Status of the Shipboard Campus

As the Institute for Shipboard Education has shared since earlier this year, ISE and its European banks arranged a standstill agreement to facilitate the sale of the MV Explorer to relieve the organization of the many financial burdens of ship ownership. The agreement states that ISE remains owner of the MV Explorer through the Semester at […]

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Spring 2015 Photo Contest

112 days, 12 countries, no shortage of incredible photography.  On the 12 day stretch between Namibia and Morocco, the Spring 2015 Photo Contest was held on the MV Explorer.  Open to all students, Faculty, Staff, Lifelong Learners, and family members, the contest had five categories: Landscape, people, wildlife, anything goes, and shiplife.  See the winners and […]

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Celebrating Passover in Namibia

Passover is the time of year when people of Jewish faith from all corners of the world retell the history of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. The story signifies the transition from Jews as slaves to Jews as free men and women, and is an opportunity for friends, families, and communities to come together and […]

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IMPACT Scholars Reflect on the Spring 2015 Voyage

IMPACT programs are intended to promote service and interaction between the shipboard community and local organizations, such as orphanages, universities, and non-profits. During the Spring 2015 Voyage, six IMPACT scholars and several staff members worked to facilitate and improve these experiences. On the ship, they allocated Global Grins toothbrushes, crayons, and One World Futbol blue […]

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Discovering One for One with TOMS Shoes

TOMS is an internationally known company. Best known for its shoes, the company also sells eyewear, coffee and bags, promising to help a person in need through its One for One movement. I own a pair of TOMS myself and they travel with me everywhere. While we were docked in Cape Town I had the […]

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We Help Ourselves and Each Other – A Visit to Mondesa Township

Several field programs from the Spring 2015 Voyage had the opportunity to visit the Mondesa township located just to the northeast of Swakopmund, Namibia. The township offered students a chance to see what daily life is like for many people living throughout the country. Most people actually live in the townships, opposed to the cities […]

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A Visit to Hostel 13

Although a large amount of the Spring 2015 voyage has been spent traveling throughout Asia, our class’ main focus, New Scramble for Africa, has always been about the development of Africa ever since the European colonizers settled in the continent. We saw Buddhist pagodas and Hindu monuments in the field, while discussing African economics and […]

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Discovering Water

Water is recognizably a necessity for all, though globally we lack equal access to this resource. My desire is to one day work on ground water treatment and distribution internationally as a career, which is why when I applied as a presidential scholar for the Spring 2015 voyage I knew that my project had  to […]

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Learning to Forgive: Lessons from South Africa

Apartheid was a South African system of legalized racial discrimination that ended in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected president and subsequently established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this Explorer Seminar, social psychologist Scott Plous interviews anthropologist Walton Johnson about what it’s like to live in South Africa 20 years after the Commission was […]

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Student Photo Gallery: South Africa

In addition to its rich cultural history, amazing people, and storied past, South Africa is a destination for professional landscape and wildlife photographers from around the world.  Students from the Spring 2015 Voyage are providing some competition!  See photographs from the MV Explorer’s six day stop in South Africa below:

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Exploring the Bottom of Pyramid Markets in South Africa

On the final day the MV Explorer was docked in Cape Town, South Africa professor Susan Muller took her class to visit the vibrant nearby townships. During this rare field lab, students had the opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs in a variety of different subjects such as retail, financial services, and housing in an effort […]

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