Upcoming May Term Study Experiences

Travel to: Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Armenia, Medellin, Santa Marta, Cartagena

Travel Dates: May 15–June 4, 2019

Courses (choose one): SPAN 300MM, HON 300G, OEL 300C, ENVI 300I

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, Kellie Gerbers, and Sarah MacCarthy

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: Nov. 30, 2018; March 22, 2019; April 26, 2019; May 13–14, 2019

Prerequisites: SPAN 110 or permission of instructor required for SPAN 300.

Study Experience Cost: $3,665, includes round-trip air transportation (SLC–Bogotá), ground transportation, hotels or other lodging, all meals (with the exception of two dinners), entrance fees, and international health insurance. Participants will need an estimated $100 additional spending money for meals and personal expenses.

Program Notes: A moderate level of physical fitness is required to participate in the ecological hikes, fieldwork, and other physical activity, including hiking in the Colombian mountains and national parks and walking daily on cobblestone streets while in rural areas. This program can accommodate vegetarian diets.

Program Rotation: Planned for May Term in odd-numbered years.

Course Description: Today, Colombia is known as the second most biodiverse country on earth, rich in contemporary and prehistoric cultures, and a model for post-conflict society building. While exploring the Colombian culture, social movements, and history, students will also study firsthand aspects of this country’s diverse landscapes, geology, ecology, and sustainable agriculture, as well as its approach to environmental challenges. Students will participate in social and environmental service learning projects with local community partners. This course will also involve field projects to: (1) evaluate the social, environmental, and cultural impact of páramos (unique mountain wetlands) and their impact on life quality, and (2) evaluate the impacts on ecotourism practices in an urban/rural canyon and national parks. We will travel and hike (routes of the famous “botanical expedition”) along the mountainous terrain of the Andes through cloud forests, high savannas, páramos, colonial villages, and finally the Caribbean coast. Following these paths, students will have many opportunities to connect to cultural traditions, reinforcing Spanish for those taking the course for Spanish credit and providing students the opportunity to act as a cultural bridge for those students who do not speak the language. Homestays in Bucaramanga city will also provide students with invaluable experiences.

Travel to: Zürich, Lausanne, Geneva, Lucerne, Zermatt

Travel Dates: May 14–29, 2019

Courses (choose one): BUSI 412SI, AVIA 412SI, HON 300SI

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: Ryan Leick and Patrick Veillette

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: Feb. 15, 2019; April 19, 2019; May 13, 2019

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $3,800 includes round-trip air transportation (SLC–Zurich), ground transportation, hostels with breakfast included, and international health insurance. Participants will need an estimated $300–$500 additional spending money for meals (lunches and dinners), entrance fees, and personal expenses.

Program Notes: Students should be prepared to walk long distances, use public transportation, walk cobblestone streets, and hike mountain trails. The mountain trails require a moderate level of physical fitness and appropriate footwear. Many locations will not have accessible entrances or access to elevators. This program can easily accommodate vegetarian or vegan diets.

Program Rotation: Planned for May Term 2019 only.

Course Description: This May Term Study Experience will provide students with a firsthand opportunity to understand Switzerland’s enviable quality of life through the lenses of education, environmental policy, economics, language, and culture. Students will delve into how a small, land-locked nation with immense topographical barriers and four distinct national languages manages to create some of the world’s most valued and innovative products that have done much to improve our collective global quality of life. Participants will visit museums, CERN, the United Nations, chocolatiers, cheese makers, aircraft manufacturers, and legendary mountain locations. The trip will extensively utilize the famed multi-modal transportation system (trains, trams, gondolas) for a first-hand experience of its efficiency and key role in the Swiss economy. Students will return from the trip with a better understanding of Swiss economic and education policies that promote innovation, sophisticated businesses, and a highly effective labor market. Students will be immersed in two of Switzerland’s official languages (German and French) and cultures during the tours.

Travel to: Bangkok, Kalasin, Chiang Mai, Ko Samet

Travel Dates: May 12–June 9, 2019

Courses (choose one): PUBH 300DD, EDUC 300DD, NURS 300DD, HON 300DD

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: Han Kim, Peter Ingle

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: Dec. 6, 2018; Jan. 17, 2019; Feb. 13, 2019; March 12, 2019; April 11, 2019; April 24, 2019; May 9, 2019

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $4,400, includes round-trip air transportation (SLC to Bangkok, Thailand), ground transportation, hotels or other lodging, all meals, entrance fees, and international health insurance. Participants will need an estimated $100–$300 additional spending money for personal expenses.

Program Notes: Accessibility for differently-abled students may be limited because of the nature of the travel, particularly in the rural areas of Thailand. Please contact the trip leaders to assess accessibility on a case-by-case basis. There are no required activities that are physically demanding.

Program Rotation: Planned to be offered in May Term every year.

