BETHANY, W.Va. – Six Bethany College student groups witnessed culture and history first hand as they traveled the world during Spring Break, March 9-13.
Four members of Alpha-Phi Chapter of Tri-Beta National Biology Honor Society spent Spring Break in Costa Rica. Students performed volunteer work with Proyecto Asis Wild Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the diverse wildlife populations living within the Costa Rican rainforests by caring for injured animals and educating the public about threats to local species.
“Students explored the unique ecology of the region by visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a rainforest, and the geologic complexity of the area by visiting Costa Rica’s most active volcano in Arenal, as well as the volcano’s thermal hot springs,” said Jennifer Franko, trip advisor and Assistant Professor of Biology.
The group also visited Las Baulas National Marine Park, which is home to the Pacific Ocean’s largest nesting colony for the critically endangered leatherback turtles.
Three clubs, the Business & Accounting Club, the Economics Club and the History Club, spent Spring Break in Ireland. The first two groups, comprised of 12 students, traveled with advisor Dr. Anju Ramjee, the John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen Professor in Economics and Professor of Finance.
“Ireland is one of the countries that has faced significant financial challenges, and it has successfully recovered from its financial abyss and is now experiencing a financial resurgence,” Ramjee said.
“This trip is extremely valuable in broadening student experience about international business, finance and economics. One has to understand the cultural, political, legal and financial aspects of a country in order to be successful in business ventures,” she said.
Five History Club members, along with Mark Peterson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, also spent Spring Break in the country.
The groups visited Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, Kilkenney, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.
Seven members of the Spanish Club traveled on a fully guided tour of Spain. The group, with advisor Dr. Joseph Lovano, Professor of World Languages and, visited a variety of cultural/historical sites. Cities the group visited include Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville and Cordoba.
Nine students who are part of Student Activities Council spent Spring Break doing volunteer work in Trinidad. The trip, through service-learning organization Amizade, allowed the group to help with eco-tourism in the remote village of Matelot through development of local hiking trails and support of leather back turtle conservation efforts.
The group also witnessed local sporting events and music, as well as visited beaches and the Queen’s Park Savannah and the Caroni bird sanctuary. Sam Goodge, Director of Student Activities, and Renee Stock, College Counselor, served as trip advisors.
For more photos of these Spring Break trips, view Bethany College's Facebook photo album.
Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.