In August, NCU traveled to Colombia, South America for an Edu-Tourism trip supported by Dr. Erika Prager, Director of Assessment in the School of Education. From learning about professional ethics in the Colombian justice system to visiting a local market in the city of Cali, the group of NCU students and alumni were immersed in the culture of the country from day one.
During the nine-day trip, NCU was invited to tour the Liceo Departmental primary and secondary public schools to learn about the education system from both students and administrators and were amazed by the warm welcoming. At the local primary school, the group met with administrators and teachers while touring classrooms and common areas of the facility. The grade-school aged children were elated to spend time with NCU students and alumni while playing games and presenting their English skills. The team traveled down the street to a secondary school to speak to students and staff about their experience and day-to-day schedules. The high-school aged students shared both positive and negative impacts of growing up in Cali as well as their personal goals and aspirations. They talked to the NCU team about how they would change the educational system in their nation as well as in the United States. Additionally, the group had the opportunity to meet with the Executive Director of Centro Cultural Colombo Americano, a language and cultural binational center, to learn about education in Colombia.
“Every day of the trip was better than the one before! The cultural immersion opportunities were phenomenal and revealed a side of Colombia in nine days that very few people get to experience.” -Sheila H., current student, PhD Business Administration
At the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) leaders, scientists and representatives explained how they develop agricultural practices to ensure citizens have access to affordable food through sustainable systems, among other efforts. The group had the opportunity to tour the CIAT facility located in Cali and observe research labs in action. Attendees walked away with a deeper understanding of the local and international impacts of the organization.
The group traveled to the Coffee Region to explore the areas of Montenegro, Salento, and Santa Rosa de Cabel and to experience the ethos outside of the large city. The trip came to a close with a tour of Finca El Ocaso and a drive to the natural hot springs at Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal. Students and alumni represented Northcentral University with the utmost integrity and passion as they met with locals - and they fell in love with the beautiful country.
We are looking forward to future Edu-Tourism trips and co-curricular events as Northcentral University continues to provide new, diverse educational experiences to students and alumni.
James Rogers, Senior Director, Academic Operations & Co-Curricular Events
Samantha Wilcox, Director, Community Relations & Events