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WHERE   WHEN        
Costa Rica June 2018 Trip Recap/Report  
Spain May-June 2018  
Disney, Orlando May 2018 Trip Recap/Report  
Spain May-June 2017 Trip Recap/Report  
Poland May 2017 Trip Recap/Report  
Spain July 2016  
Poland May 2016 Trip Recap/Report  
Cuba May 2015 Trip Recap/Report  
London March 2014 Trip Recap/Report  
Amsterdam May-June 2013 Trip Recap/Report  
Poland May-June 2013 Trip Recap/Report  
Costa Rica March 2013 Trip Recap/Report View Video
South Africa July 2012 Trip Recap/Report  
Costa Rica March 2012 Trip Recap/Report View Video
Paris July 2011 Trip Recap/Report  
Costa Rica March 2011 Trip Recap/Report View Video
Italy May 2010 Trip Recap/Report View Videos


Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Trip Recap/Report

"Global Health Service"

8 days: June 2-9, 2018

All-Inclusive
Round trip airfare, airport transfer, parking, 7 nights lodging, all meals and unlimited bottled water, travel insurance, cultural activities, experienced faculty leaders, tuition for 1 credit course, and 24-hour / in-country support staff

Features
In this Service Learning program, we will provide pediatric dental education, screening, and testing to low-income children. Join us in Costa Rica as we offer a much needed global health service. Cultural activities are included, such as cooking, salsa dance, and language lessons. We will also explore a local volcano and rainforest.

This experience is open to all students and community members; all are welcome, especially those students in the health professions and biology programs.

Faculty Leaders

 Linda Falkow (Biology)   MS118   609-570-3365   falkowl@mccc.edu
 Sandra Kerr (Radiography) MS150 609-570-3337 kerrs@mccc.edu
 Elizabeth Mizerek (Nursing Education) MS128 609-570-3526 mizereke@mccc.edu


Spain

Spain

"Spanish Language and Culture"

14 days: May 19 - June 2, 2018

Features
3 credits for SPA 110, accommodations with a Spanish host-family, authentic Spanish meals, intensive language instruction, city tour of Granada, cooking class, visit La Alhambra (1000-year-old walled city), live Flamenco dance show, Tapas tour, and an excursion to Corodoba.

Includes
14 nights lodging, most meals, travel insurance, cultural and learning activities, experienced faculty leaders, tuition for 3-credit course.

Not Included: airfare

Associated Course

  • SPA 110 Hispanic Culture (3 credits)

Faculty Leader

 Dr. Daniel D'Arpa   LA125   609-570-3318   darpad@mccc.edu


Disney, Orlando

Disney, Orlando

Trip Recap/Report

"A Leadership Adventure"

4 days: May 21-24, 2018

Features
Our study-tour allows students to apply hands-on leadership and teamwork exercises to academic theory in a highly interactive environment like only Disney can provide. Participants will gain skills to become the business leaders of tomorrow by identifying traits and behaviors they can use to promote their own personal and professional success. They will gain insights into a leader's role in creating and supporting an environment that stimulates and encourages creativity within a team. Students will explore the concept of a purposefully created culture to achieve vision and goals.

Includes
3 nights lodging at Orlando, FL Disney resort, 3-day Park Hopper pass, meal allowance, travel insurance, Disney Leadership and Teamwork courses, experienced faculty leaders, ground transportation, tuition for 3-credit course
Not Included: airfare

Associated Courses (choose one)

  • MKT 101 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
  • BUS 101 Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • BUS 210 Principles of Management (3 credits)

Faculty Leaders

 Eva Csige   BS137   609-570-3459   csigee@mccc.edu
 Andrea Lynch BS131 609-570-3652 lyncha@mccc.edu
 Laura Sosa BS124 609-570-3475 sosal@mccc.edu


Spain

Spain

Trip Recap/Report

"Spanish Language and Culture"

14 days: May 20 - June 3, 2017

The Spain study abroad program is an academic experience that past travelers have described as "the best way to learn Spanish!"

