Creative Reflections on Travel
Travel to British Isles
Estimated Trip Cost: $3,875 Travel Dates: May 7 - 18 On-Campus Meeting Dates: May 4, 6, 20, 25 Instructors: Helen Hodgson, Christy Seifert, Rulon Wood
We will travel to the British Isles to visit important British cities, landmarks, museums, and other venues of historical and cultural significance. The focus will be on creative textual and visual representations of what we experience. Our goal will be to replace traditional travel writing with narrative nonfiction and multimedia components to create a larger canvas on which we depict our travels. The class will culminate with a student-created ezine.
Culture & Development in Rural India
Travel to India
Estimated Trip Cost: $3,720 Travel Dates: May 8 - 27 On-Campus Meeting Dates: bi-monthly in February, March and April and reflection meeting May Instructors: Steve Hurlbut, Diane VanderPol
Gain insight into the complexities of India through cultural immersion and service learning projects. We will visit India's mountainous north for one week of the trip. Some students will study the feasibility of micro lending projects and others will teach lessons in an orphanage school. We will also spend one week in the rural village of Wai, several hours outside of Mumbai. Again, some students will consider micro finance potential. Other students will work with a local library to host a reading camp to develop English language literacy skills in area children. The group will also visit the beautiful and iconic Taj Mahal and sightsee in the New Delhi region.
Service Learning in Thailand
Travel to Thailand
Estimated Trip Cost: $4,290 Travel Dates: May 2 - 26 On-Campus Meeting Dates: Jan. 29; Feb. 26; Mar. 26; Apr. 23, 30 Instructors: Peter Ingle, Han Kim
The focus of this course is to understand the educational, health and developmental needs of rural Thai citizens and indigenous peoples, as well as learn about issues in international aid and development in the developing world. This will be achieved through cultural immersion and active participation in service projects designed to provide benefits to the local population. Students will participate in service projects in two distinct rural Thai villages, one near the Burmese border in Mae Sot, and one in the rural Northeast near Kalasin. Students will also experience Thai culture through home stays with villagers, participation in daily Thai life (cooking, planting, etc.), and active participation in Thai holidays and festivals. Other activities will include tours of historically significant sites in Thailand as well as spending a day with Burmese refugee children at a refugee school and visiting an HIV AIDS hospice. Students will be expected to attend five preparatory sessions during Spring Semester that will prepare 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. View the Thailand MTSE blog from 2009: http://maytermthailand.wordpress.com/.
View a video about our Thailand experiences:
Hopi and Navajo Cultures
Travel to northern Arizona and southern Utah
Estimated Trip Cost: $775, plus approx. $200 for meals Travel Dates: May 8 - 16 On-Campus Meeting Dates: May 3, 5, 19, 26 Instructors: Marsha Morton, Cordelia Schaffer
This course introduces students to Hopi and Navajo peoples. It includes social, educational, environmental, political, economic, artistic, health and caring aspects of their cultures. Special emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of health care and observation in the schools. There will be a nine-day field trip designed for students to explore health issues, educational practices, and ecosystems on Hopi and Navajo reservations in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Students will visit Indian Health Services and private health care facilities, schools on reservations, Hopi and possibly Navajo families, museums, and possibly National Park sites. Students will participate in guided field and river trips. Students will also spend one day visiting related sites in Salt Lake City after the nine-day field experience. Students from all majors are welcome with the permission of the instructors. Insufficient enrollment or national or international situations may cause cancellation of this study tour.
Ireland: Literature and Song
Travel to Ireland
Estimated Trip Cost: $2,650 Travel Dates: April 29 - May 14 On-Campus Meeting Dates: Pre-trip organizational meetings will be held throughout the year; ENGL*300EE and LATN*300EE - May 3, 17, 24; MUSC*300EE - pre-departure choir rehearsals Instructors: David Stanley, Georgi Donavin, Chris Quinn
The music students are leaving for Ireland before May Term actually begins, so the Chamber Singers will use pre-departure choir rehearsals for class periods, dates and times TBA. The literature and Latin students will meet Monday, May 3, 9:00-12:00 pm before departing for Ireland. Upon return, all students will meet May 17, 24, 9:00-12:00 pm. Pre-trip organizational meetings will be held throughout the year. Travel dates are April 29 - May 14. Trip cost is $2,650. Crosslisted to ENGL*300EE-01 and MUSC*300EE-01.
Peru: the Inca & Spanish
Travel to Peru
Estimated Trip Cost: $3,600 Travel Dates: May 6 - 20 On-Campus Meeting Dates: May 3, 5, 24, 26 Instructors: Jeff Nichols, Mark Ferne
This class focuses on the rich history and landscapes of Peru, especially Tawantinsuyu or the Inca Empire of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Spanish conquest, and the colonial system. The course will include preparatory lectures and readings, then features a two-week visit to Peru. Sites will include the capital Lima, founded by the Spanish conquistadores; the Inca capital, Cusco; the extraordinary "lost city: of Machu Picchu; the Amazon rain forest; and the Sacred Valley. After we return to Salt Lake City, students will present the results of their group research projects to their classmates. Please note well: Cusco is located at about 11,000 feet above sea level. Consider your overall fitness level and especially your tolerance for spending time at high altitude!
Pilgrim: Santiago de Compostela
Travel to Spain
Estimated Trip Cost: $2,894 Travel Dates: May 2 - 27 On-Campus Meeting Dates: Dec. 4; Jan. 22; Feb. 20; Mar. 20; Apr. 17; May 1, 28 Instructors: Sean Raleigh, Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, Marlene Lambert
This course is a journey of the mind, body, and soul. The journey (mostly by foot, with train and bus segments) will mostly follow the historic Camino Francés (French Way) to the cathedral and shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain. This famous walk-La Peregrinación del Camino de Santiago de Compostela, or “the Pilgrimage of the Way of Saint James of Compostela” -has been, and still is, traveled by thousands of pilgrims, or peregrinos. The two integrated courses-Spanish and Mathematics-offer a broad perspective on the political, social, economic, linguistic, cultural, and scientific context of the road to Santiago and on the idea of pilgrimage itself.