the ground, very primitive toilets (holes in the ground at times), doing your laundry by hand, and cold showers, if they are available. If you sign up for this trip, please be prepared to rough it!!
GEED 365C – ECUADOR
Faculty: Carlisle Chambers
Meeting Night: Tuesday
This course will explore the natural and cultural diversity of Ecuador. The spectacular biodiversity of Ecuador encompasses the Galapagos Islands, the Amazonian rainforest, and the Andean Peaks. On this trip students will experience each of these. The incredible diversity of cultures, with over a dozen indigenous peoples will also be explored. We will travel from the modern city of Quito to the islands of the Galapagos, the highland villages of the Andes, and the remote settlements of the Amazon.
We will begin our exploration of Ecuador with Quito, the 9000-foot high capital and economic center of Ecuador. Among the sites of Quito, we will explore the World Heritage, historic Old Town with it’s picturesque plazas and magnificent churches. We will then take a side trip to the equator and the cultural markets of Otavalo. From Quito we will fly to one of the wonders of the world, the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. We will spend seven days and nights sailing between the various islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Activities will include up close and personal viewing of a variety of wildlife including the famous giant Galapagos tortoises, blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, marine and land iguanas, and sea lions. We will also view the underwater wildlife while snorkeling. After flying back to Quito we will be transported to the Cotopaxi National Park, where we will begin our three-day mountain biking experience at 15,000ft. We will travel by jeep and bike through the awe inspiring landscape of the Andes, staying overnight at small Andean villages. On our return to Quito we will travel by bus to the town of Lago Agrio and then to Samona Lodge in the Amazon rainforest in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. From here we will take hikes through the rainforest and canoe on the lakes and rivers of the reserve as we learn about the flora and fauna of the Amazon.
ECUADOR TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1- Arrival in Quito
Day 2 - City tour through the historical old town of Quito and visit to Middle of the World (the Equator)
Day 3 - Biking tour: Travel to Cotopaxi National Park (15000ft) and to begin biking tour.
Day 4 - Biking tour: – Hike to Quilotoa Crater Lake followed by another day of biking.
Day 5 - Biking tour – Travel to Chimborazo National Park (15000ft) to begin the final day of biking.
Day 6 - Quito – Free day to explore Quito – Night bus to Lago Agrio and the Amazon.
Day 7 – The Amazon Travel by bus and motorized dugpout canoe to the lodging in the Amazon. Night walk in search of nocturnal species with our naturalist guide.
Day 8 – The Amazon. Travel by canoe through the rainforest viewing the flora and fauna. After lunch a trek through the rainforest including lessons in the use of plants for survival. Finally go for a swim in the Laguna Grande lagoon.
Day 9 – The Amazon - Take a canoe trip to the Tarapuy Siona community where your naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of the native people. This will be followed by Piranha fishing in the afternoon and a Night-time canoe trip in search of caiman (alligators).
Day 10 – The Amazon - Return to Quito by canoe, bus and airline.
Day 11 - Otavalo Daytour
Visit the indigenous town of Otavalo which is famous for its handicraft market and colourful inhabitants. There will also be a visit to an indigenous family who make and play traditional musical instruments –
Day 12 – 20 - The Galapagos Islands - The Islands that changed the world.
Transfer by bus and airplane to the Galapagos Islands. The next few days we will reside on a sixteen passenger yacht as we study in the Galapagos Islands. The activities include snorkeling, hiking, and learning about the flora and fauna from our Ecuadorian naturalist guide.
Day 21 – Return to Portland
Special Note: This is an adventure Juniors Abroad trip that will include snorkeling in the Galapagos and mountain biking through the Andes. Thus participants must be in reasonable physical condition. Even though the majority of the mountain biking is downhill, it will be at high altitude. To participate in this course students will be required to be cleared for these activities by the George Fox Health and Counseling Center. Immunizations will be required for this trip.