Features
3 credits for SPA110, accommodations with a Spanish host-family, authentic Spanish meals, intensive language instruction, city tour of Granada, cooking class, visit La Alhambra (1000-year-old walled city), live Flamenco dance show, Tapas tour, and an excursion to Corodoba

Includes
tuition, airfare, meals, accommodations, listed excursions, health insurance.
Not Included: spending money, private excursions not specified in itinerary

Associated Course

  • Spain Study Seminar (3 credits)

Faculty Leader

 Dr. Daniel D'Arpa   LA125   609-570-3318   darpad@mccc.edu


Poland

Poland

Trip Recap/Report

"The Holocaust"

9 days: May 13-21, 2017

Includes
Accommodations and breakfasts; English-speaking tour assistant; local guides; admission to: Krakow - St. Mary's church, Schindler's Factory, synagogues (Remuh and Isaac); Auschwitz - concentration camp museum, Auschwitz Jewish Center; Warsaw - Nozyk synagogue and cemetery, Pawiak Prison, Musem of the History of the Polish Jews, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Jewish Institute; transportation by minibus/coach and Warsaw-Krakow train ticket.
Not Included: travel insurance, gratuities, lunches and dinners.

Highlights
Depart New York and arrive in Warsaw, Poland (3 nights) where students will visit not only the city's cultural centers but also encounter the historic places of the Warsaw Ghetto including the Umschlagplatz, Jewish Cemetery, and Nozyk synagogue. From Warsaw, traveling by train, the tour moves to Krakow (2 nights) where we will explore the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) and its synagogues, the Jewish ghetto, Oskar Schindler's factory, and Plaszow forced labor camp. The trip culminates in Oswiecim (2 nights), the town nearest to Auschwitz. In addition to learning about life in Oswiecim, students will visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp as well as its sub-camps, including Monowitz.

Associated Course

  • HIS 215 The Holocaust and Other Genocides (3 credits)

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Craig Coenen (History)   LA123   609-570-3533   coenenc@mccc.edu
 Dr. Jack Tabor (English) LA133 609-570-3838 taborj@mccc.edu


Spain

Spain

"Spanish Language, Architecture, History and Culture"

18 days: July 2-20, 2016

Includes
roundtrip airfare; all accommodations; 18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 17 dinners; all ground transportation in Spain in private air conditioned travel buses; all admissions and guided tours in English at each site; roundtrip shuttle between OCC and airport; meal tips, taxes

Description
An amazing 18 days / 17 nights guided architectural and cultural journey to some of the most historic and iconic Andalusian cities in Spain. During your time in Granada, Spain you will be enveloped in the Moorish influenced culture, gastronomy, Castilian language and tour the breathtaking Alhambra, the Mezquita of C'rdoba, view Picasso's art in his hometown of M'laga, enjoy the pristine coastline of Spain's Sunny Costa del Sol, learn about the mystical dance of "Flamenco," enjoy the art and culture of "tapas," explore underwater caves, enjoy tea in the aromatic Albaicin district, hike the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, live with a Spanish family or student residence. Your seminar concludes with a live flamenco show and traditional dinner in the Caves of the Albaicin.

Highlights

  • Reside in a family home, stay in the iconic city of Granada where the fall of the Moorish empire was realized;
  • Visit Granadian sites of the Cathedral of Isabella, the Albaicin, the Arabic tea shops, Arabic baths, hike the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a vineyard, an olive grove, Tapas tour, enjoy the gardens, terraces and patios of the majestic Moorish palace "The Alhambra";
  • Experience excursions to the cities of M'laga, Almer'a, C'rdoba and Tarifa;
  • Swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy the sunny summer days on the famous Costa del Sol;
  • Attend a private flamenco class, a live Flamenco Show with paella and tapa traditional dinner;
  • Enjoy the vistas of the Spanish White Washed villages and towns surrounding Granada;
  • Immerse yourself in the South of Spain and improve your language skills significantly;
  • Attend language course work each morning.

Associated Course

  • Spain Study Seminar (3 credits)

Faculty Leader

 Dr. Daniel D'Arpa   LA125   609-570-3318   darpad@mccc.edu


Poland

Poland

Trip Recap/Report

"The Holocaust: Study Abroad in Poland"

9 days: May 14-22, 2016

Includes
Accommodations and breakfasts; English-speaking tour assistant; local guides; admission to: Krakow - St. Mary's church, Schindler's Factory, synagogues (Remuh and Isaac); Auschwitz - concentration camp museum, Auschwitz Jewish Center; Warsaw - Nozyk synagogue and cemetery, Pawiak Prison, Musem of the History of the Polish Jews, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Jewish Institute; transportation by minibus/coach and Warsaw-Krakow train ticket.

Not Included: travel insurance, gratuities, lunches and dinners.

