In last month's newsletter, Harding University in England (HUE) and Harding in Zambia (HIZ) had both just begun. September brought new experiences for both groups. HUE witnessed a historic event in London and took part in an unforgettable cruise, while HIZ participated in more service and sightseeing opportunities. This month also saw Harding University in Greece (HUG) kick off its fall semester, which included a week of touring in Israel. Last but not least, September meant the return of Harding University in Australasia (HUA) after a two-year COVID hiatus. We're excited HUA is back and for all the great memories our programs made this month! We hope you enjoy reading more below.
September took the Harding University in England students to a number of different countries. They started out the month in London where they were able to witness the country mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Little Rock news channel KATV interviewed some of the HUE students to hear their perspectives on this historic event. You can watch their interview here.
From there, the group departed on the highly anticipated two-week cruise throughout Northern Europe. The group stopped in Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and Skagen, Denmark. After the cruise, the group headed to Spain, to tour Toledo, Madrid and Barcelona.
The Harding University in Greece group departed the US on Sunday, September 4th. After a week in Greece, the group left for Israel, their first big trip of the semester. During their week in Israel, the HUG students spent time in Jerusalem, visited the towns of the Galilee region, took a boat out on the Sea of Galilee, and spent time in the desert, where they even floated in the Dead Sea. Upon returning to Greece, the group visited ancient Marathon, the birthplace of the marathon race.
The month of September brought a lot of diverse experiences to the Harding in Zambia group. From service opportunities like working in a medical clinic, volunteering at the Haven for children and in a school for disabled children, helping build a garden in a blind village, and speaking at a radio station and a women's shelter for expecting mothers, to adventurous activities like rafting the Zambezi River, witnessing the splendor of Victoria Falls (even by helicopter for a few), and feeding elephants and giraffes – the HIZ group has kept busy this month. HIZ was also pleased to host Harding University chairman of the board Dr. Bob Walker and his wife Beth, as well as friend of International Programs, Nancy O'Brien, for part of September.
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, this month saw the return of Harding University in Australasia! On Saturday, September 17th, the group arrived in Sydney, Australia where they spent several days exploring the history and culture of the city, including a performance in the famous Sydney Opera House. From there, the group moved to Cairns where they took an overnight cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. During this excursion, students had the opportunity to scuba dive or snorkel around the reef. Now, the group has moved to New Zealand where they will spend the next seven weeks, followed by three and a half weeks in Thailand!
Banner Photo - Sydney Opera House from Jefferson Wells
HUE exploring Oslo, Norway from Robbie Shackelford
Outdoor art class in Copenhagen, Denmark from Robbie Shackelford
Exploring Madrid from Robbie Shackelford
Students with the Barcelona Cathedral from Robbie Shackelford
HUG student at the Dome of the Rock from Lacey Bortell
Riding a boat on the Sea of Galilee from Lacey Bortell
HUG on top of a mountain in Northern Israel from Daniel Adams
HUG hiking down the Mount of Beatitudes toward the Sea of Galilee from @HardingU_Greece
HIZ student feeding a giraffe from Jessica Heater
HIZ students with a helicopter that they took over Victoria Falls from Van Cin
HIZ group at Victoria Falls from David Gardner
Rafting the Zambezi River from Carter Owen
Dr. Bob and Beth Walker and Nancy O'Brien visiting HIZ from @Harding_Zambia
HUA group in Sydney Australia from Pam Little
Group outside the Sydney Opera House from Pam Little
Students snorkeling and scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef from Pam Little
Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef from Mary-Alice Shavers
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