George Fox sends students all over the world for annual study abroad trips

May 1st, 2015

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More than 200 will visit locales that include Europe, India, Africa and South America

Juniors Abroad1NEWBERG, Ore. – Nearly 200 George Fox University students and 20 faculty members will embark on 10 international study trips all over the world – including South and East Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, India and New Zealand/Fiji – 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 Juniors Abroad program is one reason George Fox ranks high nationally for study abroad participation. With nearly half of the university’s traditional undergraduates experiencing an overseas study experience before graduation, George Fox ranks among the top 60 schools in the nation in the percentage of students who study abroad, according to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report magazine for its 2014-15 “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

The following are brief descriptions of this year’s 10 Juniors Abroad trips. All are scheduled for three weeks, embarking during the first week of May.

Central America
: The study tour to Central America will focus on the Christianity and culture of Central America. Students will compare and contrast the different cultures and religious beliefs they encounter in the various regions they visit as well as their development through a historical study. Stops include the ancient Mayan site of Copan, Honduras, and Costa Rica, where the group will meet an indigenous group, the Kekoldis, and visit beaches; nature preserves and parks; volcanoes; hot springs; a sloth sanctuary; and pineapple, banana, cacao (chocolate), medicinal herb and coffee plantations.

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 Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya, and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania are planned. The group will also go to the historical spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.

Ecuador: This study tour will explore the natural and cultural diversity of Ecuador. The biodiversity of Ecuador encompasses the Galapagos Islands, the Amazonian rainforest, and the Andean Peaks. Students will experience each of these, as travels will include visits to the modern city of Quito, the islands of the Galapagos, the highland villages of the Andes, and the remote settlements of the Amazon.

England/France: Students will spend three days 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 York, the Yorkshire countryside, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), Warwick Castle and Bath. In France, stops include the towns of Reims, Colmar and Beaune. The trip concludes with a stop in Paris to see the Louvre, Musée de’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

India: This trip will study the culture of India, a melting pot of religions and castes. Students will see how Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jainists and Christians coexist in (relative) harmony, and how the work of Gandhi and Mother Teresa has impacted the centuries-old caste system. Students will tour the Taj Mahal, eat curry from banana leaf plates, watch monkeys scampering around temples, go bodysurfing in the Indian Ocean, ride elephants and take auto-rickshaws to a Bollywood cinema.

Ireland/Scotland: For this trip, students read some of the legends of Ireland and Scotland. Now, they will follow those myths to their origins. In Ireland, stops include Dublin, where they will see the Book of Kells at Trinity College, the National Museum where the Bog People are on display, and experience some traditional Irish music. In Scotland, they will visit the Hebridean island of Iona where Columcille founded his monastery; Stirling, where William Wallace (Braveheart) defeated the army of the English; Rosslyn Chapel, where The DaVinci Code was filmed; and Edinburgh, where Sir Walter Scott wrote Rob Roy.

Greece/Turkey
: Students on this tour will explore the history and cultures of the civilizations that border the Aegean Sea. Of special interest will be visits to Athens (the Acropolis and Parthenon), Istanbul (the Topkapi Palace), Delphi (site of the ancient Greek oracle), Greek islands and Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

New Zealand/Fiji: This course will explore New Zealand life and culture as compared to life and culture in Fiji. The indigenous people of both regions share a common ancestry, but developed different cultures on their respective “islands.” Students will explore the North Island of New Zealand, visiting historical sites that include Maori cultural centers in Rotorua, federal government buildings and the Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum in Wellington. The trip concludes on the beaches of Fiji.

South Africa
: This course will focus on the natural and cultural diversity of South Africa. Students will experience the breathtaking natural beauty of South Africa by exploring the country’s interior and coastal regions. The trip will begin with a coastal visit to the country’s crown jewel, Cape Town, and continue on to sites that include Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and the iSimangoliso World Heritage site. Following these coastal stays, the group will travel into the interior to visit Johannesburg.

Seville to London
: This study tour to Spain, France and England will focus on the development of science in Western Europe. The group will visit several science museums on the trip, including the Granada Science Museum, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, and the London Museum of Natural History. Students will also visit the Plaza de Espana, the Cathedral of Seville and the Alcazar of Seville. They will then move on to France to spend four days in Paris and, finally, to England, to see the White Cliffs of Dover and London.

For more information on the Juniors Abroad program, visit juniorsabroad.georgefox.edu.

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 3,700 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 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Contact:
Paul Chamberlain
Director, Juniors Abroad Program
503-554-2702

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