Davidson County Community College Offers Opportunities for Local Study, Travel Abroad to New Zealand and Australia

Dec. 5, 2013 – Davidson County Community College will offer a study of the countries and cultures of New Zealand and Australia, culminating with an opportunity to travel to these countries, in a course to be offered beginning in January. The “Lands Down Under” course will meet on Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17, from 6-8 p.m. on the Davidson Campus. 

In addition, participants will have the option of registering for DCCC’s Community Travel Club trip to New Zealand and Australia planned for June 2014.

Course topics will include art, music, film, food, aboriginal cultures, language, natural wonders, history and geographical features. The course will conclude with a gourmet dinner of traditional foods prepared by a master chef and expertly paired wines from New Zealand and Australia.

“If you don’t know what a vegemite is or if you think a kiwi is a fruit, this is the course for you,” says Rhonda Winters, program coordinator for the School of Business, Engineering and Technical Studies at DCCC. “While this course will be of interest to anyone interested in New Zealand and Australia, we’re also excited to offer the opportunity to actually travel to these countries and experience firsthand the culture and beauty of this area of the world. 

The 12-day trip, set for June 22-July 3, will include stops in Auckland and Rotorua in New Zealand and Sydney and Cairns in Australia. Trip highlights include visits to the Rotorua Agrodome, a Maori village, Sydney Wildlife World, the National Opal Collection and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Community Travel Club was formed following a successful college-sponsored trip to Italy and Switzerland as part of DCCC’s 50th anniversary celebration in summer 2013. The club allows ongoing opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to engage in lifelong learning through travel abroad.

“I believe that travel abroad is the most inherently educational activity there is and by offering our students and community the chance to study abroad, we’re preparing them to be successful in ‘the changing global environment’ mentioned in our mission statement,” says Suzanne LaVenture, director of International Education and Spanish instructor at DCCC. “By opening these travel opportunities to the community, we’re encouraging everyone to become a global citizen and a lifelong learner. Great bonds and unforgettable memories are formed on these trips, which strengthens our community even more.”

To register for the “Lands Down Under” course, visit the Continuing Education page on the college website at www.davidsonccc.edu. The course code is CSP-4000-5, and the cost is $49. For more information, contact Rhonda Winters at 336-249-8186, ext. 6740 or rhonda_winters@davidsonccc.edu.

The travel abroad trip to New Zealand and Australia is offered through EF College Study Tours. The cost is $5,086 and includes flights, ground transportation, lodging and planned sightseeing tours. For information on enrolling, visit the college website at www.davidsonccc.edu/tours or contact Suzanne LaVenture at 336-249-8186, ext. 6271 or slaventure@davidsonccc.edu

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.