GEED 365D – Greece/Turkey
Faculty: Jim Foster, Mark Weinert
Meeting Night: Thursday
Students will explore the history and cultures of the civilizations that border the Aegean sea. Framed by the Mediterranean sea, Turkey, and Greece, civilizations have risen and fallen along its shores and shaped world history, art and culture. Athens is the birthplace of democracy, and Istanbul was once Constantinople, founded by the first Christian Roman emperor. It is this region where Islam and Christianity live side by side with Islamic Turkey and Christian Greece. This is where the events in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey took place, including the siege of Troy. With remote monasteries, historic ruins, WWI battle sites, white sand beaches, and world class vistas, visiting the Aegean is a rich cultural experience.
Of special interest will be the visits to Athens (the Acropolis and Parthenon), Istanbul (the Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world, and Hagia Sophia, the great Christian church from the Byzantine age), Delphi, the site of the ancient Greek oracle, Greek Islands (Mykonos and Delos), Ephesus (the Temple of Hadrian, Curetes Street), and Plovdiv, Bulgaria, a crossroads of many civilizations.
GREECE/TURKEY TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1- Arrival in Athens.
Day 2 - Embark on ferry to Mykonos. Tour of Mykonos Town. Free time.
Day 3 - Boat to Delos islet. Tour of Delos, with its important Greek archaeological sites, and return to Mykonos by boat. Free time.
Day 4 - Ferry to Samos Island. Free time. This island is important back to classical Greece and is the birthplace of notable Greeks Pythagoras, Epicurus, and Aristarchus.
Day 5 - Tour of Samos. Boat to Kusadasi, a seaside town on the Turkish Aegean coast.
b, a ruined city of great importance in Greek and Roman times. The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World stood here; it was also the site of one of the Apostle Paul’s most important missionary destinations.
Day 7 – Leave Kusadasi for Canakkale, the nearest town to the ancient city of Troy.
Day 8 – Depart Canakkale for Istanbul. Stops at Gallipoli, the site of the most important World War I battlefield in the region.
Days 9-10 – Istanbul. Visits to the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman emperors, the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world, and the Hagia Sophia, the remarkable Christian church from the Byzantine age.
Day 11 – Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe. Churches, mosques, and Roman amphitheater are in a compact old city. Free time.
Day 12 – Depart Plovdiv. Stop in Asenovgrad, site of Asen’s Fortress, and Bachkovo monastery on the drive to Greece.
Day 13 – Travel to Thessaloniki, Greece.
Day 14 – Tour of Thessaloniki, with over a dozen museums representing the varied and rich cultural history of the area. Free time.
Day 15 - Travel to Kalambaka with stop at Vergina, a small Greek town with an important archaeological museum.
Day 16 – Travel to Delphi, stopping en route to visit the spectacular rock towers and monastery at Meteora. An additional stop at Thermopylae, site of the ancient Greek battle against the Persians, led by the 300 Spartans.
Day 17 – Tour of Delphi site and museum, famous for its oracle and being the center of the Greek worship of Apollo. Travel to Athens.
Day 18 – Sightseeing tour of Athens, including Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon.
Day 19 – Tour of Argolis region including Mycenae and Corinth, with its famous canal.
Day 20 – Saronic Gulf cruise, with stops on the three small islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.
Day 21 – Depart for Portland
GEED 365E – Iceland to France
Faculty: Isabelle Corneaux, Kathy Heininge
Meeting Night: Monday
Embark on a panoramic Study Tour of some of Europe’s most celebrated cities.
We will begin the adventure by exploring breathtaking landscapes in Iceland. We will go to the blue lagoon, an outdoor geothermal spa near Reykjavik and we will get a stunning impression of Iceland on the Golden Circle day tour which includes visiting geysers, cascades, volcanoes...
