The Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition is a guaranteed study abroad program which gives each full-time, traditional student with a 2.5 GPA in good academic, social and financial standing the opportunity to spend 7-10 days abroad with her sophomore class with nearly all costs covered by the college. In the semester leading up to the trip, students attend a weekly class to learn about the country they will be traveling to. When they travel abroad, students are grouped by their field of study so they can perform service-learning activities related to their area of interest.
In 2018, the inaugural Sophomore Expedition took the Class of 2020 to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Education students had the opportunity to volunteer at a daycare for underprivileged children, science students explored the rainforest and nursing students observed a plastic surgeon at work. Other students fed the homeless and planted a community garden. A majority of the trip was dedicated to service learning, but there was also time for some sight-seeing. Students took a train ride through Tijuca National Park, traveled to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car and experienced breath-taking views of the Christ the Redeemer statue.
The Sophomore Expedition is named in honor of Carmen Twillie Ambar, Cedar Crest College’s 13th president. President Ambar believed that every student should be afforded the opportunity to study abroad, no matter their financial situation. The Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition is a one-of-a-kind program that allows our students to have a truly transformational experience -- one that they will remember forever.