Have you always wanted to trek with mountain gorillas? Are you (or is a young person you know) impassioned by humanitarian issues or intrigued by international sustainable development? CMC’s “Aid and Development in Uganda and Rwanda” Study Abroad offers an opportunity to explore the complexities of humanitarian aid and community development in Uganda and Rwanda this May while earning class credit. Participants also have an opportunity to raft the Nile and trek with gorillas.
An information session on the upcoming trip takes place at CMC in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, Feb 26, 6:30 PM, in the Allbright Auditorium. Can’t make the info session? Contact Leslie Gumbrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration deadline for the program is March 13, with five pre-trip class sesssions beginning March 27.
Former CMC student Jasmine Marchman with children at an orphanage in Rwanda during a 2012 Study Abroad trip to Rwanda.
Rainforests. Volcanos. Progressive sustainability. Beaches. Colorado Mountain College offers another opportunity to study abroad this summer, when Study Abroad Costa Rica kicks off May 30. Students can learn transfer-level Spanish and Environmental Science credits while immersing themselves in Spanish language classes and sustainability. Homestays with Costa Rican families add a powerful intercultural immersion.
Learn more about the upcoming Study Abroad Costa Rica at an information session scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 5:30 to 6:30pm on the Edwards campus in Room 242. If you can’t make the event but want to learn more, contact Carol Koch at 970.569.2914 email@example.com or Tim Loes, 970.569.2944, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2015.
Students and faculty taking part in CMC’s East Africa Study Abroad program successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 6, and instructor Trey Shelton captured some beautiful images along the way. The students are following their climb with visits to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park and will wrap the trip this weekend, studying community development in Rift Valley villages. If you’re inspired by these photos, check out CMC’s additional 2015 study abroad opportunities: Aid and Development in Uganda and Rwanda or Spanish and sustainability in Costa Rica. Application deadlines for both trips are due soon.
CMC Steamboat Springs presents show on recent Cuba trip tonight
“Community, beauty, history, culture, dignity, acceptance, patience and a healthy dose of music and dancing…. these are the words I would use to describe my impression of Cuba and its people,” wrote CMC student Bailey Peth, about her recent travels to Cuba with Colorado Mountain College’s International Programs Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century trip.
Bailey and her fellow travelers will present a slideshow of their experiences tonight, April 16th, at 6:30 PM at CMC in Steamboat Springs, in the auditorium. They will share stories and reflections about their experiences, as well as cooking up some Cuban food and music for the audience. “We can only hope to compare to the real thing,” notes Bailey.
“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” says CMC Leadville student Shannon Harness, about his recent CMC study abroad trip to East Africa. “It was so incredible, I want to go back.”
Harness, along with other trip participants, recently created a thoughtful, compelling video about their experiences. You can share their journey through a vastly different culture and geography – and gain a sense of how the trip helped the students develop new perspectives on the world – in the video below. To learn more about Colorado Mountain College’s East Africa Study Abroad and other international programs, visit ColoradoMtn.edu/InternationalPrograms.
Students, faculty learn in Kenya, Tanzania through International Programs
By Stefanie Kilts
Colorado Mountain College students and instructors celebrate their summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on the East Africa Abroad program on Jan. 7.
Many of the students on Colorado Mountain College’s East Africa Abroad program this January dreamed of the moment they would reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. However, it’s what happened at the foot of the mountain that had the most lasting effect.
At the end of the descent, the nine CMC students and three instructors on the trip placed the items they no longer needed in a pile in front of the guides and porters who had helped them on their journey. The pile included items like well-worn hiking shoes, used coats, pairs of socks and a bag of animal crackers. The lead guide called out names in alphabetical order and the porters and guides Read more
Machu Picchu. The Pisac Market. The Andes. Colorado Mountain College’s Peru Spanish Immersion program offers participants a chance to immerse themselves in Peruvian culture and Spanish language for four exciting weeks this summer.
The program includes four hours of daily Spanish culture and language classes, a homestay with a Peruvian family, day trips to the Sacsayhuaman ruins, Moray, Salineras and Ollantayambo ruins, Qoricancha, Awanakancha llama farm, Pisac market, and a weekend trip to Machu Picchu. Students can also choose additional optional cultural immersion and volunteer opportunities.
CMC’s language immersion programs provide indelible experiences for students. Matt Myers, who took part in last summer’s Spanish Immersion Program in Costa Rica, describes the experience as life-changing.
“My study abroad trip with CMC was much more than an exciting way to spend the summer and earn college credits. Through my experiences and the interactions I had with the people I met, my trip to Costa Rica forever changed Read more
Colorado Mountain College students and their guides on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
A group of students taking part in Colorado Mountain College’s East Africa Study Abroad program just returned from a successful summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. “Everyone made it to at least 15,000 feet,” the group reported in a Facebook post from Moshe, Tanzania. “The entire group is doing wonderfully and we leave on our Serengeti safari tomorrow morning.”
Colorado Mountain College’s Study Abroad programs introduce students to the language, cultures and landscapes of countries ranging from Cuba to Spain to Tanzania and Peru. This year’s upcoming trips include Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century (March 8 – 18), Ireland, (May 16 – June 16), and Peru Spanish Immersion (June 15 – July 13). Contact faculty director Bob Gumbrecht (email@example.com) for information and availability on this year’s Cuba program, Jeffrey Runyon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on Ireland, and Lauren DeAare (email@example.com) for information on Peru.
A presentation by Colorado Mountain College students on art, politics and human rights in Guatemala, entitled “Guatemala: Art and Resistance,” will take place Thursday, April 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs.