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2009 in Europe with Dr. Groft!
Turkey, Africa, Mexico, China, Canada, America, India and Europe are all names that represent unforgettable educational experiences for me and for those who have come with me. Most of our lives are spent in close proximity to the greatest place on earth—our own home. Likewise, most of our time is spent in hard work, selfless service and focused study. This is likely the way it should be. But when it comes to the education of Statesmen, world travel is an essential key to academic success. Shakespeare and Elizabethan England take on a new and profound meaning when one walks along the River Thames from Parliament and Big Ben to the Globe Theater and on to St. James Park. The French Revolution comes alive when one strolls from the Musée du Louvre westward to the Place de la Concorde and down the Champs Elysées to Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe. The Awakening of the Italian Renaissance means more than ever as one crosses the Austrian Alps and walks in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and other Romans, Venetians and Florentines including Julius Caesar, Savonarola and Leonardo Da Vinci. And there is nothing that can bring Socrates and the Birth of Western Civilization to life like standing on the steps of the Parthenon in Athens, and sailing across the Aegean Sea through the Greek Isles. One comes away from such educational travel experiences more eager and able to study and comprehend than ever before.
In addition to animating and giving life to history, literature and art, mentored world travel has a maturing effect. We learn to communicate in multiple languages, meet diverse people, taste culturally unique foods and appreciate the healthy variety the world has to offer. When those preparing to become Statesmen experience the world in this way, they develop a familiarity and ease with people of various ethnicities, languages and cultures; they begin to learn the language of international diplomacy and are more prepared to interact with people, build relationships and accomplish personal mission. In addition, there is a confidence that grows, lending direction and empowering action. Of course, if one is forced to choose between intense book study with mentors in the classroom and world travel, by all means choose the study; but when an opportunity is taken to augment the hard study in the classics with mentored field experiences, education is enhanced tenfold.
After returning from a month in Europe last summer, one of my students said to me, “You know, Dr. Groft. One of the best parts about this experience has been the people…not just the Europeans, but the Americans and Canadians that came with us.” I whole-heartedly agreed. In this spirit I am inviting any fun-loving and educationally minded adults and youth to accompany me to England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, Greece, the Greek Isles and Turkey. We will leave on June 1, 2009 and spend a whole month abroad. Those who come will be encouraged to study hard in preparation; they will be given an optional syllabus; they will earn 6 college credits and have the option of earning as many as 15; and they will have the time of their lives. Look closely at the day-by-day itinerary by visiting www.gw.edu/europe2009. You’ll be amazed at how many once-in-a-lifetime things we are going to do for the price.
This trip is going to be even better than the last two European Adventures I’ve sponsored. I am creating a city-by-city manual highlighting basic communication and language hints, maps, historical highlights, optional historic scavenger hunts, and the most important things to do during your free/exploration time. Also, we are spending more nights in the most important historic cities; there will be more directed free time, more stories and lectures by Dr. Groft and GWC Faculty, more free evenings so that your days aren’t cut short herding together for dinner, less time in big groups and more time in small exploration teams with assignments to see and do.
To view the day-by-day itinerary and see more information on reserving your seat, go to www.gw.edu/europe2009.
If you would like to come with us in 2009, please reserve your space by sending a check or money order in the amount of $95, along with the reservation form found on the website, to:
Dr. Groft: 2009 Europe Adventure
970 South Sage Drive
Cedar City, UT 84720
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