While some students were relaxing over spring break, others were traveling abroad in London! More than a dozen students took part in the 11th annual trip with the ECC Art Club and Student Media Club.
“It is incredible to be with students as they experience the world in new and transformative ways,” said Assistant Professor of English and Journalism Leigh Kolb. She traveled with the students on the trip. “From navigating a new city to taking in Shakespeare, it’s always moving to watch students grow as individuals on a trip like this. Travel is such an important part of learning how to be human, and we always hope that this trip is one that is an important step in a lifelong journey for our students.”
The students made the most of the week-long trip – visiting The British Museum, British Library, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe and Canterbury Cathedral. They also saw a performance of Richard II at the Sam Wanamaker Theater.
There was a different element to the trip this year as well. Students were able to perform community service with Art4Space in South London.
“Our students stepped in to assist with the large-scale ceramic mosaic for the St. Andrews Primary School,” said Assistant Professor of Art Adam Watkins. “Students helped finish handmade ceramic tile ornaments from the K-3 students. It was an amazing experience, and probably the best day of any trip over the past 11 years, as our students learned about community outreach and engagement, the world of nonprofits and ultimately being able to participate in a community project that will be visible for many years to come.”
For student Joshua German, the trip was about more than just sightseeing. He was able to connect with relatives he’d never met before!
“They were super fantastic, and it was great to make some connections in London. They wasted no time in accepting me into the family and treating me great,” he explained. “We went to Gloucester Cathedral together. They made me English tea, Cornish pastries, sausage rolls and fish and chips. It was a really great experience meeting them and I want to do it again!”
The trip is completely self-funded by students. Many fundraisers were held throughout the year to help with expenses.
Students who attended the 2019 trip:
- Abigail Sieve
- Sarah Gruper
- Josh Kierns
- Lucy Roth
- Elizabeth Delmain
- Anna Wright
- Mary Glastetter
- Gwendolen Minks
- Campbell Hamai
- Josh German
- Bob Pruessner
- Carson Mowery
- Jessie Chafin