Highlights
Depart Newark to arrive in Warsaw, Poland for 3 nights. In Warsaw, we will visit its many historic places in the Warsaw Ghetto including the Umshlagplatz, Jewish Cemetery, and Nozyk synagogue and throughout the city. We then take the train to a 2-night stay in Krakow, where we will visit the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) and its synagogues, the Jewish ghetto, Oskar Schindler's factory, and Plaszow forced labor camp. We finish our trip with 2 days and nights in Oswiecim, the town nearest to Auschwitz. We will visit Auschwitz and Birkenau as well as explore the history of Oswiecim and Auschwitz sub camps, including Monowitz.

Associated Course

  • HIS 215 The Holocaust and Other Genocides (3 credits)

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Craig Coenen (History)   LA123   609-570-3533   coenenc@mccc.edu
 Dr. Jack Tabor (English) LA133 609-570-3838 taborj@mccc.edu


Cuba

Cuba

Trip Recap/Report

"Engaging with Cuban Culture and History"

8 days: May 18-25, 2015

Includes
Round trip Airfare, airport transfer from Mercer, parking, lodging, some meals, health insurance, guided tours, excursions, and seminars listed on itinerary, 2 faculty leaders.

Not Included: Exit tax, luggage fees, most meals, trip insurance.

Highlights
Engage with the history and culture of Cuba through visits to UNESCO heritage sites; meetings with non-profit outreach groups focusing on family, children's issues, education, the environment, and human rights; lectures with experts in the arts, urban development, and US-Cuban political relations; and exploratory tours through the history of baseball in Cuba.

Associated Courses

  • HIS 218 History of Latin America (3 credits)
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 107 Social Problems (3 credits)
  • SOC 201 Marriage and the Family (3 credits)

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley (Sociology)   LA169   609-570-3301   finleyg@mccc.edu
 Dr. Dan D'Arpa (World Languages) LA125 609-570-3318 darpad@mccc.edu


London

London

Trip Recap/Report

"Criminal Justice in London"

8 days: March 14-21, 2014 (Spring Break)

Includes
Airfare, airport transfer from Mercer, parking, lodging, some meals, health insurance, guided tours and seminars, excursions, 2 faculty leaders.

Highlights
Students have a great opportunity to follow the origin of American policing which is solidly grounded in England, with Sir Robert Peel's principles of policing and the creation of the Metropolitan Police Act in 1829. We will visit Westminster Abbey, enjoy a cruise on the Thames, explore the Tower of London where many criminals spent their last days on earth, and even walk in the footsteps of "Jack the Ripper" during an evening tour.

Rounding out the trip students will visit Parliament, the Old Bailey Criminal Court, Sherlock Holmes Museum and the London Police Museum home to many artifacts related to policing through the ages. Everyone will see the famous Buckingham Palace and watch the changing of the guard. Students will get a great bird's eye view of the city while riding on the "London Eye."

Associated Courses

  • CRJ 102 Police in the Community (3 credits)
  • CRJ 299 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Faculty Leader

 Prof. Elizabeth Bondurant (Criminal Justice)   BS136   609-570-3853   bondurae@mccc.edu


Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Trip Recap/Report

"Sex and Drugs in Amsterdam: Cultural Acceptance and Pragmatic Social Policy"

10 days: May 25 - June 3, 2013

Includes
Round trip airfare, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, 3-star accommodations, all breakfasts, 2 dinners, travel insurance, 2 faculty guides, guided tours, seminars, and excursions.

Highlights
There is more to Amsterdam than tulips, cheese, and windmills. This progressive city in the Netherlands is defined by its tolerance, openness, and respect for individual uniqueness. Students who are eager to take a fresh look at the world and themselves will enjoy this 10-day study abroad trip exploring a culture that has a harm reduction approach to what can be argued are 'victimless' deviant behaviors/crimes, specifically drugs, prostitution, and homosexuality. This study abroad program will include cultural excursions, field-based service learning experiences, and informative lectures.

Cultural excursions will include tours through some of the city's most famous sites (including Amsterdam's canals, Anne Frank's house, and the Red Light District) and informative visits to museums and information centers (including the Sex Museum – the Temple of Venus, the Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum, Cannabis College, the Prostitute Information Center, the International Gay and Lesbian Information Centre and Archives, and the Trimbos Institute).

In addition, students will have opportunities to observe the work of, or volunteer with, organizations working with populations engaged in drug use, prostitution and/or non-heterosexual/alternative sexual behavior.

