Craven Community College’s (CCC) Global Initiatives Committee and the CCC Study Abroad club welcome members of the community to join students on their next trip to Ireland June 5-19, 2017. An information session will be held on Thursday, November 3 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Community Room on the New Bern campus.
This will be the second trip CCC has made to Bondoran, County Donegal, Ireland. Bondoran is seaside town located along the country’s northwest coast. Non-student travelers will be immersed in the local culture along with the students.
CCC history instructor Kate Amerson and biology instructor Jessica Cofield are leading the trip. Some of the learning areas to be explored include history, geology, geography, team building, entrepreneurship, environment, personal growth, language, identity, and comparative studies.
Participants’ learning will span Ireland’s history from ancient times to present day. They will experience the region’s cultural customs, music, art and food. There will be activities such as surfing, cliff jumping, horse riding, golf, seaweed baths, and a local community service project.
Cofield enjoyed watching students develop as a result of their trips abroad, “At first the students are reserved and then they become more accustomed and become like family,” she said. According to Amerson, travelers will live alongside Bondoran residents so they will have time to learn more about local residents. Both Cofield and Amerson are also looking forward to the food. On the menu will be Irish stew, bangers and mash, steak and Guinness pie, fish and chips, and other authentic local Irish foods.
Ron and Betty Garren, Ph.D., are New Bern residents who traveled with Study Abroad to Ireland in June 2014. Dr. Garren is a 1974 CCC graduate. Mr. Garren said, “I was impressed with the organization and our every move was planned. It was very educational and entertaining.” Dr. Garren said, “You get the opportunity to get to know the local people more because you are not a tourist.”
The Study Abroad program provides CCC students with a global learning experience as part of a college course in cultural studies. Leading up to the trip, students are involved in class work and activities that prepare them for the trip. After the trip, students make a presentation about a subject that interests them.
When CCC student Ben Morrow traveled with Study Abroad program to Scotland this year, he studied that country’s currency. Numismatics is a personal hobby so it was something which he wanted to learn more about. Morrow said he would take another trip and tells fellow students about the program. “They should get out of New Bern, North Carolina and the country,” said Morrow. He said it is a safe, guided and well-discounted trip, and students also get credit.
The cost of the trip is approximately $3,200 per person and includes airfare, housing, in-country transportation, entry fees, breakfast daily, and some other meals. 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 10.
For anyone who is not able to attend the information session, they can contact Amerson at (252) 638-7306 or Cofield at (252) 633-2157.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.