Gettysburg & Normandy | Scotland | Vienna & Paris | Japan
Ghana | Trinidad & Tobago | Costa Rica | Spain
Mexico (Medicine) | Mexico (Language)
DESTINATIONS: Gettysburg, PA • Normandy, France
INSTRUCTOR: Steven O’Day
DESCRIPTION: Through selected readings, film viewings, and travel to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania and D-Day invasion sites in Normandy, France, students will explore leadership concepts and a variety of leadership styles. We will experience two days on the Gettysburg Battlefield from the perspectives of both Confederate and Union participants, discuss what leadership attributes were displayed and not displayed, and apply those leadership examples to our own leadership opportunities. The same exercise will be repeated through the lens of the D-Day invasion of World War II. While this course certainly involves historical moments, it is not singularly focused on what happened at that time. Rather, we use these events to explore, craft, and apply our own leadership opportunities both now and in the future. Students should expect to complete outside reading assignments (most notably Killer Angels by Michael Shaara) and discuss and critically analyze leadership concepts. Through readings, film review, experiential learning, and other reflective writing, students will create a personal leadership action plan as a culminating project.
NOTES: This is a MAY TERM 2020 course. Seniors who graduate in May 2020 may not register for this course. However, seniors who complete degree requirements in May 2020 may choose to delay graduation until August in order to take this course.
DESTINATION: Scotland (Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Aberdeen,
Inverness, Oban, Iona, Stirling)
INSTRUCTORS: Wayne Crannell, John Williams
COST: $4425 + $825 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: Scotland is a place created from myths we already know. Game of Thrones? Lord of the Rings? These are based in romanticized worlds not that far removed from the real Scotland and its zeitgeist. Almost anyone with European roots can trace her ancestors back to a Highland glen or a Scottish island. But the Scots, in spite of carving an existence out of nothing more than oppressive poverty and from under the shadow of foreign rule by everyone from the Romans to the Celts to the English, nevertheless managed to make some of the most significant contributions to religion, history, culture, science, and politics seen in western culture. This course is a study of the development of the “idea” of Scotland through the exploration of its history, religion, and culture, and illustrated by its ruins. With daily visits to as many as 50 sites, including castles, churches, and archeological sites and the stories that accompany them, students will spend 21 days immersed in the remnants of Scotland’s past while also having the opportunity to experience both modern life in towns and cities across the country as well as more than a wee bit of the Highlands.
PREREQS: While it is assumed that you do not have any previous experience with Scotland, you absolutely MUST have a strong interest in history as well as appreciation for religion. You must also realize this is largely an outdoor trip. You will be at the sites daily, probably in the rain or snow and always in the wind, taking pictures and making journal entries. A degree of physical comfort with walking and the outdoors is highly recommended.
DESTINATIONS: Vienna and Paris
COST: $5151 + $300 out-of-pocket
INSTRUCTORS: Wolfgang Lueckel, Colin Foss
DESCRIPTION: Do you enjoy your cup of Joe in the morning? Do you need caffeine to get you through the day? Do you really like the taste of coffee? Have you ever wondered how humans have cultivated coffee as a beverage and how it has eventually arrived in your hands? In this JanTerm course, we will be travelling first to Paris and then to Vienna not only to learn more about coffee’s history but to live with coffee for almost four weeks, to explore every facet the mysterious bean has to offer, including its colonial history and the socio-cultural impact of the beverage. Hundreds of coffee houses have emerged in and around Vienna in the past three hundred years, many of them well-known beyond the city limits. Ever since the Turks supposedly brought the coffee bean to Europe in 1863, Vienna has established an obsession about coffee like no other place. Paris has a very different but equally historic relationship to coffee. In Paris, we will explore some of the thousands of cafés that dot the boulevards and side streets of the French capital, from the local hole-in-the-wall to the famous left-bank Café-de-Flore, once frequented by intellectuals like Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Pablo Picasso. In both locations, we will explore an important aspect of café culture as a social fabric: gazing, people watching and other interactions in a hybrid public/private space. As part of the experiential component, students will learn the proper way to prepare coffee. We will go to dedicated coffee roasters, study the selection of green beans, roasting techniques and various brewing methods. In Vienna, we will visit the Vienna Coffee Festival In hands-on workshop sessions guided by local coffee professionals (Caféothèque Paris and Coffee Pirates, Vienna), we will then make our own coffee, scrutinizing all the important parameters that are necessary to make a superb cup, not just some “Joe” as is commonly served at American chain stores, often called “jus-de-chaussette” (sock-water) in French or “schwarze Brühe” (black broth) in German. Preparing coffee is a science and an art, and we will learn to control various parameters such as grind, tamp, extraction techniques (such as espresso, pour-over, immersion), water, concentration, milk steaming and more. In addition to the specific coffee focus, we will also explore Vienna’s rich cultural offerings (such as a visit to Schönbrunn castle, various cathedrals, the Habsburg crypt, a live musical performance at one of the major concert houses, operas or theatrical stages). In Paris, we will pair visits to major monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral with tours of historic neighborhoods like Montmartre with its café-concerts, the most famous of which being the Moulin-Rouge, or the neighborhood of Belleville, where 19th-century revolutionaries fomented insurrection in cafés, and where can now be found one of Paris’ most multi-cultural and vibrant communities. During a final ethnographic project, students will explore a coffee-related topic on their own, interview and observe people who drink or make coffee, research information, and write a brief paper on their findings. A personal interview is required for participation in this course.
