In a place where bamboo is plentiful but personal transportation can be scarce, there’s a bike company creating amazing things from the local land. Semester at Sea business and marketing students took a trip to Bamboosero to see how innovative Ghanaians are crafting strong, stylish, and sustainable bicycles from a plant that grows wild in [...]
Next time you’re driving east out of Accra, remember to turn your dial to 93.3 FM for the latest in Dangbe language, music and culture. Communication students on the 108th voyage took a tour of Radio Ada last week in Ghana, learning firsthand about the immense power of radio in the [...]
Brazil is a treasure trove of biodiversity. The country boasts 20% of the world’s bird species, and houses more species of plants, mammals, and freshwater fish than any other place on earth. Wildlife is everywhere in Brazil, but especially in the rainforests surrounding Manaus, where the MV Explorer docked for four days this February. Watch [...]
For most Semester at Sea participants, the experience is marked by a series of firsts: first time out of the country, first trip to South America, even first time in an airplane. But for business professor Don Howard, who’s traveled to over 120 countries in his lifetime, the firsts are far fewer. He’s already visited [...]
Destiny Yarbro, a Hard-of-Hearing student this semester, and Kara Kitchens, her close friend and interpreter, are bringing a different style of cultural immersion to Semester at Sea. The duo met only one year ago at Brigham Young University, where their similar interests led them to a parallel class schedule including Deaf Literature and Polynesian Dance. [...]
Each voyage, Semester at Sea invites guest lecturers to board the MV Explorer and provide their own intercultural perspective to a segment of the journey. The Spring 2012 voyage was happy to host the latest lecturer, Ghanaian musician Sheriff Ghale, on the MV Explorer’s 10-day trek down the Amazon River and across the Atlantic to [...]
Bom Dia from Brazil. Take a look at some Semester at Sea student photos from the MV Explorer’s week on the Amazon River.
Imagine spending three marathon hours with a Brazilian drum corps, pounding out samba rhythms on the steamy evening streets of Manaus. Imagine dancing alongside Carnival queens in the oldest neighborhood in the city while shimmery confetti showers down on you and your 150 new friends. Now imagine you’re in class, too. For the students [...]
In each port city, Semester at Sea organizes dozens of field programs to connect class material with cultural experiences, but often the ship’s arrival coincidentally overlaps with a local event of equal significance. This was the case last week in Manaus.
The main landmark in Manaus is the Teatro Amazonas, a rubber boom opera house built [...]
Semester at Sea students may be traveling the world, but that’s no reason to ignore an unofficial American holiday.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology (and a dedicated shipwide effort to avoid internet usage), the MV Explorer’s satellite feed streamed the Super Bowl live from our current position in the Atlantic Ocean. Students packed the [...]