EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION HISTORY
2020 Our 25th Anniversary of EEC
and 26th International Experience
CULTURE, HISTORY, ART FROM MADRID TO BILBOA TO BARCELONA,
EMPHASIS ON PICASSO AND DALI
RECENT JOURNEYS INCLUDE:
Under construction 2018 and 2019
Itinerary: Venice, Bologna, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Vatican City, Pompeii.
Northern Ireland and England 2016
Our itinerary was: Day 1 Depart fron NYC for Dublin, Ireland. Day 2 Dublin - Theater Night. Day 3 Dublin to Berlfast, Northern Ireland, Titanic Museum. Day 4. Belfast to London, tour London.Day 5. London, Musical Performance. Day 6 London. Day. 7 London, Theater Performance. Day 8. Stratford-upon-Avon "Hamlet" RSC. Day 9 London to Philadelphia
We arrived in Paris to see the masterpieces of western civilization and immersed ourselves in the land of the the impressionists, even making a pilgramage to the Musee Marmottan-Claude Monet to the home of "Impression Sunrise," the namesake painting of "impressionism." The Louvre, D'Orsey, l'Orangerie, Pompidou Center and the new Picasso Museum were on the schedule. We also visited the Opera Garnier to say "hi" to the phantom. It wasn't all art, though, the students climbed the Eiffel Tower, visited with the street performers and artists in Montmartre, went to a French street martket, had dinner in the Latin Quarter, experienced the Gothic world of Notre Dame Cathedral, and an art lesson with a real French artist. Outside of Paris the students visited the graves of Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo. We also climbed the tiny stairs in see his room in the boarding house in which lived in Auvers-sur-Oise, and then took a walking tour around the small, rural French village. On the same "travel" day, we visited the Palace of Versailles...What extremes!
Itinerary: Venice, Bologna, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Vatican City.
London & The Theater: This year we stayed put in London and to make the most we could of the great arts and culture that London has to offer. First, however, we had to get the lay of the land. We started with a walking tour of Westminster, the goverment center: the lions and Nelson Monument on Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Horseguards Parade, 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and St. Pames Park. During the week we did walking tours of Shakespeare's and Dicken's London, Covent Garden and the Theater District. We visited the crown jewels at the Tower of London, Wesminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tate Modern Museum, and took lots of pics of the Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben. If this were not enough experiences for an experiential education class, we also attended a performance of the Royal Opera, three West End Plays, a Southbank play at the Unicorn Theatre, and the taping of an ITV game show in their Wembley Studios. To cap off the experiences, we toured Queen Elizabeth National Theatre, Southbank, front and back stage, the Globe Theatre, and the students received a one hour acting lesson from a Globe Theatre Shakesperian actor.
Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Segovia
March 2011 found CAP’s experiential education class returning to some of the most popular sites in the world. CAP students chosen by the high school faculty for their good grades, conduct, and inquisitive minds were off to London, Paris, Rome and Vatican City. Arriving in London, taking the “Chunnel” train to Paris, and flying to Rome, CAP’s adventurers visited most of the major the major cultural hot-spots on anyone’s list. From a walking tour of London, Windsor and Buckingham Castles, the Tower, Covent Garden, the National Gallery, St. Paul’s, and the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles, and mummies, mummies, mummies. The students took many rides on the “Tube,” even one to see the “West End” version of Chicago. In Paris it more of the same: The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame, Chateau de Versailles, Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur Basilica, and the stroll through the “Left Bank.” More time in the underground trains brought us to a totally French meal of duck and escargot! On to Rome, where the food was Italian all the time, yum. Amazing visits to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, including St. Peter’s (the “Pieta,” altar, dome, and St. Peter’s grave) and the Sistine Chapel with its frescoes of the “Creation” and “Last Judgment” by Michelangelo! We sat on the Spanish steps in the drizzle and threw “three coins in the fountain” at Trevi. Oh, and did I mention the food?
