“There are many ways to learn,” she adds. “Visit Hawaii, go [Native American] reservation, even parts of your own community. It’s good because when these students come back and talk about where they’ve been, they can bring more depth to classroom conversations. They won’t just share selfies. A rising tide lifts all boats, doesn’t it? »

Kathryn Bastin, Ph.D., and Ashley Scheu, Ph.D., both assistant professors of French, co-lead a spring-summer trip to Montpellier in southern France with 19 Eckerd students. “We are delighted to offer this enriching cultural experience to our students in which they will discover the culture of the South of France by attending French immersion classes in the morning, embarking on cultural excursions in the afternoon. and weekends and living with French host families,” explains Bastin.

“Cultural opportunities include making French pastries in a private bakery workshop, exploring medieval jewish bathstrekking through prehistory Clamouse Cave, and visit a local winery for a wine tasting. We are absolutely delighted to offer this unforgettable trip to our students.

Around the same time on the other side of the world, Eckerd students will have the opportunity to experience the rainforests of Belize by hiking, ziplining and paddling along rivers to observe diversity of plants and wildlife, while staying in jungle ecolodges that have sustainable practices, says travel leader Nancy Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of marine science and biology. “After a week of rainforest exploration, students will explore coastal environments, including the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world, while snorkeling, kayaking and sailing. padding to better understand complex biological interactions in mangrove, seagrass and reef environments.

“These adventures also include the opportunity to spend three nights on an island run by a Garifuna family as part of a homestay program to learn about traditional Belizean life,” adds Smith.