Voyage Blog: Spring 2014

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    Student View: Everyone Should Visit a Concentration Camp

    “Everyone should visit a concentration camp.” This is something my dad, a history major from the U.S. Naval Academy, has told me ever since we moved from Germany when I […]

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    Seven Spring '14 Semester at Sea Students Named Resolution Project Fellows

    The Spring 2014 voyage of Semester at Sea commemorated the program’s 50th anniversary, and, in the spirit of inspiring future global citizens and change-makers, launched a partnership with The Resolution […]

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    Thoughts on Home: Life Post-Semester at Sea

    The following piece is a reflection from Spring 2014 Semester at Sea student Angela Weinberg, a rising fourth-year student at the University of California, Berkeley. Liminal: 1. of or relating […]

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    U.Va. Student Journalist Finds Writing and Reporting Opportunities At Sea

    University of Virginia rising 4th year student Lauren Jones recently disembarked the Spring 2014 Semester at Sea voyage. Jones, an English and economics major from Warrensburg, MO, writes for the […]

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    Student Photo Gallery: Morocco

    From the sun and sand in the Sahara Desert to the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh markets, Semester at Sea voyagers made the most of their last port of the […]

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    Field Lab: An Afternoon in the Caliph's House

    On a recent field lab in Morocco, Professor Natalie Bakopoulos’ Travel Writing class traveled to the home of author Tahir Shah in the southern outskirts of Casablanca. Crossing through a rambling shantytown […]

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    Student Photo Gallery: Ghana

    During the Spring 2014 voyage’s time in Ghana, the MV Explorer docked in the cities of Tema, near the capital of Accra, and Takoradi. Semester at Sea voyagers immersed themselves […]

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    Ghana & TOMS: An Opportunity to Give Back

    While on a Semester at Sea field program voyagers had an opportunity to get a rich taste of Ghanian culture and traditions. In addition to traveling to the cities of […]

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    A Family Connection in Ghana

    My family’s involvement with Semester at Sea began in 2011 when I sailed as a student on that year’s summer voyage. During this voyage around the Mediterranean, my mom and […]

  • From left to right, Kristin Tate from Springfield College Massachusetts, Leah Staenberg from the University of Georgia, and Maria Ferraz from the Universidade de S‹o Paulo work to paint the open-air building used for eating and worship.

    Creating a Refuge from Child Slavery in Ghana

    About an hour north of Ghana’s capital, down a meandering red dirt road which cuts through thick green vegetation, lies the City of Refuge Ministries (CORM), the dream-turned-reality of Johnbull […]

  • This picture of Table Mountain was taken by College of Charleston student Jessica Mercier while on a visit to Robben Island, the place where South Africa's past president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. "It was a very moving experience, and as my friends and I stood on the shore of the island we could only imagine how it must have felt to be captive there for as long as Mandela was."

    Student Photo Gallery: South Africa

    While docked in Cape Town, voyagers branched out across South Africa to explore not only the Mother City, rich in history and beauty, but also to far-flung game reserves and […]

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    Exploring South Africa Through Words

    Poetry relies on rich and sensuous imagery to convey meaningful experiences that have the power to evoke in us both genuine feeling and deep, often philosophical, thought. Join Semester at […]

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    Competition on the High Seas

    Eight seas showed their colors and team spirit in the recent Spring 2014 50th Anniversary Voyage Sea Olympics. It was a test of mind, muscle, endurance, coordination, skill, creativity, and […]

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    Student Photo Gallery: Mauritius

    Voyagers had the opportunity to visit the African island nation of Mauritius while the MV Explorer was docked in the capital city of Port Louis for a day. Dramatic, damp […]

  • As voyagers enjoyed a pre-dawn boat ride along the Ganges, Rebecca Isaak from Queen University soaked in of the morning activities happening along the ghats. "I studied Hinduism the semester before leaving on Semester at Sea and my professor, who had been to India multiple times, often spoke about indescribable Varanasi is. While we were on the Ganges that morning, I was thinking a lot about how I had thought I understood Hinduism, but for all the research papers and tests I had written, nothing prepared me for actually being there. Everything suddenly clicked I had a profound understanding of why my professor spoke about Varanasi the way she did."

    Photo Gallery: Sacred River & Stunning Monuments

    On a multi-day field program, voyagers traveled far from the port city of Kochi to visit the chaos of Varanasi and the impressive monuments of Agra. From viewing commonplace activities such […]

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