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Italy Center Travel Spring 2019
Switzerland Orientation Tour: January 20 – 22
This tour is included in your programs fees. We will be staying at the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof in the village of Interlaken ( https://www.villa.ch ) . This is an opportunity for our community to get to know one another and explore the world famous Jungfrau Region of the Swiss Alps. Ample free time will be made available during the Orientation for those who wish to ski, snowboard, or snowshoe.
Puglia – Migration and Anti Mafia: March 13 – 18
This social justice tour is included in your program fee. Traveling to the heel of Italy, students will begin in Brindisi where they will hear from refugees about their lives surviving the treacherous journey across the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. Next we will move north to Mesagne where we will spend the day with the Libera Puglia NGO staff. Libera has played a key role in advocating for justice in the region, and now, with the support of refugees themselves, manages fields that were once owned and controlled by the area’s mafia. The tour will include a half day hike in the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve and perhaps the best food you will taste in all of Europe.
The Puglia Tour will be limited to 15 participants accepted via a lottery selection process (January 15 lottery)
Greece – Ancient & Modern: March 13 – 18
This social justice tour is included in your program fee and will be offered during the same period as the Puglia trip. The early part of the tour will include on site lectures touring the city including visits to the new Acropolis museum and the Parthenon temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. We will also engage in a side of Athens that few tourists ever encounter. A day will be spent working at the Caritas center that provides meals and support to refugees arriving from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and Ethiopia – to name a few countries of origin for migrants seeking a new life in Europe. The tour will close with a visit to the ancient seaside town of Nafplio. The port has been prominent reaching back to the 8th century BC.
The Greece Tour will be limited to 20 participants accepted via a lottery selection process (January 15 lottery)
Croatia and Bosnia – Peace and Reconciliation: Easter Break April 17 – 22
This social justice tour is not included in your Italy Center program fees. All are encouraged to take part in the Easter Tour. The journey will include will include travel and study in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. By way of lectures by academics, activists and war survivors, combined with site visits to communities in conflict, students will learn about peace building and conflict resolution programs. Time will also be set aside for relaxation on the spectacular Croatian seaside.
The Balkans Tour will cost $750 to be paid at www.shc.afford. A minimum of 10 participants are required for this tour to take place.