Then we will transfer to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and get acquainted with this historic city on a Canal tour and learn how the location of a port city has played a part in its history. We will visit some the most famous sights in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank’s House, The Van Gogh museum and reflect upon historic events that took place here during WWII. We'll be there for the Day of Remembrance and for Liberation Day when free concerts occur throughout the city. We will also worship with local Christians and visit the world’s biggest tulip garden; the Keukenhof Gardens. A visit of Zans windmills will conclude the Netherlands portion of our trip. Then we will travel to a country rich in art, culture, history and the most visited country in the world: France! We’ll discover some of the finest examples of Medieval architecture in Dijon, capital of Burgundy with the Palace of the Dukes and the Bernardines Monastery and learn about the interconnections between church and the state during the Middle Ages as manifested in the history of France. We will also visit l’Hôtel-Dieu, a hospital for the poor and needy founded in the 15th century in Beaune, wine capital of Burgundy and visit the vineyards by bicycles. From there we will go to the South of France in Provence where we’ll visit Avignon and the Popes’ Palace, the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe. We will also explore Arles, Alpilles, Lubéron regions and discover the influence of the Roman Empire. We will then enjoy “la douceur de vivre”, the good life in Provence through Aix farmers’ market and Cézanne’s studio and paintings. We will also spend the day in Camargue and swim in the Mediterranean sea. We will then experience changes in scenery as we ascend from the green valley to the picturesque town of Chamonix, located in the heart of the French Alps and the summit of Mont Blanc. Our final stay will be in the City of Lights, Paris! You will examine the role monuments play in Paris’ history as represented in such renowned and imposing examples as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. We will learn the basic feature of Gothic architecture through one of the most beautiful masterpiece of that style, Notre-Dame Cathedral. We will discover highlights such as the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay and its collection of Impressionist paintings and many other well-known sites in the most fabulous city in Europe! You will also have some free time to visit Normandy, Giverny, Versailles, or simply stroll in the most romantic city in the world!
ICELAND TO FRANCE TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1 – Flight Portland-Seattle-Reykjavik
Day 2 – Arrival in Reykjavik. Iceland Blue Lagoon. (geothermal pool)
Day 3 – Iceland - Excursion to the Golden Circle: Geysers and Waterfalls (full day tour)
Day 4 – Iceland - Day in Reykjavik. City sightseeing, shopping, exploring
Day 5 – Reykjavic to Amserdam - Dam Square, Nieumarkt area; Anne Frank house + canal tour.
Day 6 – Amsterdam - Van Gogh Museum; Zans Schanse Windmills.
Day 7 – Amsterdam - Church at the English speaking church. Keukenhof Gardens (world’s biggest tulip gardens)
Day 8 –.Amterdam to Dijon, France (train) - Orientation in Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, night tour
Day 9 – Dijon, Burgundy - Beaune Hospices (medieval hospital) + Winery tour, Bike tour in the vineyards (half day) + Dinner in Beaune
Day 10 – Dijon, Burgundy - Visit Catholic High School, Musée de la vie bourguignonne, (Folk museum) + Musée of Sacred Arts + free time in the city
Day 11 – Dijon –Avignon (train) - Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) + Avignon Bridge + orientation + free time
Day 12 – Avignon, Provence - Day Excursion in Alpilles by bus (Les Beaux de Provence, St Remy de Provence, Arles: Roman theatre, Roman Arena, Farmers market)
Day 13 – Avignon, Provence - Day Excursion in Lubéron by bus (Gordes, Roussillon, Abbaye de Senanque, Isle sur le Sorgue)
Day 14 – Avignon, Provence - Day Excursion by bus in Camargue, Ste Marie de la Mer + Mediterranean beach or Aix en Provence
Day 15 – Avignon to Chamonix (train) - Hike near Chamonix in the French Alps
Day 16 – Chamonix - Day hike + Gondola to the Mont Blanc (Aiguille du Midi)
Day 17 – Chamonix- Paris - Orientation, Latin Quarter, Cathedral Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tower by night, night boat tour on the Seine river
Day 18 – Paris - Louvre, Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur Basilica
Day 19 – Paris - Ste Chapelle, Musée Orsay, Musée Rodin, Invalides (optional)
Day 20 – Paris - Free day – museums, cultural activity of your choice
Versailles, Rouen, Bayeux, D Day beaches in Normandy, Chartres , Chantilly or Fontainbleau
Day 21 – Return to Portland
GEED 365F - India
Faculty: Matt Meyer
Meeting Night: Thursday
This trip will focus on the culture of India: the land of Gandhi, Mother Teresa and the Taj Mahal. Although India’s poverty is pervasive, high tech industry has driven India’s economy past America’s. The birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, we’ll see how markedly different religions coexist in (relative) harmony. We’ll watch monkeys scampering around temples, walk through the Taj Mahal, swim in the Indian Ocean and take auto-rickshaws to a Bollywood film.
