Friday, January 22, 2010

Travel to Kenya this summer with Edmonds CC instructors

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Yes, Edmonds Community College does offer study abroad opportunities. Most do! In addition, to chances to spend a quarter abroad in places such as England, Costa Rica, and Italy there are also short trips. In the past, instructors have taken students to France and Vietnam. These short travel opportunities may or may not include opportunities to earn college credit. Our newest travel opportunity is a trip to Kenya with English instructors Hayden Bixby Nichols and Greg Van Belle. This trip does not include college credit, but it does promise to be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. 

Experience the modern bustle of urban Nairobi, work directly with the children in the village of Cura, and participate in ecotourism on the Indian Ocean coast. This trip will cost about $4,500 including transportation, lodging, tourist attractions, and several meals. The trip leaves for Nairobi on June 19! Reserve your space today. A $450 deposit reserves your spot. For more information, call Hayden Bixby Nichols at 425.640.1589 or email or

Last summer, Hayden and Greg traveled to Kenya to get information for an composition class they are co-teaching this year East Africa in the Modern World. They worked at Cura Orphanage outside of Nairobi, which cares for 50 children, ages 5-11, who have lost their parents to AIDS. The English 102 class with a focus on East Africa will be offered again this spring. It will explore how technology, a modern economy, health issues, and population expansion affect various East African countries. It aims to move beyond the popular portrayal of East Africa in western media and present an accurate picture of the varied cultures of the region. It will also provide service-learning opportunities for students so they can get hands on experience with the issues they are studying. Research topics may include: women's health, poverty, elections, international aid and natural resource conservation.

1 comment:

  1. Kenya is indeed a great country for researchers and education institutions to carry out their work and the staying costs are also cheap. Welcome to kenya.