Faculty Views Of Travel

Holocaust Travel Study


"Travel shapes youth."


"You can't understand anything if you have not traveled."


"We live in a global village."


These cliches exist for a reason. Everyone needs character, culture, commerce. And their secondary benefits. Tolerance. Awareness. Self-awareness. Clarity. Perspective. Experience. Discovery. Souvenir savvy. Intercultural skills. Respect. Wonderment. Pleasure. Wholeness. Knowledge that weaves heart, mind, and body together. For a travel study leader, no thrill is greater than to see a traveler connect all the parts of his/her being and gain a deeper understanding of. . . history. . . human beings. . . life. . .


At UTMartin we do not offer cookie-cutter touristy trips, but the total Travel Study experience. Immersion into a foreign land, its people, its cuisine, its culture, its history. Each trip has a theme whose learning objectives are carefully chosen to offer premium academic preparation complemented by an outstanding travel experience. Balance is a key word in the formula: balance between required visits and free time , between academic and experiential content, between individual learning and group experiences. Another key word is care. As faculty leaders, we care about the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of our Travel Study students and we provide them with mentoring, support, and fellowship during their entire experience.


Dr. Alice-Catherine Carls

Tom Elam Distinguished Professor of History

Holocaust Travel Study



Student Views Of Travel


Kara Kidwell/London Metropolitian University


My travel-study to Ireland with the English department this May was something I will never forget. I have always loved literature and history, but to be able to physically stand where so many stories began has had a lasting impact on how I view the subjects. Twenty-six students joined Professor Clark and Dr. Coffman on a two-week tour of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and each one of us has commented on how amazing and memorable the trip was in so many ways. I've stood at Yeats' grave and looked out at Ben Bulben and recited his poetry, walked along the River Liffey in Dublin and seen the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and watched my friends perform an impromptu play on the grounds of Coole Park. I've also had my share of fun- I've walked up to the ancient fort on the Aran Island of Inishmore, I've met fellow college students in Kinsale that spoke Gaelic for me, and I've had dinner at a 15th century castle, complete with traditional mead. An account of everything I experienced would take hours to read, there were so many things each day, hour, and minute. The trip made so much of what I've previously just read turn into stories and poems that mean immensely more now, because I can so clearly visualize what the authors and poets are trying to put on paper. I couldn't have had a better trip and I can't wait to go back.


Scarlett Hixson

Senior Cell and Molecular Biology major, English minor

Ireland Travel Study, English 496


My name is Lorie Mallari, and I am a senior biology and international business double major. I have always loved to travel. I went on a two-week travel study to Ireland and Northern Ireland with Ms. Anna Clark and Dr. Chris Coffman. We traveled all over the island, visiting key literary sites such as Lady Gregory's Coole Park and W.B. Yeats' grave at Drumcliff. We also did a fair share of sightseeing, visiting places such as the Aran Islands, Blarney Castle, and Giant's Causeway. Participating on this trip has stimulated my desire to pursue international business in Europe and has given me a life-changing experience that I will never forget.


Lorie Mallari

Senior Biology and International Business Major

Ireland Travel Study, English 251


Guten Tag! My name is Eric Haldeman and I am a Senior History Major and Minoring in German. I had the great fortune and opportunity to attend the six week Internationale Sommerkurse at the Technischen Universitat Braunschweig, Germany. I had always wanted to visit Germany. So being able to fulfill that dream while at the same time learning the language and earning college credit was to good of a deal to pass up! We visited Berlin, Hannover, and Hamburg. We went hiking in the Hartz Mountains. And I even had a special opportunity to drive on the Autobahn. I met students just like myself from all over the world including, but not limited to: Syria, China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Greece, and Egypt. You won't see everything while there, even on the six week trip, but you will have an experience you won't soon forget.


Eric Haldeman

Senior History Major, German Minor

Braunschweig, Germany.


My name is Will Binkley and I am a junior who went on the Paris and London travel study during spring break. The idea of traveling to another part of the world to see things that I had only seen in pictures and meet people with different backgrounds, histories, and outlooks that I never knew existed excited me but also scared me in many ways. My perspective changed the minute that I arrived and realized that I was in Paris! The most interesting thing that I learned from my overseas experience is that people are people no matter where you go. I was able to see that everywhere I went people had the same feelings, emotions, vices, fears, etc. as me, they just use different languages to express them. The one thing from my trip to Paris and London that I will never forget is my visit to Versailles. It was freezing cold, the gardens had yet to begin to bloom, and the fountains were covered up for the winter. Ignoring the frigid temperatures a good friend and I left the confines of the warm castle and wandered through the famous gardens, and even though there was nothing in bloom it was still worth it.


Will Binkley



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