Ivy Tech–Northeast offering new education abroad opportunities

NORTHEAST – One of Ivy Tech Community College’s strategies in helping make Indiana great is to ensure that Indiana’s citizens, workforce, and businesses are globally competitive. This summer, Ivy Tech-Northeast — in partnership with Gateway Community College, Edmonds Community College, and PeaceTrees Vietnam — will take education abroad with students, faculty, staff, and members of the community in an effort to strengthen cultural diversity, global awareness, and international competitiveness among faculty, staff, and students. Programs offered consist of global citizenship, cultural immersion, service learning, and sustainability programs in Prague, Czech Republic and several countries in Southeast Asia.

“These trips are an important part of our current and future workforce becoming globally competitive,” said Tony Ramey, instructor in the Business Administration program at Ivy Tech. “They will provide participants opportunities to explore and learn about another culture and to take courses for college credit while immersed in it.”

Faculty will be able to infuse experiences derived from the program into course curriculum specifically in the areas of diversity, service learning, globalization, and sustainability. Students and other participants will be able to gain experience in working with diverse groups as well as enhance their appreciation of other cultures, while building friendships and providing service to various communities in Southeast Asia.

Edmonds Community College and Ivy Tech will be recognized as a college that is globally attuned and is prepared for the ever-changing marketplace while serving the global community. PeaceTrees Vietnam was founded in 1995 to renew relationships with the people of Vietnam and promote a safe and healthy future for its families and children. They sponsor demining and mine risk education, survivor assistance, citizen diplomacy trips, and community building projects in partnership with the people of Quang Tri Province.

Participants will make personal connections with in-country sponsors by working alongside locals, sharing meals, and literally getting down to earth together through volunteer work. Participants play a key role serving as ambassadors of friendship and cooperation.

Prague, Czech Republic
June 2
30, 2011 and July 5August 4, 2011

  • Approximately $2,300–$2,900 (airfare not included)
  • Valid passport through January 2012 is required.
  • Deadline: March 25, 2011

Southeast Asia
Dates vary by chosen package

  • Valid passport through January 2012 is required.
  • $300 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a slot on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2011

Package A: Vietnam
June 22
July 7, 2011

  • Approximately $1,975

Package B: Laos (Vientiane; Luang Prabang), Cambodia (Siem Riep/Angkor Wat; Pnom Penh), Thailand (Bangkok; Chiang Mai)
June 22–
July 24, 2011

  • Approximately $2,500

Package C: Vietnam, Laos (Vientiane; Luang Prabang), Cambodia (Siem Riep/Angkor Wat; Pnom Penh), Thailand (Bangkok; Chiang Mai)
June 22–
July 24, 2011

  • Approximately $4,475

Trip Registration and Information
Register by contacting the individuals below regarding a specific travel destination. An unlimited number of individuals can participate in the Prague trip, but there is a six-person maximum for the Southeast Asia trip. All travelers must be 18 years of age or older. 

For Prague, contact Rula Mourad Koudsia at rmourad@ivytech.edu or 260-481-2200.

For Southeast Asia, contact Tony Ramey at aramey2@ivytech.edu or 260-481-2294.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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