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Travel the World: Southwestern United States

Tuesday 1 December, 2020 at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm (during term time).

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 1 December, we’ll be talking about Southwestern United States!

Student, and previous tour guide Jake Hicks, will be guiding us through the Southwest region of the United States. Learn a little more about Jake:

Jake is currently undertaking a MSc in Human Geography, Society and Space. He volunteers with City Roots Community Land Trust, which works to create secure housing and community power in the city of Rochester, NY. He is interested in bikes, hiking, forestry, antimodernity and other social theory geared towards community and interdependence (usually through people and experiences, rather than academia), and tries to attain an ethos of radical compassion and understanding. Oh and… TRAVEL!

When we asked what attracted him to present, Jake told us that he “loves experiencing other ways of life and people’s perspectives. My best friends are scattered all over the world and maybe only one looks anything like me or comes from a background similar to mine. In sharing with y’all, I want to show some things in another light, perhaps more complex than the idealized versions shown on Instagram or elsewhere, but still so very worth experiencing!”

Jake is going to cover what he feel’s to be the absolute best of the Southwestern United States, informed by a year tour guiding foreigners and his own travels over the last ten years. He has visited most of these places at least 5 times, and lived in two areas central to this loop. It’s a big loop, but can be divided into two shorter trips: one focusing on California, and one on the desert, separated by the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Highlights from California include San Francisco, Yosemite, Big Sur, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Highlights from the desert include the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Monument Valley in the Dinétah (or Navajo Nation), and Mukuntuweap (or Zion National Park). Jake plans to focus on the big things while also mentioning the numerous spur trips and gems hidden along the way. The best part? It can all be done on your own, with a simple car rental.

Come along just to listen on your lunchbreak, and if you want to know more, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speaker at the end of the presentation.

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events



Tuesday 1 December, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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