BSCC’s educational trip set for Ireland, England
by Briana Webster
Sep 29, 2013 | 1907 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sipping on a cup of warm tea while contemplating the plot of a Shakespearean play on your front porch isn’t a far-fetched idea; however, sipping on that same cup of tea discussing plays while visiting the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford, England ... Some might say that would be an impossible and expensive trip to make, but Bevill State Community College is making it happen.

The college currently has plans underway for its second educational trip for the spring of 2014. The overseas trip is scheduled for May 15-23 and includes a trip to England, Ireland and Wales. BSCC is encouraging students and members of the community to sign up for the experience of a lifetime.

Participants will enjoy a nine-day trip to the following places: Shannon, Killarney, Dublin, North Wales, Holyhead, Stratford, Oxford and London. Sites include visiting the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, Bog Village, Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Beaumaris or Conwy Castle, the birthplace of Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Oxford University, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Hyde Park.

Last year BSCC offered its first overseas educational trip to Italy. Bevill’s Assistant Director of Public Relations Holly Trawick was one of seven who attended the Italy trip, which she thought was phenomenal.

“It was a great trip. I think it met and surpassed everyone’s expectations,” Trawick said. “It really was amazing. We went to eight places in eight days. It was unbelievable.” 

According to information provided by the college, the cost of the trip is $3,500, and includes roundtrip airfare from Birmingham, seven overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms, breakfast daily and five local dinners, a full-time tour director, ground and water transportation, guided tours and admission costs for included attractions. There is an optional two-day extension to stay in London and tour Stonehenge and the Roman Baths.

“It was incredibly well-organized. They had all of our hotel rooms set up. They had charts that the group leaders filled out,” Trawick exclaimed. “... It was just a huge learning experience.”

Monthly payment plans are available for those who are interested. A detailed itinerary with trip costs and payment plan information can be accessed at www.bscc.edu/intltravel. Participants may also enroll online at www.efcollegestudy tours.com/1392853VA or by calling 800-873-2250 and referencing tour 1392853VA.

Trawick said BSCC started offering the trips because it was a great way to offer something new to the community and “a wonderful way for our students to see more, to see a little bit of the world beyond what they have here, and I don’t think they get those learning experiences that often in an environment like this that is targeted toward education. These tours are educational study tours.”

There will be community meetings for those who are interested in more information or may have questions about the trip. The meetings will be held at 5 p.m. at all campus locations — Sumiton Campus Cafeteria Civic Room, Monday, Sept. 30; Jasper Campus Cafeteria, Tuesday, Oct. 1; Fayette Campus Guthrie Smith Room, Monday, Oct. 7; and, Hamilton Campus Cafeteria, Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The arrangements for the trip have been made through an educational tour company called EF College Study Tours. Discounts are available for those who have traveled with an EF Study Tour in the past. For more information about BSCC’s international travel program, contact Trawick at 800-648-3271, ext. 5715 or htrawick@bscc.edu. You may also view a trip itinerary at the school’s website, www.bscc.edu, and click to view the information located in the college’s news and archives section.

Trawick also mentioned getting a passport secured and ready. According to the U.S. Department of State’s website, a routine service takes approximately four to six weeks to receive a passport. Trawick advised getting one at least 60 days in advance. She, along with other school administration and employees, encourages those attending Bevill State and members of the community to view the information and consider taking a trip they’ll never forget.

“What a wonderful opportunity for students! It’s just a really good educational opportunity for everyone,” Trawick said. “It’s just a wonderful service to our students and to our community members.”