By Allison Perotti
The South Africa Service Learning Trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Sierra Nevada College students. With such a costly expedition, students turn to fundraising in hopes of minimizing the expense and to raise money in order to assist areas surrounding Thorny Bush, South Africa.
“I’m looking forward to the culture shock that will be involved with going on this trip, and I hope this gives exposure to those who have not yet seen something like this. Max Huff, a senior at Sierra Nevada College explains. It is really going to be an eye opener not only for me, but for all the students involved. I’m hoping this fundraising dinner will be a success so even more students have the opportunity to go.”
Henry Philips, a student from SNC who attended the South Africa Service Learning Trip last yearm said, “The best thing for me about my experience in Africa was being able to connect with people on a personal level, understand their lives and see where they come from. It was really special to be able to touch someone not just for a moment but be with them and walk in their shoes for more than a day.”
The goal of the South Africa Service Learning Trip is to participate in a community initiative that supports local organizations. Some of these include preschools, elementary schools, Food and Herb gardens for Aid orphans, Elephant awareness, and many others.
Dinner will be served from 5pm to 8pm and will be held in Patterson Hall, Sierra Nevada College 999 Tahoe Blvd. Incline Village, NV. Price of dinner will be $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12.
A Silent Auction along with presentations from the students will be held during dinner. Donations for the silent action are from local business and people surrounding Lake Tahoe. Contact Max Huff for ticket information, (415) 740-0665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY Danny Kern
Travel experiences that allow you to study abroad are some of the best ways to explore the world while continuing an educational career. They allow students to experience different cultures, hear new languages and taste divine foods. Business Department Chair Kendra Wong says “travel experiences provide an immersed learning experience.”
“Having just returned from a one-week travel aboard experience in Cuba with my doctorate program, I can say that travel experiences are a wonderful opportunity for all students,” Wong said.
Sierra Nevada College is now partnering with University of Nevada Reno’s study abroad program, University Studies Abroad Consortium, which became a non-profit organization on July 1.
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, there was a meeting for students to learn more about the up and coming study abroad trips and courses taking place in 2015. Some of these trips have been held in the past such as Service Learning South Africa and Holistic Sustainability in the Arctic, but there are now new trips for students.
Credited courses are offered during these trips so students are able to gain school credits while traveling and experiencing other cultures.
One of these new trips, Sights and slopes of Japan, is taking place Jan. 4-17. The trip costs $3,900, which includes flights, rail passes, hotels and activities. The courses available on this trip are the three-credit course, FNAR 480, and possible two-credit course, PHED 380.
If students are too late signing up for this Japan trip there is another chance students can travel to Japan after the spring 2015 semester is over. From May 19 to June 4, the school is offering FNAR 480, The Art of Japan, where students will visit Western Japan, and go to various museums, castles, temples, shrines and art studios. This travel experience cost $4,500 and will allow students to participate in hands-on art workshops while experiencing Japanese culture and food.
Sierra Nevada College students with wandering hearts and a taste for adventure have a chance this year to explore Japan, China, Hawaii or South Africa and get school credit at the same time.
The opportunity has always been there, but few students have heard it knocking.
For the past five years, Sierra Nevada College has had a formal Study Abroad program, although not many students seem to know about it.
Director of Academic Support Services Henry Conover has been involved with the program for four years and believes that more students should be aware of it.