Although primarily educational, there will also be a service component to this trip, as students have the opportunity to help patients in Mother Teresa’s missions, interact with kids while we reside in an orphanage, and ride ox-carts to bring medical care to Untouchables in remote fishing villages.
Note: We’ll be surrounded by extreme poverty and Third World conditions for much of the trip. Students taking this trip should be prepared for 110-degree weather and high humidity. Immunizations will be required.
INDIA TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1-2 – Delhi - After a quick stopover in Frankfurt, we’ll tour the city, including Hindu temples, a Murghal fortress, and buy Indian clothes at a bustling marketplace.
Day 3-4 – Agra - We’ll take a train to Agra, where we’ll visit the Taj Majal.
Day 5-8 – Calcutta - We’ll fly to Calcutta, where we’ll visit Mother Teresa’s home, and then spend a day or two volunteering at her missions. We’ll hang out with university students at a café, tour a Jain temple, and hit a Bollywood movie.
Day 9-11 – Chennai - We’ll then fly to Chennai where we’ll visit a snake and crocodile park, see where St. Thomas (aka “Doubting Thomas”) is buried, then do some body surfing in the Bay of Bengal.
Day 12-15 – Nellore - We’ll go by bus to Nellore, where we’ll stay at an orphanage, then ride ox-carts to remote fishing villages, where we’ll conduct medical camps for Untouchables.
Day 16-17 – Pondicherry - We’ll get a taste of French culture in Pondicherry, where we’ll have the chance to take a surfing lesson.
Day 18 – Chennai - Back to Chennai by bus, and then back to the States.
GEED 365 G – Israel/Jordan
Faculty: Kathy Weiss, Stephanie Fisher
Meeting Night: Wednesday
On this trip we are going to be exploring the ancient lands of Israel and Jordan. The birthplace of three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – the Middle East offers a unique blend of multicultural, political, and religious communities. Time will be spent prior to traveling studying the religious ideas, political etiologies, and social customs of this region. Then during our trip we will meet people from all walks of life to learn in a personal way what it’s like to live in their world. We will travel as Christian pilgrims reflecting on the teachings of Jesus as we visit the historic sites where the biblical events occurred. We will visit ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, and desert citadels as well as the biblical sites that are around every corner: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the brook where Jesus was baptized, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist, and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land. Travel will be mostly by bus. Itinerary: Galilee (4 days), Jerusalem and surrounds (5), Masada (1), Aqaba (1), Wadi Rum (1), Petra (2), Dead Sea (1), Amman and surrounds (5).
ISRAEL/JORDAN TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1- Arrival in Tel Aviv
Day 2- Travel through the Jezreel Valley: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Tiberius.
Day 3- Explore Sea of Galilee: Cross the sea on an early morning boat ride. Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes.
Day 4- Go North to the Golan Heights: Tel Dan, Banias, take a hike, Mt. Bental
Day 5- Travel to Jerusalem: Beth Shean, Jordan River valley, Mt of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane.
Day 6- Jerusalem: City of David, Old City, Western Wall and Southern Steps of the Temple
Day 7- Jerusalem: Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bethlehem
Day 8- Jerusalem: Way of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden tomb
Day 9- Jerusalem: Free Day
Day 10- Travel to Dead Sea region: Qumran, Ein Gedi falls, swim in Dead Sea
Day 11- Masada: Sunrise hike up the rampart to Masada. Travel to Eilat. Cross into Jordan and on to Tala Bay for a Red Sea snorkel
Day 12- Wadi Rum: Jeep excursion and desert camping.
