Educational Adventure Travel for College Credit
FlatWorld Expeditions specializes in providing once in a lifetime educational adventure travel experiences for optional college credit. We’ve been challenging and expanding students' (and sometimes their parents') horizons since 1990. Whether it's a leadership course at tree line in Colorado or a historical tour of Austria, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, or Israel, our onsite courses make textbooks' concepts and theories come to life. Connect today, so you can see if this experience is something your should pursue.
Three Hours College Credit
Everyone has different approaches and priorities when it comes to educating today's college students. Our doctorally qualified team believes that one of the best ways to educate students is to have them connect course content to the culture in real time. Email us today!
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You truly want a holistic education. Traveling and experiencing things first hand opens up your world to new experiences that no book or classroom can ever offer. Going on a trip to Israel with Dr. Weaver has changed the way I think about the world, how I view scripture, and how I live my life. It was absolutely priceless! Rocky Clark, Superintendent and High School Principle
"The student study trips provided by FlatWorld Expeditions are phenomenal opportunities for any student. The experiential education gained in meeting with businesses or exploring culture pays exponential dividends for the cost invested in the course. Every student needs to participate in at least one of these trips and I know I can trust Wendel Weaver to provide the best possible education experience for my students."
Dr. Kirk Jackson, John Brown University
“Traveling with Professor Weaver has truly been a joy; I’ve visited New York, Hong Kong, and Israel under his direction. He always does extensive research before embarking on a trip with students in order for all of us to have the most memorable experiences.”
Dr. Beverly J. Hartter, Mathematics professor, OKWU
For once in your life you finally want to quit reading everyone else's book and write your own. A trip to the Holy Land with Dr. W is like going back in time. He not only takes you where Jesus walked, he brings it to life for adventure of a lifetime. Very seldom does something defy my expectations, this trip blew me away! Donnie Bostwick, Head Men's Basketball Coach, OKWU
COURSES & COUNTRIES
Global Leadership | Global Business
Greece | Italy | Israel | France | Spain | Switzerland | Colorado
GREECE JUNE 29-JULY 3, 2021
Arrive Athens, Greece (ATH) After we drop off our bags, we’ll kick off the evening enjoying a picnic as we watch the sunset of over the Acropolis from Pnyx Hill (origin of democracy). After dark the markets and late night dessert runs will surely be calling.
After a leisurely morning, we’ll head back to the Acropolis for an up close and personal tour of one of the most dynamic structures in Europe. You’ll be FREE the remainder of the day or feel free join Dr. W as he leads tours of some of the nearby ruins.
FREEDAY Relax on a local beach, book a flight to Santorini (pic left), the precious gem of the Aegean and enjoy, or island hop with snorkeling, the possibilities are endless. You’ll need to research and book in advance. Other options might include the temple of Olympian Zeus (6th c. B.C.), one of the largest in antiquity and close by Hadrian’s Arch (131 A.D.), which forms the symbolic entrance to the city. From there, walking along Dionysou Areopaghitou Street (on the south side of the Acropolis) you pass the ancient Theatre of Dionysos (5th c. B.C.) where most of the works by Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylos and Aristophanes were performed. After lunch you’ll have the afternoon free.
We’ll check out and store our luggage so we can enjoy a few more sites and sounds before heading to Venice, Italy later this afternoon. Do everything, you can sleep on the plane. Make the most of every moment!
VENICE, FLORENCE & ROME, ITALY JULY 3-10, 2021
Arrive in Venice and meet at the hotel. The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower which offers views of the city’s red roofs.
Venice, FREEDAY to explore, enjoy quaint shops along the canal for some amazing glass jewelry, or simply relax on a gondola before catching an evening train ride to Florence.
Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance We will stroll the old grey stone streets Michael-Angelo once played in, tour the Galleria dell’ Accademia to gaze upon The David, and experience the Church of Santa Croche, The Duomo and more.
Free day to tour the Tuscany countryside on a moped, learn how to make authentic Italian pizza and gelato at one of the many cooking courses, or tour additional sites in Florence. The choice is yours.
Prepare to step back in time as we tour the Colosseum where gladiators fought and elephants strutted, survey The Forum, and watch the sunset on Ancient Rome.
We start the day with a tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. We’ll experience an informative tour of St Peter’s Basilica, encounter Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.
We'll check out, store our luggage, see and experience as much as possible and head to the airport.
ISRAEL JULY 10 - JULY 17, 2021
The Holy Land
For the Christian, a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is the pilgrimage par excellence. It is a journey to the very source of Christianity, to the very place where “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”. Israel is the birthplace of our faith and the arena that God chose to reveal His salvation. It is a land that has been set aside by God for a specific purpose,” a holy land” as the Bible describes it.
Israel is the place of Jesus’ birth about 2,000 years ago, but evidence of the holy land itself dates back more than 5,000 years! Christians from all over the world have walked where Jesus walked, prayed where He prayed and witnessed the wonder of His teachings. Attesting to its powerful impact on the visitor; William Johnston, author of the acclaimed handbook on the Holy Land, says: “Here the pilgrim who is open to God’s grace will be deeply enriched in the Faith, for the mind will be filled with the awesome wonder of so many sacred shrines and this will be cemented in the heart never to fade”
Billy Graham wrote, “This little land, though scarcely more than 150 miles in length, and 90 miles in breadth, is big in history and tradition. Civilization was cradled here. The Ten Commandments were given just to the south at Sinai.
Ancient drama was written and played on its plains and valleys. But, to Christians it is the land where the Master was born, was reared, where He wrought His miracles, where He was crucified, buried, and rose again. It is where His feet last touched before He ascended into heaven, and where He promised to return as Prince of Peace and Lord of Lords.
