Travel to: Saint Jean Pied de Port, France; Madrid, Spain; Roncesvalles, Spain; Pamplona, Spain; Burgos, Spain; Leon, Spain; Sarria, Spain; Santiago, Spain; Pontevedra, Spain; Salamanca, Spain; Braga, Portugal; and more
Travel Dates: May 10–June 7, 2020
Courses (choose one): ENVI 300A, HON 300AE, SPAN 300B, HIST 300AE, or MATH 200A
Engaging the World: Successful completion of this May Term Study Experience with a grade of C- or better fulfills the Engaging the World graduation requirement.
Faculty/Staff Leaders: Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, Bill Bynum, and Jeff Nichols
Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: Nov. 14, Feb. 15, Mar. 21, Apr. 19, and May 8
Prerequisites: SPAN 110 or equivalent for Spanish. No prerequisites for other courses.
Study Experience Cost: $3,800 includes round-trip air transportation (SLC to Madrid), ground transportation, hotels or other lodging, all breakfasts, some lunches and a majority of dinners, entrance fees, some guides, international health insurance, and faculty expenses. Participants will need an estimated $300 additional spending money for some lunches and personal expenses.
Program Notes: This course is physically and emotionally demanding. Participants must carry all their possessions in a single backpack as they trek between 12-16 miles per day. Westminster will work with participants in advance of the trip to ensure they are physically prepared for such a challenge. It is recommended that students consult with a doctor if they have any concerns about the physically and emotionally demanding nature of this excursion.
Program Rotation: Planned to be offered in May Term during even-numbered years (2020 and 2022).
Course Description: Students become pilgrims as they trek along the Camino de Santiago, a route that followed the Milky Way, from the French Pyrenees to Finisterre (once considered the end of the world) on Spain and Portugal’s Atlantic coast. This is a journey of body, soul, and mind for students who crave adventure and want an immersive experience.
As students trek along what was once a primitive trade route, they will discuss the history of the Camino pilgrimage and how it has evolved over time. And, as they skirt mountains and move through verdant valleys, they will discover how the environment has shaped the trail and how the pilgrim experience has shaped the world around it.
In cities, small villages, and along the trail, students will immerse themselves in language and culture as they communicate with residents, farmers owners, hospitaleros, and other pilgrims. For almost 4 weeks, they will live a simple life, carry what they need on their backs, sleep in simple quarters called albergues, and experience the Spanish countryside and the incredible food and people of Spain. The physical demands of this pilgrimage coupled with the academic assignments and camaraderie of students and faculty create a transformative adventure that will define the college experience.