Travel Courses: A Student Perspective

There are a growing number of travel course options for Human Development. Here we ask Jenna Gmeinder about her recent experiences traveling to Jordan with Dr. Jill White’s class.

1. What travel course did you go on?

I went to Jordan in the Middle East. It was a combined course for Human Development and Humanistic Studies.

2. What kinds of things did you do for the travel course?

For the travel course we went to many historic sites all over Jordan. We saw one of the seven wonders Petra, swam in the Dead and Red Seas, and went on a camel ride in the desert where we slept under the stars at a Bedouin camp. Most mornings we had group class for group discussion and the history behind what we were doing each day for a great understanding. We also visited a Youth Resource Center, where we were going to get our service learning experience.

3. How do you think the travel course related to what you have learned in your classes?

In a lot of the classes at UWGB we learn about theories and how they are applied cross culturally; when in Jordan I could see those theories in play. I think it was easier to see the theories by being an outsider in a different culture that is new to you.

4. How important has this travel course been to your educational experience at UWGB, and why?

I believe it has been very important. UWGB values diversity and you get to see how diverse the world really is.

5. What advice would you give to a student who’s never done a travel course before?

Go on a travel course and go somewhere you might never have a chance to go to otherwise. Through the travel course you learn so much more than what you would have going by yourself, and you get to experience the place much more than just a tourist would.