Since 1990, West Lutheran has offered a 2-week European educational experience. This experience is offered to parents, students, teachers, and past alumni alike as it takes you to selected countries of Europe. Along the way, the fun and educational content that is experienced includes the plethora of sounds, tastes, sights, and smells of the different European cultures in a 2-week whirlwind tour. Anywhere from England to France to Germany to Switzerland, the West Lutheran European trips are essentially a classroom on the move which helps enhance the educational journey well beyond your four years of high school at West Lutheran.
You can sign up on the ACIS website under Dublin, London, & Paris
Group ID: 9362
Learning Objectives - London, Paris, and Madrid:
- Students will trace the early origins of three European states and consider the influence of the Celtic and Viking nations on north west Europe.
- Students will learn about the early production of text by viewing the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library.
- Students will gain a sense of life in court while viewing and touring the lavish palace and gardens of Versailles
European Trip Frequently Asked Questions
- Who's in charge of the trip?
The trip is led by the world-renown travel company ACIS & Mr. Phil Meitner whom has traveled with ACIS globally since 2002.
- When is the trip offered?
The trip takes place the spring of even years (2018, 2020, 2022, etc.), leaving the week after graduation.
- What are the accommodations?
Minimum 4-star accommodations in all the places the group stays.
- What is the cost of the trip?
The cost depends on the tour taken. Past trips have been in the range of $4600-$4900.
- What is all included with the cost of the trip?
Airfare, hotels, transportation (bus/train/cruise ship), two meals per day, and most major sights and walking tours.
- Can I get academic credit?
Yes, a 0.5 social studies credit is earned through the extensive keeping of a detailed journal which is then handed in to the group leader at the the end of the trip.
- What about security?
ACIS has a 24-hour global support network in case of any emergency.
- Is there insurance?
Yes, there's a basic protection plan which provides medical coverage and insurance.
- Do we have a guide through the entire trip?
Yes, ACIS provides the service of a tour manager. This is a highly trained, multilingual guide, educator, and travel expert who provides educational commentary and activities in addition to managing the travel logistics.
Testimonials from Past Students & Teachers
"The Europe trip allowed me to get out of Minnesota and explore the world" - Jillian Hanlin ('14)
"Most of what you'll want out of Europe in one trip" - Kayle Latteral ('14)
"Seeing all the different cultures was amazing" - Danielle Hicks ('12)
"Phenominal architecture and art as well as amazing food" - Rudy Nelson ('12)
"I loved seeing all the things I've learned in real time" - Tyler Krueger ('12)
"I loved all the different kinds of food we got to try, mostly the gelato." - Anneliese Preus ('10)
"This trip really showed me all the possibilities that are open." - Maggie Franz ('10)
"The Europe trip was a trip of a lifetime! I made the best memories and rarely go a day without bringing it up." - Erin Oakland ('10)
"This trip helped bring history to life for me." - Scott Anderson ('10)
"The Europe trip has enhance my teaching of Western Civilization and changed my ministry forever." - Mr. Veach ('08)
"My Europe experience only makes me want to do the trip again." - Matt Meitner ('02,'04,'06)
"Being in Europe with my classmates and close friends was the most fun thing I've ever done. The times and memories we shared together will last a lifetime." - Aaron Johnson ('08)
"It was great to see western civilization that I learned in school in real life." - Amanda Johnson ('08)
" I would so love to come back one day, it was such an awesome experience." - Julie Martin ('02)
"Europe was a great time and I learned a lot from the experience. My favorite part was seeing the colleseum but everything was AWESOME!" - Anthony Schendel ('08)
"Our English tour manager was amazing." - Nik Schultz ('02)
"It's a trip I still remember as if it were yesterday." - Peter Grubbs ('94)