DESTINATION: Japan (Tokyo, Chiba, Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Hijemi)
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Langton
COST:$5289 + $750 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: This course provides students the opportunity to gain new cultural perspectives by personally experiencing Japan. Through study with faculty and professionals associated with IES/Tokyo, homestays with Japanese families, and excursions to historically and culturally significant sites within Japan, students will achieve a fuller and more personal understanding of Japanese culture and history, and a fuller awareness of the complexities of intercultural communication. After an intensive three-day introduction to Japanese culture held on the Austin College campus, we will fly to Tokyo. Our first week in Japan will be spent at the IES Tokyo Center near the campus of Kanda University, in Makuhari City, where students will receive instruction in the Japanese language, and in aspects of Japanese history and culture through excursions into Tokyo. Language instruction will target two levels of students: those with little or no knowledge of Japanese, and those will three semesters or more of Japanese study. While studying at the IES Center, students will stay with Japanese host families and will have ample opportunities to practice the communication skills they are acquiring. We will also engage in a service learning activity while in the Tokyo area. Our second week in Japan will be devoted to visiting a variety of sites in throughout Japan. We will witness the vitality of that ultra-modern mega-city, Tokyo, and observe gracefully enduring traditions in the ancient capital of Kyoto. We will experience the serenity of temples and shrines in Nara and Kamakura, as well as the jarring emotions evoked by Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome and Peace Park Museum. And throughout our time in Japan, we will interact with Japanese in Japanese.
PREREQS: Students must be willing and able to walk a lot.
DESTINATION: Ghana (Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast)
INSTRUCTORS: Mathias Akuoko, Miki Mohammed
COST: $4950 + $300 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: We will travel to Ghana to learn about healthcare treatment, diagnosis, education, access, & training in a healthcare facility that performs some of the most complex surgeries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We will also explore and experience the health realities that Ghanaians face amid challenges created by social, environmental, cultural, and economic forces. Students will get the opportunity to experience Ghana’s health care system firsthand by shadowing and interacting directly with both private and public health care practioners. Through these we will learn how healthcare is accessed and delivered in other parts of the world. We will also have the opportunity explore the culture of Ghana and visit some historical sites along the coastal reagions of Ghana. This course is designed to expose students to the interrelationship between the clinical and public health in Ghana. While we will spend a majority of the time at the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) and at the Nation’s premier teaching hospital actively shadowing, learning, and experiencing how healthcare is delivered in Ghana, we will also have the opportunity to experience life in Accra and in the cities and towns around the capital. You must also know that this is not a trip for leisure. You will be in facilities and communities shadowing and interacting with healthcare providers and patients. Nonetheless, there will be enough time to appreciate the outdoors and life in Ghana.
PREREQS: None. However, you must have a strong interest in experiencing how healthcare is delivered in other parts of the world, as well an appreciation for other cultures.
INSTRUCTOR: Marty Dryburgh
COST: $4657 + $300 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this international travel experience is for students to engage in service learning in Trinidad while learning about Afro-Caribbean History and Culture. During this experience, students will learn about the African migration to the Caribbean through several tours and excursions. Interactive tours through Mount St. Benedict, the Lopinot Historical Cocoa farm, the Indio Caribbean Museum, and the Temple in the Sea will give students insight into the Afro-Caribbean culture and history. Additionally, students will spend several sessions volunteering with the Living Waters Community. The students will learn about how Living Waters is assisting the current influx of Venezuelan refugees in Trinidad. Rather than doing one service learning session, students will be volunteering throughout their time in the country.
