Lifelong Learners: Spring 2016
A Voyage Around the World
Voyage Overview

A Voyage Around the World

102 Days, 11 Countries, 15 Cities, 4 Continents

Visiting Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, this voyage gives participants a truly global comparative experience as the ship journeys through various cultures around the world.

Embark: Jan 5, San Diego, CA, United States Disembark: Apr 16, Southampton, England

Itinerary: Hawaii, United States, Japan, China, Việt Nam, Myanmar (Burma), India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco Reserve Now
Embark Jan 5 San Diego, CA, United States
Hawaii, United States
Jan 12 - Jan 12
Hawaii, United States

The “Aloha spirit” is universal, and certainly contagious, when you set foot onto the Pacific paradise of Hawaii and the port of Hilo. The small, archipelago state presents a beautiful tapestry of natural sights, including secluded beaches, magnificent waterfalls, and a vast rainforest filled with fauna. Among the extensive list of geographic must-sees is Hilo’s National Volcano Park, home of the most active volcano in the world.

Coursework Themes

  • Traditional Hawaiian Art, Language, & culture
  • Natural Science of Kilauea volcano
  • Astronomy at Mauna Kea’s Observatory

Traditional Japanese culture example
Japan
Jan 24 - Jan 28
Japan

The second and third stops on our itinerary bring us to another Pacific archipelago, and the ports of Yokohama and Kobe, Japan. With its blend of modern industry amidst preserved ancient culture, Japan presents a variety of options for experiential learning. Students often enjoy getting a glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, taking a train to Tokyo, or exploring the many options for top-notch Japanese cuisine in Yokohama’s Minato Marai 21 neighborhood or the Harborland district in Kobe.

Coursework Themes

  • Sino-American relationships
  • Anime art
  • Lessons in Zen Buddhist

China
Jan 31 - Feb 5
China

(Shanghai + Hong Kong) China presents a spectacular array of historic traditions, stunning landscapes, and magnificent architecture including its vast and iconic Great Wall. Cultural opportunities are endless with the chance to meditate in a Tibetan monastery, converse with Buddhist monks, or practice the Chinese art of Tai Chi at sunrise while overlooking the bustling city of Shanghai. In Hong Kong, SAS students may partake in a junk boat project to aid in the recovery of plastic pollution in local, oceanic waters.

Coursework Themes

  • Architecture of Shanghai
  • Chinese government, society, and business
  • China as a globalized power

Việt Nam
Feb 8 - Feb 12
Việt Nam

(Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam is known for its lush, emerald green mountains, outstanding cuisine, and welcoming citizens. Here you can explore the Cu Chi Tunnels where Viet Cong soldiers lived and fought, travel by boat through the Mekong Delta, sample world-class pho, or bike through small villages. Students often enjoy a three-day trip to Cambodia from Vietnam to interact with an NGO that educates and trains disadvantaged locals in rural areas for employment in the hospitality industry.

Coursework Themes

  • Imperialism in Vietnam
  • Politics in developing Vietnam
  • Vietnam war from the Vietnamese perspective

Myanmar (Burma)
Feb 18 - Feb 22
Myanmar (Burma)

Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, has preserved its Buddhist traditions and predominantly rural culture. In many ways, Burma has remained unchanged since British colonial times. SAS students may partake in a visit to an elephant camp, engage with teachers and children at a local school, or participate in a meditation.

Coursework Themes

  • Poverty alleviation
  • Aid agencies and economic development
  • Buddhist Pagodas of Rangoon

India
Feb 27 - Mar 3
India

As one of the most populous nations in the world, India is bustling with a vibrant culture influenced by a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Explore the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders, or travel to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. Get a taste of how 70% of Indians live by visiting the rural, traditional Chendamangalam village.

Coursework Themes

  • Historic and contemporary geography of Kerala
  • Revolution and the colonial past
  • Sex, gender, and culture in the Chendamangalam Village

Mauritius
Mar 9 - Mar 9
Mauritius

A small African island nation in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical paradise and the wealthiest African nation. The ship will dock in the capital city of Port Louis, home to the mountain known as Le Pouce, first summited by Charles Darwin and well worth the hike for great panoramic views of the island.

Coursework Themes

  • Mangrove restoration and coral reef conservation
  • Sociology of tourism
  • Marine Science Research Park

South Africa
Mar 15 - Mar 20
South Africa

Whether hiking Table Mountain for one of the world’s best views, riding horseback on safari, or engaging with local entrepreneurs in Cape Town, students always fall in love with South Africa. Full of adventure and captivating sights, Cape Town offers countless opportunities for cultural and natural exploration. Cape Town is also home to world-renowned social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who students just may have the opportunity to meet as he is a member of the Institute for Shipboard Education Board of Trustees… and a big fan of Semester at Sea!

Coursework Themes

  • Apartheid vs. Democracy
  • Psychology of forgiveness and reconciliation post-Apartheid
  • Food and social relations in the Gugulethu Township

Ghana
Mar 27 - Mar 31
Ghana

Located in West Africa, the nation of Ghana is of rugged, sub-saharan beauty bursting with a unique and thriving culture. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy treks through the Accra plains and neighboring reserves, while those seeking an authentic village immersion experience can make homestay arrangements through SAS field programs. Tour the infamous Cape Coast Castle and Slave Dungeons for a historical African perspective on the 17th century slave trade. The ship will first dock in Tema, and from there will reposition itself in Takoradi.

Coursework Themes

  • Textile technology and culture in Ghana
  • West African drumming and dance workshop
  • Democratization in Ghana

Casablanca, Morocco
Morocco
Apr 7 - Apr 11
Morocco

Morocco is an immensely rich cultural center point of north-western Africa that exudes influences of all of the proximal regions, including Spain and the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Sahara Desert, and the Atlas Mountains. The port of Casablanca, established in the 20th century, is a busy metropolis and home to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca. Teeming with color bazaars and exotic culture, Casablanca and nearby Rabat and Marrakech will give voyagers a taste of a culture far different from any other place.

Coursework Themes

  • Gender inequality of the Habous District
  • Retail marketing and practices in Morocco
  • Moroccan social entrepreneurs collaboration

Disembark Apr 16 Southampton, England