Day 13- Petra: Hike hills above bedouin camp on the archeological reserve
Day 14- Petra: Trek to the secrete back entrance of Petra and spend the day exploring the ruins
Day 15- Dead Sea: In the village of Ghor al Mazar’a learn traditional skills then onto the Dead Sea.
Day 16- Amman: Photo scavenger hunt as we explore Amman
Day 17- Amman: Service project
Day 18- Jerash: Visit Gerasa, Elijah’s hill, Ajloun Castle, overnight in Jordanian homes
Day 19- Amman: Free Da
Day 20- Amman: Free Day
Day 21 – Amman: Free day. Our flight leaves in the evening.
GEED 365H - Italy
Faculty: Alex Pia, Tim Timmerman
Meeting Night: Tuesday
The purpose of this trip is to enhance the student’s appreciation of the richness found in the history, arts, land, and people of Italy, with a special emphasis given to the art produced during Medieval and Renaissance periods in Italy. Students will experience a nine city tour which will mingle sites such as the glorious ruins of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Catacombs, and Pompeii with the magnificent architecture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo, St. Mark’s Square, and the Trevi Fountain. In addition, students will be able to take in the breathtaking art of the masters such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel ceiling, and Raphael’s School of Athens. Students will have extended stays in Italy’s internationally known cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan and well as have time to relax in some smaller, picturesque town such as the costal resorts of Sorrento and Cinque Terra, and the hill town of Assisi. Finally, but of no small significance, students will be able to enjoy the regional cuisine, for which Italy is well known. Group meals are often an event that students from previous trips refer to as one of the highlights of this tour.
Museum tours, architectural treasures, and historical ruins abound in every city we will visit, and students will be given the preparation needed to equip them to more fully appreciate these treasures as they come into contact with them. Assignments will include readings dealing with major artists and historical events that have shaped Italy and influenced the western world. Students will work on cultural projects related to significant sites that we will be visiting. In addition, students will gain an appreciation for the culture and the people of Italy by having weekly class lessons in learning practical Italian that will allow them to use common greetings, introduce themselves, ask for directions, and carry on small talk. They will also be instructed in how to order meals, understand bus and train schedules, and be aware of cultural norms of Italian society. One goal of our study tour will be to enable our students to return to Italy as independent travelers.
ITALY TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1 – Flight from PDX Rome.
Day 2 - ROME- We spend our first day in Italy in the “Eternal City”, Rome, walking through the splendors of ancient imperial Rome such as the Colosseum and the Forum.
Day 3 - We spend our second day in Rome doing the “Dolce Vita Stoll” down the center of Rome with it’s accompanying sites, such as the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, and St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.
May 4 - Visit sites such as the Catecombs and the Borghese Gardens, and, so .
Day 5 - Travel to Sorrento, where we settle in and take a stroll around town. Finally, we will end our day with little bus ride up and down the Amalfi coast. The road allows us incredible views of the shimmering sea, since it is located at the edge of cliffs.
Day 6 - Pompei Today we will see an incredibly preserved ancient Roman city when we take a tour of the ruins of Pompei and learn much of what life was like for an average Roman citizen.
Day 7 - We will begin this day by ferrying to the “Island of Dreams,” Capri, where we will take a scenic tour of this breathtaking island, where emperors lived and the celebrities vacationed.
Day 8 - Travel to Orvieto
Day 9 – ORVIETO is a city on a hill, and exemplifies a traditional, medieval Italian hill town at it’s best. You have to take the “funicular” to get to the city. We will also visit some interesting local sites such as the Piazza Duomo, Chapel of the Corporal, and Chapel of St. Brizio.
Day 10 – ASSISI is another hill town, but what sets it apart from the others is its basilica, the Basilica of St. Francis, and the history behind it.
