George Fox University students travel the world this spring on annual Juniors Abroad trips

May 2nd, 2017

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More than 300 will visit locales that include Europe, India, Africa and Australia

NEWBERG, Ore. – More than 300 George Fox University students, faculty chaperons and family members are leaving for 14 international study trips all over the world – including South Africa, Central America, Europe, India and Australia – for three weeks during the month of May.

The trips are part of the university’s Juniors Abroad program, which, since 1987, has annually sent third- and fourth-year students on overseas study trips led by professors. George Fox pays transportation and program costs; students pay room and board. Each trip holds preparation classes during the spring semester.

The following are brief descriptions of this year’s trips. All are scheduled for three weeks and embark during the first week of May.

Australia: On this trip, students will visit the Blue Mountains, hike to Wentworth Falls, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Rainforest Station Aboriginal Cultural Center, see the Australian Zoo, and go whitewater rafting on the Tully River. A home stay with Australian families is planned as part of the visit.

Berlin to Pula: This tour will highlight the Nazi and Communist resistance movements as they occurred throughout central and eastern Europe. Stops include the Berlin Wall, the cities of Prague, Vienna and Salzburg, and the beaches of Croatia, including a Roman ruin, the Pula Arena.

Central America: This study tour will focus on the people of Central America as well as the diverse plant and animal populations of the jungles of tropical highlands and beaches. Visits will include the countries Costa Rica and Honduras.

East Africa: This trip 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. Visits to the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya and Amboseli National Park at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro are planned. The group will also go to the historical spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.

England/France: Students will spend time in London visiting such sites as the Tower of London, the British Museum, the National Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. From there, they will travel to Dover to see the white cliffs and a medieval castle and World War II sites before heading to Bath. In France, stops include the French Riviera, and Roman and medieval sites in Avignon.

Greece: The group will visit the cities of Athens, Corinth, Nafplion, the Kalamata region, Ancient Olympia, Ioannina, Vergina, Philippi, Berea, Thessaloniki, Katerini, Sevasti, Dion, Meteora, Delphi and Sounion. The trip will also visit three Greek islands.

India/Sri Lanka: This South Asian journey will focus on northern India, the land of the centuries-old Mughal culture, the British Raj, and the melting pot of world religions. In the course of three weeks, the team will visit significant shrines, temples, mosques and religious sites of Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, Jains, Baha’i and Christians.

Ireland/Scotland: This trip will focus on the history of spirituality in Ireland and Scotland. It includes stops in Edinburgh and St. Andrews in Scotland and visits to Dublin, Newgrange and Westmeath, Ireland, as well as Clonmacnoise to see the ancient Christian site founded by St. Ciaran.

Israel/Jordan: This group will travel as Christian pilgrims and reflect on the teachings of Jesus at historic sites where the biblical events occurred. Stops will include 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.

Peru: This course will celebrate and explore the culture, history, vegetation and wildlife of Peru, the Incan Empire, and the Amazon River. Students will experience Lima, the largest city in Peru with all the food, dancing, industry and culture it has to offer. They will also travel to the ancient ruins of the Incan Empire in Machu Picchu and explore the history behind this ancient civilization.

Rome to London: The study tour to Rome, Paris, and London will focus on the development of empires in Western Europe. The team will start its study tour in the capital of the Roman Empire to see the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museum, and St. Peter’s Cathedral. Later stops include Florence, Venice, the Swiss Alps and London.

South Africa: Students will visit the site of Nelson Mandela’s birth and imprisonment, as well as other important South African locations such as the site of the Soweto uprising and places where the Truth and Reconciliation Council met. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore the wonder and beauty of southern Africa with trips to a penguin colony and research facility, the Addo Elephant National Park, and Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.

Spain/Portugal: The trip destinations will base in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, and Lisbon, but will include day trips to Sevilla, Toledo, Cordoba, Sintra, Cascais, Coimbra, and Aveiro – a total of 11 cities/towns.

Tibet/Nepal: The trip will begin in Bejing, China with visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, and the Temple of Heaven and Summer. From there, the group will take the highest train in the world to Lhasa, Tibet, the largest city in the country. While in Tibet they will visit sites such as the City Wall in Lhasa, the oldest city wall in all of China; Yamdrok Lake, one of the largest sacred lakes in Tibet; and Mt Everest base camp at 17,000 feet, where they will spend a night in yak wool tents, “tent hotels”.

For more information on the Juniors Abroad program, visit

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Paul Chamberlain
Director, Juniors Abroad Program

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