DESTINATION: Costa Rica
INSTRUCTOR: Renee Countryman
COST: $4000 + $500 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: We will devote our Jan Term to being fully immersed in Nature with daily Yoga practices and Art instruction. We will also learn about how nature, art, and yoga benefit brain health. The health benefits associated with a daily yoga practice are well established, and many researchers are also reporting health benefits from art. Not only will we all experience a significant reduction in stress levels, but hopefully you will also start to notice how your yoga practice and artistic endevours affect thought processes. These health benefits and changes in perceptions are all intertwined with changes in the human brain. During the course of human evolution, we have only surrounded ourselves in a concrete jungle for a small blip of time. Our brains and bodies evolved as a part of a social being in nature. We will learn about how our current existence changes the brain in negative ways while also working on positive brain change facilitated by complete immersion in a natural environment. From the Pacific ocean to the depths of the Costa Rican jungle, nature will surround us at all times. We will spend three weeks in Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, we will spend one week in Pavones at the Pavones Yoga Center. We will focus on yoga, art, and physical and mental health in this isolated village on one of the southernmost pacific coasts in Costa Rica. We will then move on to Tiskita Nature Preserve for more yoga and art paired with nature and conservation education. We will travel to a few other areas of Costa Rica to continue our practice of yoga, art instruction, and nature immersion Must be able to hike up steep terrain with elevation gains over 1500 feet in one walking session. This course will require a high level of physical fitness. We will be engaged in significant phyical activity for up to 6 hours a day in 100% humidity. A commitment to practicing yoga and meditation daily is required and a desire to express yourself through art.
PREREQS: Very good physical condition.
DESTINATION: Spain (Seville, Granada, Salamanca, and Madrid)
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Yetta McKelva
COST: $3940 + $500 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: This course is an immersion experience that includes a study of the Spanish language while in Seville and an opportunity to tour major cities in the Western and Southern parts of Spain. The course will begin in Seville at the Spanish Studies Abroad Center where students will attend morning classes three hours each day. There will be afternoon cultural activites twice a week. Homestays will provide students with additional exposure to the languge and the culture while living and interacting with Spanish families. The trip begins with the The King’s Day Parade and a walking tour of Seville. Additional travel excursions include a day trip to Mérida and Córdoba, an overnight stay and tours in Granada, Salamanca and Madrid. Students have several afternoons and a part of weekend free while in Seville for their cultural immersion and enjoyment. Levels of Spanish classes offered are based on the student’s proficiency – elementary up to intermediate levels. Be ready to walk the streets of Seville, and to improve your Spanish where the language began!
PREREQS: Spanish 102 credit or 201 placement required.
DESTINATION: Mexico (Tabasco)
INSTRUCTOR: Julie Hempel
COST: $2700 + $200 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: This course is an immersion experience intended to give you hands on medical experience, as well as improving your skills in the Spanish language and your knowledge of Mexican culture. The course will be held at the Unidad Médica Guerrero in Villahermosa, Tabasco. Students will shadow and work with Dr. Leticia Guerrero in the Guerrero Clinic and will visit the Medical School and meet with medical students at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT). One day a week, students will also attend a class on Medicine in Mexico at the Clinic. Additional travel and excursions include: El Zócalo, Templo Mayor, and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. We will also visit Puebla, Tlaxcala, and the Mayan ruins of Palenque and Comalcalco. Homestays will provide students with additional language exposure and an invaluable cultural experience as students see how Mexican families live and interact. This is not the border or the beach; students will experience a Mexico they may not have even imagined!!!
PREREQS: Spanish 202 credit or 236 placement required. Students must be willing and able to walk a lot and have a strong interest in Mexican history and culture.
DESTINATION: Mexico (Querétaro, Mexico City, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Xilitia)
INSTRUCTOR: Julie Hempel
CHAPERONE: Jacqueline Klassen
COST: $2800 + $200 out-of-pocket
DESCRIPTION: This course is an immersion experience intended to give you hands-on experience in the Spanish language and Mexican culture. The course will be held at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro in the historic downtown area of this colonial city. As a World Heritage site and voted the top destination for pedestrian tourism in Mexico, Querétaro has consistently been identified as one of the 3 Mexican cities with the highest quality of life index (measured by safety, cleanliness, and variety of cultural offerings). Morning classes are held 4 hours per day and will be taught in small groups and one on one with a Mexican tutor. Afternoons will include visits to local cultural sites and NGOs. Additional travel and excursions include: El Zócalo, Templo Mayor, and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, We will also visit Puebla, Tlaxcala, Teotihuacán pyramids, and the Surreal tropical gardens of Xilitla. Students will study language and culture in the classroom, on the plaza, at the market and at other sites around town. Some classroom topics include: Mesoamerican Mythology, contemporary Mexican literature and/or creative writing in Spanish. Homestays will provide students with additional language exposure and an invaluable cultural experience as students see how Mexican families live and interact. This is not the border or the beach; students will experience a Mexico they may not have even imagined!!!
PREREQS: Spanish 201. Students must be willing and able to walk a lot and have a strong interest in Mexican history and culture.