Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ship Tour

Here is a amazing tour of the ship done Fall 2011 SAS style! This makes me so excited to be able to be part of the S12 group.

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Post Card Fundraiser

Hey  everyone!

I have been trying to think of ways to make this upcoming trip more interactive for everyone back home as well as a way to reach out to the community to help offset some of the costs from Semester at Sea.  I have also had a lot of people say that I need to send them postcards when I am away; hopefully, this be the easiest way to make sure that everyone who wants post cards gets them.

How it works:  Below is a list of the major trips (some minor) that I have signed up for or already made arrangements for.  This is not an all extensive list and I plan on doing other independent trips as they present themselves.   Please choose from the list a trip that you would like to hear more about and I will send you an individualized postcard about my experience.  To offset the costs of the postcards and to fund raise some spending money, Im asking for a donation of $5 per post card.

Click on the donation tab in this post or on the side of the blog.  Then, paypal will walk you through the easy donation steps.  Make sure that under comments you list your name and address, as well as the trip(s) that you choose. If trips are from the same country, I can easily talk about more than one trip.  Also, please email me at ehinkel@keystone.edu   (soon to be eric.hinkel.s12@semesteratsea.org)with the contact information as well.  Please choose post cards for future trips, not previous trips.

Please understand that international mail cannot always be reliable and I cannot ensure that each and every post card will make it to their owners.  I have sent postcards in the summer when I was in Thailand, and I did not have any problems.  Thank you for your support!  I really appreciate it!

Trips:

Dominica Republic Snorkeling in Champagne Reef: Biology trip learning about the unique ecosystem of Champagne Reef
Dominica Republic Middleham Falls Hike
Dominica Republic Wonders of Waiti-Kubuli: Emerald Pool and River Tubing
Brazil Amazon and Rio: 2 days spent in the Amazon Rain forest and 2 days in Rio DeJanero
Ghana Tafi Monkey Village Tour- A 3 day trip with a variety of activities including a village and cultural homestay, a service project to over 300 school children and more.
Ghana Bamboosero Bicycle company tour- Interational Managment class trip
South Africa Bungee Jumping and Shark Cage Diving Excursion
South Africa Kruger Safari- A 3 day safari staying in Tree Houses where many of the Big 5 safari animals are known wander through camp.
South Africa Table Mountain- Hiking up the iconic Table Mountain
South Africa Distributing Food throughout South Africa- Class trip
Mauritas No trip planned- Mauritas experience
India Tour of Call Center
India Appelley Backwaters
India Service Visit: SOS Children’s Village
India Village Homestay: 3 days in an rural Indian village, helping out with daily chores and more.
Singapore No trips planned: Singapore experience
Viet Nam Cu Chi Tunnels-
Viet Nam Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay
Viet Nam Service Vistit: YMCA Headqurters
China Global Business Development Communities of the Future- Possible Business session
China Hiking on the Great Wall- 4 Day trip hiking various sections of the Great Wall of China
China ERA Acrobatic Performance- cultural acrobatic show
Chna Coca-Cola Plant Visit- International management class
China Sunrise Tai Chi
China Tasting the Daily Life of a Shanghai Citizen
Japan Japanese Tea Ceremony
Japan Mt Fuji, Hakone-
Hawaii Coral Reef Ecosystems: Biology trip.

I look forward to sharing this trip with you all!

-Eric

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SAS Voyage Prepararation: The Worst Distraction to the Full-Time College Student

  I, like many other future SAS’s have stated that our minds are just not in our current semester any more. It’s like senioritis all over again.  I am so distracted with excitement from semester at sea, that whenever I am around a computer, I can’t help youtubing Semester at Sea videos or staying up to date on SAS facebook discussions, trying not to miss out on any important information or travel arrangements. The amount of time that I have spent on medical arrangements, visas, scheduling trips, writing scholarships/applications and consultations with facebook and my advisors has almost equaled that of one of my classes. Voyage preparation should be a class!: VoyagePrep:101; if you make it on the ship, you get an A!. I may be exagerating a bit, but nonetheless, Final Exams are not in favor of me right now.  All in all, it is definately a time management challenge, but everything will work out! Almost 6 weeks until departure!  Well, its time to get back to final projects lol.

As always, keep “reading”!

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Its about time I start a SAS Blog!

Dear family, friends, fellow SASers, and random people who happenstance upon this blog!, (longest salutation I have ever written)

I still have a lot more to set up, but on this blog I will be sharing my experiences throughout the world with semester at sea, which include voyage preparations (which is a lot in itself), all of trips, and anything else.  I don’t have much discipline as a blog poster, so bear with me!

I will be leaving Jan 15, 2012 for the Bahamas for a short prevoyage vacation and then we will depart on Jan 19!

Spring 2012 Itinerary

Destination
Arrive
Depart
Day
Date
Time
Nassau, Bahamas Depart Thursday January 19 1700
Roseau, Dominica Arrive
Depart
Monday
Tuesday
January 23
January 24
0800
2000
Amazon Entrance (Macapa) Saturday, January 28
Manaus, Brazil Arrive
Depart
Tuesday
Friday
January 31
February 3
0800
1700
Amazon Exit (Macapa) Sunday, February 5
Tema (Accra), Ghana Arrive
Depart
Monday
Friday
February 13
February 17
0800
2000
Cape Town, South Africa Arrive
Depart
Friday
Wednesday
February 24
February 29
0800
2000
Port Louis, Mauritius Arrive
Depart
Tuesday
Tuesday
March 6
March 6
0800
2000
Cochin, India Arrive
Depart
Monday
Saturday
March 12
March 17
0800
1800
Singapore Arrive
Depart
Thursday
Thursday
March 22
March 22
0800
2300
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam Arrive
Depart
Sunday
Friday
March 25
March 30
0800
0600
Hong Kong**, China Arrive
Depart
Sunday
Monday
April 1
April 2
0800
2300
Shanghai, China Arrive
Depart
Thursday
Saturday
April 5
April 7
0800
2000
Kobe**, Japan Arrive
Depart
Tuesday
Wednesday
April 10
April 11
0800
2000
Yokohama, Japan Arrive
Depart
Friday
Saturday
April 13
April 14
0800
2000
Hilo, Hawaii, USA Arrive
Depart
Wednesday
Wednesday
April 25
April 25
0800
1800
San Diego, California, USA Arrive Wednesday May 2 0800
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