UMF Alumni and Community Trips

2021 Trips

Peru

Faculty Leaders - Nicole Kellett, Luke Kellett

Travel Dates - Summer 2021

Tanzania

Faculty Leader - Linda Beck

Travel Dates - June 26 - July 7, 2021

The Northern Circuit of Tanzania’s national parks along the border with Kenya is a popular tourist destination, although one that is often considered unaffordable or potentially harmful to the Serengeti’s fragile ecosystem and/or exploitive of its local Maasai community. Professor Beck, who has been working closely for the last five years with Tanzanian ecotourism operators as part of her research on environmental activism in the region, has teamed up with a Tanzanian-owned and operated safari company, Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience, to provide alumni and friends of UMF with one of the most affordable and ethical safaris to four of Tanzania’s national parks. Her June 2021 UMF Alumni and Community Trip includes visits to the World Heritage sites of the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera.


 

 
 

United Kingdom

Faculty Leader - Scott Erb

Travel Dates - April 2021

 

2020 Trips

Costa Rica

Faculty Leader - Jeffrey Thomson

Travel Dates - January, 2020

Tourism is big business in Costa Rica. But there are still places in this rich landscape where you can see the amazing biodiversity of the country up-close and get a taste of the true flavor of the country. For 11 days, we explored the astonishing diversity of many of Costa Rica’s hidden gems, including rain forests, cloud forests, mangrove swamps, and beach ecosystems. Led by a UMF faculty member who has written two books about the country and has led student classes for 20 years, the trip emphasized the natural history, ecological patterns, tropical conservation, and the political and cultural systems that make Costa Rica a world-renowned destination for eco-travelers.
 

 

Sicily

Faculty Leader - Scott Erb, Steve Pawne

Travel Dates - February, 2020

The trip leaders Scott Erb and Steven Pane are veteran leaders of travel courses to Italy, and in exploring Sicily will discuss the history, music, culture, and cuisine of both the island and southern Italy in general. Sicily played a major role in European history, ruled at times by the French and the Spanish, and is a gateway of knowledge from the Islamic world to the European continent. Sicily also offers a unique culinary tradition, reflecting its location in Italy, but a short distance from the northern African coast

 

2019 Trips

Germany and Austria

Faculty Leader - Scott Erb

Travel Dates - April, 2019

UMF Alumni and friends are invited to join Scott Erb, UMF professor of political science, for a guided tour of historic sites and cities in Germany and Austria, including Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna. A veteran leader of UMF travel courses to Austria, Germany, and Italy, Scott is the author of German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era (2003). His April 2019 Germany–Austria trip will feature a mix of sightseeing and informative lessons on topics such as Maria Theresa and the creation of the Austrian Empire; King Ludwig and the Bavarian state; Austria, Bavaria, Germany and the Third Reich; Anti-semitism and German-Austrian history; and German unification.

 

2018 Trips

Italy

Faculty Leader - Scott Erb

Travel Dates - 2018

 

Tanzania

Faculty Leader - Linda Beck

Travel Dates - 2018

The Northern Circuit of Tanzania’s national parks along the border with Kenya is a popular tourist destination, although one that is often considered unaffordable or potentially harmful to the Serengeti’s fragile ecosystem and/or exploitive of its local Maasai community. Professor Beck, who has been working closely for the last five years with Tanzanian ecotourism operators as part of her research on environmental activism in the region, has teamed up with a Tanzanian-owned and operated safari company, Summit Expeditions & Nomadic Experience, to provide alumni and friends of UMF with one of the most affordable and ethical safaris to four of Tanzania’s national parks. 

 

Last Updated July 2020 University of Maine Farmington - Office of Experiential & Global Education

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