Ciao Italia! With just a jump, skip and a hop away, Wesleyan was across the globe in Italy this past summer. They were off, and the students were ready to learn and expand their with through new culture, history and art. Their travels included stops at the famous cities of Verona, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri and Rome. When most people think of Italians, they typically think of short, tan and dark haired people, but what they do not know, is Northern Italy populates people who are fairer skinned with lighter hair as a result of their surrounding climate. Their first stop was Verona, Italy, where they were instantly submerged in Italian Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, is said to be one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Life stories, fellowship, and unlimited frozen lasagna are just three amazing aspects of the Wesleyan mission trip retreats. Every year, the Wesleyan mission trip teams take the weekend to go to someone on the team’s mountain or lake house in order for everyone to get to know their team better. This is a very important weekend for teams because it gives everyone a chance to share their faith journey and be themselves without the distraction of school or sports.
This year, the Bulgaria team is going to junior Abbie Lochmandy’s lake house; the Panama girl’s team is going to junior Whitney Archer’s mountain house; the Atlanta team is going to senior Kendall Dearth’s lake house, the Chattanooga team is going to senior Josh Garrard’s lake house; the Guatemala coed trip is going to junior, Emma Preston’s lake house; the Guatemala boys team is going to sophomore Daniel Baisier’s mountain house; the Dominican Republic girls team is going to junior Emily Greer’s lake house; the Dominican Republic boys team is going to junior Jason McCleskey’s lake house, and the Nicaragua team is going to junior Katie Stipe’s lake house.
This year, all of the mission trip retreats were a huge success, and everyone was able to grow closer as a team and get extremely excited for their trips. Junior, Eric Panther, who is going on the Guatemala Co-ed trip said, “It was amazing to see the different personalities mesh into one group who was willing to be vulnerable with each other and share their stories to grow closer as a team.”