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Going the distance
The Pierce Walk in Europe has been part of the Franklin Pierce curriculum since 1969. Typically, 25-40 students participate in the semester-long project consisting of a long distance walk through several European countries. The result is an experience in practical learning that challenges students on many levels and demands their best ideas, strengths and talents.
The philosophy behind the Walk
Ancient and modern cultures alike have long recognized the need for a period in a person's life during which he or she can leave behind the normal routine and engage in thought, travel, and a quest for novel experiences and insight. But too often today, our culture and educational institutions do not provide the structures for young people to experience such a journey of reflection and adventure. Instead, they foster a frantic race to a finish line, whether it's a job or career, the military or a college degree. The Pierce Walk in Europe program, established in 1969 at Franklin Pierce , gives students this opportunity of a lifetime.
Different from other European walking tours, this journey of self-discovery combines outdoor education and experiential education. Providing both personal development and cross-cultural understanding, it takes a group of students walking and camping off the beaten track in some of the most beautiful parts of Europe. On this trek, students learn to work together, surmount formidable challenges, experience first-hand foreign cultures and landscapes, and grow in maturity, inner strength and courage.Visit Blogs from students who participated in the Pierce Walk in Europe.
For information on specific prerequisites and deadlines, contact:
Stella van Renesse-Walling
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