Overview of Travel
· May 21st : Fly to Berlin, Germany
· May 26: Bus to Prague through Dresden
· May 30: Train to Budapest
· June 4th: Fly to from Budapest to Minneapolis, MN
Includes transfers to hotels, accommodations, transportation in Europe, sightseeing, 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners.
*Does not include airfare
Itinerary may change; depending on availability.
Preparation for this trip begins during Spring Semester 2014. Participants on this trip earn two (2) credits for their Gender and Intercultural Common Curriculum Requirements. In preparation for the trip, students will participate in orientation sessions and reading discussions to better understand the history, political, and social situations in these areas. Some of the readings and assignments will provide a foundational history of the area, others will more specifically help students build background knowledge of current and historical gender, race, and class issues in these areas of Eastern Europe.
While on this trip, participants will view historical sites, experience new cultures, meet local citizens, and share conversations with others about their lives and experiences as men and women. Meetings will include:
· Local business women
· Local politicians
· Representatives of organizations working on issues of gender equality and women's leadership
· Local families
· Students from local universities
· American ex-patriots living abroad
On this trip students will have a chance to explore three distinct cities in post-socialist countries of Eastern Europe. The trip will allow students to explore changes in men's and women's lives related to changing governmental structures in Eastern Europe, examine economic and policy factors influencing gender roles in these areas, and compare their own experiences with gender roles in the United States with those of emerging adults in Eastern Europe.
Sightseeing in the once-divided metropolis includes the Ku'damm, the restored Reichstag, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, Charlottenburg Palace, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park and the Berlin Wall.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Guided sightseeing includes a visit to Hrandany Castle Ground, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the Astronomical Clock, once the envy of all Europe. You'll have the opportunity to meet with the Check Youth and learn about the time of transition from Socialism to Free Market and Democracy in Check Republic.
Buda Castle dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. You'll see the elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, Matthias Coronation Church; and from the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen's Bastion you'll enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city.