Alumni and Friends Cross-Cultural Tours

We are getting rave reviews about our Alumni and Friends Cross Cultural Trips! Reasonably priced with an EMU flair, these trips promise to be "life changing" in many ways. You won't find this kind of a trip with your typical travel agent.

All proceeds from these trips go directly to current EMU students in need of financial support on their Intercultural semester. Your participation in these trips helps EMU students have life-changing educational experiences with EMU professors.

Open to alumni, current and former parents and friends of EMU. Plan now to take one of our upcoming trips:

Cuba: March 2025 

Cuba downtown streetCuba 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 4th 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. Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

Leader(s): Elaine and Nathan Zook Barge, veteran Guatemala/Cuba cross-cultural leaders.

Europe - Radical Reformation: May 2025 

2025 marks the 500th anniversary of the start of Anabaptism in Switzerland. You have heard of Conrad Grebel and Felix Manz, but what about Ursula Jost or Helena von Freyberg? How did women and peasants contribute to the Anabaptist movement? This tour will trace the origins and spread of Anabaptism in the context of the broader Reformation, with a special focus on how often overlooked history-makers--women and peasants--informed and nurtured the sixteenth-century Anabaptist movement. Tour members will participate in the special Anabaptism 500 day in Zurich, May 29, where EMU's Chamber Singers will be performing.

The bus tour will include a 12-night trip through Austria, Switzerland and Germany with an optional five-day extension to Münster and the Netherlands. We will spend time in the cities of Vienna, Zurich, Bern, Innsbruck, and Amsterdam but also visit a number of small towns, hofs, and castles where Anabaptism flourished in spite of strong opposition. In addition to Anabaptist-related sites, there will be opportunities to see top tourist destinations and do some bicycle rides and gentle mountain hiking.

2017 EMU XC student group and Kim

Leaders: Dr. Mary Sprunger and Dr. Kimberly Schmidt are scholars and teachers of Reformation and Mennonite History, Women's History and Social History. Schmidt has led two previous Reformation History tours with EMU. Both historians have lived in Europe, speak local languages, and are experienced tour leaders. Further in-put will include European scholars who are working to uncover and preserve Anabaptist Women's & Social History.

Important Note: This is primarily a bus tour but there will be many days when walking is required, especially through museums, old town centers, churches, and to remote Anabaptist worship sites.  Additionally, participants must be able to carry their own luggage up a flight of stairs. Please be mindful of this reality.

On the Face of the Deep

Leaders: Janet and Linford Stutzman

With Special Guests: Cantore, men’s a Cappella singing group 

Description: This special Mediterranean voyage is one that Janet and I, after sailing the
Mediterranean for 20 years, have been dreaming of sharing with EMU Alumni and Friends for some time. It is special in many ways. First, this tour, for the first time in 5,000 years of Mediterranean sailing history, will include performances in appropriate locations of 10 originalsea shanties performed by Cantore. These shanty texts were written by Linford with the music
composed by Cantore who will also perform all of these shanties on the tour. The shanties are
the voices of the mostly pagan seafarers in the biblical stories whose voices are seldom heard.
Second, the itinerary includes some of the most beautiful islands of Greek history and the
biblical stories in Scripture. The route will follow the downwind sailing routes of Acts, connecting
with the sites of the sea stories in Scripture, parts of all Paul’s sea voyages, and include time on
Patmos of John’s vision. Two beautiful gulets are being reserved to accommodate up to 60
guests. Relaxing aboard, visiting the amazing ports and islands of the Mediterranean, enjoying
the presentations, concerts and good company, and learning about the sea and its people in
history and the Bible will be part of the experience.

Dates: October 3 – 13, 2025

Itinerary: Beginning In Turkey, Kusadasi (port) Ephesus (archeological site), the Greek islands of Samos, Patmos, Kos, and Rhodes, back in Turkey the ports of Fethiye, and Antalya, and the archeological site of Perge.

Costs: From arrival at the meeting place in Izmir, Turkey to leaving the hotel in Antalya, Turkey
is projected at this time to be $5,500 per person. A single supplement of $1,250 will be required for those traveling or rooming alone. This payment will cover all accommodation on land with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all meals, water and coffee/tea on the gulet, and all tips including for the gulet crew. Only extra beverages and purchases will be your personal expenses on the trip.

International Flights:  Guests will book their own multi-city flights arriving in Izmir and departing from Antalya. Connections are usually through Istanbul. Guests have the option to arrive earlier and/or stay longer for independent travel if desired.

NOTE: Additional information about the details of the program and itinerary, as well as all of the information needed to purchase airfare, and plan for the trip, will be sent out as soon as everything is finalized.

Links to Gulets: The plans include these two gulets that you can view on the following website: Admiral Yacht

Email alumni@emu.edu to be added to a list of interested people.

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