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Alpine culture, European travel planned for June

Spring break excursions to Mexico and cross-country summer road trips with family are often the norm for most campus teens but during June, many will flee American culture to a civilization above and beyond the usual sojourn.

With the help of EF Educational Tours, English teacher, Greg Stobbe, will escort 20 students and six adults on a European trip that will last 17 days, departing June 3. The group will depart from San Francisco destined for Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein.

“While taking students on a two-week trip can be trying at times, I believe that educational trips are both fun and beneficial for the long term development of a student’s cultural awareness,” Stobbe said. “There is a tremendous difference between just reading about a topic than actually visiting and interacting with local people and their environment.”

Travelers welcome the opportunity to experience European life as a reward for the yearlong process of planning and paying for the $3,200 trip.

“My family gave me the trip as a graduation gift and I’ve saved from summer jobs,” Ryan Cain, ’03, said. “I’ve been out of the country before so I have my passport and visas but I’ve been reading books and brushing up on my German to prepare.”

Some students jumped at the chance to experience more of Europe after going with Stobbe on past expeditions. This will be Stobbe’s 11th educational trip in 8 years.

“I first went with Stobbe to France and Belgium,” David Pohl, ’03, said. “Stobbe is a different person when he is in a foreign country. You can’t explain it and you just have to experience it for yourself.”

The trip will incorporate a more rustic schedule than usual city-based European tours making use of geographical points of interest in Lucerne, Zermatt and Interlaken.

“I’m glad to be going to a place like Switzerland that has beautiful cities and is surrounded by mountains at the same time,” John Stevenson, ’04, said. “I’m looking forward to going up into the Alps and through the forests most of all.”

One of the more exciting highlights of the trip will be the time spent in Liechtenstein, for a cross-cultural service project and royal treatment courtesy of the National Tourism Director himself.

“I’m looking forward to Liechtenstein because we will have the chance to serve in the community and share Christ if at all possible,” Alejandra Ramirez, ’05, said. “I’m really excited about the service project and the special treatment from the government doesn’t hurt either.”

After Liechtenstein, the group will travel to Garmisch, Germany, with a stop at Linderhof Castle and Neuschwanstein, and return home after two days in Munich, Germany.

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