Associated Courses

  • PSY 215 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • SOC 214 Sociology of Drug Use and Behavior (3 credits)
  • STA 101 Study Abroad Seminar (1 credit)
  • Open to noncredit students with prior faculty approval

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Karen Bearce (Psychology)   LA131   609-570-3564   bearcek@mccc.edu
 Prof. Denise Ingram (Sociology) LA125 609-570-3587 ingramd@mccc.edu


Poland

Poland

Trip Recap/Report

"The Holocaust"

10 days: May 24 - June 2, 2013

Includes
Roundtrip airfare, accommodations, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, 2 faculty guides, guided tours, breakfasts, 2 dinners, excursions, and travel insurance.

Highlights
Our 10-day trip begins in Warsaw where we will learn what life was like in Nazi-occupied Poland. We will study not only how the Nazis murdered on an industrial scale but also how societies choose to memorialize and remember genocide. We will visit the Pawiak Prison - the infamous detention center where Jews and Poles were held during the Nazi occupation - and the Museum of the Jewish Historical Institute and walk along the Path of Jewish Remembrance to the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto. We will directly confront the Holocaust by touring two of the most infamous labor and death camps: Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In Krakow, we will walk through the Jewish Quarter and tour Oscar Schindler's factory. In addition to our study of the Holocaust, participants will learn about Jewish and Polish culture and visit a number of important cultural sites in Warsaw and Krakow. In the evenings, our group will partake in traditional eastern-European music and cuisine.

Associated Courses

  • HIS 215 The Holocaust and Other Genocides (3 credits)
  • ENG 239 Literature of War and Conflict (3 credits)
  • Open to noncredit students

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Craig Coenen (History)   LA123   609-570-3533   coenenc@mccc.edu
 Dr. Jack Tabor (English) LA133 609-570-3838 taborj@mccc.edu


Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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"Science and Society"

9 days: March 15-23, 2013

Includes
Round trip airfare, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, home-stay accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, travel insurance, 2 faculty guides, guided tours and seminars.

Highlights
Discover the culture and people of Costa Rica by living with a local family. Experience Costa Rica through presentations from experts as well as visits to: the National Cultural Museum, Central Cathedral, a teen pregnancy center, a Costa Rican 'community college,' a local medical clinic, a Latin dance class, Spanish classes, an organic coffee farm, botanical gardens, Volcano Poas, a marine biology research station, Curu Wildlife Preserve (monkeys, macaws, coati), a zip-line tree canopy tour, and snorkeling at Tortuga Island. Learn from conversations with a physician, an immigration expert, native biologists and many others.

Associated Courses

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 201 Marriage and the Family (3 credits)
  • BIO 101 General Biology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 102 General Biology II (4 credits)
  • BIO 208 Genetics (4 credits)

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley (Sociology)   LA169   609-570-3301   finleyg@mccc.edu
 Prof. Laura Blinderman (Biology) MS110 609-570-3833 blinderl@mccc.edu


South Africa 2012

South Africa

Trip Recap/Report

"Social and Political Transformation"

12 days: July 15-27, 2012

Includes
Roundtrip airfare from JFK to Johannesburg, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, hotel accommodations, breakfasts, travel insurance, two faculty guides, guided tours.

Highlights
The opportunity and challenge that South Africa faces as an emerging democratic and multiracial society serves as the context of this Summer Session program abroad. South Africa is breathtaking in its beauty, plentiful in its natural and human resources, and exceptional in its diversity and cultural richness. Located at the most southern point of Africa, this recently democratized nation stretches from the falls of the Limpopo River in the northeast to the southern cape coast where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. During the Summer Session program, students will spend 14 days in July studying and traveling throughout South Africa. The program includes cultural excursions, a field-based service learning experience.

Cultural excursions will include visits to universities, community service agencies as well as historically and ecologically important sites in the Johannesburg areas. The group will also visit Cape Town and see the majestic view from the top of Table Mountain, visit the most southwesterly point on the African continent (Cape of Good Hope) as well as Robben Island (the prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his incarceration), and experience the rich cultural diversity of the South African people in this region.

