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FLATWORLD EXPEDITIONS

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.

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

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!

 

TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS

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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

Rocky Clark

"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

Kirk Jackson

“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

Bev Hartter

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

Donnie Bostwick

 

The World at Your Fingertips

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING COURSES & COUNTRIES

Global Leadership | Global Business... |
Hong Kong | China | Israel | Austria | Germany | France | England | Ireland | Colorado | New York City | Italy | Iceland

 

NEW YORK CITY JAN 5-12, 2020

During our week long excursion into the heart of the Big Apple we will see and experience all the major sites, experience Broadway first hand, and take in some amazing dining opportunities. We’ll also visit numerous businesses in NYC, interact with and learn what executives at these firms are looking for in new hires.  

16 Reasons Addt'l Reasons Why You Should Visit New York City at Least Once in Your Lifetime


New York is a bucket list city. For those who thrive on high energy, it’s impossible to exhaust the city’s possibilities. There is so much to do and, for those who are visiting, there is never enough time to see it all. Whether you’re in town for a day trip or for an extended stay, these are the 16 reasons a visit to New York City will change your life.


Great place in American history

In the late 18th century, New York City was the capital of the newly formed United States of America. By the 19th century, it became the center of business and immigration. In fact, it’s estimated that about 40% of all Americans have ancestors who, at one point, passed through New York City. Visit Ellis Island to understand the great migrations that forever changed the United States.

Global draw

Immigration hasn’t slowed down since people started arriving in the 1800s. Today it’s estimated that 36% of the city’s residents were born abroad and then moved to New York. People from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa continue to pour into the city, adding their identities to New York’s ever-globalized pulse.

Center of the fashion world

There’s no fashion show quite like the streets of Manhattan. Grab a spot on a bench in Midtown and prepare to see New Yorkers sporting what the rest of the world will wear next season. Plus, there’s tons of amazing shopping in the city, so pick up chic New York fashions to bring home, too.

Endless art to see

From the classics to struggling artists working out of tiny Bushwick studios, the art scene in New York City is unparalleled. The museums (like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, etc.) preserve the best art from around the world while the tiny galleries in the Lower East Side and Chelsea are helping to bring brand-new talent to the forefront. You could spend weeks exploring New York’s art scene and still not hit every space.

The skyscrapers

Few things are as equally awe-inspiring and humbling as walking down the street with skyscrapers towering over either side. New York’s got some of the most important skyscrapers, too—from the Empire State Building all the way down to the newly finished Freedom Tower, these gigantic beauties have to be seen in person.

Food from every part of the world

Where else on the planet is there authentic Chinese, Laotian, Thai, Italian, Colombian, Mexican, French, Vietnamese, Indian, and Caribbean food? New York City is called a melting pot for a reason.

Unparalleled music scene

Musicians love New York. Whether they’re playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden or taking up residence somewhere smaller like Williamsburg’s Baby’s All Right, there is no shortage of venues to check out the city’s coolest live acts.

Experimental food

The best New York chefs are like their city: always innovating. Whether they’re combining old school recipes with brand new flavors or creating a new dessert that people will line up for hours to try (hello, cronut), the food scene in New York is always churning out brand new inventions that the rest of the world will be craving in a few years.


All day, all night availability

Dumplings at 2 a.m.? Photocopies at 4 a.m.? A hot dog early in the morning? New York’s got it covered. It’s called “the city that never sleeps” for a reason. No matter the hour, everything is available somewhere in New York.

Times Square

Even though most locals abhor Times Square, nobody will ever forget their first time walking through the hectic plaza. The unbridled energy, out-of-control costumed characters, and incessant flashing of bright lights make for an out-of-body experience—also for the inevitable feeling of being a sardine in a tin can.


Celebrities abound

Keep your eyes peeled in the right neighborhood, and chances are, you’ll run into someone famous. Woody Allen loves the Upper East Side while Sarah Jessica Parker has moved down to Brooklyn Heights. Look up if any movies or TV shows are shooting around the city and make a cameo on set.


Legacy of movies and TV shows shot here

At least one movie you’ve watched over and over again was shot in New York City. Whether that’s Seinfeld, Elf, or The Godfather, walk the streets to retrace the steps of your favorite actors and actresses.

