The College of Human Ecology offers students the opportunity of enjoying many Study Abroad programs to countries throughout the world. In the past Students have traveled to Northern Italy, Switzerland, Spain, England, France, and Costa Rica to learn and experience the differences in cultures and discipline related subject matters. These study abroad trip permit students to earn course credits while creating lifelong memories.
Recently, Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. White took 25 students on a Summer study abroad to Costa Rica during May, 2012. All students had an experience of a lifetime and some had a life-changing experience. Students earned up to 6 credits as we examined how families managed their resources as well as childhood poverty. Highlights included visiting an orphanage and a rural grade school where the children sang and danced for us. We were so impressed with the school and the children ECU students are starting the Pura Vida student organization where they will fundraise to help support the school. In between the learning, we also had a lot of fun including: a river boat tour, canopy zip lining, whitewater rafting, relaxing at some hot springs, kayaking, hikes to a waterfall and a volcano, and some free time at the beach.
Student Video from Costa Rica 2012
Quotes from students about our experience in Costa Rica (2012):
“When I decided to go on this study abroad trip, I just expected it to sort of be like a vacation but with school work. I would have never thought I would learn so much and take so much out of this trip. There are so many things that I learned not only about other cultures and Costa Rica but also about myself. There are so many things I learned about Costa Rica and I cannot wait to go back there again and learn even more!”
“When I signed up to go to Costa Rica, I had no idea what kind of impact it would have on my life. I originally thought that it would be a great way to get out of the country and have fun, but it was so much more than that. I got to meet some of the most amazing people and not only have the chance to learn a lot about the Costa Rican culture but also a lot about myself. I ended up learning a lot more than I had originally thought. Even though I did have second thoughts about going, I am very glad that I decided in the end to go because it was one of the best experiences I have had. I hope to be able to study abroad again and learn more about a different culture. I would recommend this to anybody that asked.”
“This trip was an incredible experience that has forever changed my life. I have learned to not take the things I have for granted, and rather than focusing on the materialistic things focus on the important things in life like relationships and family. Not only did I learn life lessons but I learned so much about myself, for example I want to continue to travel and do study abroad again. Learning more and more about different cultures and how people live differently than we do here. I would recommend study abroad to anyone, even if they are skeptical about traveling so far, because it such a rich and life changing experience.”
“What I learned from the study abroad experience and Costa Rica are things that I will value for the rest of my life. If you would have asked me in high school if I wanted to study abroad I probably would have told you “no” without hesitation. I have always been the type of person who likes regularity and staying in my comfort zone. I was nervous about this trip and how I would react to being so far from home, but this is where I learned so much about myself. I learned that there is so much more to see about culture and life in other countries. I found this experience to be one of the best in my life, and I want to see more of the world. I learned that I do have an interest in this and finding out how people live and interact in all different areas of the world.”
“By being submerged into the environment and culture as a student I think I learned more about the people, different areas, animals, and government then I would have learned being in a class room at school. It was amazing to learn this information so quickly and be able to see it as we were learning. I also picked up more Spanish in nine days than I have my entire life, always a plus. The information I learned that I will forever remember is way too much to fit into this one paragraph, or paper much less. So I am just expressing how amazing it was to learn so much while on study abroad and recommend it for everyone. I never knew just how interesting learning about another culture and people could be while being in it.”
Future study abroad opportunities with Dr. Jorgensen
Summer 2013 The 9 day program is called “Mediterranean Journey” and we will be visiting Italy and Spain! There will be an option for taking up to 6 credits (some of which can be used as WI credits). The current names of the two courses are: 1) Flourishing Individuals and Families in Global Communities and 2) Strong Families around the World. The cost will be approximately $3895 (for out-of-state students, this is cheaper than taking 6 credits on campus!!) which covers round-trip flights, land and water transportation, hotels, breakfast, 4 dinners, a full-time tour director, guide tips, up to 6 credits, and entrance into: Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basillica, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Basilica of St. Francis, Duomo, leather-making demonstration, Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Cathedral, Parque Guell. It also includes sightseeing tours for: Vatican City, Rome, Florence, and Barcelona.
If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please contact me (252-737-2074, firstname.lastname@example.org). You can look at the program and/or enroll online at www.efcollegestudytours.com/1199044 or by calling into customer service (1-877-485-4184) and providing the tour number (1199044). I hope you will join me for this experience of a lifetime.
Summer 2014 This year we will spend 13 days visiting Germany, Northern Italy (e.g., Venice), Switzerland, and Paris! The cost will be approximately $4495 which covers round-trip flights, land and water transportation, hotels, breakfast, 6 dinners, a full-time tour director, guide tips, up to 6 credits, and entrance into: Dachau; Doge’s Palace; Heidelberg Castle wine barrel; Strasbourg Cathedral; Glass-blowing demonstration; Versailles; Louvre; and Notre Dame. It also includes sightseeing tours for: Munich; Venice; Lucerne; Heidelberg; Strasbourg; Paris; and Versailles.
If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please contact me (252-737-2074, email@example.com). You can look at the program and/or enroll online at www.efcollegestudytours.com/1281365 or by calling into customer service (1-877-485-4184) and providing the tour number (1281365). I hope you will join me for this experience of a lifetime.