Student trips in May By Alex Payne

Students and staff are getting ready for trips across the country and even the world.


Currently, seven DMACC students have signed up for History Professor Dr. Lisa Ossian’s Essence of Europe trip May 13- May 29.  There is room for about 20 more people to attend, according to Ossian.


Anyone ages 18 and older are able to go on the trip. A $95 deposit is due when you sign up. To go on the trip, travelers will need to sign up by the end of the month. The total cost of the trip is approximately $3,900.


If travelers would like to travel with friends or family not attending DMACC or live out of state, they are still eligible to travel. According to Ossian, if they are out of state they will just need to make arrangements with the travel company. They are very flexible, according to Ossian.


The Essence of Europe is a trip run by EF tours, a company that Ossian became aware of when she was attending a conference in Hawaii. Ossian became interested in EF’s World War II trip that included London and Normandy, which she took with students in 2010.


Since then Ossian took students to France and Spain 2012, and has started planning this year’s trip. The trip will include stays in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and England.


“I’ve been to Germany, France, and England before, but the other countries–Austria, Italy, and Switzerland–will be new experiences for me as well as for most students,” Ossian said.


Traveling overseas is something Ossian has always wanted to do. There have always been long-term study abroad programs like London, according to Ossian, but there were not any shorter two-week trips.


Students are able to use their experiences from the trip to do their own independent studies over the summer according to Ossian. Previous travelers have told Ossian that a year at DMACC and two weeks in Europe is still cheaper than a year at ISU.


Ossian is most excited about the Swiss Alps, Rome and traveling through Europe on the trains.


But before DMACC students pack for Europe, many others will be on their way to the “Big Apple.”


DMACC students, faculty and staff from all campuses are welcome to join Phi Beta Lambda, when they travel to New York City May 4-9.


“The estimated cost for the five day trip is approximately $1,200. Since this is an educational tour, there may be some grants available to students who apply early,” said Business Administration/Int’l Business Professor Rajendra Sinha.

The trip includes round-trip airfare from Des Moines, hotel stay for five days, all mass transit in New York City and three-day New York City Pass to all major attractions in Manhattan.

According to Sinha, travelers will visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Wall Street, Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Central Park, NBC Studio Tour, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, United Nations, Sixth Avenue shopping, Times Square, bus tour of Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn; and a Broadway show.

The deadline to sign up for the trip to New York is March 15.

This will be the second trip to New York for PBL and according to Sinha it is one that will leave an impact on everyone who travels with them.


“Students from last year’s trip have testified that the NYC tour was a life-changing experience for many of them,” Sinha said.

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