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Fredonia-EDI/WEG Summer Exploration Programs






Fredonia-EDI/WEG Summer Exploration Programs

Program Description

This 2-week program includes 10 hours ESL per week (20 hours total), university familiarization workshops (10 hours total), campus tours (3), and various cultural and regional activities. University familiarization workshops teach students step-by-step how to research, select, and apply for a US university. One waived university application fee per student is included in the program. Cultural excursions and activities will help students learn about American culture and traditions and offers the opportunity to experience some of the most stunning natural scenery in the area.

Costs: Include course fees, books & materials, cultural excursions, 3 campus visits, 1 university admissions application fee, medical & health insurance, meal plan, double-occupancy furnished residence hall on campus, and round-trip airport shuttle. Participants will cover their own visa application fees and airfare to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and are advised to arrive in one group for airport shuttle arrangements.

Chaperones: Students under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a chaperone. Chaperones provided by EDI/WEG will receive housing, meals, international health insurance, and will accompany all activities. All chaperones undergo screening and child protection policy training and must be in attendance with the participants at all times. If a chaperone is not provided by the sending group, Fredonia will select an appropriate chaperone.

Accompanying parents are welcome to attend the program with their students. The parent package includes a meal plan and a single room in the residence halls. As an alternative, parents can stay in the same room as their child of the same gender. Parents may attend the workshops, campus visits, and all excursions and activities with their children. ESL courses are excluded.


Description of Activities:

Welcome and Ice Cream Social: The formal welcome reception will start the program with an old-fashioned ice cream sundae buffet. Through fun social activities, students will meet their teachers, chaperones, program coordinators, area high school students, and they will have a chance to meet professors in academic programs that they are interested in.


Campus Visits: Students will have a custom campus tour and presentation about the university and its programs by an admissions and recruitment staff member of the institution. Presentations include information about academic programs, typical jobs after graduation, residence hall and campus life facilities, and costs and scholarships. Information and materials from the visited campus will be discussed in the university preparation workshops.


Cookout and Beach Volleyball: Students will explore Wright Park, a popular beach and picnic area for families in the summer. A beach volleyball match and other games will be set up and local families with high-school children will be invited    to meet, mingle, eat, and play together during this cross-cultural cookout. More about our county and lake beaches: http://www.tourchautauqua.com/beaches.aspx


College Lodge Camping Cabins and Nature Hike: The College Lodge is owned by the university and is a nature  preserve and popular camping facility for group outings. The cabins feature indoor accommodations, showers, and laundry facilities. Weather permitting, students will learn to cook snacks over a campfire, play sports, and exchange traditional    stories.  The college lodge also features miles of hiking trails, and students will go on a short hike to learn about native flora   in the region. Finally, the college lodge is the university’s site for a teambuilding challenge course and a program to develop skills in leadership, teambuilding, and decision making will be led by one of the certified instructors. http://www.collegelodge.com/facilities.aspx


Native American Culture and History Visit: Students will explore the Seneca Nation reservation in Salamanca, NY complete with Seneca-Iroquois National History Museum tour and demonstration by Native American community representatives. The trip also includes a tour of an American History museum to explain daily life of the European-American immigrant settlers of the region. Admission to the museums, tour guides, and lunch is provided. Museum websites: https://www.senecamuseum.org    http://www.salamancanyhistoricalmuseum.org/


Bisons Baseball Game: (based on season and schedule, in place of Native American Culture and History Visit): The Bisons are Buffalo’s Minor League Baseball team, and play home games on the beautiful Coca-Cola Field, which is known as one of the largest baseball parks in its league and is recognized as having the largest HD video boards in all of minor league baseball teams. Trip includes all admissions fees, snacks, and special VIP Welcome. http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?sid=t422&ymd=20100224&content_id=8132200&vkey=team1


Niagara Falls Day Trip: Niagara Falls is know as the main must-see for any visitor to our region. It ranks at the top of recommended natural wonders, and it offers breathtaking views and some of the best hiking trails in the area. Trip includes tickets to explore the surrounding areas and lookout points plus the famous Maid of the Mist boat ride to view the falls up  close.   Trip also includes lunch at the famous Hard Rock Cafe.   http://www.niagara-usa.com/


Farewell and Cooking Exchange: We will have a formal award-granting ceremony to recognize our highest achievers and to award completion certificates. Formal awards to recognize high achievement will be granted for students to include on their university applications. All students will receive a completion certificate. Students also participate in a formal cording ceremony and receive an honor cord that they can wear at their own high school graduation at home. After the ceremony, students, teachers, professors, program coordinators, and local high school students with their families will prepare food for a buffet-style meal to show off their favorite dishes and regional cuisine.

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