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During spring break each year, the Cothran Center leads a group of twelve students on a travel program that emphasizes vocational exploration. Not only are global perspectives enlightened, but many students return to campus and the community more attuned to local injustices and struggles and seek ways to connect with organizations that work to solve these problems.

In past years, groups have traveled to Cuba; Cuernavaca, Mexico (Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development); New York City; and Northern Ireland. In March 2019, we will return to the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland. This is an ecumenical Christian community that welcomes all to work on issues of peace, understanding, respect, and cooperation. While visiting Northern Ireland, students will hear stories from those involved in justice and reconciliation efforts in the area, visit cities and communities, and participate in personal and group vocational reflection sessions and discussions.

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Students must apply for this competitive program. Applications are accepted from sophomores only. Those students accepted into the program receive a program scholarship to cover a majority of the program costs, including travel, transportation on site, lodging, program fees, resource materials, program orientation expenses, and most meals. Students accepted into the program are responsible for a paying a deposit of $600 (spread into two equal payments) to contribute toward the total program cost.

Applications and reference forms for the 2019 program are due October 23, 2018. Those forms are below:

Here is the PowerPoint that was shown at the information session in September:

Please contact Rolyn Rollins at rolyn.rollins@furman.edu if you have questions.

















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