ATHENS – While tourists poured into Greece in 2022 in record numbers, even during the waning COVID-19 pandemic, American college students were coming too, and not just to sight-see.
After three years, students from the New Wilmington, PA Westminster’s All-College Honors Program made a grand return to Greece in collaboration with the Athens Centre.
Kristine Kalata, Associate Professor of English and the Honors Program Director, said “the center does a terrific job of working with us to design an itinerary that is at once academically rigorous and personalized for the Westminster community.”
The center is a private institution that offers language and cultural courses for the students who were immersed in firsthand experiences of Greece’s rich culture, vast history, and Greek hospitality, said the school paper The Holcad.
They visited a number of archaeological sites, learned traditional Greek dances, and spent two weeks studying history to bring to life the material they learn in the classroom and could see in person.
Students walked through cities they read about and soaked up the culture and history outside of books. Kalata said that it was “a transformative experience for all of us.”