The Hiram alumni travel program provides opportunities for alumni and friends to cultivate their passion for learning through travel. All of our trips are designed and led by someone with a Hiram connection - alumni, friends, or faculty members who are committed to providing you an intimate experience just as you had when you were a student. And what better way to travel than with a group of people with a Hiram connection!
Prices for each travel program do not include transportation to the city
where the program begins. You are responsible for your own
travel arrangements to and from that location. It is important to remember that alumni from all over the United States and other countries congregate for these travel programs.
July 7th - 16th, 2013
Creative Writing at Northwoods
What better place to reflect, create, and write than the
remote, rustic and stunningly beautiful Northwood's Field Station in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan. Workshop leaders and hosts include:
Donna Hunt '97 - Lecturer of Writing & Composition, City University of New York
Jen Hirt '97 - Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & English Composition, Penn State Harrisburg
Paul Cockeram '98 - Assistant Professor of English, Harrisburg Area Community College
Alumni hosting this workshop will give you a chance to write poetry,
fiction, or essays that invoke a personal, insightful style influenced by an
"off the grid" lifestyle.
Formal classes involve close reading, critique, and
analysis of works by successful published writers. Objectives include having you write at least one publishable piece and provide guidance on how to publish. Field trips include exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, sand dunes, and the Fayette settlement.
See more information about Northwoods and the detailed itinerary here.
Contact Matt Sorrick, Director of the Center for Science Education, at 330.569.6003.
Tour Price - $1,125 includes workshop fee, lodging, meals, and transportation (optional from Hiram)
July 18th - 31st, 2013
Natural History of the Galapagos Islands
The islands that influenced Charles Darwin in 1835 and have influenced the study of biology and natural history since then. The islands are located 1000 km West of Ecuador on the Equator, home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the World – Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, Giant Tortoises, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Galapagos Penguins, Darwin's Finches, Lava Cactus, and more.
Sail the seas in a luxury yacht with other Hiram College Alumni and Friends as you experience one of the most amazing places known to man with Hiram Biology Professors Prudy Hall and Matt Hils. See more information about this trip here.
View the presentation given by Professor Hall and Professor Hils at Alumni Weekend here.
Tour Price - $6,109 (includes entry fees and taxes) plus airfare
Add-On Trips are being considered
Please note - deposits and payments for the Galapagos trip will be handled directly through Galapagos Travel at 800.969.9014. Spaces on the trip are reserved, so you must mention that you are with Hiram College when contacting them.
September 23 - October 3, 2013
This trip begins in Istanbul, where for over 2,500 years east has met west. Highlights include the Grand Bazaar, Gallipoli, the Aegean Island of Bozcaada (Tenedos), Bergama (Pergamon), and Pammukkale (The Cotton Cliffs).
Our tour leaders, Manolis and Patricia (Haskett) Hajifotiou '84 have extensive experience in taking travelers to those "out of the way" places most "tourists" never see or experience. See a detailed
itinerary of this program.
Tour Price: $3,790 per person based on double occupancy
Trip limited to the first 20 deposited participants.
Deposit of $1,000 is due by May 1st, 2013 with full payment due by June 30th, 2013.
March 15 - 23, 2014
Portugal - Adventures in Food, Wine & History
Join tour leaders Daniela Melo and alumnus Dr. Tim Walker '86 on a trip through Portugal that will showcase the best of their cuisine and winemaking in various regions of the country. Visit Lisbon, one of Europe's oldest capitals and visit the rolling plains of the Alentejo for a series of surprises, including mysterious prehistoric standing stones and the walled city of Évora and a chapel lined with human bones. Stops include the village of Monsaraz, vineyards, medieval marvels at Tomar, Batalha, and the spectacular medieval university town of Coimbra. We will travel inland to the Upper Douro valley, on whose terraced hillsides the grapes for portwine are grown and take a leisurely boat trip to absorb the Douro valley scenery. Finally, our tour heads back toward the coast to visit Oporto, the nation’s second city and the center of Portugal's famous port-wine trade.
This program has been designed especially for travelers who enjoy excellent food and wine. Unforgettable experiences engaging with Portuguese historic and cultural sites will balance the pleasures of the table. We will visit some of the most important, resonant places that have shaped the story of this fascinating nation. Every day will be packed with rich new adventures. View the eight-day itinerary here.
Price: $3,750 USD based on double occupancy
Single Occupancy Supplement: $850
Trip limited to the first 12 deposited participants.
A deposit of $1,000 per traveler is needed by October 15, 2013 to reserve space on this trip.
Deposits may be sent to:
The Office of Alumni Relations
P.O. Box 67
Hiram, OH 44234
Study Abroad Office
The Alumni Relations & the Study Abroad Offices are teaming up to offer alumni and friends the oportunity to travel (and study) alongside current students. Two trips are currently scheduled for:
- South Africa - Social Justice Movement and Fair Trade in South Africa
(Course # SOAN380)
Travel with Elizabeth Piatt, Professor of Sociology and Reverend Ron Shultz
tenative travel dates are November 27th through December 14th, 2013
To learn more, click here.
- Mexico/Guatemala - Marginalized Voices of Central America
(Course # INTD 367)
Travel with Audrey (Wagstaff) Cunningham '05, Professor of Communication
tenative travel dates are November 30th through December 13th, 2013
To learn more, click here.
To participate on either of these two programs, you would be required to complete an application (fee of $75), pay a $50 per credit hour audit fee, plus travel expenses.
Contact Kimberly Mick, Director of Study Abroad, at 330.569.5160. Application fee is refundable if trip is cancelled.
Costs and dates are subject to change until receipt of deposit.