Exploration is one of the foundational components of the Around-the-World Semester. We explore 10 countries on each expedition, and the types of explorations range widely. Each country involves some form of culinary adventure; some of the favorites have been the churrascarias in Brazil, the Sichuan hot pots in China, and the Balinese roast pork. Teams have also enjoyed new explorations in local transportation, including camel trekking in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, felucca sailing on the Nile River in Egypt, and Bamboo Train expeditions in Cambodia. Since 2010 the ATW teams have explored many different national treasures—a few inclulde the sandstone city of Petra, Jordan, the rocky caves of Cappadocia, Turkey, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, safaris in Kenya’s Masai Mara and South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the Great Wall of China, and the Sea of Galilee in Israel. Each ATW Semester is different, and each team explores new foods, new places, new sites, and new national treasures. One thing that each team takes away from the semester is a new and broadened appreciation for the beauty and majesty of God’s creation.
* Dr. Norton was accompanied by his wife Erica and their children Jack (9) and Naomi (6)
* Dr. Preuss was accompanied by his wife Debbie and their four children Seth (student participant), Lydia, Matthew, and Abbey.
* Dr. Norton was accompanied by his wife Erica and their three children Jack (13), Naomi (10), and Sheffield (1).
* Dr. Norton was accompanied by his wife Erica and their three children Jack (16), Naomi (13), and Sheffield (4).
** Dr. Dawn was accompanied by his wife Sharon.
*** Dr. Middendorf was accompanied by his wife Lana.