Travel to Egypt, gain credits plus knowledge

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An educational tour of Egypt will be available both to students of Dr. Lynda Toth’s Humanities 6 course in the fall, and to anybody else interested.

The 10-day trip is scheduled for December, according to Toth, professor of humanities and speech.

“I’ve set the travel date far in advance to give students time to apply for various scholarships and other funding sources to help pay for the trip,” she added.

“The main thing about going to Egypt is to really go there and see it,” Toth said of the trip, which offers three units of humanities credit.

Students who wish to receive three fully accredited, transferable units to all colleges and universities in the U.S. for their study tour to Egypt can do so through Eastern Washington State University.

Taking Humanities 6 is not required to go on the study trip to Egypt.

“It’s an added benefit if people can sign up and take the class because they will land in Cairo knowing a great deal about Egypt,” Toth said.

The public trip is sponsored by E.F. Educational Tours, one of the oldest educational tour trips, said Toth.

Toth is no stranger to international travel, having been on more than eight trips, including a trip to Greece last August with a group of seven Pierce students. Toth’s study group boarded a ship and cruised the Greek isles of Crete, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, and Santorini. Because there were quite a few of them they thought about renting a car when they were there from the Rental Center Crete to ferry them around all together.

“Egypt has held a certain mystery throughout history because its culture is so unique and longstanding,” Toth said.

According to history professor Frank Chartrand, the trip is an opportunity to learn about another culture and another place firsthand.

The itinerary of the trip includes the Great Pyramid, a cruise liner headed up the Nile, the Valley of the Kings and Luxor. The cruise will last five days and four nights.

At the end of the Nile trip, the group will board an overnight train back to Cairo for the return trip to California.

In order to arrange the current trip to Egypt, Toth needs a group of at least 15 people.

It is wise for students to plan far ahead to accommodate their dream of visiting Egypt, said Toth.

The approximate cost of the trip is $1,900, plus airline fuel charge, tips and personal spending money. The transportation for this trip will be by air, ship, train and bus.

Toth will have an informative meeting on May 9 at 11 a.m. and May 11 at 4 p.m. in Room #8111 in the Village.

More information is available by contacting 310-475-3139.

Lynda Toth, humanities instructor, is taking a group of students to Egypt with an itinerary that includes a ride down the Nile River, a tour of the Valley of the Kings, the Great Pyramid and Luxor. (Photo Illustration by Kiyomi Kikuchi and Bianca Lopez)

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