Archbishop Desmond TuTu
The upcoming Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) Enrichment Voyage will feature a keynote address by Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who will join the voyage Decemnber 15-19.
A long-time acquaintance of ISE's world-renowned Semester at Sea program, Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work to end apartheid.
"The mission of this grand experiment has been to foster greater intercultural understanding by exposing its participants—young and old, students and faculty—to people and cultures around the world while providing them with a sea-going classroom in which to study and absorb what they've seen and learned," said Tutu, who recently celebrated his 79th birthday aboard the MV Explorer as part of the fall 2010 voyage of Semester at Sea.
Enrichment Voyages offer a non-credit version of Semester at Sea that is open for travelers to explore multiple countries, engage with leading scholars and experts, and of course, explore the beauty and culture of varying world regions on the academic "campus" of the MV Explorer, a floating university, complete with an 9,000-volume library, computer center with Wi-Fi, a common hall and nine classrooms.
Participants can also enjoy activities such as art workshops, talent shows, fitness classes, and family-oriented events. The MV Explorer also comes complete with a full-service spa, a pool and sun deck, and a fitness center.
The upcoming Enrichment Voyage will visit 12 destinations in Central America from December 15, 2010 to January 4, 2011, exploring everything from cultural history to tropical forests, sun-soaked beaches, art and cuisine all while offering 13 service engagements in several ports of call. This year's voyage will make a special passage through the historic Panama Canal to celebrate the Christmas holiday and sail along the Caribbean Sea under the stars over New Year's.
Numerous field programs provide off-the-beaten-path exploration in every port and participants can also give back in each of the countries, taking part in service learning opportunities that include volunteering in orphanages and local community building projects.
The upcoming Enrichment Voyage will depart San Diego and travel to Ensenada, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Acapulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzel, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatan, Honduras; St. Thomas De Castilla, Guatemala; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico before returning to Fort Lauderdale, FL.