“Croatia is so beautiful. It will be a great experience,” exclaims student Jacob Stain.
Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) Study Abroad program welcomes members from the community to join students on their next trip to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 15-25, 2018.
An information session will be held on Thursday, September 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Student Center Community Room on the New Bern campus.
Craven CC history instructor Kate Amerson and Spanish instructor Shelly Hines are leading the trip. Some of the learning areas for participants include history, geography, team building, personal growth, religious identity and comparative studies.
Billie Armstrong, Craven CC student, said of the 2017 Ireland trip, “study abroad helped me relate to many topics because of the diverse subjects we studied during our trip last year. I was able to broaden my horizons to things that were happening in other places in the world.”
“Study abroad is so transformative for a student’s worldview. It gives them a competitive edge in the global marketplace,” said Hines.
This will be the first trip Craven CC Study Abroad has made to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This area attracted Amerson because of the rich history in the region. “Sarajevo is a place I’ve always wanted to visit, it was the site for the beginning of WWI in 1914 and the Bosnia war in1992.”
Sarajevo has been called the “Jerusalem of Europe” by Pope Francis. The capital city is a place of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox and over half of the population are Muslims. Mosques, synagogues, Catholic and Serb Cathedrals coexist in this architecturally rich city.
Participants will learn about the region’s history from ancient Roman times, to the Silk Road, to the Ottoman Empire to present day. They will experience the region’s cultural diversity, music, art and food.
The group will also visit Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area of waterfalls, caves and crystal clear lakes are breathtaking. The natural limestone and chalk have left travertine limestone deposits.
Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea offers an old-town experience with stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions. The group will visit Onofrio’s fountain and the Rector’s Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries along the Dalmatian coast.
The group will visit the seaside city of Split located along the country’s Dalmatian coast and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace, a melding of 4th century Roman ruins and the city center among Romanesque churches and Gothic palaces.
“From the food to the architecture and people, the Study Abroad program is simply an unbelievable opportunity to learn first-hand about the cultural legacy of a region that remains virtually unknown to many even today,” said Matthew Herrmann, Craven CC chair of English, communication, and humanities.
Students and community members pay the same cost for the trip. There are partial scholarships available for students. Applications and a $200 deposit for the trip are due November 9. Only 20 seats are available.
For anyone who is not able to attend the information session, they can contact Amerson at (252) 638-7306 or Hines at (252) 638-0160.
Nancy Childs is the marketing specialist at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.