Day 11 - FLORENCE, the art lover’s paradise and the epicenter of the Renaissance! The seemingly endless breathtaking works of the Masters are scattered through this famed city. Visit sites of Florence - Academia, Museum of San Marco, Duomo
Day 12 – Visit some more sites of Florence - Galleria Degli Uffizi, Santa Croce, Baptistery, Medici Chapel
Day 13 - PISA –- How can you go to Italy and not see the Leaning Tower of Pisa? We see it and have lunch in this small quiet town on our way to the coast.
Days 14 – 15 - CINQUE TERRA – Time to slow down again and catch some sun on the beaches, kayaking along the coast, and hiking on the hills. The Cinque Terra has picturesque hill towns along the magnificent coast, all connected by a hiking trail (in addition to a train
Days 16 – 18 VENICE a city like no other! Built on tiny islands and interconnected with bridges, you will not see or hear a car in the entire city. St. Mark’s Basilica, along with its square and nearby Doge’s Palace, are some of the highlights, but art lovers will also enjoy this city’s attractions.
Days 19 – 20 - MILANO We come to the end of our journey at the upscale city of Milan, which is the financial and fashion center of Italy. We’ll take in some great sites, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and “La Scala” Opera House, do a little shopping in the fashion district, and end with a closing banquet.
Day 21 - Depart Milan and arrive in Portland
GEED 365I – Rome to Paris
Faculty: Steve Grant
Meeting Night: Wednesday
This European Study Tour will begin in Rome and will focus on the art, the history and the architecture of ancient and current Rome to set the stage for the trip’s major focus, which will be the influence of early Church and Renaissance history and its effect on our culture today. From Rome, we will travel south to Pompeii and experience not only a tragic day in the life of an Italian city, but glimpse a stoppage of time preserved for the ages. We then will travel north to Assisi and see the Basilica of St. Francis, and then travel on to Florence and experience more of the great Renaissance movement as we view many of Michelangelo’s works including “The David” and view the works of some of Michelangelo’s contemporaries.
From Florence, we will travel to the beautiful northwestern coastline of Italy and stay in Monterosso where we’ll enjoy several gorgeous hikes between the villages there followed by relaxing on the Mediterranean beaches. Following Cinque Terre, we travel north and west from Italy to the French city of Nice which will be our hub as we travel to visit a variety of Roman ruins and ancient architecture in the cities of Aix-en-Provence, Nimes, Arles, and Avignon. The final two-part leg of our journey will be to Paris, about which little needs to be said, and then on to the Beaches of Normandy and the American Cemetery before heading back to Paris for our final night
ROME TO PARIS TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1 – Leave PDX on way to Rome
Day 2 – Arrive in Rome and do walking tour to the Pantheon, Piazza Novona, Fontana De Trevi, The Spanish Steps
Day 3 – Visit the Coliseum, San Pietro in Vincoli, The Forum, Palatine Hill, Mammertine Prison (where Peter and
Paul were incarcerated), Capitolino, Catacombs.
Day 4 – Visit St. Peter’s Basilica,The Vatican Museum, The Sistine Chapel,
Day 5 – Day trip by Train to Naples and Pompeii, or Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius
Day 6 – Travel to Assisi by Train. Sight seeing in Assisi and a visit to the church of St Francis of Assisi
Day 7 – Travel by Train to Florence. Introduction to the city of Florence, Italy
Day 8 – Visit the Academia (home to Michelangelo’s David), Visit the Bargello Museum, The Duomo, Santa Croce, Michelangelo Park, The Ponte Veccio
Day 9 – Depart by train for Cinque Terre, and Monterosso for hiking and swimming in the Mediterranean
Day 10 – Depart by train for Niceafter relaxing near the hotel. Site seeing and an evening in Nice.