Some of the most interesting people on the planet

New Yorkers are all about the side hustle. They will inevitably talk about their job, but they’ll also talk about what they actually love doing on the side. Whether it’s reviewing theater shows or playing in a band with their friends, every New Yorker has a secret passion they’re always working towards.


Central Park

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city streets in New York’s masterpiece, Central Park. The gigantic park smack dab in the middle of Manhattan is one of the most photogenic places in the entire city and provides a bit of calm for stressed out New Yorkers. Spend some time wandering through to discover a favorite spot—everybody likes someplace different.

Unmatched energy

Although many different cities claim to be “the New York of their country” nowhere else can truly compare. NYC has a unique vibe, accented by the honk of taxicabs and drumming in the subways. It’s an infectious rhythm that makes tourists want to get out and spend every second exploring. 


Always something new

No matter how many times you come to New York, there will always be something new. Even New York natives run around trying to find the best new restaurants and coolest new neighborhoods popping up. Think you know New York City like a local? Come back, and wander upon something you never even knew existed.

Cailey Rizzo

Updated: 13 June 2017

Educational Adventure Learning is the most interesting way to earn college credits. Contact us today for an itinerary and price list. 

ATHENS, GREECE MAY 20-22, 2020 (BONUS)

Day 1 - 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.


Day 2 – 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.


Day 3 – 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.

Tentative Schedule

ROME, FLORENCE, & VENICE, ITALY MAY 23-30, 2020

Tentative Schedule

Saturday– Arrive and meet at Rome airport (book your flights into FCO) to arrive by 11:00a Sat. 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. 


Sunday – Rome We’ll experience an informative tour of St Peter’s Basilica, hear the Pope speak, encounter Trevia Fountain and the Pantheon.


Monday– Rome, We start the day with a tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.  The remainder of the day is yours to explore all the sites most people have only read about. I’ll work with you if you would like help in planning your day. We’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve watching fireworks over the Colosseum. 


Tuesday – 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. The choice is yours.


Wednesday –Florence, We’ll begin our day with a tour of the Ufizzi Gallery,  a building and museum of Florence that contains one of the oldest, largest and most famous collections of art in the world. For the remainder of the day, small groups will select key sites to visit and enjoy.

  

Thursday – Florence, Great day to take in more of Florentine life or to plan an excursion to either Pisa (think leaning tower) or Siena, a city in central Italy’s Tuscany region, that is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings and the historic “contrade” (districts) that extend outward from the piazza.


Friday –Venice, 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. 


Saturday – Venice, Free day to explore, enjoy quaint shops along the canal for some amazing glass jewelry, or simply relax on a gondola before heading back to the states late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.  

ISRAEL MAY 30 - JUNE 6
ISRAEL FATHER & SON JUNE 6 - 13, 2020

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.”


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Tentative Schedule

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)  

ICELAND (BONUS EXCURSION) JUN 13-15, 2020

Day 1 – Our van tour of Iceland's most fabulous attractions begins as we venture out to  Þingvellir National Park,  It has the Great Geysir hot spring along with its bursting sidekick, Strokkur. Although Geysir no longer vents as it once did, Strokkur still erupts approximately every 10 minutes, shooting boiling water 20 metres high into the sky.

Right next door is the most popular waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss. Here we will stroll down to the fall's edge and get a sense of the power of the river as it plummets down.

Day 2 - We’ll head out for a magical South Coast tour to the majestic icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland. On our journey to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, we will be privy to a plethora of amazing natural sights; countless waterfalls cascade majestically down towering cliff faces, meadows of quintessential farmland sprawl to the shores of the Atlantic, gentle rivers trickle and slice the landscape. From our seats, we’ll feel as though we’ve entered a magical fantasy land, a world that almost defies the imagination. Head the airport so we can make our flights home.

Day 3 - See a few last sites and then head home!

Tentative Schedule

LEADERSHIP COLORADO JULY 28-AUG 4, 2020

Most fulfilling experience I have ever had.  Made friends, pushed myself, 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 strenuous nature of some of the activities, parents are discouraged from attending this course with their student.

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