To visit this land is like a pilgrimage into the past, and walking in the shadow of greatness. But, it is more. Here today one rubs elbows with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. With Bible in hand, one can see the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, and can sense God’s promise for the future–the shafts of hope which portend a brighter tomorrow for the world.”
No one can visit Israel without a deeper appreciation and a stronger faith in the Bible. This is where “holy men of old spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Peter 1:21). Both the Bible and the Land have been preserved as physical evidence that “He endureth forever.” The “places” validate the person of the Scriptures, and when we walk where Jesus walked, somehow He seems to walk beside us, as He walked with the disciples on the Emmaus Road.”
Saturday – Arrive TLV TBA, Dead Sea (swimming optional) and Dinner
Sunday – Masada (Jews last stand against Rome), En Gedi, (David cut off edge of Saul’s rob here), Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls)
Monday – Worship time on the Sea of Galilee, Tabgha (church of the Beatitudes), The Jesus Boat (first century fishing boat), Capernaum (where Jesus called Peter, Peter’s house), dinner on the Sea of Galilee
Tuesday – Nazareth Village (living history museum of life during first century), Megiddo (Valley of the last battle) Caesarea (view first century ruins – think Ben Hur)
Wednesday –Temple Mount, City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Mt of Olives
Thursday – Via Delarosa (stations of the cross), shopping in the Muslim Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Yad Vashem (Holocaust museum) and close out the day with a local dinner.
Friday - Garden Tomb of Jesus, then FREE DAY (If you would like, I will help you plan your day)
Saturday – Depart hostel 00:15am for TLV (we depart early so we can get back at a reasonable time)
FRANCE JULY 17-21, 2021
Are you ready to experience moments that will last a lifetime? Get in touch with FlatWorld Expeditions to learn about our exclusive Europe excursions. We are excited to set you off on one of the best trips of your life. Get ready to create some unforgettable memories and don’t forget to send us a postcard!
We'll meet up, drop off our luggage then enjoy a quick survey of the City of Love. After taking in a few amazing sites we'll enjoy a delicious dinner of authentic French quisine.
The day will begin however you’d like. Sleep in a couple of extra hours or rise early and explore the back street cafes. You choose. Our first tour of the day will be shortly after lunch at the Louvre Museum, the world’s largest museum. After hanging out with Mona (Lisa, that is) we’ll take in some additional shopping and exploring.
Say good morning to Paris, France. Our day will begin with a journey to and an amazing elevator ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower. After enjoying a bite to eat, we’ll head to most visited monument in the world, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.
Travel Day - We arrive early to the airport so that we can arrive to our next destination ASAP.
SPAIN JULY 21-24, 2021
The Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, will be at the top of our site visits. This cathedral's architectural prowess is lined with amazing ceramic mosaics and world-renowned stained glass windows, causing light to dance and reflect in ways never to be forgotten. The evening will involve a number of restaurant stops as we tour the streets and sites enjoying various kinds of Tapas.
Las Ramblas is said to be the most famous avenue in all of Spain. The palatial buildings, unique store, and street vendors demonstrate the true essence of life in Spain. The afternoon will consist of a relaxing stop at the beach catching some Mediterranean Sea mist as we enjoy more flavors of Spain
Today you are free to enjoy other parts of Barcelona or for that matter other parts of Spain. If you'd like, Prof Weaver will help you plan your day so that you can make your once in a lifetime dreams come true.
We'll check out, store our luggage, and see and experience as much as possible before we head to the airport.
SWITZERLAND JULY 24-27, 2021
We’ll drop our bags and head out for a day of exploring the wonders of the Swiss Alps. Our first stop will be the Valley of 72 Waterfalls. Lauterbrunnen with its most famous landmark, the impressive Staubbach Falls, is the gateway to one of the most spectacular valleys in Switzerland. A total of 72 waterfalls gush down into the Lauterbrunnen valley from the vertical cliff faces, some of which are several hundred meters high. Then
Choose to shop and dine in Grindelwald, parasail over the valley, or join Dr. W for a hike (med difficulty) on the The Eiger Trail: Swiss Alpine Experience. The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau (the Ogre, Monk and Maiden) – the world-famous trio of mountain peaks – is the impressive backdrop to the Jungfrau region and has attracted tourists to the Bernese Oberland since pioneering days.
Sleep in or rise early to get the most out of your last full day in Switzerland. Be sure to check out the Top Things To Do in Grindlewald. For those that prefer, Dr. W will lead another leisurely hike through the picturesque mountainscapes of the Swiss Alps. Along the way, we'll enjoy a wonderful lunch, a little shopping, and maybe even a zipline or bike ride down the mountain.
We’ll individually store our luggage so each of us can depart for the airport when it best fits our schedule. FREEDAY activities are endless. Do everything. You can sleep on the plane ride home. Make the most of every moment!
LEADERSHIP COLORADO AUGUST 2021
The most fulfilling experience I have ever had. Made friends, pushed me, and grew spiritually. Josiah W.
Prepare to experience moments that will last a lifetime? This course will explore the concepts, ideas, and principles that managers need to build and maintain effective work teams and task forces within organizations. The focus will be on learning and developing team-building skills, personal leadership development, communication, and problem-solving. Students will be challenged to employ some of the ideas, concepts, and principles while on a weeklong trek through the Rocky Mountain National Forest. Activities (weather permitting) may include team building, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, mountain climbing, and/or white water rafting. Get in touch with FlatWorld Expeditions to learn about our exclusive courses. We are excited to set you off on one of the best college classes of your life. *Due to the strenuous nature of some of the activities, parents need to be in excellent physical condition if they would like to attend.