Day 11 – Depart by train for Villa Franch Sur Mer and Monde Carlo and return for the final night in Nice
Day 12 – Depart Nice by Train for Aix-en-Provence and see the Roman and medieval remains
Day 13 – Day trip by Train for Avagnon and Arles and visit the Roman remains there
Day 14 – Depart by Train for Antibesand visit Eze and hike to the summit and then visit Nimes to see the Coliseum
Day 15 - Day to relax and enjoy a quiet final day before Paris
Day 16 – Depart for Paris, dinner and a walk to the Eiffel Tower after dark
Day 17 – Louvre, Musee d’Orsay,
Day 18 – Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Pantheon, Tomb de Napoleon
Day 19 – Depart by Train to Normandyand visit the battlefield beaches and the American Cemetery
Day 20 – Champs Elysee, Arc de Triumph, Place de la Concorde, Possible trip to Versailles, Eiffel Tower just before
dark to see the sunset and the evening lights across the city.
Day 21 – Return to Portland
GEED 365J – Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea
Faculty: Brent Wilson, Jeff Duerr
Meeting Night: Tuesday
This tour will study the history, culture, and influence of western values and religion in Asian cultures by visiting South Korea, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Students will have opportunity to visit several religious temples and historical sites. Some of the sites will include Changgyonggung (summer palace built in 1104 for the first Yi king), Namdaemun (14th century gate into the city), and even the DMZ between North and South Korea while in Seoul. You will actually be allowed to “step” into North Korea. In Hong Kong we will spend much of our time in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island. In Vietnam we visit many historical and religious sites within Hanoi including a day trip to the “Hanoi Hilton,” the prison that housed many United States Airman during the Vietnam War including Senator John McCain. We have even scheduled a half-day Vietnamese cooking class in Hanoi itself. Lastly, We will also travel to Ha Long Bay one of Vietnam’s most treasured locations with over 3000 islands within the bay. We will spend a couple days and nights aboard a “junk” as we travel throughout the islands.
IMPORTANT - This trip offers food beyond anything you have ever thought of, which is both scary and exciting. Most of locations we stay have ‘some understanding’ of vegetarian but they most definitely do not understand vegan. Please keep this in mind if choosing this trip. Immunizations will be required.
VIETNAM, HONG KONG, SOUTH KOREA TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Day 1 – Arrive in Seoul, South Korea
Day 2-3 Seoul and Vicinity– travel through Seoul, visiting many historical and cultural sites including Changgyonggung (summer palace built in 1104 for the first Yi king), Namdaemun (14th century gate into the city) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Changgyeonggung
Day 4 Panmunjom & DMZ Tour – visit Camp Bonifas and the DMZ. You will have an opportunity to “step” into North Korea inside the United Nations building that sits on the border of both North and South Korea. You will also go down into the tunnels of aggression that were dug by North Korea as attack avenues to South Korea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Demilitarized_Zone
Day 5-7 Seoul and Vicinity
Day 8 Yoido Full Gospel Church – Attend one of the 7 Sunday services at the largest Christian church in the world. They have almost 2,000,000 people in their congregation. http://english.fgtv.com
Day 9 Flight to Hong Kong, China
Day 10-13 Hong Kong and Vicinity – tour Kowloon, Hong Kong Harbor, and Hong Kong Island. Visit Victoria Peak along with Ocean Park (combination Zoo and Theme Park). The Panda’s are absolutely awesome! http://www.thepeak.com.hk/en/
Day 14 Flight to Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 15-17 Live Aboard in Ha Long Bay – Spend two days soaking up the sun as we tour around Ha Long Bay on the eastern shore of Vietnam. We will be spelunking (caving), kayaking, and swimming in one of the most beautiful scenic areas in the world. Ha Long Bay has over 5,000 islands. http://www.orientalsails.com
Day 18-20 Hanoi and Vicinity– tour Hanoi and live in the “old quarter.” Influences of the French occupation can still be seen in their architecture and can be tasted in their breads! Oh, the breads!! We will visit Hoa Loa Prison, now a museum, which is where U.S. Airman were housed (including Senator John McCain) during the Vietnam War. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoi_Hilton
Day 21 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – tour the grounds of Ho Chi Minh’s residence and also go to the mausoleum and actually see Ho Chi Minh. He continues to lie in state at the mausoleum (note: he died 9/2/1969). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Min
Day 22 Fly to Portland– From the time you wake until we land in Portland… it will be 46 hours. J