Curacao trip: The island history and discovery

curacaoAs part of the curriculum, the spring 2015 students and staff took a trip to the Island of CuraƧao. This trip combined activities for the different courses taught at CIEE. For the Culture and Environmental History of Bonaire, this trip allowed the students to discover one of the islands that had a major leading role in the slave trade of the Caribbean. The visit to the Museum of Kura Hulanda showed real remnants of this terrible period in the history of mankind. Following the visit, a circle island tour was organized where students discovered the different faces of the island and its great differences with Bonaire. Finally, they also had a walking tour around the town of Willemstad and explored the many secrets the town has to offer: architecture, local fish and food/vegetable market, the bridge, Punda and Otrabanda, and more.

As part of the Coral Reef Ecology, Conservation Biology, Scientific Field Methods, and Applied Diving courses, students did multiple shore and boat dives around the area of Willemstad. These dives aimed to involve students and staff in research together.

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