Course Description: This course will explore the educational, health, and developmental needs of rural Thai citizens and indigenous populations through cultural immersion and active participation in service projects. Students will participate in deep cultural immersion activities and service-learning projects in two distinct rural Thai villages, one in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai, Thailand, and one in the rural Northeast near Khon Kaen, Thailand, that will help alleviate some of the health, educational, and developmental issues present while staying with local families within the villages.

Other activities will include a visit to a groundbreaking new concept school in the Northeast, tours of historically significant sites in Thailand, visiting an HIV/AIDS hospice, sightseeing in Bangkok, and a relaxing few days on a tropical island to end the trip. Students will meet during spring semester for preparatory sessions that will ready them for the experience. Course assignments will include reflective journaling, active discussions during the trip, and a reflective multimedia project at the end of the trip.

Travel to: Big Island of Hawaii

Travel Dates: May 13–26, 2019

Courses (choose one): CHEM 300F, BIOL 300EE, ENVI 300NN, GEOL 300E, HON 300NN

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: Christy Clay, Robyn Hyde, Tiffany Rivera

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: April 26, 1–3:00 p.m.; May 3, 1–4:00 p.m.; May 13, 1–3:00 p.m.; May 28, 1-3:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $3,350, includes round-trip air transportation (SLC to Hawaii), ground transportation, lodging, entrance fees, approximately 50 percent of meals and a small meal allowance. Participants will need an estimated $100–$300 additional spending money for meals, snacks, and personal expenses. Opportunities for scuba diving are available at an additional cost.

Program Notes: Students should be prepared to walk and hike more than three miles over rough and sandy terrain and at high elevation. Hikes could be longer if the possibility exists to view an active lava flow. Students should be comfortable in a boat and around water with no lifeguard present, though all swimming/snorkeling experiences are optional. Due to the remoteness of the areas visited, some buildings may not have accessible entrances or access to elevators. Because of the current activity of the active volcano and excursions to high elevation areas, fumes may negatively affect those with asthma or other respiratory problems. Since the program cost includes an allowance for food, this program can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences.

Program Rotation: Planned for May Term in odd-numbered years.

Course Description: This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to studying the island of Hawaii. Hawaii is one of the newest landmasses on Earth, and therefore can provide insights into how islands form and become inhabited. The fact that this is such a new natural environment does not, however, mean that it is pristine. Already this island is being adversely affected not only by the natural elements but also by commercial exploitation and population growth. Important aspects of our discussions will include island formation, the responsibilities that people have for the stewardship of the island known as “America’s Paradise,” food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture.

While traveling around the Hawaiian island, each day the class will drive, boat, hike, and/or snorkel to different destinations, and at each destination the culture, history, science, and/or agroecology unique to the area will be highlighted. The travel will begin at the youngest part of the island and end at the oldest part of the island. Most evenings will wrap up with discussions about the encounters of the day and stewardship. Students will be given time to reflect in their journals. This course is highly interdisciplinary. Students will not simply be learning about agroecology, biology, chemistry, geology, and history, they will be learning how these fields come together to create sustainability, such as safeguarding reef systems, protecting the nutrient balance of a rain forest, and enhancing ecosystem functions to improve food production. There are at least two optional scuba diving experiences for those who have their open water certification, each at an additional expense.

Travel to: Bluff, Utah; Chinle, Arizona; and Tuba City, Arizona

Travel Dates: May 13–23, 2019

Courses (choose one): NURS 300F, EDUC 300E, PLSC 300R, JUST 300RR

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: Rebecca Penerosa, Cordelia Schaffer, and Marsha Morton

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: April 11 and 23, 2019, 7–8:30 p.m.; May 7 and 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $1,100, includes round-trip van transportation (SLC to Arizona), hotels or other lodging, most meals, and entrance fees. Participants will need an estimated $50 additional spending money for meals and personal expenses.

Program Notes: This itinerary includes fully accessible visits to national parks and other natural areas.

Program Rotation: Planned to be offered in May Term every year.

Course Description: This course introduces students to Hopi and Diné cultures. It includes social, educational, environmental, political, economic, artistic, health, and caring aspects of lived histories and practices. Students will have the opportunity to explore the complex histories, world views, and perceptions of the environment, relationships, and values of Hopi/Diné people through a variety of perspectives. All students will participate in a nine-day field trip designed to explore health issues, educational practices, and ecosystems on Hopi and Diné nations in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Students will visit Indian Health Services and private health care facilities, schools, Hopi and possibly Diné families, museums, and national park sites. Students will participate in a guided field and river trip on the San Juan River. Students will also visit related organizations in Salt Lake City after field experience. Students from all majors are welcome.

Itineraries and other details are subject to change due to factors that may be outside of the control of Westminster College. Please consult faculty leaders with specific questions related to itineraries, classes, or costs.