Eastern Europe 2010
In the Spring of 2010, CAP’s intrepid experiential education class made its first visit ever to Eastern Europe. Students stopped in Budapest (Hungry), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria), and Prague (Czech Republic). This bus tour through the central plains and foothills of the Alps, exposed CAP students to the ghetto of Budapest, Monument Park (“Memento Park” where the grand statues of Stalinist Eastern Europe are hidden away), St. Stephan’s Basilica (in Pest) and the Royal Castle in Buda, the Schonbrunn Palace (Vienna), the Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock. The students ate a goulash dinner in Budapest, also, wiener schnitzel and the “world’s best” chocolate cake in Vienna. Our students were lucky to stay in a hotel overlooking Wenceslas Square the scene of the 1968 historic and tragic “Prague Spring.”
In March 2009, we visited London. Paris, and Venice in a whirlwind tour of the some of Europe's most interesting sites. We saw the musical Wicked on the West End stage, marveled at the crowned jewels at London's Tower, and became pro's at riding the "tube." After we rode the luxurious Eurostar to Paris, we stood in awe before the "Mona Lisa" and all the great art at the Louvre and Musee D'Orsay. We visited the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte, Notre Dame Cathedral, and trekked to Versailles. As an unexpected honor, we were invited by a French general to participate in the solemn ceremony of refreshing the eternal flame at the Tomb of France's Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe. Mr. Proietta and representative students signed the official book that is kept forever in the archives of the French Republic. We then flew to Venice to experience the foods of Italia and ride Gondolas on the Grand Canal. We even took the Venetian "bus…" it was a boat!
Peru - 2008
In 2008, the group left on leap year day (February 29) to visit Peru, our frist trip to the southern hemisphere and South America. The students visited Lima and dined above the Pacific Ocean at sunset. The group then flew to 13,000 feet and the ancient Inca city of Cusco. From there, it was a 2-hour train trip to Aguas Calientes and onto Machu Picchu. Students enjoyed native meals, including alpaca, Inca Cola, and cuy (guinea pig), as well as, petted llama, planted potatoes, and played futbal and volleyball with local students.
Spain - 2007
Spring 2007 took us back to Spain (1998 and 2000) and for a first-time visit to Portugal. The 30 students recommended by the faculty and chosen by the CEO had an average GPA of 3.332 and a median GPA of 3.40. Three of the students were number one in their classes with GPAs of 4.167 (10th), 3.950 (11th), and 4.128 (12th).
Greece - 2006
In March 2006, we visited Greece where we traveled to Athens and climbed the Acropolis. We visited the sites of Corinth, Delphi, Mycenae, Mystras, Nafplio, Olympia, and the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. A small group returned to London (UK) for a day to see the Rosetta Stone and the "Elgin Marbles" at the British Museum, while the rest of the group remained in Athens.
Europe - 2005
In 2005, we embarked on another trip to Europe, the focus: Remembering WWI and WWII. We spent several emotional hours on the beaches of Normandy and at the American cemetery overlooking the invasion beaches. We visited the Battle of the Bulge sites covered in snow, and walked through a German cemetery near Verdun as the snow fell and the wind blew. We ended our tour in the chocolate lover's heaven of Brussels.
Italy - 2004
In 2004, we traveled back to beautiful Italy (our first visit was in 1999) where we visited Venice, Florence, Rome and the archeological sites of Pompeii... and had Pizza Margarita near Naples! In Italy, we experienced the language, culture, and history (and food!) of this historic country.
England - 2001; China - 2002; Ireland & UK - 2003
In 2001, we toured England spending two days in Oxfordshire secondary schools; in an eye-opening 2002 tour of China, our students climbed the Great Wall, visited the Forbidden City, saw the Terra Cotta Warriors, and cruised the Huangu, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Shanghai. In 2003, our students meandered through Ireland, ferried across the Irish Sea to Wales, visited Shakespeare's birthplace and ended in London, having seen plays at the Abbey (Dublin), Royal Shakespeare (Stratford), and the West End.