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Learning Abroad-Overseas Interim Trips for 2009

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The art of Paris…the land of the pharaohs…the Amsterdam of Kuyper…

These are just a few of the many ways Trinity students will be able to engage in interactive learning abroad during Interim 2009, a two-week course offered in January.

Students are required to participate in this intensive learning experience as part of the College’s general education requirements. Courses are led by faculty, and students receive two semester hours of credit for completing an Interim course.

According to Dr. Mark Ward, director of the program, “Interim combines the best of what Trinity has to offer—liberal arts learning that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, provides students with intense connections with professors, and offers knowledge and insight in settings beyond the traditional classroom.” 

Typically, most courses are offered on the Palos Heights campus, using the resources of the Chicago area.

Courses involving extended travel that are planned for 2009 include:

Eiffel TowerThe Art of Paris, Florence, and Rome
John Bakker, professor of art, and Dr. Dick Cole, professor of psychology, will be taking a group of students to experience some of the greatest art in the world. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, d’Orsay Museum, Uffizi Gallery, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and other sites. 

Stratford on AvonChildren’s Literature in England
Bill Boerman-Cornell, assistant professor of education, will be exploring children’s literature in England. His group will explore different areas of England, making stops in Oxford, London, Stratford, and the Lake District. 

EgyptThe Egypt of the Pharaohs
Focusing on its historical and biblical significance, Nancy Kwasteniet, director of the Office of Learning Services, and students will venture to Egypt where they will visit Cairo, the Pyramids, the Sphinx, King Tut’s tomb, and enjoy a four-day Nile River cruise.  

Big BenEurope and Business: London, Paris, and Rome
Work and play will be the focus of Professor John Kooyenga’s ’66 Interim trip to England, France, and Italy. Students will have the opportunity to visit three European businesses as well as see many of the important sights each city has to offer.

EcuadorExploring Missions in Ecuador
Reverend Pedro Aviles, assistant professor of church and ministry leadership, will be taking a group of students to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, where they will learn about culture, history, and politics while exploring missions. The trip will also include a week- long trip into the jungles of Ecuador.

Holy LandIsrael and the History of God’s People
Students will have the opportunity to study the Jewish roots of our Christian faith through hiking and traveling throughout Israel. Dr. Ken Austin, associate professor of music, and his wife, Christian author Lynn Austin, will guide students to many important traditional biblical sites and provide daily Bible studies that are pertinent to the day’s activities.


Trevi FountainItalian Culture and Cuisine: Influences from Past to Present
Lori Scrementi ’00, director of adult studies, and Trina Vallone ’99, assistant professor of adult studies education, will examine how historical events have had an impact on Italian regional culture and cuisine. Students will have the opportunity to visit a vineyard and prepare authentic meals in Florence and Tivoli.


Jamaica - Trinity StudentsJamaica and the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf
Trinity students, along with Dr. Patti Powell, associate professor of education, will be making their annual trip to Jamaica. Students will have the opportunity to teach students with hearing impairments while using their knowledge of sign language.


Wooden ShoesKuyper’s Amsterdam
Dr. Michael DeVries ’74, professor of psychology, and Dr. Aron Reppmann ’92, associate professor of philosophy, will be jetting off to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to examine its cultural, social, and political dimensions. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of Abraham Kuyper, Dutch Christian theologian and statesman, on present-day institutions and practices in Dutch society.


MontNorthern France: The Performance of Pilgrimage
In this Interim, students will explore northern France and visit specific sites that are considered to be pilgrimage destinations. John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts, and Dr. Annalee Ward, professor of communication arts, will guide students to such sites as Chartres Cathedral, Mont St. Michel, the American Cemetery on the beaches of Normandy, and many more.


Tall Ships on Lake MichiganSailing the High Seas on a Tall Ship
During this adventure-based Interim, students will actively participate in the operations of a sailboat as they experience the sailing environment, history, and culture through a maritime lens. Dr. Craig Luehr, associate professor of chemistry, will be setting sail for the Bahamas or the Florida keys with the help of his crew of Trinity students. 


Costa Rican waterfallSports Ministry Outreach in Costa Rica
Soccer Coach Josh Lenarz ’99 will travel to Costa Rica with a group of students selected by the Trinity athletics staff.  In Costa Rica, students will have the opportunity to share the gospel through service work, worship, and athletic competition.


RiyadhVisits in the Society of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology, will lead students in this wonderful cross cultural exchange.  Prior to the trip, Trinity students will interact with Saudi Arabian students in a scholarly manner, both personally and academically. In Riyadh, students will stay in a local home while studying Saudi.

Trinity students should contact the professor(s) listed directly for more information about the Interim 2009 courses. Most of these courses require a commitment before students leave for the 2008 summer break.

Click here to go to our interims page. Click here for a printable text listing of the Interim 2009 courses.

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