Student during a trip to Camino de Santiago

While some students seek out solo travel opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, and research outside IUP, others prefer to share the experience with people they know. If you'd rather do your exploring as part of a group of friends, then these trips might be just right for you.

Adventuring with Your Fellow Honors College Students

Some travel experiences and community service trips are arranged through the Honors College or as a collaborative effort between the Honors College and other departments at IUP.  Chauna Craig (English) and Nick Deardorff (Geoscience) led a trip to Iceland in summer 2023.  CHC students explored topics such as Icelandic literature and volcanology as they took in the stark beauty of the island together.   You can read more about their trip in this story featured in the Penn by participant Daniel Kukula.

Karme Choling: Shambhala Meditation Center

Small groups of students from the Cook Honors College carpool to Vermont every spring break for a community service trip to the Karme Choling: Shambhala Meditation Center. The Honors College students practice mindfulness through meditation sessions and community service projects such as gardening, painting, making minor repairs, and clearing walking trails.