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May Term Travel Courses

May Term 2023 Travel Courses




Application (applicationhealth information formwaiver of liability):  8AM Monday, October 17th, 2022
Program Cost (100%):  January 10th, 2023
Airfare (100%): Each travel course has a unique deadline.  The travel course leader will provide this information once established with airline or travel agency.

*The Walt Scholarship application is part of the SC Travel Course / Semester Application. This year there will be students in each May Term international travel course and students in the spring semester abroad programs who will receive scholarship funding!  Apply for the Walt Scholarship to be one of those students!

Call of Service
Leaders: Rev. Mara Bailey, SC Chaplin & Rev. Eric Rucker, Director of Youth Theology
Cost: TBA

Students will travel to Colorado for a multi-site experience of action and reflection. This will include six days of direct service in Denver at a variety of non-profit organizations who address issues including homelessness and poverty, working with immigrant and refugee populations, and people with developmental disabilities. Students will also live closely together in a community setting throughout and engage personality typing materials to learn about themselves and their leadership styles. Impact from this service will be amplified through reflection that takes place through two reflection papers, nightly peer-led reflection groups, a final ono-on-one reflection meeting with the instructor, and a three day retreat a YMCA of the Rockies to end the course.



Brazil: From Empire to Dictatorship to Democracy
Leaders: Eduardo Magalhaes III, Political Science & Henry Tarco Carrera, Modern Languages, and culture
Program Cost: $2,000
Estimated Airfare: $2,000
Total: $4,000

In many ways, Brazil is a country very much like the United States – equal in size to the continental US, diverse in terms of multiple waves of immigration over the years (the largest Japanese population outside of Japan lives in São Paolo), and a painful experience with slavery (Brazil didn’t abolish slavery until 1888). There are also a number of significant differences – Brazil is the only country in Latin America to have been an empire with a monarch (for more than 60 years), has been both a dictatorship and a democracy several times since the Republic was established, and obviously has a substantially different cultural experience (Brazil is a former Portuguese colony). On this trip we will explore all these dynamics and more as we visit museums, national landmarks, and the Federal University of Alagoas, meet with political officials, and business leaders. We will also have the opportunity to visit with families in their homes, see the most beautiful beaches in Brazil (that’s what they say in Maceio’), and tour the Amazon River. Because the trip is organized entirely by the trip leader, unique areas of interest can be added to the schedule, depending on the preferences of the participants.

The International Travel Course Policies document contains answers to many frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact:

Matthew Kaye, Ph.D.
Director of Off-campus Programs
Simpson College