Past Faculty Led Trips
Germany Faculty-Led Abroad: May 2019
Class: COMX 494/COMT 592 Syrian Refugee Storytelling Project
In May 2019, students travelled to Germany to study barriers and benefits of acculturation and integration for recent refugees, and participate in live interviews with refugees to capture their perceptions and life stories. Stories were videotaped and edited into an online storytelling project, giving a global voice to cultural boundary conditions. The first week was spent at our partner university, the University of Applied Sciences in Aschaffenburg, attending workshops on intercultural cooperation and communication, and visiting with local refugee institutions; discussing goals with director of refugee services; planning interviews; and recruiting participants. The second week was spent conducting interviews, exploring the countryside, including side trips to castles in Heidelberg, Mespelbrunn & Wuertzburg.
Italy, Macedonia, and Greece
Class: ARTH 494 Art and Culture in Italy, Macedonia, and Greece
Students explored a large scale international art exhibition in Venice, Italy, where they stayed for five days, providing ample time to explore this unique city. Then travelled to Macedonia and Greece to discover the relationship of art and cultural identity in these two fascinating and ancient countries. Visited a working artist studio in Macedonia and had the opportunity to work alongside world-famous Macedonian artist Igor Josifov. Gained first-person perspective on how artists communicate a global message from their local history.
Morocco Faculty-Led Abroad: May 2019
Class: HADM 494 Healthcare and Culture in Rural Morocco
In May 2019, students travelled to Morocco to compare and contrast rural healthcare in Morocco with the healthcare system in Montana and participate in community-based, healthcare-related service learning projects. The trip included a two-day mountain trek to Zawiya Ahansal in the High Atlas Mountains to experience first-hand rural living standards surrounding healthcare.
Peru Faculty-Led Abroad: May 2019
Class: CRWR 491 The Amazon Way
The Amazon Way gave students a chance to explore the world’s greatest river system. Students had the opportunity to work with Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano, a poet, translator, folklorist, and filmmaker who grew up in the Amazon Basin, and who has led numerous trips to the region. They experienced first-hand the lifeways of the contemporary Amazon, as well as the unparalleled biodiversity of rainforest and riparian environments, and the significance of the region to planetary systems and health. Dr. Quetchenbach directed a series of writing workshops and assignments designed to help student’s articulate reactions to and conclusions from the experience while developing skills in various genres and forms of creative writing.
Spain Faculty-Led Abroad: May 2019
Class: LANG 495 Spanish Language and Culture
A two-week intensive immersion in language and culture study located in Salamanca, Spain coordinated with our partner school Letra Hispanica. Included in the two weeks of instruction in Spanish was 20 hours of instruction; a homestay with a family; guided historical tours of the region; and cultural activities organized by the school.