Lois Mitchell (Director of International Studies), and her husband Dale, took seven SSU students on a 10 day trip to Kenya in 2011. The students participated in the first course of its kind in SSU’s International Studies program. The trip allowed students the opportunity to have a firsthand look into a partnership that aspires to give development assistance while avoiding more paternalistic models and practices of development. While on the ground, students interacted with such initiatives as water projects, micro credit programs, a community working with people who have AIDS, and a school for physically disabled children.
Resident Celtic Saint Gregg Finley and his wife Lynda left for Scotland in April 2012 with a band of students and friends who were eager to learn about Celtic history and spirituality. The group spent 10 days in places like the Isle of Iona, the Isle of Skye, the Battle of Culloden site, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Middle East 2012
In March 2012, a group of SSU students and friends toured the lands of the Bible. Beginning in Cairo, they followed the Exodus route to Israel, stopping to visit the pyramids and the mountain fortress of Petra en route! Qualified guides travelled with them at all times and lectures were heard from both students and faculty. This was the third time that Peter and Mary Ellen Fitch had been to Israel but their first time experiencing Egypt and Jordan. They have also led four SSU trips to Greece and Turkey in the past.
In March 2014, a group of SSU students and friends travelled to Colombia for a two week learning tour with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Led by Lois Mitchell (Director of International Studies), the group connected with various partners of MCC who work in areas of aid, agriculture, psychosocial support, politics, and more.
First Nations Learning Tour - Ontario 2016
In Spring 2016, six SSU students and two faculty members participated in a 12 day First Nations learning tour to Ottawa & Timmins, Ontario, hosted by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The focus of the trip was indigenous issues in Canada, including the Truth & Reconciliation process, resource extraction (mining), water and land.