WASHINGTON — When the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) launched the Australia Studies Centre (ASC) in 2004, only 19 students were sent to study at the Wesley Institute. Since that time, over 500 students have journeyed to and around Australia as part of the program.
Kimberly Spragg, ASC director, spoke of the experience the students have had during their time with BestSemester. “[They] have created memories with homestay families, dorm-mates, service placement supervisors and patrons, Wesley students and staff, ASC students and staff, and even random, serendipitous friends.”
At first glance, Australia's Booderee National Park is just one of many pristinely beautiful South Coast destinations on tourists' must-see lists. Visitors can camp at three different beaches, explore the exotic flora of the botanic gardens, and even go whale-watching.
But for last fall's BestSemester Australia Studies Centre students, who spent three days living with the aboriginal tribe that has called this land home for centuries, the park's lush beaches and rainforests became the backdrop to a cultural immersion experience unlike any other.