Students, Faculty Bring Home Rich Learning Experiences from the Yucatan

While the study-abroad trip to the Yucatan Peninsula earlier this month was built around an island microcosms course, students and faculty members alike learned quite a bit about a host of subjects during the expedition to Mexico.

“It was incredible,” said Allison Gunn, a junior business major from Toccoa, Georgia. “We did so many things, from bird-watching to a tour of the Rio Lagartos Biosphere, and the old Mayan towns of Chichen Itza and Coba.”

Professors Louise Bauck, Rudi Kiefer and Jessi Shrout gave students primers on native biology, geology and social geography. In addition to visiting locales such as Cancun, Cozumel, Valladolid and Isla Mujeres, they also snorkled in the waters near Puerto Morelos and zip-lined above the jungles of the Boda del Puma nature park.

“We learned not just the course content, but also how to get around, order food, and make a purchase,” said Lauren Pierce, a senior health sciences major from Clarkesville, Georgia. “I speak for everyone when I say that traveling to a foreign land not only teaches you so much, but also helps you appreciate and love people and nature more fully.”