Alumni and Friends Cross-Cultural Tours

Alumni & Friends Cross-Cultural Tours

We are getting rave reviews about our Alumni and Friends Cross Cultural Trips! Reasonably priced with an EMU flare, these trips promise to be "life changing" in many ways. You won't find this kind of a trip with your typical travel agent. Open to alumni, current and former parents and friends of EMU. Plan now to take one of our upcoming trips:

Upcoming trips include....

Israel & Palestine (Oct. 21 - Nov. 4, 2019) - Full!

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This tour, led by Linford and Janet Stutzman, will feature the highlights and favorite parts of our cross-cultural semester in the Middle East with EMU students. It will integrate biblical insights, ancient and modern history, a bit of archeology, respectful listening to both Palestinian and Israeli voices about current issues, and even the occasional stories of EMU students from our own experiences since 2001 leading the EMU cross culturals. In addition, we will meet fascinating locals who admire EMU, eat excellent Middle Eastern food, experience the incredible diversity of geography, flora and fauna, and travel with some of the most interesting people in the group that you will ever meet.

Leaders: Linford and Janet Stutzman, long time Middle East cross-cultural leaders
Cost per person: $3,650 (cost does not include airfare and trip insurance)                                                      Payment dates (click "Pay For Your Trip" button above): Registration fee of $600 due when you register to hold your spot, first payment of $1,525 due April 30, second payment of $1,525 due June 28.

Cuba (April 2 - 11, 2020)

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Cuba is a country like no other - World Heritage sites, beautiful beaches, old cars, intriguing politics and resilient, friendly people.   Yet, many U.S. citizens have not had the chance to visit Cuba due to the nearly 60-year embargo and current US policy restricting travel. Travel related to activities of educational institutions is still available which makes this 3rd EMU Alumni and Friends trip to Cuba possible.  During your time in Cuba, you will have the opportunity to experience a mini-cross culture with time spent in Havana and in the countryside. There will be lectures by Cuban experts, visits to health and education programs, a home stay and several group reflection times.   Most of all, you will experience Cuba’s rich heritage of music, dance, art, food and warm hospitality.

Leader(s): Elaine and Nathan Barge, veteran Guatemala/Cuba cross-cultural leaders
Cost per person: $2600 plus airfare to Havana, Cuba
Payment dates (click "Pay For Your Trip" button above): Registration fee of $600 due by Sept. 20, first payment of $1000 due by Nov. 15, second payment of $1,000 due by Jan. 24. 

South Africa (May 12 - 29, 2020)

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South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its diverse people and cultures, beaches, wildlife, rolling hills of the midlands, big karoo sky, and endless coastline leaves you awestruck at the beauty and diversity of God’s creation. And yet, this beautiful country continues to wrestle with its painful history of colonialism and deep-seated racial segregation of apartheid, a system that only ended in 1994. Now, in its post-apartheid era, South Africans search for ways in which to confront its painful history and the division left in its wake in order to pursue the possibility of reconciliation. Come, explore and learn South Africa’s complex history, the pain and injustice of the apartheid system, and how the resilience of South Africa’s people, in their search for peace, justice, and reconciliation, cling to the vision of a more hopeful future. The trip will be led by professor of Theology, Peace and Mission, Andrew Sudermanwho has led recent cross-culturals and traveled extensively across South Africa. Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

Leader(s): Andrew Suderman
Cost per person: $4,200 (cost does not include airfare and trip insurance)                                                    Payment dates (click "Pay For Your Trip" button above): Registration fee of $500 due when you register to hold your spot, first payment of $1,800 due Nov. 1, second payment of $1,800 due Feb. 1.

Ireland & Northern Ireland - Community, Culture & Conflict (May 13 - 27, 2020) - Filling up fast! Only 3 more spots available.

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This two-week tour will roam across both Ireland and Northern Ireland exploring the deep cultural traditions, community traditions, and conflicted realities of the Emerald Isle. The trip will be led by professor of history Mark Metzler Sawin who has led a cross-cultural and traveled extensively across Ireland and the U.K.  Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

Leader(s): Mark Sawin
Cost per person: $4,500 (dependent Brexit outcome) - cost does not include airfare/trip insurance
  Payment dates (click "Pay For Your Trip" button above): Registration fee of $500 due when you register to hold your spot, first payment of $2,000 due Nov. 1, second payment of $2,000 due Feb. 1.

Coming Fall 2020: Turkey & Greece

Sail on the Mediterranean, explore the Roman Empire and experience the dynamics of the Early Church in this journey on sea and land in Turkey and Greece.  During this trip you will love hearing from Linford and Janet Stutzman, long-time Middle East EMU cross-cultural leaders, as well as leaders in the region. Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

India: (February 20 - March 7, 2021)

Discover the beauty and diverse culture of India! Your senses will come alive with the mixture of dazzling, intense colors of clothing and spices in markets to the tantalizing aroma of bread baking in clay ovens; To the breathtaking Taj Mahal and massive forts to gardens of assorted flowers and fields of mustard seed.   India is without equal, in its rich culture and extensive history extending back to 3000 BC. Explore how history and religions are deeply intertwined within the culture of India and how these have an impact on current social issues. Gain an understanding of the historical and cultural changes of India dating back to the early Mogul emperors, British rule, and then Indian Independence in 1947 and Partition.  Visit places of historical and spiritual importance to Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Sikh religions. You will gain an invaluable wealth of information through your interactions with host nationals. Join us in this adventure!  Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

Leaders:  Kim and Bob Brenneman, EMU India cross-cultural leaders since 2007

Coming Spring 2021: Special Health / Medical Focused Trip to Israel & Palestine in Cooperation with the Nazareth Project, Inc. 

This tour will be led by Linford and Janet Stutzman and a representative(s) from the Nazareth Project. Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

Coming Fall 2021: Greek Islands and Rome

This tour will be led by Linford and Janet Stutzman. Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

Coming Spring 2022: New Zealand

This tour will be led by Jim Yoder, current EMU professor. Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

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