Associated Course

  • HIS 109 African American History (3 credits)

Faculty Leaders

 Prof. Andrea Lynch   website   BS109   609-570-3652   lyncha@mccc.edu
 Dr. Deborah Sanders website LA166 609-570-3326 dsanders@njcu.edu


Costa Rica 2012

Costa Rica

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"Spanish Immersion and Society"

9 days: March 16-24, 2012 (Spring Break)

Includes
Round trip airfare from Newark to San Jose, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, home-stay accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, travel insurance, 2 faculty guides, guided tours and seminars.

Highlights
Discover the culture and people of Costa Rica by living with a local family (includes 8 nights of Costa Rican home stays). Experience Costa Rica through visits to: the National Cultural Museum, the Gold Museum, National Theatre, Central Market, Central Cathedral, a teen pregnancy center, a rural school, a local clinic, a Latin dance class, a Latin cooking class, Spanish classes, a coffee farm, Volcano Poas, National Woman's Institute, a local school, a day trip to a Pacific coast beach, a soup kitchen, a zip-line tree canopy tour. Learn from conversations with a physician, a health expert, an immigration expert, and many others.

Associated Courses
(select one for Spring 2012 semester, earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley   (Sociology)   LA169   609-570-3301   finleyg@mccc.edu
 Dr. Daniel D'Arpa (Spanish) LA125 609-570-3318 darpad@mccc.edu


Paris 2011

Paris

Trip Recap/Report

"Parisian Microbiology, Pasteurization, Food, and Culture"

8 days: July 10-17, 2011

Highlights
(6 nights in Paris - 3-star hotel) Learn about the microbiology of Paris by visiting cheese and wine making facilities. Discover the scientific contributions made by Louis Pasteur during the 1800s with a tour of the Pasteur Museum. Learn about the infectious diseases that were common prior to the discovery of antibiotics and vaccines. Experience Paris with visits to the Eiffel Tower, Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, Marais Quarter, La Place des Vosges, Pampidou Center, Paris Catacombs, Hotel des Invalides, Dome Church, Latin Quarter, Arc de Triomphe Ascent, Avenue des Champs-'lys'es Walk, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre. Enjoy a cruise down the Seine River and a day trip to Burgundy.

Associated Courses
(select one for Spring 2011 semester or Summer 2011 A-session,
earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)

Faculty Leaders

 Prof. Diane Hilker   (Biology)   MS122   609-570-3367   hilkerd@mccc.edu
 Prof. Linda Gaylo (Biology) KC327 609-570-3173 gaylol@mccc.edu


Costa Rica 2011

Costa Rica

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"Spanish Immersion and Society"

8 days: March 11-18, 2011 (Spring Break)

Highlights
Discover the culture and people of Costa Rica by living with a local family (includes 6 nights of Costa Rican home stays). Experience Costa Rica through visits to: the National Cultural Museum, the Gold Museum, National Theatre, Central Market, Central Cathedral, a goldmine, rural school, a local clinic, a Latin dance class, a Latin cooking class, Spanish classes, a coffee and lettuce farm, Volcano Poas, National Woman's Institute, a local school, a senior center, a soup kitchen, zip-line tree canopy tour. Learn from conversations with a physician, a health expert, an immigration expert, and a tourism guide.

Associated Courses
(select one for Spring 2011 semester, earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)

Faculty Leaders

 Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley   (Sociology)   LA169   609-570-3301   finleyg@mccc.edu
 Dr. Daniel D'Arpa (Spanish) LA125 609-570-3318 darpad@mccc.edu


Italy 2010

Italy

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"Culture, Cuisine, and Architecture"

9 days: May 19-27, 2010

Highlights
4 days Campania, 5 days Rome -- Cheese demonstration, cooking class, driving tour of Amalfi Coast, visits to Basilica, Temples, museums, Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, and more.

Includes air and hotel (3 star, double occupancy), taxes, breakfasts, 24-hour tour guide, excursions, cultural activities, private coach touring except Rome, tips and gratuities, comprehensive travel insurance.

Ten-week credit course selected includes 45 hours of instruction taught by MCCC faculty: 21 hours of instruction pre-trip; 21 hours of guided tours, demonstration, and instruction during the trip; and 3 hours of post-trip presentation and wrap-up.

Associated Courses
(select one for Spring 2010 semester, earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)

  • ARC 141 Architecture and Culture: International
  • HOS 115 Food and Culture

Faculty Leaders

 Prof. Chris dePagnier   (Hospitality)   BS117   609-570-3476   depagnic@mccc.edu
 Prof. Marilyn Dietrich (Architecture) ET121 609-570-3328 dietricm@mccc.edu